New this year: The Vulcan Fest 5K Run/Walk. Other events include entertainment from DJ Bonics, food trucks, the Homecoming Parade and Vulcans football vs. Clarion.
Cal U will hold the second annual Vulcan Fest Homecoming Weekend Oct. 11-13.
The University is teaming up with the Washington County Tourism and Promotion Agency for the event, a community celebration of Cal U connections and hometown pride.
New this year, the Vulcan Fest 5K Run/Walk will be at 8 a.m. Oct. 12. Suitable for athletes of all ages and abilities, the 3.1-mile course will take participants around and through Cal U’s scenic campus. Free on-campus parking is available. Race-day registration opens at 6 a.m. Fee is $20 in advance; $25 on race day. Proceeds benefit scholarships for Cal U students and legacy projects on campus. Registration is available at calu.edu/vulcan-fest.
At 1 p.m. Oct. 11, members of Cal U’s class of 1969 will gather at Kara Alumni House for their 50th reunion. At 7 p.m., graduates of all classes will reunite at The Meadows in North Strabane Township.
The Cal U women’s volleyball team plays Bloomsburg at 6 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Convocation Center.
On Oct. 12, a Party on the Patio Brunch for alumni will be followed by the Homecoming parade, which begins at the Convocation Center at noon and proceeds along Third Street in California’s business district. Kids’ Zone activities on the main campus begin at 9 a.m.
Also at noon, the Cal U women’s soccer team plays IUP at the Phillipsburg soccer field. Cal U volleyball plays Lock Haven at 1 p.m. at the Convocation Center.
After the parade, activities move to Roadman Park on Cal U’s upper campus. Food trucks will be available, and a Kids’ Zone with games and activities will be open until 4 p.m.
Vulcans football kicks off at 4 p.m. vs. the Clarion Golden Eagles. Admission is $10, $5 for students, free to those with CalCards.
Free entertainment will be provided by three DJs. DJ Bonics, aka Brandon Glova, best known for his work with rapper Wiz Khalifa, will perform at 3 p.m. Alumna Bria Thomas, known as DJ Femi, will entertain at 2:15 p.m. WCAL student DJ Nick Rae will at on at 1:30 p.m.
Vulcan Fest Homecoming Weekend wraps up 4-6 p.m. Oct. 13 with the Young and Gifted Gospel Choir’s 5th annual Scholarship Dinner and Benefit Concert at the Donora Banquet Hall. Cost is $20 person and $10 for student. Proceeds benefit the Almeda Pryor YGGC Scholarship Fund, named in honor of the choir’s founder. For reservations email choir director Dr. Randy Tillmutt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free visitor parking will be available Oct. 12-13 in Lot 4 (River Lot). Parking at Roadman Park is $10.
Flat-rate meter parking is available from 3 p.m. Oct. 12 to 11:30 p.m. Oct. 14 in the pay-by-license lots behind the Natali Student Center (Lot 17) and Gallagher Hall (Lot 11).
Lot 8, 11 and 21 will be closed from 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, until 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 to accommodate parade vehicles. Lot 2 will remain open to accommodate permit holders and those attending the President’s Circle brunch.
Beginning at 8 a.m. Oct. 12, traffic on campus will be restricted and police will direct vehicles to the River Lot.
In the borough, no parking will be permitted from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 12 on Second Street (200 to 500 blocks), Third Street (200 and 400 blocks) and Union Street (200 block).
Borough police will ticket vehicles parked along the parade route beginning at 9 a.m. Oct. 12. After 10 a.m., vehicles parked along the route will be towed.
Vulcan Flyer shuttles will operate from 9-11:30 a.m. Oct. 12. Service will resume at the conclusion of the Homecoming Parade. Extra buses will be in service beginning at 2 p.m. to transport students, visitors and alumni to the football game, which starts at 4 p.m. New this year: Stops in the borough at Third and Union streets and at Third and Wood streets. Service will continue until 11 p.m.
Service on Sunday, Oct. 13, will be from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. with hourly Walmart service from 1-6 p.m. The last bus will return to campus at 7 p.m.