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Annual welcome-back event with outdoor lunch, activities and free giveaways

A Rider University tradition since 1979.

This annual event is held each September to welcome everyone back to campus with an outdoor luncheon, activities, games, live music and free giveaways.

Activities begin at 5 p.m. on the Campus Mall and last until 9 p.m. The rain site will be the Student Recreation Center.

Free barbecue, live music, games, giveaways, beer garden and more!

First held on May 4, 1979, this event celebrates Andrew J. Rider, the founder and first president of the Trenton Business College. Rider introduced the cranberry to the Queen of England and hence she nicknamed him "The Cranberry King of New Jersey." Rider also owned a horse named Cranberry that he purchased in England. The link to the "Cranberry King" is also the basis for Rider's school colors of cranberry and white.

Catch up on what happened at Cranberry Fest 2016


The Campus Mall on the Lawrenceville campus will be closed to vehicles on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 1 to 9 p.m. to accommodate Cranberry Fest. The main gate entrance and exit will also be closed.

During this time, all vehicles should enter and exit via the south gate. Signage and cones will be in place to remind drivers.

Event Schedule
Date / Time Location
Saturday, September 16, 2017

5:00pm to 9:00pm

Campus Mall
United States