5. Homecoming Kickoff
On Monday, the very first day of homecoming week, there will be a kickoff barbeque from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Quad. Enjoy free food and drinks with your friends and fellow ISU students to celebrate the upcoming week of Illinois State pride. President Timothy Flanagan and Coach Spack will both be making appearances, and there will also be live music by Maggie Speaks. The best part is it will only cost you time and a swipe of your student ID.
4. Homecoming Carnival
Forget Pub II, this week the Brown Ballroom in the Bone Student Center is the place to be on Wednesday night. From 7 to 11 p.m. come take part in face-painting, balloon artists, carnival games, giveaways, character artists, a photo booth and tons of free carnival food provided by the University Program Board. The Illinois State Gamma Phi Circus will be performing at 7:30 and 9 p.m. Students can watch circus favorites, such as the bicycle built for 10.
3. Homecoming Bonfire
Bonfires are the best way to spend a fall night, so join the University Program Board (UPB) and the Student Alumni Council Friday night at 7 p.m. The roaring fire, music, and, of course, free food will be outside of Redbird Arena and Tri Towers. Come out to have fun and watch Illinois State’s 2013 Homecoming King and Queen receive their crowns.
2. Homecoming Parade
This year we are celebrating the 150th anniversary of Illinois State’s own Alumni Association, so it’s only fitting that it would be the theme of homecoming. Celebrate our school’s history, admire handmade floats from our organizations, and get some free candy at the annual Homecoming Parade on Saturday. The procession will begin at 10 a.m. at the corner of College Avenue and University Street. It will then move down College, past Watterson, and around the Uptown Circle to cut across to Mulberry Street and travel past Hewitt and Manchester.
1. Redbird Football and tailgating
Tailgating officially begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, but throngs of devoted fans will be grilling and playing games in the parking lots surrounding the field long before that. Come out bright and early to experience a full day of tailgating festivities before kickoff begins the game at 2 p.m. This year the Redbirds will be playing the Western Illinois University Leather Necks. Attend the very first Illinois State homecoming game to be played in the renovated Hancock Stadium. Unleash your school spirit and cheer the fighting Redbirds on to a victory.