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Slope Day | May 8, 2024

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Updated policy this year: Slope Day will only allow clear/transparent bags that are 8 inches x 8inches or smaller. Allowed bags include clear fanny/waist bags, drawstrings, and cross-body bags. We are also allowing translucent non-glass empty water bottles this year. You will be asked to empty contents at the gates.

Slope Day 2024 Festival Map

The Slope Day Programming Board is excited to announce Slope Day 2024! Join us on May 8th for Cornell's yearly spring festival tradition. Gates are open from 11am-5pm.

The Slope Day Programming Board is part of the Student Programming Council and a unit of Campus Activities within Student & Campus Life, funded in part by the Student Activity Fee.


2024 Line-up

2024 Line-up: Main Stage

Headliner: A Boogie Wit da Hoodie | Multi-platinum global superstar A Boogie Wit da Hoodie has been a force to be reckoned with since arriving on the scene in 2016. Credited for bringing the new sound of New York City to the masses, the Bronx, NY-native has been proclaimed “the most promising young rapper the city has produced in some time” by The New York Times while boasting nearly 18B global streams and over 50 RIAA platinum and gold certifications to date. With a dynamic catalog of world-renowned hit songs (“My Shit,” “Drowning (feat. Kodak Black),” “Swervin,” “Look Back At It” and more) and 3 critically-acclaimed albums under his belt (HOODIE SZNTHE BIGGER ARTIST and ARTIST 2.0), A Boogie has proven he is one of the music industry’s brightest generational stars. A Boogie has also become one of music’s most in-demand collaborators, working with a wide variety of artists ranging from Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5, and Khalid to Chris Brown, DJ Khaled, Paulo Londra, Meek Mill, Pop Smoke, and more. 

Special guest: Flo Rida | Born Tramar Dillard on September 17, 1979, Flo Rida was raised by a single mother in Miami's rough neighborhood of Carol City, Florida. Music helped Flo Rida stay on the straight path. His father was a talented musician who encouraged his son to express himself through music. Growing up, Flo Rida was exposed to all kinds of music, thanks in large part to his sisters, some of whom formed a local gospel group. When he was a teenager, Flo Rida found local success rapping with a group called the Groundhoggz. At 18, he became the hype man for Fresh Kid Ice from 2 Live Crew. Eventually, Flo Rida caught the attention of DeVante Swing, formerly of famed R&B group Jodeci, and spent a few years in Los Angeles working with him. Unable to land a record deal, Flo Rida returned home to Miami and, in late 2006, hooked up with Poe Boy Entertainment and its CEO, Elric "E-Class" Prince. On December 20, 2006, Flo Rida inked a deal with Atlantic Records and, in 2009, started his own management company, Strong Arm, with longtime friend and manager Lee " Freezy" Prince. With the success of his management company, Flo Rida and Lee "Freezy" Prince launched their own record label, IMG, in June 2011. With his musical success, Flo Rida got back to his roots of giving back and started "Big Dreams For Kids," a nonprofit foundation that is committed to inspiring future leaders.

2024 Line-up: Slope Fest

Coming soon....

Slope Day Programming Board

Slope Day Programming Board

The Slope Day Programming Board is a student organization made up of students helping plan Slope Day behind the scenes with Campus Activities staff year round. They help coordinate the artist selection from the fall student survey to seeking talent, the attractions on Slope Fest, and any other student component of the day! Follow on Instagram and considering joining Slope Day Programming Board!


Slope Day, a Cornell Tradition

Slope Day, a Cornell Tradition

There is a long history of a spring-time gathering here at Cornell University. While this event has taken many shapes over the past century, one common thread persists: celebration. Today, the event we affectionately call "Slope Day" inherits a proud century-long tradition as a year-end gathering and celebration of the Cornell Community.

From The Beginning...

1901 The first recorded "Spring Day" takes place. Spring Day was a celebration of the end of winter and imminent warm weather. This tradition continued for the next half century. Over the years, Spring Day was comprised of events ranging from variety shows to circuses. One year there was a mock bullfight; another year students, staff, faculty and guests enjoyed the Fraternity Float parade. While many of these events took place at and were centered around the University's open spaces (including Libe Slope), there were many activities that took place indoors, as well as off campus.

1960 Protests and unrest plagued the University. There was little time and place for any celebration during these years. In addition to nationwide protests and civic discord, many minimum legal drinking age restrictions were lifted. During this time many states began lowering their minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) from their post-prohibition high of twenty one.

1979 Cornell Dining sponsored a barbeque on Libe Slope on the last day of classes and Spring Fest was born. This so-known "Great Feast" started in the afternoon, and was centered on a big chicken barbeque and live music. New York State's MLDA of eighteen made it possible for alcohol to be served at Spring Fest, as most Cornell students were over eighteen by the end of the school year.

1984 The federal government passed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act in 1984, mandating that all states had two years to increase their MLDA to 21 or lose Federal-aid highway funding. New York changed their MLDA because of this act, and so the university's alcohol policy was changed to reflect the change in state law.

