Concordia University Ann Arbor’s Boar’s Head Festival returns in December

In honor of the return of the Boar’s Head Festival this December, here are a few things you may not know about the history of Concordia University Ann Arbor’s beloved Christmas tradition – along with some you may already know.

Visit us on the Concordia University Ann Arbor campus in the Holy Trinity Chapel for the Boar’s Head Festival, a popular Ann Arbor tradition since 1978.

Show times are on Friday, December 3rd and Saturday, December 4th at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, December 5th, the show starts at 4:00 p.m.

Tickets for the performance can be ordered at cuaa.edu/boarshead.

A (very) brief history of the Boar’s Head Festival

1963

  • The CUAA (known as Concordia Lutheran Junior College when it was founded) provides Dr. Paul Foelber as their first choir director. None of what follows would have happened without this Genesis event.

1978

  • Foelber, Professor John Sturmfels and Professor Quentin Marino team up to begin the Boar’s Head Festival tradition at CUAA. In this video from 2018, the founders Dr. Paul Foelber and Professor Quentin Marino, how the Concordia tradition began.

Some background information: “While the tradition of the Boar’s Head Festival in England dates back to the 14th century, the very symbol of serving wild boar can be traced back to ancient Roman times when wild boar was the preferred dish at major festivals. In medieval England, Christians believed the wild boar was a wild animal and a symbol of evil. They adapted the Roman festival custom of serving a boar’s head on a platter to represent the triumph of the Christ child over evil. “

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1979-2017

  • Boar’s Head fever is spreading across campus and community, making it one of the most popular traditions in CUAA history. Over the years, more than 65,000 people have attended the festival.

RELATED: ‘5 Things You May Not Know About Boar’s Head’

2018

Fun fact: More than 100 participants – including faculty, staff, students and community members – take part in the festival every year. Roles range from young children to seasoned seniors and include musicians, singers, actors, and more.

2020

2021

  • 3rd-5th December: Boar’s Head is back for its 43rd annual performance! And the joy was great.

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