April 11, 2016

Contact: Nate Alcorn

Community Invited for Open House Events April 15 and 16 at Cal Poly

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The community is invited to participate in a variety of exciting and family-friendly events April 15 and 16 as part of Cal Poly’s 23rd Open House.

In addition to the events below, there will be a campus showcase from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 16. More than 200 campus clubs and organizations will host booths with activities and food, and there will be a Kids Fair.

For more Open House information, visit:

Open House events include:

Poly Royal Parade
Saturday, April 15, 9 a.m.
The parade begins at Grand Avenue near Perimeter Road and travels north and west to Via Carta, ending at Dexter Lawn, where the opening ceremony takes place at 10 a.m. Former California Secretary of State Bruce McPherson and Col. Joseph Righello, commander of Camp San Luis Obispo, will serve as grand marshals.

Poly Royal Rodeo
Friday, April 15, 6 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 16, 5 to 7 p.m.
Cal Poly Rodeo Arena
The 76th annual Poly Royal Rodeo features all the traditional rodeo events — from barrel racing to bull riding — and is the oldest rodeo in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association circuit. All West Coast universities have been invited.

Open House Concert
Friday, April 15, 8 to 10 p.m.
Performing Arts Center — Harman Hall
Enjoy an evening of live entertainment by three of the Music Department’s finest instrumental ensembles: University Jazz Band, Symphony and Wind Ensemble. Tickets:

Computer & Electrical Open House Showcase (Featuring Roborodentia XXI)
Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cal Poly Recreation Center Main Gym
Participate in a variety of games and activities presented by more than 15 student clubs. Many of the activities are geared to a K-12 audience and are designed to spark interest in technical majors and careers in technical fields. Visitors can also attend Roborodentia XXI, a live-action autonomous robot competition.

Design Village 2016: Aura
Friday, April 15, noon to 5 p.m.
Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Poly Canyon Experimental Structures Lab
Design Village is an annual architectural competition hosted by Cal Poly. It is held in the Experimental Structures Lab in Poly Canyon. This year’s theme, Aura, explores the metaphysical properties of designed space. Since the essential nature of any architectural work always transcends its construction materials and location, Aura also invoking the concept of immaterial essence to architecture. Competitors are challenged to orchestrate the material and tectonic nature of their designs to produce a transcendent and immaterial effect — a phenomenon, atmosphere or idea that becomes the fundamental architectural experience. Aura is the spirit of each team’s design. The competition will include two divisions, first-year Cal Poly architecture students as well as teams of some 300 community college students from schools throughout the state. Each team will spend the night in their project. For more details, registration forms and history, visit
Poly Royal Truck & Tractor Pull
Saturday, April 16, 1 to 3 p.m.
Field across from Crops Unit on Mt. Bishop Road
The Cal Poly Tractor Pull Club hosts the loudest event on campus! This student-run event hosts more than 40 high-performance competition pulling trucks and tractors. Tickets are $10, and concessions are available — including earplugs. Proceeds benefit the Tractor Pull Scholarship Fund, which awarded more than $25,000 in scholarships to actively involved students. Tickets: $10 adults; $5 10 and younger.

Cal Poly Solar Decathlon and CAED Student Showcase
Friday, April 15, noon to 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
C7 Parking Lot
See Cal Poly’s interdisciplinary designs of the energy-efficient and innovative net zero home that wowed judges and spectators in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2015 Solar Decathlon last fall. Also on display will be the College of Architecture and Environmental Design Student Showcase featuring creative work from five departments, and the Robert Hifumi Odo display. Nearby, tour the 2005 Solar Decathlon House that also earned third place in the national competition.

Music Department Student Recital
Saturday, April 16, 2:10 to 3 p.m.
Davidson Music Building (No. 45), Room 218
Music Department instrumental, piano and vocal students perform varied repertoire, illustrating various genres and styles, with works from all eras of classical, ethnic and popular music.

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