1987 Robert Cray band performed at Spring Fest, sponsored by the Cornell Concert Commission.

1988 Spring Fest was cancelled! After too many students admitted to Gannett the year before, the university decided to not hire a musical act.

1989 In the face of these legal changes and the public sentiment that precipitated it, it was no longer feasible for the university to allow the event. Students formed the Springfest Coordinating Committee to promote safe drinking habits and to provide alcohol-free activities as an alternative to drinking.

Slope Day, as it came to be called, became an informal gathering of students on university property. During that time, the focus of Slope Day shifted from food, music and celebration to widespread and uncontrolled alcohol consumption.

1993 An organization, known as SOS, was created in order for students, staff, and faculty to provide a "positive presence" on Slope Day. Now known as the Slope Day Volunteer Committee, these volunteers operate as a subcommittee of the Slope Day Programming Board, and fulfill vital roles in the event from working to ensure the safety of those attending, to manning the gates, fence, and checkpoints, distributing water, and keeping the Slope clean. Without student and staff volunteers in their brightly colored t-shirts, Slope Day couldn't happen!

1999 Student opinion surrounding the future of the event began to shift, as evidenced by the creation of SlopeFest, a non-alcoholic activity-based event featuring carnival-type games and rides, live music, free giveaways, and other attractions. SlopeFest, taking place on West Campus, was meant to accompany Slope Day and accommodate students during times when they weren't drinking as well as provide an alcohol-free environment for students desiring one.

2001 Hunter R. Rawlings III, then president of Cornell University, issued a charge to the President's Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs to assemble a group of staff, faculty and students to critically assess and address the role that alcohol and other drugs (AOD) played on Slope Day. This group became known as the Slope Day Steering Committee.

2002 The Steering Committee began to undertake corrective measures to address the alcohol related issues surrounding Slope Day, including moving the concert back onto the slope.

2003 A new and improved Slope Day was created by a Steering Committee of students, faculty, and staff. Live entertainment (Rusted Root and Fat Joe) brought to the Slope, catered food and alcohol service from Cornell Dining, and giveaways became a part of the celebration as well. A student-administration partnership was created, one where students would take the lead in planning and organizing programming and direction for the day. The Slope Day Programming Board was created and funded by the Student Assembly to organize the event and bring bigger and better entertainment to the day.

2004 The celebration continued, with performances by Kanye West and OAR, the return of SlopeFest, and record crowds in attendance.

2005 The Slope Day Programming Board brought The Starting Line, The Game and Snoop Dogg. The bands played for record crowds and Slope Day was a huge success!

2006 Once again, Slope Day was a lot of fun for all, featuring Ben Folds and Talib Kweli with special guest Acceptance. SlopeFest was moved from West Campus to Ho Plaza.

2007 T.I. with special guests TV on the Radio and Catch 22 took the stage and slope by storm. New additions to SlopeFest made it a larger hit than ever before. Prizes were raffled off to winners of certain carnival games before the music began.

2008 Gym Class Heroes brought local flair to the Slope with energetic openers Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and Hot Hot Heat. Even the rain could not keep students from celebrating the end of the semester. Libe Slope became greener with Cornell Dining's switch to biodegradable products (including corn plastic cups).

2009 The Pussycat Dolls took command of the stage as the first all-female act for Slope Day. Openers the Apples in Stereo and Asher Roth pumped the crowds for the main act as neither the threat of rain nor recession could prevent this Slope Day from being enjoyed by the huge audience that attended.

2010 In the Campus Consciousness Tour, Drake headlined with a message of sustainability to a welcoming crowd. The audience was warmed up by the beautiful weather and by openers Francis and the Lights and k-os.

2011 Grammy Award winning hip-hop artist Nelly made sure Slope Day wasn't just a dream for Cornellians. Excellent weather and openers Ra Ra Riot and The Cool Kids brought everyone out to the Slope early to spend time with friends and celebrate the end of another great year.

2012 International star Taio Cruz lit up the Slope like it was dynamite. Supporting artists Neon Trees and The Wailers brought record early crowds out to enjoy the perfect weather and celebrate with the Cornell community.

2013 Hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar headlined Slope Day. Supporting artists included DJ 5 & A Dime and Hoodie Allen.

2014 Ludacris headlined Slope Day with performances by Matt and Kim and 3Lau.

2015 Slope Day was headlined by Chance the Rapper with supporting performances by artists Salva and Magic!

2016 Cash Cash and Walk The Moon took the stage, supported by R-City.

2017 Misterwives and Big Gigantic performed at Slope Day in 2017, supported by Brasstracks + S'Natra.

2018 Galantis, Young Bombs, and Dreezy rocked Slope Day 2018.

2019 Steve Aoki headlined Slope Day with supporting performances from Cousin Stizz and Ezi.

2020 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Slope Day, in collaboration with Cornell Concert Commission and Multicultural Concert Funding Advisory Board, held its first Virtual Slope Day festival spanning over two days. Performances include Swae Lee, Rico Nasty, KYLE, and Matoma.

