Every year in June the colleges in Cambridge celebrate the ending of the academic year with festive parties called May Balls. Why they call it May Ball although being held in the middle of June, I am unable to tell. However, I am able to tell you how a May Ball looks like because I have been to two during the famous Cambridge May Week this year. I think going to a May Ball is probably the ultimate Cambridge experience. Barely anywhere else in the world do people in their 20-30s dress up in dinner jackets and full-lenght gowns to party all night sipping champaign and nibbling canapés.
There are a lot of things that are so typical Cambridge: the collegiate system, the massive amount of bikes in the city centre or, when it comes to sports, definitely rowing. The rowing highlight in Cambridge are the May Bumps that take place every year in June (and not in May!).