Nightlife at Deep Springs is virtually nonexistent. There are too many other responsibilities and too few students, so that even if a handful of people manage to acquire some free time, the number of revelers never reaches that critical "party" mass. Notwithstanding, three students is the unofficial minimum for holding a "boogie" ("BOO-jee"), a party-like activity where students play loud music, from '80s pop to modern techno, and dance in something that approaches Dionysian frenzy—minus the bacchanalia, of course.
There are no bars on campus, both because the student body annually reaffirms its commitment to staying drug- and alcohol-free during term and because the bars would not have enough patrons with the valley's small population and isolated locale. However, there are lavish dinner parties every three and a half weeks and open-mic nights on Halloween and Valentine's Day. For the past several years, students have organized the Deep Springs Prom, a dance—usually held in the dairy barn—where students and faculty enjoy each other's company for one of the last times before the second-year students depart. Students in need of a party scene generally head to the San Francisco Bay Area over breaks, visiting and partying with friends at Stanford and Berkeley.