Returning to campus? Homecoming weekend events

If you’re coming back to campus to catch up with old friends and watch the football game on Saturday vs. UMass (noon on ACC Network), the weather will be warm in the afternoons but pleasant in the mornings and evenings.

On game days, always a reminder that you can stop by the Sod Cemetery, catch the Marching Chiefs welcome the team buses from Heritage Fountain into Doak Campbell Stadium or see the Chiefs perform in a skull session inside Dick Howser Stadium.

And if you’re looking for actives on Friday or over the weekend, here is a list of events provided by Florida State.


The annual Homecoming Parade, organized by the Student Alumni Association, will begin at 2 p.m. The parade will head north along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, turn west along College Avenue and south onto Copeland Street. FSU President Richard McCullough and FSU First Lady Jai Vartikar will serve as grand marshals. The parade features the Marching Chiefs, FSU cheerleaders and floats made by various student organizations. As an out-of-town option, the event will be live-streamed at http://www.f

  • Homecoming Live, organized by the Homecoming executive council, is FSU’s largest pep rally and will take place at 8 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center. The Homecoming Chief and Princess will be announced at this event. The event is free for students with a valid FSU ID, and tickets are available for the general public at https://gonol.es/HCLive21.
  • The Alumni Awards Gala celebrates the outstanding accomplishment of our distinguished alumni. This year, the association is proud to honor five FSU graduates who personify the university’s tradition of excellence. The gala will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the FSU Alumni Center Courtyard and Ballroom. For details and event registration, visit https://gonol.es/gala21.
  • The FSU National Black Alumni Reunion will take place Oct. 22-24 and feature a weekend of events to unify Black alumni from all decades, every college, school and Greek-letter organization, as well as current students and other constituent groups. The FSU National Black Alumni will host the event, which includes networking and reconnecting. For details and event registration, visit https://gonol.es/FSUBA21.
  • The FSU Pride Alumni Network will host a Happy Hour celebration from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at Charlie Park. Guests will have the opportunity to meet the Pride Alumni Board and meet members of the network.


  • The FSU Hispanic/Latinx Alumni Network will host a tailgate for members of their network and alumni. It will take place near the Heritage Fountain. For details and event registration, visit https://gonol.es/HLANtailgate21.
  • The Osceola invites you to a FREE Jazz Concert after the UMass game on Saturday at 7 pm at Cascades Park.

The concert features numerous local musicians including from the FSU College of Music. The concert is being sponsored by Bob Thornberry to raise Myeloma Awareness.

Enjoy the Cascades Park and Amphitheater. Bring your own food and beverage or enjoy tasty food trucks or downtown restaurants! Parking is available around the park, including several public parking garages.

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We look forward to seeing you there. Contact Osceola Publisher Jerry Kutz if you are interested in attending at 850.508.8690 or at [email protected]


  • The Emeritus Alumni Society will host the Emeritus Classes of 1970 and 1971 Induction Brunch & EAS Awards Ceremony to welcome their newest members. The brunch will take place at 10 a.m. in the Alumni Center Grand Ballroom. For event registration and a list of other Emeritus-related events happening during Homecoming, please visit es/reunion21.