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Monthly List of Featured Events

Northwestern University is a vibrant place with numerous ways for everyone in the community to learn and participate, often free of charge. Every month, Neighborhood and Community Relations provides a catalogue of on-campus events and opportunities open to the public. These include special performances from world-renowned musicians, family-friendly events for children, Big 10 athletics, and lectures in the humanities and sciences.

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Highlighted May Events

Our featured events for May include:


The Waa-Mu Show: Romance En Route 
April 28 - May 7, Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson Street
Northwestern’s oldest theatrical tradition, The Waa-Mu Show, provides undergraduates with an unparalleled education in new musical theatre development. More than 100 students participate every year as producers, writers, and performers in creating an original musical that inspires audiences, challenges the artists involved, and engages the surrounding communities. Now in its 92nd year, The Waa-Mu Show is a forerunner in the world of musical theater writing, giving undergraduate students a chance to serve as leaders in every aspect of the original production, from writing to orchestration to performance.

APIDA Heritage Month Events
May 2023
May is Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month, when the Northwestern community celebrates the diverse APIDA community on campus. The Northwestern APIDA community hosts a variety of speakers, events, shows, workshops, and performances throughout the month in addition to all the events hosted by Multicultural Student Affairs. Learn about MSA events at this link.

Northwestern University Career Fair
May 16, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Industrious, 909 Davis St, Evanston, IL
Northwestern is hiring! The Office of Neighborhood and Community Relations invites all Evanston community members to come learn more about job opportunities at NU. This event will offer free admission and resume critique for all who pre-register and submit their resume. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

May 8 - 10, Northwestern University Evanston Campus
Please join us for the 15th annual Writers Festival, featuring renowned writers offering public readings! This year's featured writers include Aisha Sloan, Elizabeth McKenzie and Shara McCallum.

May 18 - 20, The Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Chicago
Good morning, America! Welcome to Hanover Middle School, where a pair of teachers are getting down and dirty with today’s lesson. The nimble duo goes round after round on the mat of our nation’s history, tackling race, sex, and power in this R-rated, kaleidoscopic, and fearless comedy. Named one of the “25 Best American Plays since Angels in America” by the New York Times when it was first produced in 2016, this limited run at the Wirtz Center is the first time this “in-all-ways sensational” production will be seen in Chicago.

May 19 - 28, Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts, Ethel Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive
This modern riff on the fifteenth-century morality play Everyman follows Everybody (who is chosen from amongst the cast by lottery at each performance) as they journey through life’s greatest mystery—the meaning of what it is to be alive – and why it must come to an end. A finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize, “this is theatre rather unlike anything you might have seen…unusual, unconventional and eye-opening…it is not only provocative and involving, it is also funny. Wildly funny, in fact.” —Huffington Post.

Spring Sports Championships
May - June 2023
Help cheer on the Wildcats during NCAA Championship season this May! Sports in season this spring include baseball, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s golf, lacrosse, and cross country. Keep an eye on the athletics calendar for updates on the Cats’ standings.

Northwestern Sports Camps
Summer 2022, Cost Varies
Northwestern is pleased to announce the return of Northwestern youth summer sports camps! The camps are run by many of the top intercollegiate coaches in the country and provide a fun and exciting learning environment for youths of all ages. Youths can learn more about their chosen sport, improve skills, and receive guidance from coaches and current Northwestern student-athletes! 


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