UW Homecoming

From its beginnings on a crisp November weekend in 1911, Homecoming has grown into the UW’s most beloved tradition. A time when alumni and friends return to Madison, relive the Wisconsin Experience, and reconnect with the best of being a Badger!


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Featured 2018 Homecoming Events

October 19:

  • Wisconsin Fish Fry with a special performance by the Squeezettes
    4:30–8:30 p.m. | Memorial Union’s Tripp Commons
  • UW Homecoming Parade
    6 p.m. | State Street and Gilman Street
  • UW Homecoming Block Party
    After the parade | Alumni Park, One Alumni Place, and Memorial Union
    Activities include:

    • DIY Studio, Revel
    • Funny Faces Face Painters
    • Badger Pride Wall
    • James the Magician (presented by Capitol Lakes)
    • TapSnap Photo Booth (presented by the Fluno Center)
    • MSCR FIT2GO Truck
    • Silent Disco (presented by American Family Insurance)
    • Wisconsin Pep Rally
    • Outdoor Games
  • Multicultural Alumni Reception
    5–7 p.m. | Memorial Union’s Main Lounge

October 20:

  • Campus Game Day Events
  • Multicultural Homecoming Tailgate and Game Watch
    10 a.m.–3 p.m. | Pyle Center
  • Wisconsin vs. Illinois Football Game
    11 a.m. Kickoff | Camp Randall Stadium

See a full listing of events at uwfall.com/homecoming.

Brought to you by the Wisconsin Alumni Association, Wisconsin Union, Isthmus, and The Red Card meal plan.

Thank you to our UW Homecoming 2018 sponsors

American Family Insurance
Capitol Lakes
Fluno Center
Smart Motors
The University Book Store



More than a century of Homecoming history

Since 1911, Badgers have been coming back to campus to celebrate their alma mater.

Badger football fans at Camp Randall stadium.


It’s Homecoming at UW–Madison: the time for Badgers to come home. That’s really the only reason you need to return. But if you want more, we have 10.

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Bucky hat Photo by Andy Manis

Letters from Home(coming)

Alumni, students, friends, and fans had such a good time during this year’s Homecoming that they couldn’t stop telling everyone about it … and we mean everyone!

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Homecoming Buttons

In 2001, Pete Christianson ’71, JD’77 embarked on a mission to collect all of the UW’s Homecoming buttons since the event began in 1911.

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Homecoming, it’s not just the game

Return to the UW for the time-honored tradition of Homecoming, and relive what you love about this spirited event thanks to WAA’s ready-made party! When you celebrate among Badgers, you celebrate among friends.