2021 Virtual Slope Day returned as a two-day event. On night 1, Last Dinosaurs headlined with supporting artists from PREP and MICHELLE. One night 2, there were performances from Ari Lennox, who was the first solo female artist to headline Slope Day, and rap artists Smino and EARTHGANG.

2022 A return to an in-person Slope Day! Aminé headlined Slope Day with supporting performances from Loud Luxury, Luna Li, and Cornell student group After Six. Slope Fest hosted a second stage on Ho Plaza between main stage performances with a DJ, and student groups The Spencer Nachman Band and The Fuse.

2023 Coin headlined Slope Day with supporting performances from Snakehips and Coco & Clair Clair. This year we introduced a new student artist set: student DJ Leong Su Yean '26.

Wristbands & Food Tickets


Wristbands are required by ALL attendees to enter the Slope Day gates - they are your entry ticket. Here is the information you need to acquire yours. You must reserve your wristband prior to picking it up in-person with reservations and purchases starting April 8 at 10am EST.

What are wristbands?

What are wristbands?

Wristbands are required by ALL attendees to enter the Slope Day gates - they are your entry ticket. The wristbands are a cloth material that can withstand showers, getting wet, etc. You can reserve your ticket starting April 8, and can pick up your wristband starting the Sunday before Slope Day. Each student only gets one wristband, and will be placed on your wrist by a staff member when you receive it. Losing your wristband or giving your wristband to another person will result in you not able to attend Slope Day. There are no replacements.

Who can receive wristbands and attend Slope Day? (Students, Alumni, & Outside Guests)

Who can receive wristbands and attend Slope Day? (Students, Alumni, Staff, & Outside Guests)

Undergraduate students

Graduate/Professional students - $50

  • Graduate/Professional students must purchase their ticket prior to Slope Day. You must bring your Cornell ID and Vivenu ticket to pick up your wristband. Wristbands and access to the event are $50, which includes 5 meal tickets at a $10 value. You can only purchase one (1) wristband for yourself.

  • To purchase your wristband, you must:

Note: Graduate/Professional students must pay an entrance fee because their GPSA student activity fees do not pay into the overall Slope Day planning, whereas undergraduate student activity fees do.

Cornell Alumni - $75

  • We have been working closely with Alumni Affairs & Development to offer limited tickets (1000) to Cornell alumni this year! Alumni will be able to purchase their wristband online on Vivenu. Limited to one (1) wristband per person. Alumni cannot bring non-Cornell friends or family to the concert. Your ticket fee includes 5 meal tickets at a $10 value.
  • You must purchase your ticket on Vivenu and show staff your confirmation QR code when you pick up your wristband on May 8 at the Arts Quad.

Staff & Faculty

Outside guests (Non-Cornell affiliated guests)

  • Outside guests are not invited to Slope Day this year and will not be able to receive a wristband. This includes friends, family, and others in the community who are not affiliated with Cornell. Attendees must be Cornell-affiliated. There are no exceptions.

Wristband Distribution Schedule & Locations

Wristband Distribution Schedule & Locations

Wristband locations are for ALL attendee types unless otherwise stated.

Sunday May 5

  • Wristband Kick-off Event! Sunday 5/5 | Times 2-5pm | Willard Straight Hall Browsing Library & Ho Plaza. Celebrate at our kick-off event with music, ice cream, and other giveaways! Bring your Cornell ID. Graduate students, professional students, and alumni must bring their QR code confirmation from Vivenu.

Monday May 6

  • Willard Straight Hall Browsing Library 11am-10pm. Bring your Cornell ID.Graduate students, professional students, and alumni must bring their QR code confirmation from Vivenu.
  • Robert Purcell Community Center RPCC 12-10pm. Undergrad only. Bring your Cornell ID.

Tuesday May 7

  • Willard Straight Hall Browsing Library 11am-10pm. Bring your Cornell ID. Graduate students, professional students, and alumni must bring their QR code confirmation from Vivenu.
  • Robert Purcell Community Center RPCC 12-10pm. Undergrad only. Bring your Cornell ID.

Wednesday May 8 (Day of)

  • Arts Quad 9am-3pm. Bring your Cornell ID. Graduate students, professional students, and alumni must bring their QR code confirmation from Vivenu.

Undergraduate students: You must reserve your wristband ahead of time. Bring your Cornell ID to pick up your wristband. 

Graduate/Professional students: You must reserve your wristband prior to picking it up in-person AND you must purchase your ticket on Vivenu. You must bring your Cornell ID and your QR code confirmation from Vivenue to pick up your wristband. 

Cornell alumni: You must purchase your ticket on Vivenu and pick up your wristband day-of on the Arts Quad. You must bring your QR code confirmation from Vivenue to pick up your wristband. 

