Bermuda shorts day 2018
ONLINE Tickets No Longer Available
Mark your calendars for Calgary’s largest student celebration. The legendary end-of-year party is set for Friday, April 13 in Lot 32. Join the party - with music, food, and beverage service from noon – 5 p.m.
- Only 5,000 tickets will be available online!
- Tickets will be available online beginning at 10:00 on March 16! From March 16 – April 6 buy your ticket for only $5.
Tickets must then be exchanged for wristbands.
- Tickets will be available to purchase online at March 16 @ 10:00AM
- Wristbands can be picked up in the North Courtyard of Mac Hall from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. April 9 – 12.
- A limited number of wristbands will be available to buy in person April 9 – 12 for $10 and can be purchased in Mac Hall from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. April 9 – 12.
- No same day wristbands will be handed out.
- Students must show student ID and valid government ID in order to receive a wristband.
No refunds will be issued.
Steps to Getting Your Wristband
1. Tickets can be purchased online here from March 16 – April 6. Tickets must then be exchanged for wristbands.
2. Wristbands can be picked up or purchased in the North Courtyard of Mac Hall from 9am – 5pm, April 9 – 12. No same day wristbands will be handed out.
3. Students must show student ID and valid government ID in order to receive a wristband. No refunds will be issued.
Location, bands, and stuff
Wristbands, student ID and age ID will be required to enter into the concert and beer gardens. A wristband is needed but does not guarantee entry into the concert and beer gardens. Sorry. It’s inconvenient but those are the rules to ensure everyone’s safety and ability to have fun.
- Lot 32 Doors open at 11:30.
- Performances by Smalltown DJs & Friends, Eazy Mac, Long Time No Time, Windigo, Eya-Hey Nakoda and RocswellxDonJuan
- Food trucks Calgary Mini Donuts, Taiko Taco, Burger320 and Happy Truck
- BSD has been a tradition at the U of C for 58 years, having started in 1960. It has long served an important purpose for U of C students by fostering a sense of U of C pride and building campus community.
- In 1989 the university approached the SU and asked that we host a single, large event on campus to celebrate BSD. The hope was that we would be able to offer a safe and fun environment for students to celebrate the last day of classes.
- Music for the event will be: Smalltown DJs, Eazy Mac, Windigo, Eya-Hey Nakoda and RocswellxDonJuan.
- Food trucks will be: Calgary Mini Donuts, Taiko Taco, Burger320, and Happy Truck.
- Because large, private festivals like BSD are expensive to put on. Last year, the event lost $88,000. One of the reasons for this is that the university is unwilling to help us with expenses related to the event, even though they benefit from the event being put on. Another is that revenues have been decreasing over the years, with students drinking less at the event.
- Over the past few years, the SU has explored many different ways of decreasing the cost of the event and increasing revenues, but none have been able to shrink the deficit sufficiently. Examples of this include:
- Scaling back staff incentives and discontinuing the creation of BSD t-shirts.
- Securing corporate sponsorship for the event.
- Taking advantage of discounted product when making decisions about what to serve.
- Requesting increases to capacity from AGLC and the university – all these requests have been denied.
- Asking the university to help shoulder some of the expenses or at least waiving or reducing some of their fees – they have said no to all these requests.
- Requesting permission to keep the Den and Black Lounge open on BSD so we can generate more revenue – the university won’t let us do that.
- At the end of the day, we don’t want to impact the student experience or safety with further cuts so we have come to the decision to charge admission.
- Early bird tickets will be available beginning at 10 a.m. on March 16 for $5. You can buy tickets here.
- If you would prefer to buy your ticket in person you can purchase a $10 in the North Courtyard of Mac Hall April 9 – 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- You must exchange your ticket for a wristband in the North Courtyard of Mac Hall April 9 – 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- No refunds will be provided.
- A ticket is a placeholder for a wristband but you must come into Mac Hall to exchange your ticket, get your student and government ID checked and pick up your wristband. You cannot do this on the day of the event.
- The SU focuses on creating a safe but fun environment for students to celebrate the last day of classes. Most of our costs are linked to security and safety, including paying for security guards and Calgary Police Service presence all over campus, not just at our event.
- BSD has been a tradition at the U of C for 58 years, having started in 1960. Students have told us that BSD is an important part of their university experience and that’s why we continue to host it every year. BSD fosters a sense of U of C pride and builds campus community for many students.
- We have some of the lowest fees of any student association in Canada and charging an admission fee for this event allows us to maintain this. We think a user fee is fairer than increasing SU fees across the board for all students.
- Even with charging admission, a portion of your fees will go to covering the approximately $50,000 deficit that will remain.
- We considered off campus venues, but it wouldn’t be more affordable and would take away from the event – BSD has traditionally always been on campus.
It’s the end of the year party to end all parties! Your SU is pleased to offer this legendary event every year on the final day of classes in April.
Your SU puts together this end of the year party to give students a chance to celebrate their successes, blow off some steam after a hard-working term and party one last time before heading into exams. Legend has it that BSD first began when a student suggested everyone wear bermuda shorts on the last day of classes in 1960. More than fifty years later this fun idea has evolved into a celebration famous across the country.
BSD offers great live musical acts, cheap prices on refreshments, and an awesome venue to party with your friends. Prior to 2018, BSD was a free event. As of March 2018 the SU began to charge for admission to BSD with ticket prices beginning at $5.00.
Be sure to check out this page towards the end of the academic year (April) for all the details on BSD for the year including how to get wrist bands for admission, location, and music line-up.
Don’t be fooled by other postings or social networking groups claiming to have the scoop on BSD. This web page is the official and only place where you will find all the right details, schedules, and instructions on how to get admitted to this event!