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UW Homecoming

Good times and great traditions await as UW Homecoming invites Badgers to return to their roots. With entertaining events, educational activities, and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Time to Celebrate: October 2–7

UW Homecoming is back! Return to campus — or participate online — and enjoy a week filled with Badger spirit. With entertaining events, educational activities, and more, Homecoming offers something for Badgers of all ages. In addition, Multicultural Homecoming events provide space for alumni of color to build community and are a long-standing WAA tradition. If that’s not epic enough, Homecoming coincides with the UW's 175th anniversary — so let’s Celebrate On, Badger nation!

Featured WAA Homecoming Week Events

Bucky Badger and a lion mascot

Family-Friendly Scavenger Hunt (online activity)

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 5:30–6:15 p.m. CDT

An online, family-friendly scavenger hunt cohosted by Bucky Badger, where you will seek out Badger-themed everyday objects in your home.

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Flamingos on Bascom Hill

Fill the Hill

Thursday, Oct. 5, 5 p.m.–Friday, Oct. 6, 5 p.m.

Fill the Hill is coming back — and this year, the flamingos are celebrating the university’s 175th anniversary!

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Parade on State Street

UW Homecoming Parade Presented by the Wisconsin Union and the Wisconsin Homecoming Committee

Friday, Oct. 6, 6–7:30 p.m.
State Street and Gilman Street

A beloved tradition featuring bands, Bucky, the UW Spirit Squad, fun floats, lots of candy, and more.

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Fireworks at the Terrace

Block Party and Pep Rally

Friday, Oct. 6, 7–9 p.m. (immediately following the UW Homecoming Parade)
Alumni Park and Memorial Union, Terrace Stage

A family-friendly block party following the UW Homecoming Parade that features a silent disco, alumni DJs, stargazing, fireworks (weather permitting), and more. Plus, show your Badger pride at a pep rally featuring Bucky Badger, the UW Marching Band, and special guests.

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Performer at the Yard Show

Multicultural Homecoming Yard Show

Friday, Oct. 6, 8–10 p.m.
Memorial Union, Shannon Hall

Members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council and Multicultural Greek Council showcase various step, stroll, and salute routines, giving the audience a chance to celebrate and understand the importance of each council. Hosted in partnership with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.

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Well Red Bucky at Alumni Park

Badger Meet-Ups: Hoco Edition

Friday, Oct. 6, 10 p.m.–1 a.m.
Rigby Pub — Green Room

Join fellow recent graduates for a free night of mingling and casual networking to kick off your Homecoming festivities at the Rigby Pub. Registrants will receive two drink tickets and light appetizers. A cash-only bar will also be available.

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Dance routine at the Divine Nine plaza

Divine Nine Plaza Kickback

Saturday, Oct. 7, 9–11 a.m.

East Campus Mall

A celebration of the history and contributions of the Black fraternities and sororities that form the National Pan-Hellenic Council at UW–Madison.

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Football game at Camp Randall

UW Homecoming Football Game: Wisconsin vs. Rutgers

Saturday, Oct. 7, 11 a.m.
Camp Randall

Root for the Badgers when they take on the Scarlet Knights in this Big Ten battle. Visit for more details and to purchase game tickets.

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Drummers at a tailgate

Multicultural Homecoming Tailgate and Watch Party

Saturday, Oct. 7, 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Pyle Center

Mix, mingle, and cheer from the Pyle Center, Alumni Park, and the rooftop at One Alumni Place while also enjoying a variety of food and beverage options, yard games, an interactive photo booth, and more.

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The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association will hold these events in accordance with all local public health guidance. Mask usage is welcome but not required. Participants who are sick are asked to stay home to help keep our Badger community safe and healthy.


Share UW Homecoming excitement and experiences on Facebook, X (formerly known as Twitter), and Instagram using #UWHC. Plus, get The Red Shirt, 16th Edition (the official shirt of UW Homecoming) and capture your Badger spirit in pictures using our virtual photo booth. All great ways to feel connected, even if we’re apart.

Additional Homecoming Week Activities

Thank you to our UW Homecoming 2023 sponsors

American Family Insurance Logo
UW Credit Union
Capitol Lakes logo
The University Book Store
Smart Motors

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