Mason Day




Mason Day 2014

Friday, April 25th


Lot L

2pm: Gates open to public.

  • Free entry with a Mason Student/Faculty/Staff ID.
  • $10 entry fee for anyone without a Mason ID Cash or Mason Money Only.
  • All those under 42″ free.
  • Students upon entry will receive 2 free tickets for food.
  • Additional tickets are available for purchase on site $1 per ticket Cash or Mason Money Only.

8pm: Mason Day outside Closes and the Concert begins in the Patriot Center

*We encourage you to bring a sealed or empty water bottle that you can refill inside, full open bottles will need to be poured out or thrown away upon entry these bottles will not be allowed inside the Patriot Center if you are attending the Ludacris Concert*

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Do you have a question about Mason Day?  Call us at 703-993-2909


Mason Day: George Mason University’s Longest Standing Tradition

This year Mason Day is having it’s 49th Anniversary

  • Mason Day began two years before the University’s first commencement.  Few things in Mason’s history have so consistently united the community on campus.
  • In 1965, as a branch campus of UVA, George Mason College celebrated UVA’s Founders Day (Thomas Jefferson’s birthday) on April 13. Yet the college couldn’t resist honoring George Mason on the very next day, April 14.  The first Mason Day featured a series of speeches given by the faculty and administration.
  • It was only a few years before George Mason College skipped Founders Day altogether and celebrated only Mason Day on Friday of that week.Mason Day was held on the old quadrangle, the small lawn area between the buildings now known as Finley, East, West and Krug.
  • By 1967, it was expanded to include academic and service awards presentations, food, and a variety of activities, including a tug-of-war and a human-powered “chariot race.”
  • During the 1970s, Mason Day moved away from soft drinks and informal speeches and became a mini-Woodstock, where bands played nonstop and the beer flowed swiftly.
  • In the late 1970s, there was a push to include Thursday night as part of the festivities, and though this was never official, students could befound camping out the night before.  By this time, Mason Day had become an event, at least for Northern Virginia. Even people who weren’t attending the university showed up for the all-day party.191e5df11ff35abc8bed14b43716ea4c
  • In 1978, most of the Mason Day activities were moved to an area near the Physical Education building. Large tents were set-up to house bands, beer and food, such as popcorn, hot dogs and hamburgers. More activities were added, such as rappelling demonstrations by Mason’s ROTC unit and a skate boarding contest.
  • The early 1980s brought more changes to Mason Day. It was moved to Parking Lot K. Much of K Lot was blocked off to provide for recreational vehicle parking, live bands and roller skating.
  • In 1982, camping disappeared from the Mason Week lineup, but soon new activities made their appearances at Mason Day, such as a kissing booth, arm wrestling, animal races (rats, turtles, and snakes), Frisbee demonstrations, parachute drops, a mechanical bull ride, break dancing demonstrations and step shows.
  • In 1987, Virginia raised the drinking age to 21. By 1988, beer was no longer served at Mason Day, but the bands played on.
  • The 1980s also brought national musical acts to Mason Day including The Ventures, Clarence Clemons and the Red Bank Rockers, Slickee Boys, George Benson, and Oingo Boingo. Mason Day underwent still more changes by the end of the decade. The celebration returned to the Fenwick Quad.  Due to the change in the legal drinking age and to combat underage drinking and other alcohol-related problems, the University prohibited beer sales and consumption outside of the campus pub, the Rathskeller.
  • SnoopSmallIn the late 1980s and early 1990s, Snoop Dogg,  and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, performed free concerts for Mason Day on the Quad in front of the Fenwick Library on the Fairfax Campus.
  • Mason Day festivities in the 1990s and beyond continued to grow and better reflect the diversity of the student body. University clubs and organizations took advantage of the festival for promoting their goals and fund raising.
