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We look forward to your participation in our Mountain Day celebration. Please join us for these great Berry traditions! For questions about Mountain Day, please contact or stop by the Campus Information Desk in the Krannert Lobby. 



Mountain Day Olympics are held on Evans Lawn and are co-sponsored by KCAB and Residence Life. This is one of our largest student events of the year. Residence halls, commuters, and faculty and staff compete in “field day-type” events, such as egg toss and tug-o-war, for the title of Olympic Champions. As the Olympics begin, each team reveals their themes and t-shirt design.

KCAB’s Mountain Day Talent Show takes place Friday evening with cash prizes awarded to the winners. Tickets are sold at the Campus Information Desk the week prior to the event.  This event typically sells out so make sure to purchase tickets in advance!


The Picnic & Grand March are held on Mountain Campus, and this event dates back over 100 years! The picnic and Grand March are a birthday party for and celebration of Martha Berry and her contributions to the institution

Several thousand people attend the events on Mountain Campus. Students, faculty and staff can enjoy a FREE picnic lunch with Berry ID and ticket, which can be picked up at the Campus Information Desk during the week prior to the event. Guest meal tickets may also be purchased at the Campus Information Desk for a discounted price or day of at the picnic site at full price. Students are welcome to bring their own food to picnic with family and friends.

Students participating in the Grand March on Saturday should line up for the march by 12:45 p.m. and have pennies equal to their age (or other coins if you want to contribute more!) ready to drop in the basket at the base of the hill. The money collected supports Berry scholarships.

In addition to the pennies, students are encouraged to wear specific colors which represent the uniforms that Berry students wore in the earlier years of the school. Historically, Senior women have worn pastel blue dresses or blue shirts with skirts, pants or shorts and senior men wore white shirts with pants or shorts. Junior, Sophomore & Freshman women have worn pastel pink dresses or pink shirts with skirts, pants or shorts, and the men have worn light blue shirts with pants or shorts. 

Although the Grand March colors were assigned in the past based on gender and classification, students today can wear the color of their choice or may opt to dress in navy or silver to represent the College’s colors of today.

Prior to the march, students, alumni, family members and other guests are treated to a concert performed by the Berry College Wind Ensemble.

Please note the information provided on the Parking and Traffic page to navigate Mountain Campus on Saturday.

Marthapalooza is the main student event Saturday night and takes place from 10pm until 2am in the Clara Bowl. This event includes carnival rides, booths and games, food, and other activities. Students get in FREE with ID and event wristband, which is distributed at the Campus Information Desk the week prior the event. Guest tickets for Marthapalooza may be purchased the week prior to the event at the Campus Information Desk or at the event entrance gate. Students should also be on the lookout for opportunities to purchase the annual Marthapalooza event shirt, which is typically the first long-sleeved shirt for fall semester.


There is so much going on during the weekend that everyone should find activities of interest all over campus.

Athletics - The Berry Volleyball team will play at home Mountain Day Weekend. The Vikings play against the Sewanee Tigers on Friday night and then take on the Centre Colonels Saturday at noon.

The Berry Vikings Football team competes against the Rhodes Lynx on Saturday evening. Tickets are required for entry to the football game. Students may pick up their free ticket at the Campus Information Desk the week of as well as purchase additional tickets for $10 (plus tax).

Berry College Theatre Company (BCTC) Production – This year’s Mountain Day production is “Bright Star” by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. Performances are scheduled for Friday/Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at Sisters Theatre. Tickets are sold in advance and reservations advised.

Berry Singers – To commemorate the recent opening of the Betty Anne Rouse Bell Recital Hall at Ford, the Berry Singers will host a concert Friday evening.

Tent "Village" - Saturday during the picnic, stop by the Alumni welcome tent to purchase the official Mountain Day t-shirt and check out student entrepreneurial project tents. The official weekend shirt will also be sale the week prior to Mountain Day during lunch time hours in Krannert Lobby or can be purchased ahead of time at

Family Fun Activities – Following the Grand March and Picnic, inflatables and other family fun activities will be available at the base of Lavender Mountain. Additionally, the Marthapalooza Committee provides a "Family Hour" option Saturday afternoon for faculty, staff, and alumni with children ages 5-12. Cost is $5 per person and children must be accompanied by an adult. Current Berry students with younger siblings in this age group may also attend, and student must present Marthapalooza wristband for entry.

Intercultural Center Open House – The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is hosting an open house at the Intercultural Center, which just opened in Spring 2022. Known as the ICC, the center is home to two giant murals that reflect the diversity of our campus community and which were painted by students, faculty and staff with guidance from a local community artist.

Berry Farmer’s Market – Mid-afternoon, several of Berry’s student enterprises, as well as other local vendors, will have tents set up along Memorial Drive. 

Historic Berry – Several of the college’s historic sites are open for guests on Mountain Day Weekend. This year the Martha Berry Museum is celebrating its 50th anniversary and is hosting an open house on Saturday.  Additionally, on Sunday morning the Daughters of Berry host a graveside memorial service honoring our founder Martha Berry. Check the full Mountain Day Weekend schedule for scheduled times and tours.

Mountain Day Worship Service – To close out the weekend, a special Sunday morning worship service will be held at the College Chapel, featuring the Alumni Choir and a Berry alum as the guest minister.

*Berry is a substance-free campus

Ticket Information

Take care of your Mountain Day ticket needs at the Campus Information Desk (Krannert Center) beginning Monday, September 30. Berry ID must be presented for both purchase and pick-up.

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