#BearsHomecoming is for past, present and future Bears. There will be a host of events for guests of all ages. Student events will take place Oct. 14-19, while alumni and community events are Oct. 19-20.
“Homecoming is a celebration of the university, of our students, alumni, faculty and staff,” said Lori Fan, executive director of alumni relations. “We are such a big part of the community and we hope everyone will come out to celebrate.”
Welcome Home Kick-off Party, 5 p.m., Davis-Harrington Welcome Center
Enjoy free food, music, caricatures, massages, a photo booth, Andy’s Frozen Custard, BearWear and a cash bar. Guests can also enter to win an MSU branded cornhole game. Admission is free. RSVP requested.
Band of Bears Homecoming Parade, 9 a.m., John Q. Hammons Parkway
Breakfast with Boomer, 10 a.m., Duane G. Meyer Library
After the parade, kids and parents can join Boomer for a kid-friendly breakfast and other activities. Adults $5 in advance, $7 at the door. Children ages 2-12 $3 in advance, $5 at the door. Children ages 1 and younger are free. Purchase tickets.
Men’s and Women’s Basketball Sneak Preview, 10 a.m., John Q. Hammons Student Center.
Watch the Bears and Lady Bears hit the hardwood for the first time. Men’s coach Dana Ford and women’s coach Kellie Harper will go through drills and demonstrations with their teams. Admission is free.
BearFest Village, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Robert W. Plaster Stadium
Fans of all ages are invited to join Boomer, the spirit squads and fellow Bears for tailgating before the football game. MarooNation alumni can join the celebration at the alumni tent with hot dogs and a cash bar.
Football Bears vs. Western Illinois, 2 p.m., Robert W. Plaster Stadium
Ring in the weekend with Bears football. Purchase tickets online or at the ticket office.
Bears on the Square
For a full schedule of events with times and locations, visit the Homecoming website.