2018 Homecoming Week on the Plains


2018 Homecoming Week on the Plains

Cat Bobo
Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

It's Homecoming Week on the Plains and that means there is a lot to do in Auburn-Opelika! Check out these AUsome events that surround the Auburn vs. Southern Miss game coming up on Saturday, September 29. War Eagle!


90th Annual Omicron Delta Kappa Cake Race | 6:30 p.m. | Cater Hall
The Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Cake Race began in 1928 by Wilber Hutsell. Hutsell was Auburn’s track coach at the time and began the race to discover possible track team recruits in the freshman class. Today, the ODK tradition lives on as a key event during Homecoming week. The registration will begin at 5:30, and it is completely cost-free. The race starts at approximately 6:30 p.m. There will be prizes (cake!) for the top 5 male winners and the top 5 female winners. Runners will be able to park anywhere on campus after 5 p.m. Students, as well as alumni, are encouraged to participate! We hope to see you for this long-standing tradition to kick off Homecoming week at Auburn University!


UPC Homecoming Concert: Jon Pardi & Chris Lane | 7:30 p.m. | Campus Green
The University Program Council is thrilled to announce that Jon Pardi and Chris Lane will be performing at the UPC Homecoming Concert on September 27. The concert will take place on the Campus Green and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission for Auburn students is free, and UPC has partnered with the Beat Bama Food Drive to encourage students to bring canned food goods to donate. Those not enrolled with the University will be able to buy general admission tickets for $15 on pardiinauburn.com


Auburn Family Friday Speaker Series | 3-4 p.m. | Alumni Center Goodwin Room
The Auburn Family Friday Speaker Series features speakers with a connection to Auburn University who speak on a wide range of topics relating to Auburn people, history, sports, programs, and research. This week's topic is "The Power of Entrepreneurship and the Journey of an Entrepreneur," featuring guest speakers Lakami Baker, Managing Director of Lowder Center for Family Business and Entrepreneurship and Russell Foundation Professorship in Entrepreneurial Studies; Haitham Eletrabi, CEO of Tennibot; and Lincoln Wang, Chief Technology Officer, of Tennibot. 

Campus Walking Tours with War Eagle Girls & Plainsmen | 4-5 p.m. | Alumni Center
Get to know campus by foot on a walking tour led by Auburn's student representatives, the War Eagle Girls and Plainsmen. Tours will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the Auburn Alumni Center. Tours can be directed to Jordan-Hare Stadium for locker room tours, or back to the Alumni Center.

Football, Fans and Feathers | 4-5 p.m. | Southeastern Raptor Center
The hour-long program begins at 4 p.m. at the center’s the 350-seat Edgar B. Carter Educational Amphitheater, located at 1350 Pratt-Carden Drive off Shug Jordan Parkway. Reservations are not required. Tickets are $5 per person. Gates open at 3 p.m. For special rates for groups of 25 or more, call 334-844-6943. During the show, hawks, falcons, eagles and other birds of prey are free-flown from towers and around the amphitheater, enabling visitors to see these raptors flying close. This educational presentation is appropriate for all ages.

History of the Auburn Creed and it's author, George Petrie | 4-5:30 p.m. | Pebble Hill
Visit Pebble Hill to learn about the history of the Auburn Creed and its author, Dr. George Petrie. Author Mike Jernigan will discuss his book Auburn Man: The Life and Times of George Petrie. Parents and family members of Auburn students will receive a 30% discount. Participants will also receive a tour of the historic Scott-Yarbrough House (1847) at Pebble Hill, the oldest house in Auburn. Free parking is available, and the program will end in time for participants to walk from Pebble Hill to attend the 6:00 p.m. Homecoming Parade downtown.

Jordan-Hare Stadium Locker Room Tours | 4-6 p.m. | Jordan-Hare Stadium
Experience the pre-game locker room setup for the Auburn football team at Jordan Hare-Stadium! For more information visit www.AUBGameDay.com

Homecoming Parade & Pep Rally | 6-7 p.m. | Downtown Auburn 
The annual Homecoming Parade allows the Auburn community to celebrate alumni returning home and to build spirit for the Homecoming football game the next day. The Auburn University Homecoming Parade features floats from on and off-campus organizations, the Auburn University Cheerleaders, Tiger Paws, and the Auburn University Marching Band. The parade begins at 6:00 p.m., completing a short loop around downtown Auburn before concluding with a pep rally around 6:30 p.m. on Samford Lawn. The best location to view the parade is on College Street in front of Samford Hall.

Come Home to the Corner | 7-9 p.m. | Downtown Auburn
After enjoying the Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally stick around downtown Auburn for live music provided by American Whiskey in downtown Auburn! This is an entertainment district event. War Eagle!


Tiger Walk | 1 p.m. | Donahue Drive
Each gameday, the Tigers walk from the Athletics Complex down Donahue Drive to Jordan-Hare Stadium. But the team doesn't make the walk alone; instead, they are cheered on by the thousands of Auburn fans who line the street and, in the process, create one of the great scenes in college football.
Spirit March & Pep Rally | 1:30 p.m. | Donahue Drive
Eagle Flight | 2:45 p.m. | Jordan-Hare Stadium
Auburn vs. Southern Miss Kick-off | 3 p.m. | Jordan-Hare Stadium


Brunch & Browse | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Downtown Auburn
Join the downtown merchants for Brunch and Browse to cap off Auburn's homecoming weekend! Enjoy extended shopping hours, merchant specials and more on Sunday, September 30. Participating retailers and restaurants will each offer their own individual specials. Those specials will be posted below prior to the event. 

For a full list of things to do, check out the Calendar of Events!



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