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
SuccessWorks Rocks! Concert
8 p.m. | Wisconsin Union Theater
Featuring Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer with Rakesh Chaurasia. Buy Tickets
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.
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.
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.
More than a century of Homecoming history
Since 1911, Badgers have been coming back to campus to celebrate their alma mater.
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.Via WAA
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