Homecoming/Family Weekend

Homecoming and Family Day have been merged again this year into Homecoming Weekend! 

Thursday, October 1

4-7 p.m.

Kickball Tournament
Intramural Fields

Team fee: $15. Sign up at

4:30 p.m.

St. Croix River Boat Cruise
Stillwater, MN

Campus update at the Dock Cafe at 4:30 p.m.
Boarding of the Riverboat at 5:45 p.m.

The annual St. Croix Boat Cruise will kick off Homecoming weekend festivities!  Join us in Stillwater for a university update and reception at the Dock Café beginning at 4:30 p.m. with the boarding of a St. Croix Riverboat at 5:45 p.m. The cruise includes a dinner buffet and some amazing views of the fall colors on the St. Croix River. 

Dinner includes: St. Louis Style BBQ ribs served with herb roasted chicken, potato, southern black beans, creamy coleslaw, fresh fruit, roll and butter and a gourmet cookie assortment. Cash Bar.  

Cost is $35/per person. Ticket price includes appetizers at the Dock Café and a dinner and cruise ticket on the St. Croix boat.   

RSVP Deadline: Friday, September 26


Friday, October 2

5-8 p.m.

Check in and explore River Falls
University Center and Downtown River Falls

See all that River Falls has to offer! Check out the unique shops and restaurants downtown.

A Veterans' Donation Drive will also take place at check in. Click here to see which items are needed for donation.document

6-8 p.m.

Greek Reunion
Riverview Ballroom, University Center

This will be a time for both current and alumni members to engage with one another and reconnect. Appetizers, beverages, entertainment, and networking opportunities will be provided. There will be a short program where you will get the chance to hear from members of the university community, students, as well as fellow alumni.

Click here to register.

7:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.

Film - TBD
Kinni Theater, University Center

A film will be shown throughout the weekend offering a relaxing entertainment option for students, families, and alumni.

8 p.m.

Falcons Got Talent
Falcon's Nest, University Center

This event showcases student talent on campus! All are welcome to attend this homecoming tradition sure to keep your interest and give you a few laughs.

10 p.m.

Lydecker Fire Pit

Saturday, October 3

9 a.m.-Noon

Check in and explore River Falls
University Center & Downtown River Falls

See all that River Falls has to offer! Check out the unique restaurants and shops downtown.

A Veterans' Donation Drive will also take place at check in. Click here to see which items are needed for donation.document

9-11 a.m.

Campus Tours
Information Desk, University Center

Both walking tours and shuttle tours will be available.

9 a.m.-Noon

Peregrine Perk Coffee
University Center

Our on-campus coffee shop, featuring Caribou Coffee products, will be open for your convenience.

9 a.m.

Phi Mu Alumnae Reunion
South Hall & Downtown River Falls

All Phi Mu alumnae are cordially invited to attend.
9:00 a.m. - Annual Chapter Association Meeting and Elections in the Alumni Room, 117 South Hall
10:30 a.m. - Homecoming Parade in front of Bo's 'N Mine

Contact Patti Bibeau LaPorte at 715-425-7982 for more information.

9:15-10 a.m.

Active Learning Classroom Tour
23 Hagestad Hall

Come explore and experience our new Active Learning Classroom (ALC) designed to foster student learning, collaboration, and 21st century skills. The furniture, technology, and room layout promote faculty and student interactions to help facilitate and guide student learning. The ALC contains multiple presentation modes for each student table including glass boards, tablet PC's and flat screen TV's to allow students to easily present their work for review by peers and instructors. Currently, multiple classes are being taught in the ALC including introductory physics and chemistry courses. Peer-led team learning sessions for students in some sections of introductory chemistry and math are being held in the evenings and weekends in the ALC.

9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

Planetarium Tours
201 Agricultural Sciences Building

With our new digital projector, we take a tour of constellations that can be seen from Earth throughout the year. Then we lift off the surface of Earth digitally, fly around our solar system to visit other planets, then exit the solar system, fly beyond the Milky Way Galaxy and out the edge of the universe to explore the size and wonder of space.

Seating is limited to 50 people. Tours will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

9:30-11:30 a.m.

Glassblowing and Ceramics Open House
Kleinpell Fine Arts Building

Associate Professor Eoin Breadon and his studio glass students open their doors to show 3-D approaches such as glass blowing and casting. Please visit room 163 in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building (KFA) from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Come view our ceramics students under the direction of Professor Randy Johnston, use traditional techniques and concepts covering the use of the wheel and constructing forms by altering thrown pieces and by using slabs, pinching, extrusion, and patterns. Doors will be open from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in room 167 of Kleinpell Fine Arts building (KFA). 

9:30-11 a.m.

Alumni & Friends Coffee
Veteran's Park

Stop by and enjoy a cup of coffee on us! Take this opportunity to socialize and network with fellow UWRF Alumni and friends. Stick around to enjoy the Annual Homecoming Parade!

9:30 a.m.