Staff and faculty: You must reserve your wristband prior to picking it up in-person. You must bring your Cornell ID to pick up your wristband.

Once I get my wristband, can I take it off?

Once I get my wristband, can I take it off?

Nope! Not until after Slope Day. The wristbands are a cloth material that can withstand showers, getting wet, etc. Taking off your wristband will shred it, deeming it unusable and irreplaceable. 

I lost my wristband! What can I do?

I lost my wristband! What can I do?

Students only get one wristband. If you lose your wristband or give yours to another person, you will not receive a replacement and will not be able to attend Slope Day.

Food & Drink Tickets

Skip the lines at Slope Day! There are many great food options throughout the event. There are many locations around campus and within the Slope Day fence where you can grab food and drinks. Order your tickets ahead of time to get your food sooner and get back to the music. 

Food Available on Slope Day

Food Available on Slope Day

Before gates open: Stop by the Slope Day BreakFest in front of the Schwartz Center, or the many dining halls that are open.

At the Slope: There are many food places open at Slope Day! Below is the menu for paid food opportunities. You can skip ticket lines by purchasing meal tickets prior to Slope Day. Details below.

Slope Day 2024

Station 1 Fair Food (WSH Parking Lot)

  • All Beef Hot Dog on Roll- 1 ticket (beef, gluten, sesame, soy)
  • Chili Cheese Beef Hot Dog on Roll - 2 tickets (beef, gluten, milk, sesame, soy)
  • Bavarian Pretzels with Cheese Sauce - 2 tickets (gluten, milk, soy, vegetarian)
  • Ivy Curly Fries - 2 tickets (gluten, soy, fried in shared oil, vegan)
  • Vegan Hot "Not" Dog - 1 ticket (gluten, sesame, soy, wheat, vegan)
  • Risley's Sun Butter & Jelly on Gluten-Free Bread - 1 ticket (vegan)

Station 2 Barbeque (WSH Parking Lot) (*Gluten-free buns available upon request)

  • Pulled Pork on a Brioche Roll with Sweet and Tangy Barbeque Sauce and Coleslaw* - 2 tickets (egg, gluten, milk, soy, pork)
  • Carolina Gold, Pulled Chicken with Bread and Butter Pickles on a Brioche Roll* – 2 tickets (egg, gluten, milk, soy, pork)
  • Syracuse Salt Potatoes with Butter – 1 ticket (milk, vegetarian)
  • Vegan Hot "Not" Dog - 1 ticket (gluten, sesame, soy, wheat, vegan)
  • Risley's Sun Butter & Jelly on Gluten-Free Bread - 1 ticket (vegan)

Station 3 Street Food (WSH Parking Lot) (*Corn tortillas available for gluten-free tacos)

  • Beef Tacos* - Shredded Pepper Jack and Cheddar Cheese with Lettuce and Taco Sauce- 2 tickets (gluten, milk, soy)
  • Tofu Tacos* - Roasted Poblano Aioli, Red Cabbage in Lime Vinaigrette, Fresh Tomato Salsa - 2 tickets (gluten, soy, vegetarian)
  • Street Corn with Mexican Spices and Cotija Cheese - 1 ticket (egg, milk, soy, vegetarian)
  • Risley's Sun Butter & Jelly on Gluten-Free Bread - 1 ticket (vegan)

Station 4 Sandwiches (Ho Plaza - Slope Fest)

  • Buffalo Chicken Grinder - Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce, Shredded Lettuce, & Creamy Ranch- 2 tickets (egg, gluten, milk, soy)
  • Cheesesteak - Thinly-sliced Beef, Sautéed Peppers, & Onion and Cheddar Cheese Sauce - 2 tickets (gluten, milk, soy)
  • Sausage with Pepper and Onions Sub - Sweet Italian Pork Sausage with Peppers and Onions - 2 tickets (gluten, pork)
  • Ice Cream Sandwich - 1 ticket (gluten, milk, soy, coconut, vegetarian)
  • Vegan Hot "Not" Dog - 1 ticket (gluten, sesame, soy, wheat, vegan)
  • Risley's Sun Butter & Jelly on Gluten-Free Bread - 1 ticket (vegan)

Station 5 Kosher/104 West (WSH Parking Lot)

  • Smoked Beef Brisket Slider on Challah Roll - 3 tickets (gluten, egg)
  • Pulled BBQ Jackfruit Slider on Vegan Challah with Slaw - 2 tickets (gluten, vegan)

Halal meals:
Halal meals are available upon request on Slope Day! These meals will be at the Slope Day beverage station in the Willard Straight Hall lot, and are available for one meal swipe, BRBs, or credit card. **They're not available with Slope Day food tickets.** Vegan and vegetarian items at all of our Slope Day food stations will be available with Slope Day food tickets.

