7 Exciting Events You Have to Attend at Homecoming 2017

Posted by Alanna Witowski on October 3, 2017

Homecoming is jam-packed with exciting events meant to make your weekend as memorable as possible. Whether you're a Binghamton alum or a current student, there are more than enough parties, programs, competitions, giveaways and occasions to keep you occupied!

Tailgate

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You can't have Homecoming Weekend without Tailgate! Come on down to the Events Center Saturday afternoon and chill out with your fellow Bearcats. With games, rides, inflatables, free food (yum!) and awesome giveaways, this is one party that you can't miss!

"I'm really looking forward to being around a lot of other students with spirit," said Maria Colangelo, a junior majoring in human development. "This year I'm going to paint faces at the education booth, it'll be a lot of fun!" 

Bing Brews and Bands

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Remember the days when all you did was hang out at local eateries downtown? Relive your glory days with Bing Brews and Bands, happening downtown Saturday night at the Water Street Brewery, Lost Dog, Galaxy, The Garage, and The Shop. This event is free and open to the public, and when you check in at Water Street or Lost Dog Café you get a Bing Brews and Bands tasting glass! Great local bands, DJ's and Binghamton's very own acapella groups serenading you as you dine? If that sounds like a blast, then join us!

Fireworks

It's back! After several years, we're bringing fireworks back to campus to celebrate this awesome weekend! Fireworks will go off Saturday night to close out a day full of fun. So before you head downtown for Bing Brews and Bands, make sure to take in this spectacular show.

"The last time fireworks were shot off from M Lot for Homecoming was 2008 -- for those of us who remember this -- and we are extremely excited to see this return," said Jennifer Keegin, associate director for campus activities. "You can see the fireworks from all over campus, and they will be beautiful!"

The fireworks are shooting off from M Lot, so the best places to check them out are from Mountainview, Hillside, Hinman, the Harpur Quad fountain and the Events Center parking lot. 

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TierTalks

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Grab a pair of goggles, and join alumni and students on Saturday afternoon for Tier Talks, where experts will discuss virtual and augmented reality. 

"This Tier Talk will give students the opportunity to see how Binghamton has had a role with in Virtual Reality, and see the incredible fields that Binghamton Alumni are working in," said Matthew Gill, co-founder of thr Enhance VR Project and a senior at Binghamton University. It just may change your perspective on VR/AR and why it's important to know what's going on in the industry." 

Both AR and VR will impact our lives in a huge way, so come out and learn about what it means for us in the next decade. Register now!

Homecoming 5K

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Attend the annual Homecoming 5K Run/Walk around the Brain to burn off all the calories you're sure to consume at Tailgate! Check-in starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, and prizes will be given out to those runners that show up with the most #BingPride. So grab your green and head on over to the Alumni Center for your chance at a prize! Not registered? No worries -- you can sign up at the door! 

Men's Soccer Game

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The men's soccer game starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Bearcats Sports Complex, so come on out and and support our team as they face off against the University of Maryland! #GoBearcats

Hinman's 50th Anniversary

Hinman is hosting events all weekend long to celebrate its 50th anniversary! Starting Friday night with refreshments, the weekend is filled with events to celebrate your college years in one of the oldest living communities. From co-rec games to banquets, Hinman has you covered. 

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Check out the full schedule of events for Homecoming Weekend!

Alanna Witowski is a senior majoring in English from Chalfont, Pa. She is interested in pursuing a career in marketing and public relations after graduation, and spending an unhealthy amount of time watching Netflix to procrastinate on homework. 

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