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Alumni Reunion
Veteran's Park

9:30am - Reception
4:00pm - Cookout at Glenn Park, Eat around 5:00pm
*Please bring your own meat to grill and a dish to pass around. Water, lemonade, plates, napkins, and utensils will be provided.

Contact Alyse Roby at alyse.roby@gmail.commail for more information.

10 a.m.

$martU: "Family Feud - Paying for College"
Falcon's Nest, University Center

Don't let student loans, new and added expenses, and the fun of college leave your pockets empty and bank accounts hurting. College is a new and exciting chapter in your life. With this comes huge responsibility! Come check out this informational session, hosted by staff from the UW Extension office, and learn about everything you need to know about your finances, but no one ever tells you. $martU will provide you with the life-long skills you need to save, spend, and plan in a way that works best for you. No matter what financial question you have $martU will find the answer. 

10 a.m.

Marketing Communications Alumni Event

All marketing communications alumni are cordially invited to attend.

10:00 a.m. - Reception: Caribou Coffee @ Family Fresh, River Falls, WI
11:00 a.m. - Homecoming Parade
2:00 p.m. - Homecoming Football Game at Ramer Field
Post-game - Reception at Bo's 'N Mine, Main Street, River Falls, WI 

Contact Jim Pratt at james.w.pratt@uwrf.edumail for more information.

11 a.m.-Noon

Main Street, River Falls

Don't miss out on the opportunity to see our Falcon Spirit come alive in downtown River Falls! The Shriners kick off the annual parade with UWRF students and community members following close behind. Remember to bring a bucket for candy!

Click here to register as a participant in the

11 a.m.

Vets Club Reunion
Falls Room, University Center

All UWRF veteran alumni and current veteran students are invited to attend this reunion!

11:00 am - Vets Club Reception with appetizers and cash bar - Falls Room, University Center
2:00pm - Homecoming Football Game - Ramer Field
Post-Game Reception - Johnnie's Bar, Main Street River Falls

Contact Bob Buhr by email at bobbuhr@cltcomm.netmail or by phone at 715-220-6988 to RSVP for this event.

Noon - 4 p.m.

Falcon Fest Tailgate
University Center

The Falcon Fest Tailgate gives you an opportunity to enjoy your picnic-style lunch during endless entertainment as your prepare for the Homecoming Football game. Paint your face, get your hair flared, play lawn games, and interact with the balloon artist! Music and fun will be waiting your arrival!

Grilled lunch will be available from 10:30am-2pm.

12:30 p.m. - Demonstration by the Chem Demons
Fire has fascinated and mystified people since ancient times. Our "Chem Demons" will show you some scientific wizardry, including a fire-breathing dragon, a jug of fire, and exploding balloons. Snow in October? We will make snowballs that can be lit on fire!

1:00 p.m. - Meet the real Freddy Falcon
Here is your chance to meet our living mascot, Freddy Falcon. Freddy is a Peregrine Falcon that can reach speeds greater than 200 mph. He also attends biology classes to aid students in the studies of their environments.

1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.- Family photos with Freddy in the Fireplace Lounge
Come get your photo taken with our mascot Freddy Falcon! You will receive a digital copy of your photo.

2-5 p.m.

Football Game vs. UW-LaCrosse
Ramer Field

Watch the Falcons soar during the Annual Homecoming football game versus UW-Stevens Point! Show off your Falcon spirit and experience the excitement in the stands. Don't miss the exciting halftime events planned especially for the Homecoming game!


All-Alumni Post-game Reception
Bo's 'N Mine - Main Street River Falls

3 p.m. & 6 p.m.

Film - TBD
Kinni Theater, University Center

A film will be shown throughout the weekend offering a relaxing entertainment option for students, families, and alumni.


 Women's Soccer vs. UW-Whitewater
Ramer Field

7 p.m.

Entertainment- TBD
Falcon's Nest, University Center


7:30 p.m.

UWRF Symphony Band/ Jazz Ensemble Homecoming Concert
William Abbott Concert Hall, Kleinpell Fine Arts Building

Admission is $5/adults, $3/senior citizens and $2/students.

9:30 p.m.

Homecoming Glow Run
Lydecker Fire Pit

Step out into the darkness and help light UWRF a glow with this short distance fun run! Meander through campus with only the glow of your fellow student friends to light the way. Runners will be provided with glow sticks, band, tape, and paint at pre-run check in. Students must bring a non-perishable food item donation in order to receive event t-shirt post run finish. Contact campusrec@uwrf.edumail for questions.

FREE for Students, $10 for Public, must pre-register online at UWRF Marketplace.

10 p.m.

Pete's Creek, University Center

BINGO! Play for the chance to win some great prizes!

Sunday, October 4

3 p.m.

UWRF Choral Ensembles Homecoming Concert
William Abbott Concert Hall Kleinpell Fine Arts Building

Admission is $5/adults, $3/senior citizens and $2/students.



For more details regarding alumni events, please see the Alumni Relations Page.