RAFT: Reunion And Family Traditions
RAFT Weekend is our annual homecoming here at CSUMB! Every year we come together, as otters do, to form a raft as a campus community including students, staff, faculty, alumni, and family. Come join this year's RAFT and be part of a campus tradition!
Friday, October 11, 2023, to Sunday, October 13, 2023
Events for everyone
Family and Supporter events
Friday, October 13
Friday MTB Ride
Time: 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Otter Cycle Center
Join Recreation for our free Friday Mountain Bike Rides. You will get a free bike rental, helmet. We lead "No Drop Rides", which means that you will never be left behind, EVER. We will take you on a ride from the Otter Cycle Center to the Fort Ord National Monument only 1.5 miles away. With over 82 miles of trails, each ride will be different and tailored to the group's ability.
The Break Room
Time: 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Location: The Break Room & Monterey Burger
Join the Alumni Association for a new RAFT week break room experience in Monterey. Work through the stress of life and career (or maybe Friday the 13th) with your fellow CSUMB alums. After this "destruction therapy", food will be provided from one of our many alumni owned businesses, Monterey Burger, which is situated right next door! Registration is required, please sign up early to not miss out on this event.
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: OSU Ballroom
Audience: Students/Staff/Faculty/Community Members
Celebrate the beautiful hxstory of drag culture with our Werk Witch Drag Show. Werk Witch is an intersectional drag show that encourages drag queens, kings, and non-binary performers to let their brilliance and diva shine bright like a diamond.
Saturday, October 14
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: OSU Main Quad Plaza
It's time to break a stride and bust a sweat for student scholarships! Attendees are required to register in advance and encouraged to donate to support the student scholarship fund. We are calling all families, students, staff, faculty, and community members to walk, run or roll with our mascot, Monte Rey through our beautiful campus.
Final Coastal Ride
Time: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Otter Cycle Center
Join Recreation on a ride from campus to Monterey along the beautiful coastal trail. We take a lunch break at one of the many scenic spots before riding back home. Free bike and helmet rental will be included.
Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: Main Quad
Women's Volleyball Game
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Kelp Bed (Otter Sports Center)
Show your otter pride by supporting our women's volleyball team as they take on Cal State East Bay! Free admission.
Sunday, October 15
Brunch with the President
Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: OSU Main Quad Plaza
Join us for brunch with the president in celebration of Reunion and Family Traditions weekend. Vanya Quiñones welcomes all families, alumni, students, faculty, staff, and community members to attend and fellowship with their otter community. Food and refreshments are provided at no cost. Registration is required for this exclusive event.
Alumni Wine Tasting
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Odonata Wines
Enjoy a relaxing Sunday afternoon while wine tasting and taking in the Santa Lucia Highland views with other CSUMB alumni. The Alumni Association will be hosting another RAFT week gathering at Odonata Wines located at the start of the River Wine Trail. Snacks will be provided. Registration is required, please sign up early to not miss out on this event.
Aquarium and Cannery Row
Location: 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940
From sea otters to seaweeds, our unique oceanfront location and timeless galleries bring the wonders of the ocean to life for our visitors. But beyond our exhibits, we are transforming what it means to be an aquarium. Operation Hours: 10:00am- 5:00pm.
Location: Point lobos state natural reserve
Local hikes with multiple different hiking trails that end it to the ocean pet/ kid friendly as well.
Location: Mission St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921
Nestled in the heart of downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea, Carmel Plaza is home to one-of-a-kind fashion finds and specialty national brands, distinctive restaurants, gourmet shops, wine-tasting rooms, wellness studios, and more— in a relaxed yet sophisticated setting. Monday-Sat 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. / Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Website
Location: Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940
Want to see some sea lions, shop around for some Monterey merch or just eat some food by the ocean? Stop by our pier" Old Fisherman's Wharf" for all the above! Website
Monterey State Beach
Location: Monterey State Beach, Monterey, CA 93955
Want to enjoy the waves and the sun with your family this weekend? Stop by the Monterey state beach! Opens from 8 AM – ½ Hour After Sunset. Make sure you bring that Special Pet of yours with you! Website
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Location: 165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Pacific Grove’s landmark museum opened in 1883, the same year as the Brooklyn Bridge. While it holds the position of one of the oldest natural history museums in the United States, its collection’s deep diversity of the Central Coast’s flora, fauna, and historical artifacts and stories, it’s pioneering scientific work, and it’s interactivity with the community make it as current as ever. Website
17 mile drive
Location: 17 Mile Drive Road in Monterey County, California
Follow 17-Mile Drive’s red-dotted line to arrive at an enchanting world full of dramatic coastal cliffs, snow-white beaches, mystical forests and iconic golf courses. Discover one of the most scenic drives in the world as you meet the inspiring Lone Cypress, ponder the giant trees at Crocker Grove, digest the untouched beauty at Fanshell Beach, behold the power of the Restless Sea at Point Joe, stroll the boardwalk above the beach at Spanish Bay, and much, much more. Website