Students

Student Events

Check out student-focused events below or visit the schedule for a full listing of Homecoming & Family Weekend events.

Parade Float Info

Looking for info on how to build a float and maybe a little inspiration? We’ve got you covered. Start by brainstorming float ideas. This year’s theme is, “Tradition.” Need some inspiration? Check the sidebar for ideas.

Important! Check the Homecoming Parade requirements and then register your group’s float.

The application fee for Student Organizations is $100. Not sure if the fee and the cost to build your float is in your budget? Consider asking someone in the community to sponsor you! CSU Events will reach out to you if we have any questions about your float. You will receive an email confirming if your float has been approved.

Once your float has been approved assemble your team and start building! Need float supplies? Check out The Student Organization Center.

Still not sure about a few things? Reach out to CSU Events with your questions via email: CSUEvents@colostate.edu or by phone: (970) 491-4601. We’re here to answer your Homecoming Parade questions!

Homecoming Parade requirements

register your group’s float

Parade Float Ideas

This year’s parade theme is “Tradition.” Consider some of the following ideas!

  • From Aggies to Rams: CSU through the ages
  • The A: The giant ode to our Aggie roots
  • Get Your Green On: It’s easy being green when you’re a Ram!
  • The Fight Song. Build on, you stalwart Rams!
  • The Alma Mater. Hail to thee, awesome float!
  • CAM the Ram: Our beloved mascot
  • ROTC: Service is in our DNA
  • The Cannon: Loud and proud since 1920!
  • The Bronze Boot: An enduring symbol of service
  • The Old Main Bell
  • Cans Around the Oval or CSUnity
  • CSU Olympians: Check out the Hall of Fame in Canvas Stadium
  • Ag Day: Sport your best pumpkin and alfalfa
  • State of Sustainability: A float made from recyclables anyone?
  • The Oval: Showcase our most beautiful spot on campus.
  • Squirrels: See @ColostateSquirrels on Instagram for inspiration.

Wednesday, October 2

Donut Day

Stop by the Iris & Michael Smith Alumni Center for free donuts and coffee while they last. Everyone is welcome!

Time

8 am - Noon

Alumni Night Out: Homecoming Kickoff at XGolf

Get Homecoming & Family Weekend started early with an Alumni Night Out at XGolf Fort Collins, an alumni-owned business! Cost is $10, which includes dinner, your first drink, and access to a virtual golf bay! Bringing your own golf clubs is encouraged. Don’t forget to wear your green and gold!

XGolf Fort Collins is a family friendly atmosphere and you can read more about them HERE.

Please note: Old Aggies will be $3 all night!

Time

5:30 - 8 pm

Location

351 E Foothills Pkwy Suite 110

Homecoming Comedy Show

The Homecoming Comedy Show is an annual effort by RamEvents to bring comedians to CSU’s campus! This show is in collaboration with the Native American Cultural Center as they are celebrating their 40th Anniversary! This year we are excited to announce the talent for this year’s show as The 1491s! The 1491s are a Native American sketch comedy group who have gone viral, earning fans around the globe with their satirical and absurd comedy. They have sold out performances on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “TEDx Talks.” Doors open at 6 p.m., event starts at 6:30.

Time

6:30 - 7:30 pm

Thursday, October 3

Proud to Wear: CSU Athletics Apparel History with John Hirn

In this free public lecture, CSU athletics history expert John Hirn will speak about athletic apparel at CSU, including a glimpse into his extensive personal collection. The exhibit Proud to Wear: CSU150 will be open before and after the program. It will also be open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

From the Aggie “A” to Cam the Ram, members of the Colorado State University community over the last 150 years have worn their school spirit on their sleeves. Examples of apparel, including loans from Hirn, and historic photographs throughout time are on exhibit, representing the many ways people show they are #ProudToBe a CSU Ram.

Time

7 - 8:30 pm

Location

Avenir Museum

Jazz Ensembles Concert

Join the Jazz Ensembles, conducted by Wil Swindler and Shilo Stroman, as they explore the unfolding of jazz through the 20th century into our modern world. “There is a treasure trove of classic jazz works that have been reimagined by modern jazz musicians reflecting the developing aesthetic of our music and our culture,” says Swindler. Original classics, back-to-back with adventurous, contemporary arrangements, demonstrate the fascinating differences and development of this diverse and unique genre. No charge/CSU students, $4/youth (under 18), $12/senior (62+), $14/adult

Time

7:30 - 9 pm

Location

Griffin Concert Hall, UCA Griffin Concert Hall

Friday, October 4

Experiential Learning: Education Abroad

This session will explore experiential learning opportunities offered for students to enhance their academic learning through Education Abroad programs across the world. Parents and families will hear directly from Education Abroad staff about the various options for studying abroad including locations, program types and areas of study. Additionally, families will learn how to prepare, plan and finance Education Abroad experiences.

Time

9 - 9:45 am

Location

Lory Student Center Ballroom A

Experiential Learning: Travel, Learn and Serve with Alternative Breaks

This session will explore the Alternative Breaks program and preview the wide variety of options to travel, learn and serve communities across the country. Alternative Breaks provide students with a week-long opportunity to travel across the United States during their spring breaks to engage in service with the local community while also learning about social issues and forming relationships with peers. Alternative Breaks are open to all students and are an incredible way to travel, learn and serve. Hear more from the Alternative Breaks team and explore the wide variety of alternative breaks available that address social issues including hunger, homelessness, education, environmental conservation and animal welfare.

