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

Roads closed from 4-8pm on Friday, October 19th:

  • Wisconsin Ave. (Between Langdon and Gilman)
  • Gilman St. (Between Wisconsin and State Street)
  • Lake St. (Between State Street and Mendota Court)
  • All of Langdon Street

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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.

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Celebrating Homecoming for More Than a Century

On a crisp November weekend in 1911, 3,000 University of Wisconsin alumni met up for what was known as 'smokes and cider' at the gymnasium before heading to Camp Randall to root for the home team, not knowing they were establishing a Badger tradition that would continue strong for over 100 years.

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Wisconsin Rewind 2013

In October 2013, Forward under 40 honoree Ben Relles '97, head of programming strategy at YouTube, shared with alumni, students and the community the surprising keys to finding a career you love, and how he leveraged his UW-Madison degree, the right mentors and his own experiences to discover how to put his passions to work.

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Homecoming 1969

In recalling Homecoming 1969, I was able to remember in great detail the purple suede mini jumper I wore and the lavender blousy shirt that went with it but could not remember who was the featured entertainment for that weekend. Any ideas?

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