  • National musical acts continued to appear, including Throwing Muses, Digital Underground, The Gap Band, Violent Femmes, The Connells, and The Roots, Jimmy’s Chicken Shack, The Black Eyed Peas, Xzibit, and N.O.R.E.. National Campus Tours, featuring novelty activities, such as sumo wrestling, moon bounce jousting, and the Velcro Olympics, made stops here during Mason Week. Movies, local bands, comedians, and numerous vendors also became part of the celebration.
  • Run-DMC headlined a group of eight bands performing at Mason Day in 2000. The rap group performs at 5 p.m. on the main stage on the Quad.  Other activities on this day included a 25 percent discount on all games in the SUB I Game Room and a film and media studies program from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center Multipurpose Room.
  • In 2001 Mason Day was taken over by the MTV Campus Invasion Tour and Concert.  The MTV Campus Invasion Tour Activity Village included a virtual tour of the MTV studios and displays on the history of hip-hop. The MTV Campus Invasion Tour Concert featured Saliva, American Hi-Fi, and Sum 41 in the Johnson Center Multipurpose Room.  Seven local bands also performed: Elysium, Soldiers of Jah Army, Maven, devon, Sunny Ledfurd, Jimmie’s Chicken Shack, and Xzibit.
  • 2002, the 37th Annual Mason Day, featured music and activities on the Quad.Common with DJ Dummy, and artist Alana Davis headline the list of bands. Local groups include Ceylon, Latchkey, Opus, Akoben, and Boogiehawg.
  • In 2004 Mason Day left the Quad again and moved to Parking lot L where it remains today. Mason Day had local bands: Nini Camps, Black Market, Honeychuck, and RPM performing on the small stage. The Graham Colton Band opened on the main stage and the headliner Guster, went on at 6:30 p.m. This Mason Day also featured: a sumo wrestling ring, vendors offering food and crafts, and giveaways from WGMU and Tower Records.
  • 2005 was the 40th annual Mason Day was held in Lot L behind the Patriot Center activities began at noon with a moon bounce, airbrush tattoos, photo telescopes, palm readers, spin art, gladiator joust, and free food. There was an Asylum Wake Skate Snow Street Skate Park. The four bands played in a Battle of the Bands competition:  Since April, My Favorite Highway, As Dusk Unfolds, and Our Last Collapse. Opening bands for the Mason Day concert included Army of Me, Adelyn, and Michael Tolcher with My Chemical Mason Day '06 on stage with the WailersRomance as the headliner.   Mason Week concluded with the third annual Uber Film Festival in the Johnson Center Cinema on Friday and on Saturday now well known musician Eric Hutchinson gave an acoustic performance in the Johnson Center Bistro.
  • In 2006, Mason Day had a rock wall, a ferris wheel, Caricature artists, and many novelty items.  Headliners this year were the Wailers and Pete Francis of Dispatch.
  • 2007‘s theme was “Throwback” featuring a 90′s trivia challenge, screenings of Saved by the Bell,  90′s costume contests and a field day during the week.  Mason Day took place in Lot J with free entertainment, giveaways, food and music from noon to 7 p.m. The day concluded with performances by hip hop artists Naughty by Nature and Bone Thugs n’ Harmony.
  • 2008 Mason Day had everything from bumber cars, to personalized dog tags.  The main stage included performances by Gym Class Heroes, Kidz in the Hall, and Tyga.226786_164195890307552_107089096018232_400165_7575596_n
  • In 2009 Mason Day featured some rides and a BBQ on lot L with a local music stage ending in the mid afternoon and gearing up for aperformance in the Patriot Center by rapper T-Pain.   This year also started the tradition of a trip to an amusement park the day after Mason Day.
  • 2010‘s Mason Day brought our first ever carnival to the mix.  Music act’s returned to perform on stage at night outside, and the headliner was Cobra Starship.  Opening for them was future Mason Day headliner Hot Chelle Rae.222947_164193976974410_107089096018232_400142_4618138_n
  • In 2011 back with popular demand came the carnival rides and funnel cake, organizations took part in the day yet again and various other community vendors came out as well.  The evening kicked off with opening band You Hang Up featuring Malcolm in the Middle Star Frankie Muniz, and the headliner Plain White T’s.
  • 2012 brought back former opener Hot Chelle Rae as the headliner! That year their hit song “Tonight, Tonight” was burning up the airwaves!
  • Singer Songwriter Andy Grammer joined us for Mason Day 2013, which also celebrated the inauguration of Mason’s President Dr. Cabrera.