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Homecoming Weekend: What to do during IU’s biggest football weekend of the year



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Parade spectators cheer as the Marching Hundred perform at the intersection of 17th Street and Woodlawn Avenue on Friday evening as part of the homecoming parade. The parade started at the Indiana Memorial Union and worked its way north to the tailgating fields.  Emily Eckelbarger Buy Photos

Dedicated students, alumni, fans and families will flock to Memorial Stadium next weekend to cheer on the Hoosiers in IU’s homecoming game. This grand tradition offers exciting events throughout the weekend that many fans won’t want to miss.

Check out this list of things to do during all the homecoming festivities and enjoy all that IU has to offer during one of the biggest weekends of the year.

Oct. 12-13

Class of 1968 50th reunion

Alumni from the class of 1968 can come celebrate old memories and make some new ones at this year’s 50th graduation reunion. Members can choose to be part of the Homecoming parade by riding on one of the parade floats or by watching from a VIP area. In addition, alumni will be honored at the IU Alumni Association’s Homecoming Huddle tailgate. Reunion attendees may also purchase football tickets in a section specifically for the 1968 class. Register for the event at https://alumni.iu.edu/events/reunions/index.html.

Oct. 12

Ray E. Cramer Marching Hundred Hall Dedication

Start the homecoming weekend off right with IU President Michael A. McRobbie along with former Marching Hundred director Ray E. Cramer at the official Marching Hundred Hall building dedication ceremony. There will be a reception after the ceremony with tours of the new building, giving visitors a behind the scenes look at the campus’ newest hall. The event will take place at 2 p.m. in the  Ray E. Cramer Marching Hundred Hall at 800 E. 17 St. 

Homecoming Parade

Join in on the football festivities with the IU marching band, alumni and cheerleaders in this year’s homecoming parade. The parade route will begin at 6 p.m. and will run along Woodlawn Avenue, starting at 17th Street and ending at 7th Street. The parade will end in Dunn Meadow and will include a pep rally, fireworks, food trucks and other activities.

TEDxIndianaUniversity “From Ashes We Rise” series

Another event coming to IU’s campus during Homecoming week is the acclaimed TEDx talks in a special series called “From Ashes We Rise.” Spend the night before the big game listening to six speakers talk about their experiences in overcoming life’s struggles and finding perseverance and strength. The event will run from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the IU Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now.

Oct. 13

Quarry Festival of Books

The morning of the homecoming game, join over 20 fiction and general interest authors at the third annual Quarry Festival of Books in Dunn Meadow. Readers can meet the authors, get autographs and purchase more than 100 available books. The festival will also include giveaways, discounts and book readings. The event starts at 10 a.m. and will run until 4 p.m.

9th Annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch

This tradition where more than 900 handmade glass blown pumpkins are sold will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Monroe County Courthouse lawn. The event is a great way to spend your morning before the homecoming football game and get in the Halloween mood.

Hoosier Huddle

As IU’s official tailgating party, the Hoosier Huddle is a great way for IU Alumni Association members to get together before kickoff. The event will include food and live entertainment starting at 9 a.m. Join the tailgating festivities at the DeVault Alumni Center Tent located at 1000 E. 17 St. Register for a spot at https://www.myiu.org/events/details?id=2835d4b3-3709-42d8-a0de-57a1988344dd.

IU vs. Iowa football

IU students, families and alumni will gather to cheer on the home team as they take on the Iowa Hawkeyes in the biggest game of the year. This week’s festivities have all led up to the noon kickoff when the Hoosiers will fight for glory and hopefully bring home a win.

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