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UW Homecoming Block Party and Pep Rally

Celebrate the thrill of UW Homecoming at this family-friendly event. With spirited activities and fun festivities around every turn, you’ll burst with Badger pride from the moment you arrive. Then, feel your excitement soar even higher during the pep rally featuring NCAA volleyball champion Grace Loberg ’21 and the famed UW Marching Band, followed by a show-stopping fireworks display. To be held rain or shine, this drop-in extravaganza has been entertaining Badgers of all ages since 2017. And this year, you can expect another blockbuster of a block party.

Schedule

6 p.m.UW Homecoming Parade presented by the Wisconsin Homecoming Committee
7 p.m.Block Party in Alumni Park and One Alumni Place
8:15 p.m.Pep Rally on the Terrace stage
8:45 p.m.Fireworks over Lake Mendota (weather permitting)

Featured Activities

  • Silent disco with DJ Ace (Vanessa McDowell ’03), DJ Mando (Armando Saafir ’16), DJ Mike Carlson, and DJ Nick Nice (Nick Andreano ’92)
  • Performance by The Madhatters
  • Face painting and glitter tattoos from Funny Faces
  • 360-degree photo booth
  • Make and take art activity facilitated by Lilada Gee ’89
  • Stargazing with Washburn Observatory (weather permitting)
  • Magician Matthew Teague
  • Hot cocoa and cider
  • Multicultural Homecoming Yard Show
  • UW Homecoming Pep Rally featuring NCAA volleyball champion Grace Loberg ’21, the UW Marching Band, Bucky Badger, the UW Women’s basketball team, and Sarah Schutt, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Alumni Association
  • Fireworks over Lake Mendota (weather permitting)

Parking

There are numerous campus parking ramps near One Alumni Place and Alumni Park. Lot 6, the Helen C. White Library Parking Garage, is located across the street from Memorial Union at 600 N. Park Street. Lot 46, at the corner of Lake Street and Johnson Street, is also a good option, as is the State Street Campus Garage at 415 N. Lake Street. Visit the UW’s visitor parking page for more information, parking maps, locations, and hours.

Additional Information

The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association will follow all applicable COVID-19 guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our guests at these in-person events. If changing conditions or local guidelines require changes to an event, we will update you via email.

Block Party and Pep Rally Planning Committee

Lizzie Jorgensen ’20 (co-chair), McKenzie Zdrale ’00 (co-chair), Aly Theder ’16, Austin Evans ’05, Carrie Liebhauser ’89, Christine Seeley, Hannah Vandewalle, Hattie Paulin, Heidi Lang, Joe D’Amato ’15, Nathalie McFadden ’14, Wquinton Smith ’11

October 21, 2022
WHEN
October 21, 2022
7-9 p.m. CDT
WHERE
Alumni Park and One Alumni Place
724 Langdon Street (between Memorial Union and the Red Gym)
Madison
View Map and Event Details
COST

Free to attend

Alumni Park and One Alumni Place
724 Langdon Street (between Memorial Union and the Red Gym)
Madison
October 21, 2022
WHEN
October 21, 2022
7-9 p.m. CDT
WHERE
Alumni Park and One Alumni Place
724 Langdon Street (between Memorial Union and the Red Gym)
Madison
View Map and Event Details
COST

Free to attend

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