For the Community


Center for the Arts hosts over 400 music, dance, theater, and visual arts events annually. Seasonal brochures are available online. 80% of events are free, and no ticket is higher than $35.
283 Washington Terrace

Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery is dedicated to presenting groundbreaking solo and group exhibitions and installations that explore contemporary issues, often through through an interdisciplinary lens. Free admission.
Tuesday, 12-7pm;
Wednesday-Sunday, 12-5pm
283 Washington Terrace

Wesleyan Film Series features films four nights a week during the academic year. Admission is free on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and $5 on Fridays. All films start at 8pm
Summer Film Series On Tuesdays in July, the Center for Film Studies hosts a film series with a theme. Free admission.
301 Washington Terrace
(860) 685-3542

The Davison Art Center holds Wesleyan's collection of more than 25,000 works of art on paper, chiefly prints and photographs. Free admission.
Tuesday–Sunday 12-4pm whenever exhibitions are on view.
The Artful Lunch Series at Alsop House: twice a semester, a faculty member or art student talks about a favorite piece in the DAC collection for 15 minutes. Attendees bring a bag lunch and enjoy conversation following the talk.  
301 High Street

College of East Asian Studies Mansfield Freeman Center – 2-3 exhibitions are presented each academic year. Free admission.
Monday-Friday, 12-4pm
343 Washington Terrace

Wesleyan Concert Choir Under the direction of Nadya Potemkina, this choral ensemble welcomes members of both Wesleyan and Middletown communities. No audition is necessary. Contact: Nadya Potemkina,

Wesleyan Orchestra Under the direction of Nadya Potemkina, this orchestra welcomes members of both Wesleyan and Middletown communities. For more information and to inquire about an audition (required to register), contact Nadya Potemkina,

Youth Gamelan classes  In weekly Saturday morning classes, students ages 7 to 14 learn traditional music from Java, Indonesia on Wesleyan's gamelan instruments. Cost is $45 for a semester of classes plus a final performance. There is also a Friday morning youth gamelan class for homeschooling students. Contact: Joseph Getter (


Wi-Fi – Visitors are welcome to access wi-fi all around campus: Guest Access to Wesleyan Systems
Self-guided tours and mobile tours: Access the self-guided walking tour here:  Self-Guided Walking Tour
Films on Foss – On summer nights, bring a blanket and a picnic to watch a family movie on Foss Hill

Van Vleck Observatory
Rain or shine space nights- every Wednesday at 8pm in the academic year. ½ hour presentation, followed by a chance to observe through the telescopes
Kids’ nights- 1st and 3rd Friday of the month at 8pm
One Saturday per month- observing with the Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford
Schedule a visit for your school or scouting group! Sign up for their mailing list here: Astronomy Events
96 Foss Hill
(860) 685-2130

Events and Conferences
Facility Rentals – for private events or organization events
Wesleyan Events & Conferences
45 Wyllys Avenue
(860) 685-2280

Wesleyan RJ Julia books, gear, author talks and grown café
413 Main Street 
(860) 685-7323

Campus Tours
The Admissions Office is open:
Monday-Friday 8:30am- 5pm
Summer hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30
Tours are offered most days at 9am, 12pm, and 3pm


Sledding on Foss Hill
Tennis courts on Vine Street
Walking – campus, trail on Long Lane, or track (indoor track accessible to senior citizens)
Free sporting events - Athletics
Sports Camps during academic breaks, including summer. Camps include soccer, squash, rowing, swim, basketball, field hockey, volleyball, and baseball.


Audit a class – Wesleyan alumni and members of the community can audit a class, with permission of the instructor Non Degree Regulations

Libraries –  The Wesleyan Libraries are open to all users for research purposes and for access to the US federal government depository collection.

Olin Library
Monday- Thursday 8:30am-2am
Friday 8:30am-11pm
Saturday 10am-10pm
Sunday 10am-2am
252 Church Street
(860) 685-2660
Information for Alumni and Visitors

Science Library
Monday- Thursday 8:30am-2am
Friday 8:30am-12am
Saturday 10am-11pm
Sunday 10am-2am
265 Church Street
(860) 685-2860
Alumni and Visitors

The Friends of the Library is a community of readers dedicated to celebrating and enjoying books of all kinds. They put on lectures, events, book sales and special projects.

The Joe Webb Peoples Museum of Natural History houses a collection of fossils, dinosaur footprints, and minerals.
When classes are in session:
Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
4th Floor, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street


There is a block of tickets reserved for community members at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. event. Other lectures are open to the public and can be found on the Master Calendar

Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning
7-10 courses are offered each semester. These courses are offered at minimal cost, are not part of a degree-granting program, and are designed to offer topics of particular interest to members of our community. Special one-day courses on particular topics will be offered once each semester.

Graduate Liberal Studies
Wesleyan offers a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) and the more advanced Master of Philosophy in Liberal Arts (MPhil), as well as non-degree graduate study. Courses are offered in visual arts, art history, creative and professional writing, literature, history, mathematics, film, government, education, biology, psychology, astronomy, and more.
74 Wyllys Avenue
(860) 685-2900


Long Lane Farm
Student-run and collectively organized farm which grows produce for the North End Farmer’s Market, the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen, and Bon Appetit Dining Services.
Workdays every Saturday 10am-2pm while classes are in session.
Pumpkin fest: Every year hundreds of people from the Wesleyan and Middletown communities come out to Long Lane to celebrate the harvest with music, food, and crafts.
May Day: In early May come to Long Lane to celebrate the planting season and springtime. May Day features student bands, food, and a May pole.
Visit or get involved!
243 Long Lane

Bon Appetit
All locations accept cash. Usdan Marketplace, Summerfields, Usdan Café, Pi Café, Weshop Essentials
For Summerfields and Late Night orders using Zingle, text your order to 860-724-2526

Menu features buffalo wings, chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks, pasta, BBQ ribs, and caprese salads. Brunch on the weekends includes omelets, eggs Benedict, and smoked salmon.
Lunch 11am-2pm
Dinner 5pm-8pm
156 High Street
(860) 685-3510

Red & Black Cafe
Menu features sandwiches, coffees, paninis, soups, and breakfast sandwiches.
Monday-Friday 9am-8pm
Weekends 9am-5pm
45 Broad Street
(860) 685-7333 phone
Text ordering (860) 650-1214