CSU Homecoming Weekend

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Source: CSU


It’s that time of year again when the community comes together to celebrate CSU’s past, present and future. CSU students, their families, alumni, and community members come together to watch the CSU Rams Homecoming game, watch the homecoming parade and partake in a number of different activities over the upcoming weekend. It’s an annual event for the community and we have put together a list of when activities begin, where they are held and where you can park.


Friday, Oct. 13

  • 50 Year Club Luncheon

When: Friday, Oct 13, 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Where: Hilton Fort Collins

CSU graduates who graduates 50 or more years ago will be invited to the annual 50 Year Club Luncheon. The class of 1967 will be inducted into the 50 Year Club. There will also be two outstanding alumni achievement awards handed out during the luncheon.


  • Festival on the Oval

When: Friday, October 13, 3:00 PM

Where: CSU Oval

Enjoy a number of festivities at the Oval on the CSU campus from 3-6 PM this Friday. A good time for everyone, the festival includes food trucks, a beer garden, live music and a number of activities for children. While food and beer is not free, the event is open to the public and completely free. Stick around until at least 4:30 to watch the Homecoming Parade!

  • Homecoming Parade

When: Friday, October 13, 4:30 PM

Where: CSU Oval

An annual tradition that brings the community and campus together, the Homecoming Parade is a time for us all to show off our Ram pride and to celebrate CSU. Watch the elaborate floats and a number of CSU organizations walk through the parade. Beginning at 4:30 PM, the parade starts on the corner of Oak and Howes Street. As the parade makes its way through campus, it will end at a new location this year – the new CSU football stadium.

  • Friday Night Lights: Bonfire, Lighting of the A

When: Friday, October 13, 6:00 PM

Where: CSU, Lory Student Center lawn

One of our favorite of Homecoming weekend activities, Friday Night Lights continues to bring together the community after the Homecoming parade to get ready for the big game on Saturday. Stay warm in front of the bonfire which will be burned at the lawn just west of the Lory Student Center next to the pond. Stay for the fireworks that light up the night sky and watch as the A in the mountains is lit up. The event is free and open to all.


Saturday, Oct. 14

  • Homecoming 5K Race

When: Saturday, October 14, 8:00 AM

Where: Hughes Stadium

This year marks the 37th anniversary for the annual Homecoming 5k Race. The race has a new location this year – Hughes Stadium – giving the beloved stadium a final farewell before demolition begins.

The 5k race is quite popular and attracts around 2,000 or more participants annually. The race wasn’t only moved to Hughes Stadium to bid a final farewell but also to accommodate game day activities at the new CSU stadium on campus.

A very family friendly event, walkers and runners of all ages are welcome to participate in the event. Children are also able to partake in the free Kids Run which starts at 9 AM and is led by CAM the Ram.

  • Smith Alumni Center Grand Opening

When: Saturday, October 14, 7:00 PM

Where: Smith Alumni Center, 701 W. Pitkin St.

CSU will officially be opening the new Alumni Center in honor of Iris and Michael Smith who have both lent a helping hand to CSU and the stadium. The grand opening is free and open to the public.

  • CSU vs. Nevada football game

When: Saturday, October 14, 8:15 PM

Where: CSU Football Stadium

Watch as the CSU Rams take on Nevada at the first Homecoming game at the new stadium. Tickets for the general public are sold out but students still have a chance buy their tickets. The game is going to be broadcast on  ESPN’s network ESP2 with kick off at 8:15 PM. Watch our CSU Rams kick Nevada butt!

The new football stadium has brought CSU back to its older days of playing games on the main campus. This is the first year the team has played on campus since 1967. Find yourself a parking spot and join your fellow Rams for on campus tailgating before the start of the game.


Looking for more to do on campus this weekend? Look through a full list of activities.