Check Out Our Annual Queer Events!
Fall/ Winter Undergraduate Mixer
One of the largest events of the Cantú Queer Center, the Queer Undergraduate Student Mixer is held early in the quarter to give students a chance to meet other queer-identified students. It gets quite packed, with hundreds of students mingling, snacking on food and learning about all the wonderful opportunities our community offers. There is no better place to meet, greet and get involved!
Fall/ Winter Graduate Mixer
Specifically for graduate students, this mixer is smaller but just as much fun as the undergraduate event. It is a great place to meet the older generation of students, who understand about hard work and good fun at the same time. Come for food, stay for the new friends!
This annual celebration of our queer community invites you to join the Pride Parade that will marches all through the UC Santa Cruz colleges and end at Kresge. The event always has booths, entertainment and great tasting food. Come celebrate while wearing the exciting free t-shirts and other swag. Clubs, orgs and local bussinesses all come out to show their wares as well!
No need to go to San Francisco to find your gay club! Glitterball was specifically designed to simulate the club scenes of the larger cities, with its modern music and jam packed floor. Filled to the brim every time, this dance is held during the campus's annual "May Is So Gay!" month of events. Any dress style, any partner and identity is welcome!
Oakes Drag Ball
Though not held every year, this event is a great place for all gender-benders, drag queens and kings, non-conforming dancers and everybody else that wants to dance their heart out. There is also a fabulous drag show put on by students and professionals alike. Keep an eye on the Oakes event calendar to see where and when it will be happening this year!
Porter Queer Fashion Show
Queer Fashion Show has long been a part of UCSC culture. Since its origins in the 80's, the show has become a mainstay at UCSC, and is emblematic of the school’s identity as a queer-friendly campus. The show is a variety show filled with song, dance, spoken word, and, of course, FASHION! Buy your tickets early because this event always sells out!
The UCSC Rainbow Ceremony is a celebration honoring queer grads of all levels (middle school to PhD) from across Santa Cruz County. Festivities include inspiring speakers, local entertainment, and terrific food. Family, friends and supporters welcome! Rainbow Ceremony is a positively queer experience and tons of fun!