Chloe Gonzalez/ Contributing Writer
June 20, 2016 marked the first day of summer and to FIU students, that means summer classes and SummerFest.
SummerFest is an annual concert event organized and hosted by FIU’s Campus Life at the Modesto Maidique Campus.
“[It’s] Campus Life’s biggest event over the summer… that attracts about 3 to 4,000 students and guests” said Campus Life’s Creative Director and SummerFest Advisor, John Parmenter.
SummerFest is a “unique campus experience unlike any other concert here at FIU,” and it introduces students “to everything else that we have to offer here at Campus Life,” said Parmenter.
He explained that SummerFest “serves as a perfect engagement for all our new freshmen,” who make up the largest group of SummerFest attendees, as “it’s their first college experience, their first college event.”
Whether it’s freshmen going to their first SummerFest or seniors experiencing their last, students who attend this year’s SummerFest can enjoy the foam cannon theme, the concert stage decked out with LED lights, and an artist lineup “better than any of our previous lineups,” according to Parmenter. Two main headliners, Dzeko & Torres and G.T.A., will be performing, instead of one as in previous years.
FIU students attending SummerFest will be admitted for free but must bring a valid student I.D. that will be swiped at the gate. Any guest looking to go to SummerFest must purchase a ticket. They can do so online for $30, or at the gate for $35.
The event will begin at 8 p.m. and end at midnight. Doors will open at 7:15 p.m. but there will be a special early entrance at 6:45 p.m. for students who donate $1 to Campus Life’s Roar It Forward. Students who donate to the program will be helping raise funds meant to aid close to 100 homeless FIU students.
SummerFest will take place on Thursday, July 14 at MMC between the Blue and Gold parking garages.