UMBC celebrated the first Quadmania on Saturday September 19, 1981, and it has since become a treasured campus tradition. Part concert, part carnival, Quadmania has been UMBC’s main social event ever since for students, alumni, and the surrounding community.
Quadmania in 1998 was almost Quad”-less. The festival was originally scheduled to be held in Parking Lot 16 due to construction in the area of the RAC and Commons; only a few weeks prior were the students informed that Quadmania would be held on the eponymous Quad. Quadmania did eventually leave the Quad for several years and was held instead at the parking lots at the top of the hill (near the police station) and at the bottom (in the Stadium Lot). The festival and music concerts returned to the Quad in 2011.