Cornell Dining makes every attempt to identify ingredients that may cause allergic reactions for those with food allergies. Every effort is made to instruct our food production staff on the severity of food allergies, and to label items with possible allergen-containing ingredients. However, there is always a risk of cross contact. There is also a possibility that manufacturers of the commercial foods we use could change the formulation at any time, without notice. If allergen information changes, this information will be posted at the point of service.

Food Ticket Pre-sales

Food Ticket Pre-sale

Skip the lines and get back to the music sooner! Purchase your tickets in person beforehand while you pick up your wristband. When you purchase your food tickets in person, you can use BRB, Meal Choice, and credit.

In person at Okensheilds and Straight from the Market

  • Runs 4/29-Slope Day

NEW OPTION!! (online only)

  • A limited number of food tickets will be available to purchase online via ViVenu with credit cards. The students asked for this option, and we are offering a limited number. Students who use this method will be able to pick up the food tickets they purchased online when they attain their wristbands.
  • ViVenu $10 (will get you 5, $2 food tickets).

Central Campus (in-person only)

  • Sun, May 5: WSH Wristband Kick-Off Event 2 - 5pm
  • Mon, May 6: WSH Browsing Library 11 am - 8pm
  • Tues, May 7: WSH Browsing Library 11 am - 8pm

North Campus (in-person only)

  • Mon, May 6: RPCC Service Center 12 pm - 8pm
  • Tues, May 7: PRCC Service Center 12 pm - 8pm

Note: Halal meals will be available for one meal swipe, BRBs, or credit card, and will not be available with Slope Day food tickets.

Beer Tent (21+ years old)

Beer Tent (21+ years old)

Beer and hard cider are available for purchase on Libe Slope to those who are 21 years of age or older. 

Attendees can purchase a $10 beer bracelet (limited to one per person) with five tabs, which they can use for up to five beers on the Slope or they can be used to purchase food. 

Beer bracelets are for sale at Slope Day under the ID tent by the Willard Straight parking lot (limited to one per person). Beer can only be purchased with credit card (NO Cornell tenders such as BRBs or Meal Choice). Food can be purchased with any payment method (credit or Cornell tenders like BRBs and Meal Choice).

Note: Attendees who want to get a beer bracelet need to present a valid government-issued ID and students will also need to present their Cornell ID at the ID tent on the Slope. 

No outside beverages are permitted.

Water - stay hydrated!

Water - stay hydrated!

Bottled water and a water-filling station will be available around Slope Day. It is important to stay hydrated during the day! You can bring a clear/transparent water bottle to the slope. You will be asked to empty it prior to entering the gates. Glass containers are NOT allowed.


Slope Day Rules

Slope Day Rules


  • Attendance at Slope Day and related events is limited to current Cornell students, as well as full-time faculty and staff. Cornell alumni from December 2023 and earlier are also invited to participate in Slope Day. There are no exceptions for outside guests.
  • All attendees must receive a wristband prior to entering Slope Day. Information below.

Outside Food and Beverage

  • Do not bring food or drinks: Outside food or drink are not permitted within Slope Day, including alcohol. A special Slope Day menu including food and drinks are available for purchase provided by Cornell Dining. Free food and beverages are also available in Slope Fest. 
  • Water bottles: You can bring an EMPTY, TRANSLUCENT, and NON-GLASS water bottle to the Slope. You will be asked to dump any liquids at the gates (like at an airport!). You CANNOT bring a glass container. There are water hydration stations within Slope Day where you can refill your reusable water bottle. Additionally, everyone will be offered a free water bottle as they enter Slope Day from one of the gates.
  • No open containers: Open containers of alcohol are prohibited outside the gates. For those who are 21+, beer service is available at Slope Day within the gate. 
  • No cash on the Slope: Plan ahead. You can purchase alcohol and food online and in-person prior to and on Slope Day. For those who are 21+, you can purchase a beer bracelet online prior to and on Slope Day. To purchase a beer bracelet, you need a government-issued ID which will be checked at the Slope).


  • All attendees are subject to search: Travel light to reduce wait times at gates. Leave backpacks, bags, purses, and other larger bags and items at home.
    • Clear/transparent bags are allowed. The maximum size allowed is 8 inches x 8 inches. Think: drawstring, shoulder bag, fanny pack. They will be searched.
  • What to bring with you to the Slope:
    • Phone
    • Cornell ID*
    • Wristband*
    • Pre-purchased food tickets
    • Empty, translucent, and non-glass water bottle
    • For those 21+ and purchasing a beer bracelet, bring a government-issued photo ID (license or passport) to the ID Tent
  • Not allowed within the gates:
  • utside alcohol, flasks, BORGs, your own sunscreen, illegal drugs or substances, weapons, glass containers, coolers, outside food or drink, large bags, professional audio, photo, or video recording devices (i.e. cameras with detachable lenses and/or flashes), selfie sticks, amplified sound, floaties, lawn chairs, etc. Security has the authority to refuse entry if they deem any items a concern for the health and safety of attendees.
  • You can be asked to leave: Slope Day staff reserves the right to eject attendees or refuse to serve attendees alcohol.
  • Attendees may leave the Slope and return throughout the day as long as they keep on the valid wristband.



