ThurtenE Carnival, the nation’s oldest and largest student-run carnival, is pleased to announce the location for the 2018 Carnival, taking place April 13th-15th. After nearly 30 total years on the East end of the Danforth Campus in front of Brookings Hall, the new site for Washington University’s annual family-friendly tradition will sit close to the heart of the Danforth Campus, occupying the Simon Hall and Athletic Complex parking lots, the paved portion within the entrance to Francis Field, and Olympian Way.
The new, central location is expected to greatly improve visibility of the Carnival in the spring, as the Washington University community will witness the Carnival come to life while walking near the Danforth University Center, Athletic Complex, or upper fraternity row. The carnival will continue to offer attendees the rides, games, and booths they have come to enjoy in years past. The new location also marks the return of student group façades to their original home within the gates of Francis Field.
“Thurtene Carnival has a long and storied history at Washington University, and its new location signifies the enduring role it will continue to play in the University and St. Louis communities,” said Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton. “I am proud of the hard work and commitment of all those who help bring this important event to life year after year.”
This is not the first time the carnival has relocated to accommodate changes on the Danforth campus. Originally held on Francis Field in 1907, the carnival has been held in the Field House, the parking lots west of the Athletic Complex and, most recently, the parking lot and allée in front of Brookings Hall.
Anthony J. Azama, Washington University’s Director of Athletics, also expressed enthusiasm about the launch of the new historic Carnival site, stating: "It's exciting ThurtenE is returning to its original location on the west end of campus. Events driven to bring the campus and surrounding communities together like the carnival are great traditions."
ThurtenE representatives are working closely with University and student leadership to ensure a smooth transition to the new location. Logistics for parking and student construction are currently being fully operationalized, and relevant details will be released as they are finalized moving forward.