Fanfare for the Enormous Activities Fair

by Juan Perez & Julia Gu

Every fall, UCLA hosts the Enormous Activities Fair to welcome all incoming and returning students to a new year of club activities. The fair spans Wilson Plaza and Dickson Plaza, offering more than 500 clubs a chance to meet their next members. From late morning to mid-afternoon, students can be seen milling from table to table as current members and officers greet the next wave of fresh energy and continue the legacy of their organizations.

UCLA Chess Club attracts students with a chess puzzle and the incentive of a prize. Although the club met a small lull during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, it β€” like many clubs β€” was able to attract and maintain a passionate club body since. Photo by Julia Gu/BruinLife.

UCLA Chess Club attracts students with a chess puzzle and the incentive of a prize. Although the club met a small lull during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, it β€” like many clubs β€” was able to attract and maintain a passionate club body since. Photo by Julia Gu/BruinLife.

Students walk down toward the busy Wilson Plaza. The Enormous Activities Fair is an annual event that takes place above and below Janss Steps, attracting thousands of students per year. Photo by Julia Gu/BruinLife.

Students walk down toward the busy Wilson Plaza. The Enormous Activities Fair is an annual event that takes place above and below Janss Steps, attracting thousands of students per year. Photo by Julia Gu/BruinLife.

Amia Dauis (left) poses for a photo with friends at the Enormous Activities Fair. As a first-year psychology student, she hopes to find pre-med clubs that interest her. Photo by Julia Gu/BruinLife.

Amia Dauis (left) poses for a photo with friends at the Enormous Activities Fair. As a first-year psychology student, she hopes to find pre-med clubs that interest her. Photo by Julia Gu/BruinLife.

Samuel Lu, a member of the UCLA ACA Lion Dance Club, plays the drum for the students maneuvering the lion to dance to; to his right, Rohith Venkatesh, a computer science student, and Anand Kumar, a bioengineering student, watch him play. The Enormous Activities Fair draws in both new and returning students to join various organizations. Photo by Juan Cesar Perez/BruinLife.

Samuel Lu, a member of the UCLA ACA Lion Dance Club, plays the drum for the students maneuvering the lion to dance to; to his right, Rohith Venkatesh, a computer science student, and Anand Kumar, a bioengineering student, watch him play. The Enormous Activities Fair draws in both new and returning students to join various organizations. Photo by Juan Cesar Perez/BruinLife.

A club officer holds up a life-size poster of Pope Francis to attract new members. In order to stand out from the crowd, clubs use creative ways to draw students' attention. Photo by Julia Gu/BruinLife.

A club officer holds up a life-size poster of Pope Francis to attract new members. In order to stand out from the crowd, clubs use creative ways to draw students’ attention. Photo by Julia Gu/BruinLife.

Second-year students try out their juggling skills with equipment provided by the Juggling Club at UCLA by the side of Janss Steps while other students look on. Many clubs show off their expertise at the fair to attract interested individuals. Photo by Julia Gu/BruinLife.

Second-year students try out their juggling skills with equipment provided by the Juggling Club at UCLA by the side of Janss Steps while other students look on. Many clubs show off their expertise at the fair to attract interested individuals. Photo by Julia Gu/BruinLife.

The UCLA Sex Squad displays two dresses at their booth for the Enormous Activities Fair. Both dresses were made by one of the club's interns; one dress is made out of Trojan brand condom wrappers and the other was made out of the actual condoms. Photo by Juan Cesar Perez/BruinLife.

The UCLA Sex Squad displays two dresses at their booth for the Enormous Activities Fair. Both dresses were made by one of the club’s interns; one dress is made out of Trojan brand condom wrappers and the other was made out of the actual condoms. Photo by Juan Cesar Perez/BruinLife.

Allison McCabe and Jordan Wanigaratne talk to the Climbing Club about possibly joining. Many clubs, like the Climbing Club, design posters and flyers to catch the eyes of students walking by. Photo by Juan Cesar Perez/BruinLife.

Allison McCabe and Jordan Wanigaratne talk to the Climbing Club about possibly joining. Many clubs, like the Climbing Club, design posters and flyers to catch the eyes of students walking by. Photo by Juan Cesar Perez/BruinLife.

Emmanuel Boitey, dressed as Waldo from "Where's Waldo," walks around the Enormous Activities Fair to promote his club Klesis; a fellow Bruin to the left of the photo is excited to find Waldo. Some club officers dress up to catch the attention of their fellow Bruins. Photo by Juan Cesar Perez/BruinLife.

Emmanuel Boitey, dressed as Waldo from “Where’s Waldo,” walks around the Enormous Activities Fair to promote his club Klesis; a fellow Bruin to the left of the photo is excited to find Waldo. Some club officers dress up to catch the attention of their fellow Bruins. Photo by Juan Cesar Perez/BruinLife.

Ashley Peterson, a first-year neuroscience student, takes a break from the Enormous Activities Fair buzz on the hill beside Janss Steps. From this spot, students could overlook a bright and colorful Wilson Plaza, where the fair was in full swing. Photo by Julia Gu/BruinLife.

Ashley Peterson, a first-year neuroscience student, takes a break from the Enormous Activities Fair buzz on the hill beside Janss Steps. From this spot, students could overlook a bright and colorful Wilson Plaza, where the fair was in full swing. Photo by Julia Gu/BruinLife.

Bruins looking to find their home away from home can search from the hundreds of clubs/organizations on campus through the UCLA community website.

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