Eligibility: Disability accommodations and resources at this event are intended for those who identify as part of the disability community. We have finite resources and need to focus these resources on providing services to those who require assistance.

Mobility Disabilities: We encourage patrons with mobility disabilities to utilize personal forms of transportation, including wheelchairs and scooters. Crutches, walkers and canes are also permitted. Please note that we will not be renting assisted mobility devices onsite.

Accessible Routes: Slope Day is navigable for people with mobility disabilities. Please be advised that the venue’s terrain is grass, paved walkways, and a slope. Guests will need to traverse throughout the festival grounds independently or with the assistance of a companion. Slope Day does not provide transportation services.

Parking: ADA Parking will be available for attendees with a valid Accessible Parking placard, permit or license plate. Accessible parking is available on Central Ave at the top of the Slope.

Communication Access: American Sign Language interpreters will be available for the main stage performances.

Service Animals: Service animals are permitted throughout the festival. Service animals must remain under the control of its owner at all times. NO emotional support animals, therapy animals, or companion animals are allowed.

Concessions: All concessions are accessible and located throughout the venue. If assistance is required, please confer with a staff member or event volunteer.

Medical: There is a fully-equipped medical site staffed by trained personnel located at the Slope to manage any issue. Check the Festival Map for exact locations.

Sensory Supportive Space: The sensory space is a relaxing environment located in the Willard Straight Hall International Lounge. This space is designed to accommodate those with disabilities, including those in our Neurodivergent community, who can benefit from a brief reprieve of Slope Day activities.  This space is accessible only through the WSH South entrance (near the Cornell Health gate).

Dietary Needs: Slope Day will have food stations that provide gluten-free dietary options. A full menu is located on this website. For those with special dietary needs beyond the offered festival food service, please contact us at for further information.

Additional Service Request: Please reach out to with any additional questions or requests. Our goal is to provide a welcoming and inclusive Slope Day experience for all Cornellians and their guests.

Alcohol & Other Drugs

Alcohol & Other Drugs

The majority of Cornellians drink alcohol in moderation or not at all and many students enjoy Slope Day and have fun without alcohol. That said, some students choose to engage in alcohol consumption as part of their Slope Day experience and beer is available for purchase for those who are 21 + years old with a government ID. If you drink alcohol, know the legal risks of underage drinking and consider ways to reduce the risk of AOD-related illness or injury by thinking ahead.

  • AOD Rules & Policies:
    • Enforcement is stepped up on Slope Day.
    • The legal drinking age is 21 and it is illegal to provide alcohol to anyone under the age of 21. It is also illegal to create or possess altered government or university documents to bypass the legal drinking age.
    • Cannabis use is prohibited on Cornell’s campus.
    • It is also illegal and prohibited by the university for an individual to manufacture, possess, use, dispense, sell, or distribute controlled substances or other illegal drugs (as defined by state and federal law).
    • Cornell’s Student Code of Conduct applies every day of the year.
  • Do The Right Thing:
    • The Good Samaritan protocol & law helps protect the people involved in calling for help and the person(s) needing medical assistance from judicial and/or legal consequences when you call for help. If you see someone who requires medical attention due to an alcohol or other drug related emergency, do the right thing and call 9-1-1 or get assistance from a Slope Day volunteer.
  • If you drink alcohol, plan ahead for safety and follow these tips:
    • Stick to the buzz… pace and limit the number of alcoholic drinks.
    • Avoid hard alcohol, which is the cause of nearly all alcohol emergencies
    • Stay hydrated and well-fed throughout the day 
    • You must be 21+ to drink legally. Keep in mind that enforcement will be stepped up on Slope Day.
  • If you use cannabis, plan ahead for safety and follow these tips:
    • Start low: Start with a small amount of THC (no more than 2.5 mg) and see how it affects you.
    • Go slow: You may not feel the full effects for 2 – 4 hours; wait at least two hours before using more.
    • You must be 21+ to use cannabis legally and remember that cannabis use is prohibited on Cornell’s campus regardless of age, because it is still illegal at the federal level. Keep in mind that enforcement will be stepped up on Slope Day.

Weather (Severe Weather Guidelines)

Weather (Severe Weather Guidelines)

Plan ahead by checking the weather for Slope Day. In case of inclement weather, please see the Cornell University Severe Weather Guidelines.

Consider the weather as you are planning what to wear. Apply sunscreen ahead of time as you cannot bring your own in. Sunscreen will also be available at the entrance gates and the first aid tent.



For information about current COVID-19 public health guidelines, please visit


Slope Day Events

Slope Day is more than just the concert on the slope. Check out what else is happening as we celebrate the end of the school year!

Slope Day

Slope Day

The main event! Gates open at 11am and the concert will wrap up around 5pm. Read this website for rules, restrictions, and what to expect from Slope Day.

