Homecoming 2015 packed with wall-to-wall events

Homecoming 2014 fireworks
The fireworks show on Friday night is a great way to celebrate Homecoming at CSU.

Homecoming and Family weekend at CSU is more than a weekend. Much, much more.

Like parades? We’ve got that. Bonfires? Got that, too. Festival on the Oval? Absolutely. Football game? Of course.

In fact, there are probably at least 101 ways to celebrate CSU’s 101st Homecoming. From free movies to groundbreaking ceremonies to karaoke night to a 5K race to a student dance, CSU is offering wall-to-wall Homecoming fun that will help you celebrate CSU’s past, present and future.

The fun begins Monday, Oct. 10 and continues through Sunday, Oct. 18.

Here are some of the highlights:


The groundbreaking film, “Mathew Shepard is a Friend of Mine” will be shown at the Lory Student Center Theater. This free event, presented by Ram Events and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Ally Resource Center, begins at 7 p.m. and is followed by a discussion led by CSU professor Eric Aoki.


Bring your sidewalk chalk and Draw Your Heart Out — a new event sponsored by Fraternity and Sorority Life. Teams and individuals can create their best CSU-themed art beginning at 10 a.m. on the Lory Student Center plaza.

Comedian Cameron Esposito will perform a free show at 7 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Ballroom B. Event is presented by Ram Events and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Ally Resource Center.


Start your day at 10 a.m. at the annual Canstruction, a competition on the LSC plaza among student groups to make the most creative creations with cans of food for the annual Cans Around the Oval food drive. Later, Live Homecoming Set, Featuring American Blackout, is set for 2 p.m. at the Ramskeller in the basement of the LSC. Presented by the Ramskeller, SpokesBUZZ, Rocky Mountain Student Media and RamEvents, this free concert is part of a weekly series every Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the ‘Skeller.


Bring your voice and your fan club and join the fun at Homecoming Karaoke Night. Presented by RamEvents, this free event begins at 5 p.m. at the Ramskeller.


This is probably the busiest and best day of Homecoming. The annual Homecoming Parade – themed “This is Our Time” – begins at 4:30 p.m. in Old Town, winds its way through the Oval and ends on campus at 6 p.m. The parade takes place during Festival on the Oval – get your free hugs from Ann Gill, outgoing dean of the College of Liberal Arts – and is followed by Friday Night Lights, the annual pep rally, bonfire, fireworks show and Lighting of the A.

The Running of the Rams – a new event presented by ASCSU – kicks off the festivities. Students are encouraged to gather at 3:15 p.m. at Newton’s Plaza and run to the Oval to enjoy the festival and parade.


There’s no better way to start your day than by participating in the 35th Homecoming 5K, set for 8 a.m. at the Oval. Runners and walkers of all ages are encouraged to participate in the largest 5K in Northern Colorado. After that, get your green on and cheer for the CSU Rams as they host rival Air Force at 1:30 p.m. at Hughes Stadium.

If racing and football aren’t your thing, you can take in “Step on a Crack,” a presentation by CSU Family Friendly Theatre. Shows are at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the University Center for the Arts.


It’s a busy day at the UCA, with another performance of “Step On a Crack” (2 p.m.), a Concert Orchestra concert (7:30 p.m.) and a Percussion Ensemble concert (7:30 p.m.) at various locations in the building.

For a full schedule of Homecoming and Family Weekend Events and ticket information, visit homecoming.colostate.edu