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Fall 2019 Programs Inspired by Pop Culture

Updated: Jun 23, 2019

You've heard a Downton Abbey movie is coming out, no? ;) Thinking beyond the Abbey, pop culture this fall provides lots of additional fodder for your fall programming. Read on for ready-made inspiration.


While many of these pop-culture anniversaries or movie releases have trivia or movie showing potential, here are a number of easy & unique programs to help you celebrate!


ABC's TGIF celebrates 30 years


September 22nd marks the 30th anniversary of ABC's TGIF lineup of shows

How about a mash-up of trivia + bingo with a couple rounds of TGIF Picture Bingo?


For extra flair, accompany it with a 1989 food tasting. Both Honey Bunches of Oats and Symphony candy bars made a debut that year. Your judgment call on whether to also serve some cold Keystones ;) (Link)


P.S. Consider yourself an expert? Have a go at the Mental Floss quiz here.


Happy 15th Anniversary, House!


Cult favorite medical show, "House" debuted 15 years ago, on November 16th. Celebrate with a medical diagnosis escape room! Tips for getting started designing here.


Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers


The world will be watching on November 22 to see Tom Hanks' portrayal of Mr. Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.


To celebrate, why not...


Sew your own puppets

Start a sweater collection drive or knit-in for charity

DIY your own model neighborhood

Treat your community to Random Acts of Rogers, by spreading Mr. Rogers quotes or conducting random acts of kindness


Either You're IN or You're OUT: Project Runway


"Project Runway" also celebrates an anniversary on December 1st, with its fifteenth anniversary.


How about a trashion show in its honor?


Many More to Consider...


What ideas do you have for the following? Please share below!

  • Friends celebrates 25 years and The West Wing 20 years on September 22

  • A new, animated version of The Addams Family debuts October 11.

  • November 17 marks the 30th anniversary of The Little Mermaid.

  • Bless all the parents out there: Frozen 2 debuts November 22.

  • The Rock is back for Jumanji 3 on December 13.

  • Doh! The Simpsons celebrates 30 years since its debut on December 17.

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