Homecoming 2017: A time to celebrate CSU

CSU homecoming parade 2016

Homecoming and Family Weekend – that magical time of the year at CSU – is upon us.

From concerts to sporting events to a 5K race to a parade to the Festival on the Oval, there’s something for everyone. So, don your green and gold and join in the fun!

Make sure to download the new CSU Alumni Association app for a full listing of events, times and locations.


Donut Day – Students are invited to the Iris & Michael Smith Alumni Center, located on the northeast corner of the new stadium, for free donuts starting at 7:50 a.m. until they are gone.

CANstruction – A fun event that’s part of the annual Cans Around the Oval, the largest one-day food drive in Larimer County. Teams stack their donated cans of foods into creative structures on the Lory Student plaza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Make sure to pre-register online.

Homecoming Comedy Show – Get your laughs on at this annual event. The fun starts at 6 p.m. at the LSC main ballroom. Free tickets online.


Grand opening of Chemistry Research and Biology buildings – Get a peek at these remarkable new buildings at 1:45 p.m.

CSU volleyball hosts San Jose State – The nationally ranked Rams look to keep their unbeaten Mountain West record intact starting at 7 p.m. at Moby Arena. Students get in free with ID; tickets available at the gate or online.

Distinguished Alumni Awards Banquet – The CSU Alumni Association honors the best of the best at this annual event. The festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. at the LSC main ballroom. Tickets are available online.

Fashioned by Faculty – The Creative Scholarship Fall 2017 Evening Lecture Series begins at 7 p.m. in the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandizing. Faculty will discuss their fashion creations, which will be on display at the museum, located in the University Center for the Arts. Free and open to the public.


50-Year Club Luncheon – Alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago are honored. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Hilton Hotel. Tickets available online.

Festival on the Oval – The fun begins at 3 p.m. on the famed CSU Oval. Food trucks and a beer garden, plus inflatables and other fun stuff for the kids. Free admission and open to the public.

CSU soccer hosts Boise State – The Rams look for another conference win at the CSU Soccer Field. Action begins at 4 p.m.; admission is free.

Grand opening of the Michael & Iris Smith Alumni Center – The long-awaited home for alumni officially opens its doors with a 4 p.m. ribbon-cutting and an appearance by special guests Iris and Michael Smith. Food, live music and other fun activities. Free and open to the public.

Homecoming Parade – This must-see event begins in Old Town and marches straight down Howes Street into the Oval and around campus. Lots of floats, horses, vintage cars and other fun stuff. And, of course, the amazing CSU Marching Band leading the way. The parade begins at 4:30 p.m. and concludes at CSU Stadium at Sonny Lubick Field. Free and open to the public.

Friday Night Lights – After the parade stick around for a pep rally, bonfire and fireworks and the lighting of the “A.” Free and open to the public.


Homecoming 5K – This iconic race, now in its 37th year, has a new location: Hughes Stadium. It will the final event at the stadium before demolition begins, so register now for the 8 a.m. start.

CSU volleyball hosts Nevada – The Rams look for another conference win. Action begins at 4 p.m. at Moby Arena. Students get in free with ID; tickets available at the gate or online.

CSU football hosts Nevada – The Rams, unbeaten in conference play, look for a big win in this nationally televised (ESPN2) 8:15 p.m. game. Tickets are sold out but there’s still plenty to do prior to the game outside the new stadium.