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Traditions. Pride. Connections.

Save the Date!

Homecoming returns in person and online the week of October 25. Mark your calendar now, and get ready to celebrate this beloved UW tradition. Whether you come to campus or participate from home, you’ll discover a variety of fun, family-friendly events that’ll connect you with alumni and back to the university and boost your Badger pride. Complete schedule coming soon.

The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association will follow applicable COVID-19 public health guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our guests and staff at these in-person events.

Thank you to our UW Homecoming 2021 sponsors

Additional Signature Events during Homecoming Week

Flamingos on Bascom Hill

Fill the Hill

Friday, Oct. 29
A spirited tradition that brings the famed flamingos back to Bascom Hill and supports the university’s annual fall fundraising campaign. Visit to learn more.

All Ways Forward flag and Bascom Hill

All Ways Forward Campaign Celebration — Virtual Event

Friday, Oct. 29
A moment to commemorate the success of UW–Madison’s All Ways Forward comprehensive fundraising campaign and what it has achieved. Share in this celebration wherever you live. Details to come.

Past Events

Collage of Bascom Hall and marching band

Friday Night Fifth Quarter

Whether it’s pregame or postgame, a Friday, a Saturday, or any day of the week, there’s never a bad time to experience the fun of the Fifth Quarter. So relive Homecoming 2020’s version with the UW Marching Band, Tony winner André De Shields ’70, and the Manitowoc Minute’s Charlie Berens ’09. Watch now.

Collage of a dancing and fireworks

Multicultural Homecoming Game Night

Alumni from all over joined for a night of fun and games which included Family Feud, Jeopardy, Trivial Pursuit, and Price Is Right. Thank you to our SwitchBoard Games host, James, who also helped to make the night memorable. Check out these cool event highlight reels!

Highlight Virtual Trivia Reel | Highlight Virtual Game Reel

Collage of Bucky and fireworks

Family-Friendly Scavenger Hunt with Bucky

The hunt goes on! If you missed the event during Homecoming, you can still search for everyday objects with everyone’s favorite mascot, Bucky Badger — now when it fits into your schedule. What you’re sure to find is your family having a great time. Let the hunt begin!

Collage of the Red Gym and cheer team

Grand WI-Opening: An Inside Look at the Red Gym’s New Cultural Centers

Enjoy a virtual tour of the Red Gym’s newly renovated spaces — and the unveiling of a commissioned work of art — when it’s convenient for you. It’s a perfect opportunity to explore the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center, Latinx Cultural Center, and Asian-Pacific Islander Desi American Student Center. Take the tour.

Additional Homecoming Activities

Take advantage of these special offerings for more ways to spread Homecoming cheer and feel an extra boost of Badger pride.

A coloring page of Bucky

Color Your Bucky

Color in your own Bucky and be sure to share your creations using the hashtag #UWHC. Grab some colored pencils, markers, or crayons and download the image now! A special thanks to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment for creating this design.

Badgers Virtual 5k

Badgers Virtual 5k

Join us as we run toward the kickoff of the 2020 Wisconsin Football season! Participants can run, walk, or jog their favorite 3.1-mile route outside or on the treadmill for the week leading up to our first game and Homecoming Weekend at the University of Wisconsin.

Bucky's Kids Club

Bucky's Kid's Club

Looking for ways to keep your child connected to the Badgers this fall? Check out Bucky’s Kids Club, presented by Culver’s! Registration is FREE, and membership includes access to exclusive youth activity packets, events, video content, and other great offers all season long. Kids sixth grade and younger are eligible to join the club today.


Learn The History of UW Traditions

UW traditions have united Badgers for generations. But where did these traditions come from? Watch this special edition of the UW Now Livestream as Jeff Wendorf ’82, Keith White ’70, MA’87, Lauren Sorensen ’20, and Sonam Dolma ’20 discuss their origins.

The Legacy of the UW Marching Band

From “Build Me Up, Buttercup” to the “U-Rah-Rah” of “Varsity,” the UW Marching Band has been the heart of Badger spirit for generations — and the band’s director keeps that heart beating in time! Watch this special edition of the UW Now Livestream with the two titans of UW Pride: Mike Leckrone and Corey Pompey.


Join WAA and the rest of your fellow Badgers on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram with the hashtag #UWHC to stay connected, even while we’re apart.

  • Monday: Show us Badger gear in your home
  • Wednesday: Wear red in your community or show us local landmarks
  • Friday: Throw us a Badger "W" selfie

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