38th Annual Midwinter Ball

 Mark Your Calendars: The 38th annual Midwinter Ball will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018.

This much anticipated winter event is right around the corner. Come dance the night away this Saturday, February 4, from 9:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. at the 37th annual Midwinter Ball with fellow students, faculty, and staff.  Semi-formal attire is requested.

Entertainment is as follows:

  • Student DJs, Great Space: Stephanie Valle & Friends, Sanders McMillan & Cisco Hayward, Paulina Hoong, Ryan Hanselman
  • Roseville Big Band, Great Hall
  • The Russell Sprouts, Great Hall: Student band playing between Roseville Big Band sets
  • Salsa del Soul, Severance Tea Room

Although formal dance experience is not required to enjoy the evening, several student organizations will provide dance lessons in Great Hall Saturday afternoon. No partners needed, just stop by!

  • Foxtrot 1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
  • Salsa 1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Swing 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. 


You will receive a Midwinter Ball wristband in your mailbox today. This wristband must be worn at all times during the event. This will help identify Carleton students from uninvited guests.


Guests should be registered by Saturday, February 4 at 5:00 p.m. The form is online: go.carleton.edu/activities. Upon arrival, guests should come to the Student Activities Office with a government-issued ID to receive their wristband (Sayles-Hill 160). Guest wristbands will be available beginning at 9:30 p.m.


A FREE coat check will be staffed by Mustard Seed in Hill Lounge (2nd floor Sayles). Donations welcome. Students are encouraged to use this service rather than leaving belongings (coats, boots, bags, etc.) near the mailboxes as thefts have occurred in the past.


A FREE photo booth hosted by the Coalition of Hmong Students (CHS) will be located in Sayles 251 from 9:30 p.m. through 11:30 p.m.

SHUTTLE SERVICE (9:15 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.):  

Look for the small charter shuttle. The shuttle will run from 9:15 p.m. - 2:00 a.m., approximately every 15 minutes. The last two pick-up times are 1:30 a.m. and 1:45 a.m. in front of Sayles-Hill. The shuttles will pick-up/drop off at the following locations:

  • Rec Center
  • Cowling/Evans Circle
  • Parish House


Pizza provided 10:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. outside of Great Hall while supplies last. Water stations will be located in Great Space near the Info Desk, outside the Student Activities Office, outside the Great Hall, and outside the Severance Tea Room.


Sayles Café will be open for business on Saturday, February 4 until 7:00 p.m. and return to regular business hours on Sunday. The Severance Tea Room will be unavailable for seating on Saturday; however other seating options will be available in Burton. Please use the ground floor Burton/Davis entrance on Saturday.


No alcohol or smoking is allowed at Midwinter Ball. Personal beverage containers are not permitted (i.e. Nalgene/SIGG bottles, flasks, cans, soda bottles, water bottles, etc.). Water will be provided throughout the night. Bags will be checked upon entrance into the event.

Click here for a list of helpful tips to ensure you have a fun and safe Midwinter Ball. This list was created by the Student Wellness Associates (SWAs) and the Office of Health Promotion.


Items found at Midwinter Ball will be available at the Information Desk Monday morning. Items of particular value (e.g., cell phones, wallets, keys, etc.) will be held in the Student Activities Office during the event and turned into Campus Security at its conclusion.


If you need assistance during the event, feel free to ask any of the Security Officers or staff members from the Division of Student Life stationed throughout the building. The Student Activities Office will also be open during the event for any questions or concerns.

** With anticipated attendance of 1,800 students, faculty and staff, we ask that all members of the Carleton community work together in creating a welcoming, safe and respectful environment. **

Questions? Please contact the Student Activities Office at x4462.

Sponsored by the Carleton Student Association (CSA) and the Student Activities Programming Board (SAPB).