Time

9:50 - 10:30 am

Location

Lory Student Center Ballroom A

Supporting your Student’s Journey from Backpack to Briefcase – from CSU to Employment and beyond!

This session will include a panel of current CSU parents and family members, students, and Career Center/Alumni Association staff. Panelists will share their experiences and expertise about campus resources and conversations you can have with your student to support their efforts to prepare for employment and life after CSU. Find out about the various tools available to students that can lead to internships, mentoring, on-campus jobs, & ultimately becoming employed… from Backpack to Briefcase!

Time

10:45 - 11:30 am

Location

Lory Student Center Lory Student Center Room 312

Housing Options for Students After the First Year

This session will share about the variety of housing options and important questions to consider for students and families when determining the best housing option for future years. University Housing will detail on-campus options, Off-Campus Life will provide considerations for students seeking to move off-campus and a local real estate partner will share information on the Fort Collins housing market.

Time

11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Location

Lory Student Center Ballroom A

Art & Art History Department Annual Homecoming Open House

This will be our fourth-annual open house and the third consecutive open house to align with Homecoming & Family Weekend. This event will welcome current, past, and prospective CSU students, families, and friends into our department as well as members of the broader CSU and Fort Collins communities. All of our galleries will be open and we will have lots of student artwork on display. Our Fibers, Pottery, Printmaking, and Metalsmithing/ Jewelry student guilds and graduate student organization will be set up in our main corridor area showcasing and selling their work. We will have a Visual Art Building facilities tour available for anyone interested to give a more behind the scenes look at our studios and classroom spaces. Department faculty and staff will be on hand for the duration of the event. The event will take place right before the events around the oval, ending at 2:30 p.m. so attendees can easily get there to enjoy more Homecoming festivities.

Time

Noon - 2 pm

Location

Visual Arts Building Main corridor of the building

Festival on the Oval

Enjoy the festivities on the Oval before the parade with live music, children’s activities, food trucks, and a beer garden. We’ll also have yearbooks on hand for reminiscing. The event is free and open to the public (food and beer are not free) and lasts until 6 p.m.

Time

3 - 6 pm

Location

The Oval

Homecoming Parade

The 2019 parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. at Canvas Stadium on Pitkin Street and travel through campus to the historic Oval and end on Laurel Street. The parade features University and community floats, the CSU marching band, and more!

Time

4:30 - 6 pm

Friday Night Lights

The end of the parade serves as the beginning of the Homecoming pep rally where we gear up for the big game on Saturday. Stay for the bonfire, fireworks, and lighting of the A. Free and open to the public.

Time

6:30 - 8:30 pm

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, Directed by Walt Jones

William Shakespeare’s classic, first performed around 1596, is one of the bard’s most beloved plays. For centuries, audiences have enjoyed this comic fantasy about four lovers who find themselves bewitched by fairies and suffering strange love experiences. Four interconnecting plots are set simultaneously in the wooded realm of Fairyland, under the light of the moon. Portraying the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus to Hippolyta, an Athenian weaver who is transformed into an ass-headed monster, and the antics of Oberon and Titiana, the fairy king and queen, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is an artful examination of love, jealousy, and marriage and is a delightful evening, full of wit and magical surprises. Lovers and madmen have such seething brains, Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend More than cool reason ever comprehends. — William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream No Charge/CSU Students, $9/youth (under 18), $14/senior (62+), $18/adult

Time

7:30 - 9:30 pm

Location

University Theatre, UCA University Theatre

Saturday, October 5

CSU Alumni Association – Homecoming 2019 Tailgate Package

The Colorado State University Alumni Association will be hosting a special tailgate experience prior to this year’s Homecoming football game against San Diego State, along with celebrating our University’s 150th Anniversary!

We are partnering with the CSU Meat Judging Team to provide a delicious and hearty game day meal.  You will also receive a beer/soda ticket to the tailgate bar, and an exclusive Homecoming gift!

Time

All Day

Location

Ram Walk Coors Light Ram Walk Tailgate - north of Canvas Stadium along Meridian Ave.

Homecoming 5K Race

An event for the whole family! Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome to participate in the 5K race. This year, we will be BACK ON CAMPUS! Our route will start and end at the Oval.

Time

7:30 - 9 am

Location

The Oval

Student Media Tailgate and Game

We will have a BBQ ($15, steak, veggie options, etc.) and reduced priced game tickets. BYOB.

Time

4 - 8:15 pm

Location

West Lawn, West Side of Lory, look for Student Media Tent!

Homecoming Football Game

Cheer the Rams to a Homecoming victory over San Diego State. Kickoff 8 p.m.

Time

8 pm

Location

Canvas Stadium

Sunday, October 6

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, Directed by Walt Jones

William Shakespeare’s classic, first performed around 1596, is one of the bard’s most beloved plays. For centuries, audiences have enjoyed this comic fantasy about four lovers who find themselves bewitched by fairies and suffering strange love experiences. Four interconnecting plots are set simultaneously in the wooded realm of Fairyland, under the light of the moon. Portraying the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus to Hippolyta, an Athenian weaver who is transformed into an ass-headed monster, and the antics of Oberon and Titiana, the fairy king and queen, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is an artful examination of love, jealousy, and marriage and is a delightful evening, full of wit and magical surprises. Lovers and madmen have such seething brains, Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend More than cool reason ever comprehends. — William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream No Charge/CSU Students, $9/youth (under 18), $14/senior (62+), $18/adult

Time

2 - 4 pm

Location

University Theatre, UCA University Theatre