Having Fun

The MIT community embraces the important balance between work and recreation, and readily promotes on- and off-campus activities that provide something for every interest. From sailing to movies to freestyle Frisbee, you’ll find all that and more.

Big Screen

The MIT Lecture Series Committee (LSC) runs the leading campus film series, screening 30 films per year that include everything from independent gems to classics to major releases. With snacks, discounted tickets, and lectures with writers and directors, this is the group for budding or longtime film buffs.


MIT attracts some of the most renowned leaders and thinkers of our day, and many give lectures open to all members of the MIT community. Take note of all of our upcoming events here.

MIT Video

MIT's own version of YouTube. If it happened at MIT and was caught on camera, you can look for it here in this archive of official—and not so official—campus video.

F.A.T. Chain Reaction

Produced by the MIT Museum. Every Friday after Thanksgiving, MIT staff and their families—1,500 strong—bring their homemade contraptions to campus, connect them, and set off one mega chain reaction. As their website states, this is “”A grand event that could only happen at MIT!”


At MIT, the word hack connotes a harmless but elaborate prank—like a police car on MIT's iconic dome or transforming a campus high rise into a playable, multicolor Tetris game. As you’ll quickly learn, hacks illustrate the spectacular merger of adept engineering, creative skill, and untamable wit.

Ice Cream

Gourmet coffee, salad bars, sushi—it's all available on or around campus. Expand your palate with the culinary delights found from Central to Harvard to Porter Squares, and trust our advice that Toscanini's ice cream is the stuff of legend.

MIT Museum

Robots, holograms, and special exhibits are just some of things you can see at the MIT Museum. Employees can visit free of charge by showing their MIT ID card.


In MIT's exhibition spaces you'll discover works by new, emerging, and venerable artists from world-renowned sculptors to holographers pushing the artistic envelope. And just across the Charles River in Boston, art lovers should take advantage of the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, or the Institute of Contemporary Art.


From lunch-hour sailing to a recreation cruise to racing, the MIT Sailing Pavilion offers land lovers and career captains alike a chance to see the Charles River view of Boston and Cambridge. Novices can sign up for lessons while experienced sailors have the option of sailboat rentals.

Ultimate Frisbee

If athletic adventure is your game, consider signing up for water polo, snowboarding, rugby, or skydiving, among a host of others. If you can’t find your fancy among the sports and recreation clubs already offered on campus, feel free to start your own!


In existence since 1987, MIT Artists Beyond the Desk showcases the creative talent of MIT staff through visual, literary, and performing arts events held throughout the year. New artists and volunteers are always welcome.


Red Sox games, Broadway plays, chocolate factory tours, flower shows, as well as other trips near and far. The MIT Activities Committee (MITAC) offers some of the hottest tickets in town—often at a discount.

Visit MIT’s Green Treasures

MIT grounds staff conduct garden tours several times a year, showcasing hidden gems and notable landscaping on campus.