Most come to Rexburg for one single reason: BYU-Idaho is located here. But few know that there is a lot more to Rexburg than meets the eye. Every week, there are various activities happening that most don’t know about.
1) Sunday Night Language Stadium Singing
Stadium singing is somewhat of a tradition at BYU-Idaho. Every week, hundreds of students come together to sing their favorite church hymns under the staduim bleachers in the language of their choice. As of right now, there are five languages that are being sung at varying times each week: Chinese singing starts at 7:00 p.m., Japanese at 7:30 p.m., Portuguese at 8 p.m., Spanish at 8:45 p.m. and English at 9:30 p.m.
“It is a great way to finish my Sabbath day,” said Jordy Rodriguez, a junior studying business finance. “The gathering itself reminds me of the pioneers and Zion. This spirit of unity helps me strengthen my testimony of our purpose.”
2) Bonfire parties at the dunes
Bonfire parties at the dunes are more of a passing rumor for most at BYU-Idaho, but they are common, weekly occurrences that many are involved in. When the night settles, bonfires start popping up all over the sandy terrain. There is no formal schedule because there is no one group organizing it. Instead, numerous groups start their own bonfires.
“It’s a cool way to escape the stress of school,” said Natalie Elison, a senior studying health psychology. “Friends can simply meet up and hang out around the fire and just chill.”
Some roast S’mores, listen to music and dance around the fire. No matter what you choose to do, it’s an easy way to escape Rexburg for a night and spend time with good friends with the stars above you.
3) Farmers markets
Farmers markets are a great relaxing, outdoor activity. Dozens of unique products sold by local entrepreneurs can range from locally grown organic produce to handmade soaps. If you’re looking to try something different and find something other than the redundancies of typical big-box stores, this is the place to be.
4) Friday Night Latin Dancing
Every Friday night, BYU-Idaho holds a Latin dance training session in the MC Ballroom that starts at 7 p.m. At 8 p.m., the actual dance will begin and will continue until 11 p.m. Admission is $2. It’s a great date night opportunity and a chance to be trained by professionals.
5) Foreign movie nights
Twice a month, there is an event that many never hear about: international cinema night. Every other week in Spori room 35 at 7 p.m., a foreign movie will play. These movies can range from “Nosferatu” in German to “When Marnie was there” in Japanese. For more information, check out the BYU-Idaho Web page for all the dates and times.
6) Smash Brothers video game competitions
Matt Espiritu, one of the leaders of the local Rexburg Smash Brothers guild and a junior studying art, encapsulated what this group is all about.
“In my eyes, Rexburg Smash is a group where we learn the true meaning of what competitive gaming is,” Espiritu said. “We’re always looking for new players and a new challenge, so anyone is welcome to come and duke it out. Once in a while on weekends, we travel to other states to challenge other players. If you’ve got what it takes, come on down and get ready to smash.”
To learn more about times and places, visit the “Rexburg Smash” group on Facebook.
7) Music Scene
There is a small and relatively unknown music scene in Rexburg. Bands are typically seen playing at larger events like company grand openings or Rexburg sponsored events. What people don’t see are shows that happen off the radar. These can sometimes take place at the dunes or on apartment complex rooftops.
Chris Blodgett, a junior studying English and the lead singer of “The Clay Temples,” a local Rexburg band, said a lot of music happens off-campus.
“Yeah I really think Rexburg has a cool underground band scene,” he said. “It’s hard to find out when and where they are playing so you just need to keep your ear to the ground about different shows popping up.”
Do you know of any activities not on the list? Let us know in the comments section!