UW Homecoming

Get ready to come back to Madison during UW Homecoming week. It’s a great way to RE Wisconsin, as in … reconnect with campus, relive some favorite UW moments, and just all-around re-Bucky yourself in what you love about being a Badger.

Featured 2019 Homecoming Events

Take a look at the following tabs for all the alumni events and activities you can enjoy throughout Homecoming. Looking for more? Explore the diverse lineup of events schedule for Multicultural Homecoming. Also be sure to check out what the students have in store for you during this spirited week at wiscohoco.com

Thursday, Oct. 10

SuccessWorks Rocks! Concert

8 p.m. | Wisconsin Union Theater
Featuring Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer with Rakesh Chaurasia. Buy Tickets

Friday, Oct. 11

Home Game Friday

1–4 p.m. | Alumni Park and One Alumni Place
A spirited open house with guided park tours, UW-themed giveaways, family-friendly activities, and more.

National Pan-Hellenic Council and Multicultural Greek Council Yard Show

4 p.m. | Memorial Union Terrace Stage
Enjoy stepping, strolling, and saluting.

UW Homecoming Parade

6 p.m. | State Street and Gilman Street
Includes everything you expect: bands, Bucky, the UW Spirit Squad, fun floats, and more.

Parade Route and Road Closure Map >

UW Homecoming Block Party *

After the parade | Alumni Park, Wisconsin Alumni Association, and Memorial Union
This FREE, family-friendly party features:

  • Funny Faces Face Painters
  • Performance by The Squeezettes featuring the UW’s own Mike Chaltry ’87
  • TapSnap Photobooth presented by the Fluno Center
  • Caricature artists
  • Cotton candy by Sugarsmith
  • Snacks, refreshments, and a cash bar — while supplies last
  • DIY studio, Revel with proprietor Sarah Van Dyke ’04
  • Artisan Fruit with proprietor Eder Valle ’09
  • James the Magician presented by Capitol Lakes
  • MSCR Fit2Go Van and outdoor games
  • Wheelhouse Studios
  • Silent disco presented by American Family Insurance and featuring DJ ACE (Vanessa McDowell ’03) and DJ DSCRIBE (Derrick Holt ’02)
  • Classic Wisconsin pep rally
  • Fireworks over Lake Mendota presented by the Wisconsin Union

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

Saturday, Oct. 12

Badger Bash

12 p.m. | Union South
Highlights include the full UW Marching Band, great food, and fun for the whole family.


12 p.m. | Engineering Mall
Enjoy live entertainment, appearances by members of the UW Band and Bucky Badger, activities for kids, player autographs, and more. Food and drink available for purchase.

Multicultural Homecoming Tailgate and Watch Party**

1:30–5 p.m. | Pyle Center
Join fellow alumni, students, staff, and faculty to cheer on the Badgers against Michigan State for this year’s Homecoming game. Register Now

Wisconsin vs. Michigan State Homecoming Football Game

2:30 or 3 p.m. Kickoff | Camp Randall Stadium
Root for the Badgers as they battle the Spartans in this high-profile Homecoming game.

Multicultural Homecoming Comedy Show**

6:30–9 p.m. | Wisconsin Historical Society
Featuring Wild’N Out’s Emmanuel Hudson, the UW’s own Antoine McNeail ’11, Alex Ortiz, and Just Nesh.

** Sponsored by the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement, Black Cultural Center, Wisconsin Alumni Association, and the Multicultural Student Center.

Thank you to our UW Homecoming 2019 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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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.


Paying Our Purdues

On October 17, our plucky Badgers will take on Purdue in 2015’s Homecoming game. This will be the 105th edition of Madison’s October classic, and the 83rd meeting between the UW and the Purdue Boilermakers.

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Top 10 Homecoming Moments

Did you know that, in 1948, UW students tried to replace the live badger mascot with a live raccoon? Of course, it didn’t catch on (as if a raccoon could replace Bucky). Here are the ten best moments in UW Homecoming history.

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Hurray for Homecoming 2014

From a game that was over essentially before it began to pre-game festivities that alumni never wanted to end, UW Homecoming 2014 was an all-around Big (Ten) success.

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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

Reading time: 2 minutes
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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