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Posted on October 6, 2016

Cal U Carnival theme logo for homecoming 2016 with fireworks, a tent, balloons and a ferris wheel.

*** Come to the 'Carnival'! All Homecoming activities are continuing as planned! ***

“Cal U Carnival” is the theme for events Oct. 17-22 as California University of Pennsylvania celebrates Homecoming 2016.

Register to have your club/organization take part in pre-parade activities or the Homecoming Parade

Homecoming Day

The week’s traditional highlight is the Homecoming Day celebration on Oct. 22.

Pre-parade activities begin at 10 a.m. on the main campus, where inflatables with a carnival theme will add to the family-friendly fun. Balloon art and a petting zoo are planned, along with tables organized by various clubs and organizations.

At 11 a.m., the Alumni Relations Office holds a “Picnic on the Patio” at the Kara Alumni House. Graduates and their guests are invited to enjoy picnic fare and socialize with friends and former classmates. 

The Homecoming Parade steps off at noon. The march starts at the Convocation Center and travels down Third Street. Marchers will turn right at Union Street and continue back to campus on Second Street. 

A Vulcan Huddle tailgate party begins at 1 p.m. at Roadman Park, near the pavilions outside Adamson Stadium. 

At 3 p.m. the Cal U football team hosts Gannon University in Adamson Stadium. The Cal U Marching Band will perform at halftime, when winners of the Homecoming Parade float competition will be announced and the Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned.

Football ticket price is $10; visiting students pay $5; Cal U students, faculty and staff with valid CalCards are admitted free, along with children ages 12 and younger.

Other Homecoming events

See the full schedule

Oct. 18: Announcement of the 2016 Homecoming Court, 11:30 a.m. in the Natali Student Center’s Food Court. The pop/acoustic/folk duo Shane & Emily performs.

Cal U Hockey Night at Rostraver Ice Garden, off Route 51 near Belle Vernon. Game 1 at 4:30 p.m., free public skate from 6:45 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; game 2 at 8:15 p.m. Proceeds benefit Pittsburgh Pirates Charities. Admission is free for Cal U students with a valid CalCard; non-students pay $5.                       

Oct. 19: Cincinnati Circus, 6-9 p.m. at the Convocation Center. One-ring, 10-act circus with clowns, face-painting and concessions. Pre-show at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Admission is free; the public may attend.

Vulcan soccer, at the Phillipsburg Soccer Complex. Men’s game at 5 p.m., women’s game at 7:30 p.m. 

Oct. 20: Underground Café, 9 p.m., Performance Center in the Natali Student Center. Featured performers: ‘90s cover band Nine Deez Nite. 

Send us your selfies

Throughout the week, students, faculty and staff can take Cal U Carnival selfies at various locations in the Natali Student Center; for a chance to win prizes, tweet your photos to @CalUStuAffairs.

More Homecoming info