Slope Fest

Slope Fest

Be sure to stop by Slope Fest on Ho Plaza! Slope Fest will include FREE food, drinks, carnival games, prizes, music, and more. Pepsi is giving out Bubbly, Gatorlyte, tea, and chips. Between the Main Stage performances, there will be performances from student groups (see above line-up). Note: you must have your Slope Day wristband to participate in Slope Fest.

Alternative Slope Day

Alternative Slope Day

Alternative Slope Day is an opportunity for folks to get off campus on Slope Day and try something new. The Campus Activities office works with Cornell Outdoor Education to offer free spots to the Hoffman Challenge Course. The ropes course and other activities are all "challenge by choice".

We will announce sign ups for Alt Slope Day as we get closer to Slope Day.

Slope Day BreakFEST

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Slope Day BreakFEST

Start your morning off with breakfast in a dining hall or get a FREE BreakFEST sandwich, fruit, and water in front of the Schwartz Center in Collegetown from 7:30AM - 10:30AM on Slope Day. Hosted by Cornell Health.


On Slope Day, approximately 500 volunteers are needed to assist in the operations on and around Libe Slope. Without this help, Slope Day simply would not happen. Volunteers are made up of faculty, staff and students, and they all help out in a variety of ways.

Staff volunteer sign-up

Student volunteer sign-up

Volunteers will receive...

Volunteers will receive...

As a thank you for your support, each volunteer will receive:

  • Free meal tickets (if 4 or more hours are worked)
  • Free Slope Day T-Shirt
  • Other free giveaways (optional clear bag and other fun gifts)
  • Students: Entry into prize raffles, including a SONY headphones
  • Graduate/Professional students: will receive their wristband fee back

Volunteer roles & responsibilities

Volunteer roles & responsibilities

Alternative Slope Day

Alternative Slope Day

  • Area Lead: Denice Cassaro (dac11)
  • Location: On-campus - buses
  • Shift times: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm (all day, at different times)

Assists with Alternative Slope Day - the off-campus trip to the ropes course. Volunteers will remain on campus, greeting students and checking them in at various points throughout the day. 

Beer ID Tent/Wristbands

Beer ID Tent/Wristbands

  • Area Lead: Mike Baker (meb84) & Brandon Fortenberry (bf52)
  • Location: ID Tent near Willard Straight Hall
  • Shift times: 10:30am - 4pm, 10:00am - 1:30pm, 12:30pm - 3:30pm

Provide coverage to check ID's for those who are 21 years of age or older and who wish to purchase beer at the event. Approximately 60 people are needed. Chairs will be available for volunteers.

Beer Queue/Line Support

Beer Queue/Line Support

  • Area Lead: Sonja Kelly (swk5)
  • Location: West Ave - queue near beer trucks
  • Shift times: 11:30am-4:30pm

Provide assistance in the queue where participants line up to collect beer. Approximately 30 people are needed. Volunteers will help maintain orderliness, be positive, friendly and willing to administer many fist bumps! Must be able to stand throughout the shift.

Beer Service/Distribution

Beer Service/Distribution

  • Area Lead: Dustin Freeley (dpf57)
  • Location: West Ave - beer trucks
  • Shift times: 9:30am - 1:30pm, 1:00pm - 5:30pm

Volunteers will pour beer and serve guests at the Beer Trucks. Approximately 30 people are needed (this option will be capped at 35 volunteers). This is a fast paced environment, prepare for speedy service and lots of smiles! Help maintain beer tab to track drinks, as well as pour and distribute cups of beer. Must be able to stand throughout the shift and practice safe serving practices with supervision.

Bottled Water Management (staff and students)

Bottled Water Management (staff and students)

  • Area Lead: Ricky Boche (ehb76)
  • Location: Various locations on/around the Slope
  • Shift times: 10:30am - 5:30pm (student shift is 11am-4pm)

Coordinating bottled water distribution across the event, monitoring supply, and restocking as needed.

Dining Assistance for SlopeFest and WSH Parking Lot

Dining Assistance for SlopeFest and WSH Parking Lot

  • Area Lead: Troy Buchanan (tlb34)
  • Location: SlopeFest and WSH Parking lot
  • Shift times: 11am - 4pm

General dining support for Slope Fest and WSH parking lot. This could be line management, supply runner from Ho Plaza to the parking lot, waste management, etc.

Sensory Room

Sensory Room

  • Area Lead: TBA
  • Location: WSH Music Room
  • Shift times: 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Help with Check-in and management of attendees for the sensory space in Willard Straight Hall

Eagle Eyes (student-only role)

Eagle Eyes (student-only role)

  • Area Lead: Ryan Marchenese (krm232)
  • Location: Top of the slope
  • Shift times: 10:00am - 1:00pm, 12:30pm - 5:30pm

Stationed above the Slope, they are the eyes to see if students are in distress. They will have radios and report to EHS when needed. Student-only role. 

