Join us in Chicago at the 2018 YJA Convention for a weekend of social events that have never BEAN experienced before! Start the weekend off with a R.A.V.E (Reconnecting and Visiting Everyone), where you’ll reunite with old friends and connect with new ones through icebreakers! Then, binge-watch “YJA Originals” at our Talent Show competition, Netflix and Skillz, starring attendees from across the nation. After that, prepare for some friendly inter-regional competition at our YJA Madness mixer. The following day, show off your moves at Garba in the Galaxy - it’ll be out of this world! But the weekend isn’t over yet; las-see-u chit chaat at Lassipalooza, our karaoke mixer. Finally, dine and dance at the Windy Wonderland, an elegant formal that’s sure to BLOW you away. We can’t wait to join you in Reconnecting with Our Roots this Fourth of July Weekend!

Day 1: Thursday, July 5th

Ice Breakers - RAVE: Reconnecting and Visiting Everyone

We will be kicking off the weekend with a R.A.V.E. (Reconnecting and Visiting Everyone). These icebreakers will not only prepare you for the Reconnecting with our Roots Convention theme, but will also allow you to connect with new friends and old! Dress is casual, and the event will go on throughout the first day, so be there or be square(root).

Talent Show: Netflix and Skillz

After a day of travelling, we know you’ll want some time to chill, so get ready to binge-watch our 2018 Talent Show Competition, Netflix and Skillz! From How I Met Your Mother to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, we’ve got all your favorites. Starring attendees from across the nation, this is a "YJA Original" that you don’t want to miss!

Mixer: YJA Madness

Calling #MidBest, #DirtySouth, #WestCoastBestCoast, #ReleaseYourNortheast, #SoutheastIsBeast, and #LitAtlantic! Do you have strong regional pride? Show us what you got at our friendly, inter-regional competition, YJA Madness! This bracket-style mixer consists of many entertaining games from relays to dance-offs to sari wrapping. Dress code is casual, but remember to bring your game face on!

Day 2: Friday, July 6th

Garba in the Galaxy

Picture a dimmed room, neon decorations, and LED-lit dandiya sticks. Get ready to dance till your dandiyas drop with our Garba and Dandiya night, Garba in the Galaxy! From Sanedo, to a fusion flair, to ending the night with a Bhangra bang - it’ll be out of this world! Dress code is traditional garba attire for ladies (i.e. Chanya Choli, Salwar Kamize, Sari) and traditional Indian attire for gentlemen (i.e. Kurta Pyjama, Sherwani, Dhoti/Kurta).

Mixer: Lassipalooza

Chaat, mango lassi, and karaoke?! After a night of showing off your dancing skills, it’s time to showcase your singing skills! Las-see-u chit chaat with your squad at Lassipalooza, our karaoke mixer - this is a night you won’t want to miss.

Day 3: Saturday, July 7th

Formal: Windy Wonderland

The best way to celebrate an unforgettable weekend in Chicago is with an even more memorable night. Our elegant formal, Windy Wonderland, is one like you’ve never BEAN to before. Ladies may dress in American formal attire (i.e. long formal/semi-formal floor-length banquet dress), and Gentlemen can rock their best American formal attire (i.e. suit & tie/bowties or dress shirts & pants). With the Windy City feels, this formal is sure to BLOW you away.

Please note that social events are subject to change.