11 Awesome Reasons to Attend Binghamton Homecoming 2018

Posted by Palmer Perkins '19 on October 1, 2018

Homecoming (Oct. 5-7) is jam-packed with exciting events, meant to make your weekend as memorable as possible, and it’s not just for alumni! Whether you're a Binghamton grad, a current student or a member of the local community looking for a fun time, there are more than enough parties, programs, competitions and giveaways to keep you occupied!


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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 befor the men's soccer game. With games, rides, inflatables, FREE FOOD and awesome giveaways, this is one party you can't miss.

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 Stony Brook University! #GoBearcats

Bing Brews and Bands

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Do Homecoming right with Bing Brews and Bands, downtown Saturday night at the Water Street Brewery, Lost Dog, Galaxy and The Garage. This event is free and open to the public -- and the first 300 people to check in at either Water Street or Lost Dog Café receive a Bing Brews and Bands tasting glass! Great local bands, DJs and Binghamton's very own a capella groups serenading you as you hang out with your best friends? If that sounds like a blast, then join us!

5K Run/Walk

Attend the annual Homecoming 5K Run/Walk around the Brain and 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 over to the Alumni Center in Old O’Connor for your chance at a prize! Not registered? No worries -- you can sign up at the door!


Campus Tours - all weekend long

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Discover unfamiliar parts of the University on one of many campus walking tours, starting at the Alumni Center in Old O’Connor. There will also be tours of the Nature Preserve, Saturday at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m. The guide will meet you in the upper end of Lot M. Get some fresh air and check out the Preserve’s beautiful fall foliage!

TIER Talks

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Jean W. Harris '82, MA '86, speaks during TIER Talks in 2016. 

Join alumni and students on Saturday afternoon for TIER Talks, presented by M&T Bank, where experts will discuss the effects of global climate change and how to combat the problem. The talk will feature Binghamton alumna Amy Hyatt ‘78, whose real-life experience as a U.S. ambassador to Palau provides her with personal insight into the climate crisis. Climate change is a huge issue that’s not going away anytime soon, so come out and learn about how you can make a difference. Register now!

Late Nite Activities

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Video games, board games, carnival games, free food and prizes! What’s not to like? Friday evening in the University Union is Late Nite Game Night, and Saturday evening is Late Nite Cinema. Come down with your friends and enjoy games and movies!

AEPhi Greek God

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Fraternity men raise money for charity by displaying various bodybuilding strengths in the Events Center. Doors open Saturday at 6 p.m., and tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

EOP and BSU 50th Anniversary

Several organizations are celebrating milestone anniversaries at this year’s Homecoming, including the 50th anniversary of the Educational Opportunity Program and the Black Student Union, and the 45th anniversary of Harpur’s Ferry! Be sure to check out events like the BSU Fashion Show and the EOP banquet.


An Evening with Bo Burnham

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Make happy -- Bo Burnham is coming to Homecoming! Burnham, the distinguished comedian and entertainer, will speak at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Anderson Center. It's a sold-out show and will feature Burnham discussing how he built his career.  


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Following last year’s return to Homecoming, fireworks will go off Saturday night to celebrate this awesome weekend. So before you head downtown for Bing Brews and Bands, make sure to take in this spectacular show. "You can see the fireworks from all over campus, and they will be beautiful!" said Jennifer Keegin, associate director for campus activities. 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.

Check out the full schedule of events!

Palmer Perkins is a senior English major and an intern in the Communications and Marketing department. 

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