Colorado State University Invites Community to ‘Get Your Green On’ and Celebrate Homecoming Sept. 29-Oct. 2

Colorado State University invites students, faculty, staff and alumni to celebrate this year’s Homecoming and Family Weekend Sept. 29-Oct. 2. The university unveiled the “Get Your Green On” theme for this year’s parade at a celebration on the campus plaza.

The parade theme goes with along with this year’s “Get Your Green On” proclamations from Mayor Karen Weitkunat, CSU President Tony Frank and ASCSU President Eric Berlinberg.

Along with the Friday tradition of wearing CSU colors, the university and Fort Collins communities are encouraged to show school spirit by participating in this year’s homecoming parade. The registration application for the Homecoming Parade is available online at Participants must register by Sept. 21 and meet minimum requirements for participation.

Homecoming and Family Weekend Details

This year’s Homecoming celebration will highlight events such as the Distinguished Alumni Awards Banquet, Reunion on the Oval, the parade, pep rally, bonfire, annual Homecoming 5K Race and the CSU football game against San Jose State.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards Banquet, a new addition to the traditional Homecoming and Family Weekend festivities, recognizes CSU alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally and have made contributions to the university through their time or philanthropy. The reception will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 5 p.m. at the Embassy Suites in Loveland. Registration is required for the event; information can be found at

Reunion on the Oval will kick off the weekend’s campus events at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30. Alumni, students, parents, families and community members are all invited to enjoy carnival games, inflatable activities, live music, and share in the fun before watching the parade from the best seats in town.

The Homecoming Parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at the intersection of Howes Street and Oak Street in downtown Fort Collins and will end at the intersection of Meridian Avenue and University Avenue. The 90-minute parade will feature CAM the Ram, the CSU Marching Band and a wide variety of student and community organizations. For registration details or a map of the parade route, visit

The pep rally, bonfire and fireworks will begin on the Lory Student Center West Lawn after the culmination of the Homecoming Parade. The event is free and open to the public.

The annual Homecoming 5K Race will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the CSU Oval. Participants of all ages are encouraged to join. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Heart Disease Prevention Program of the Human Performance Clinical/Research Lab. Registration is $20 if registered by Sept. 23, $25 by Sept. 29 and $30 if registering the day of the event. For more details or to register, visit

Ram Town, which features interactive play areas for kids, food and beverage concessions, and an opportunity to get your picture taken with CAM the Ram, will begin Saturday at 11 a.m. at Hughes Stadium.

The Homecoming and Family Weekend Tailgate will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. preceding the CSU v. San Jose State game, which kicks off at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for alumni members and $15 for non-members. Registration is required and can be found at For more information, contact the Alumni Association at (800) 286-2586.

The Homecoming Football Game – CSU vs. San Jose State – will kickoff at 2 p.m. at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium.

For a complete list of events or more details about Homecoming and Family Weekend activities or registration, visit