Eckerd College is proud to be part of the Tampa Bay community. We encourage the public to join us on campus and in St. Petersburg to take advantage of our events, programs and offerings.
Eckerd is an art lover’s paradise. Three galleries offer many shows a year featuring works from the College’s collection, student and alumni art, and exhibits from nationally and internationally known artists. View the Visual Arts events calendar.
Bolshoi Ballet, Met Opera, National Theatre Live
Enjoy some of the most creative and talented singers, conductors, composers, musicians, stage directors, designers, visual artists, choreographers, and dancers from around the world through live or recorded HD simulcasts in the Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium on the Eckerd College campus. All operas are presented with English subtitles. Buy tickets online at eckerd.edu/performance.
The International Cinema Series offers screenings of critically acclaimed international and art house films. Each February the College hosts the Environmental Film Festival: Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature, which features films that raise awareness and promote discussion of matters relating to nature, place and the environment. All are free and open to the public.
Featuring works from Shakespeare to playwrights of today, Eckerd’s performing arts faculty and students stage at least two major productions a year. Fans of the unpredictable should drop in to catch a performance of Another Man’s Trash, Eckerd’s student improv group, which was featured at the acclaimed Chicago improv Festival.
Each January, some of the world’s best-known writers participate in the Eckerd College Writers’ Conference: Writers in Paradise, eight days of intimate workshops, roundtables and panel discussions. Founded in 2005 by Sterling Watson and Dennis Lehane, the conference includes the Evening Reading Series, free and open to the public.
Writings and Readings
Eckerd Creative Writing faculty and students share their work, as do visiting authors and poets, during public readings and discussions. Students also publish Eckerd Review, an annual collection of the best literature and art from Eckerd College. The Review is released free to the public each May at a reading and art party.
Eckerd College offers opportunities to see competitive NCAA Division II athletes, the Tritons, perform in various sports. Bring the family to see men’s baseball, women’s indoor and beach volleyball and softball, men’s and women’s basketball, golf, sailing, soccer and tennis. Eckerd athletes also annually host Fun in the Sun and the Triton Trot, a 5K run/walk.
St. Petersburg Science Festival
Eckerd College co-sponsors and provides off-campus exhibits for the annual St. Petersburg Science Festival in October. The whole family can experience fun hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering and math.
Conference and event space rentals
Eckerd College offers a number of different facilities, both indoor and outdoor, and hosts a wide variety of visitors including corporate retreats and meetings, community events and training, writing conferences, educational groups, marching bands, youth camps and more. Catering and housing also available. Learn more about hosting your event at Eckerd.
Open Your Home
ELS Homestay Program
Got extra space at home? Interested in hosting an international student? ELS Language Services, a language-immersion school for international students, has been on the Eckerd College campus since 1976. This outstanding program attracts students from as many as 30 countries at a time. Consider opening your home to a student for four weeks or longer.
Presidential Events Series
Join us for stimulating lectures by our world-class faculty as well as artists, experts, activists and visiting professors from across the country. The Presidential Events Series is a centerpiece of intellectual life on campus. Check out our Public Events Calendar for the current listing.
Can a liberal arts approach help us better understand our world? Our summer seminar brings faculty, staff, and students together into a shared conversations over several weeks. The presentations are recorded and shared with the public for continuing dialogue.
Middle School Summer Science Splash Camp
Our one-week Science Splash residential camps, made possible by the ii-Vi Foundation, connect future scientists with Eckerd College faculty and certified teachers from middle and high schools. Students work by day in the state-of-the-art James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences and by night enjoy activities around the campus.
High School Pre-College Program
Students entering 11th or 12th grade can immerse themselves in philosophy, literature, rhetoric and film studies during this one-week, residential Pre-College experience led by Eckerd College professors.