Gap Coverage

Gap Coverage

  • Area Lead: Brian Kerry (bk528)
  • Location: Volunteers cover specific areas during the course of the event in order to limit access to appropriate personnel. Volunteers may be asked to fill in 'gaps' from other volunteer crews around the slope. Also known as 'floaters.'
  • Shift times: 10:30am - 2:30pm, 2:00pm - 5:30pm, 10:30am - 5:30pm (all day)

Coverage areas include the dining gate behind WSH, south and north access points on West Ave., the area above the Campus Store. May also cover the gates, wristband distribution centers, ID check area, beer queue, or other problem areas. Must be assertive and flexible. Must be willing to change location at a moment's notice. Note: You may be required to carry a two-way radio and work with staff members who you may or may not know.

Gates Crew

Gates Crew

  • Area Lead: Don Sevey (dds29)
  • Location: Sage Gate, Cornell Health Gate, North Gate (top of the slope), South Gate (bottom of the slope), & Morrill Gate
  • Shift times: 10:00am - 2pm, 12 - 5pm

Provide coverage at the entryways to the event. Volunteers will enforce gate and entry rules, check each entrant for wristbands, distribute water, and alert CU Police and/or security staff to problems. Each gate entry will also have a CU Police officer present, as well as outside security personnel to augment volunteer coverage.

SlopeFest (student and staff role)

SlopeFest (student and staff role)

  • Area Lead: Jobe Zulu (ljz23) and Alex Trusca (vt253)
  • Location: Ho Plaza
  • Shift times: 9:00am - 1pm, 12:30pm - 5pm (student shifts are 9am-1pm, 12:30-5pm)

Volunteers will assist with setting up various activities, offer general crowd supervision, and greeting students on Ho Plaza. Activities may include novelties, temporary tattoos, game competitions, handling free food and water before, during, and after the music attractions on stage. Some activities may have chairs, while others may require standing.

Sustainability & Waste Management (student and staff role)

Sustainability & Waste Management (student and staff role)

  • Area Lead: Kim Anderson (kab94)
  • Location: Various locations on/around the Slope
  • Shift times: 9am - 6pm, 9am - 2pm, 1- 6pm (student shifts are 10am-12:45pm, 12:15-4:45pm, 2:15-4:45pm, 4:15-6:pm)

Help keep the slope clean and the event sustainable.

Volunteer Check-In/Out Support

Volunteer Check-In/Out Support

  • Area Lead: Bri Winkleblack (bw496) and Bridget DuBrey (bd396)
  • Location: Willard Straight Hall Memorial Room
  • Shift times: 7am - 2pm, 12:30pm - 5:30pm

Volunteers are needed to manage and maintain the volunteer check in/out, use computer database, issue supplies, sign out radios and train people on radio use, monitor entrance to restricted areas, and help with general setup and cleanup. This is a mellow assignment with peaks of busyness.

Wristband Distribution (Day-of Distribution)

Wristband Distribution (Day-of Distribution)

  • Area Lead: Margaret Gallo (mmg3)
  • Location: Arts Quad
  • Shift times: 8:30am - 4:00pm, 8-11am, 11am-2pm

Provide wristband distribution for graduate/professional students and alumni. Some staff will be asked to use an online registration tool. Volunteers will check student IDs. Explain and support guidelines for issuing wristbands and place event wristbands on attendees. Volunteers may be able to sit for some of their shifts. YOU MUST COMMIT TO ATTENDING A MANDATORY 45-MINUTE ZOOM TRAINING SESSION THE WEEK PRIOR.

✨For Staff Volunteers: HR and Payroll Information

✨For Staff Volunteers: HR and Payroll Information

HR and Payroll Information

For Staff Members who Volunteer: A supervisor must approve a staff member’s request to be released from regular duties in order to be reassigned as a volunteer at Slope Day. Given the reassignment, hours spent at Slope Day that coincide with the staff member’s regularly scheduled work hours will be considered time worked and should be recorded in Workday as Regular time. Hours spent volunteering at Slope Day that fall outside of scheduled work hours (and thus are not a reassignment of duties) are unpaid and should not be recorded in Workday.

For Staff Members Required to Work: Nonexempt staff members who are required to work the Slope Day event must be paid for all hours worked during the event, even if such hours do not coincide with their regularly scheduled work hours. Such time should be recorded in Workday as Regular time. If you are unsure whether your assignment at Slope Day is a voluntary one (see above paragraph), or a required assignment, please contact either your supervisor, or your college/unit Human Resources representative for clarification. If additional information is needed, you may contact the Division of Human Resources at 255-6894.

For Exempt Staff Members: Exempt staff members who provide assistance during Slope Day in either capacity above will receive their usual compensation. 

MATURE CONTENT:  This event is intended for mature audiences. Please be aware of your surroundings, as the content may not be suitable for all ages.

Slope Day 2019
Slope Day 2019 with Steve Aoki