Minnesota State Mankato’s 2023 Homecoming Week Begins Monday, Oct. 2

Events include president’s free pancake breakfast, parade, Mavericks on the Mall

September 27, 2023 | News Story

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s annual “Homecoming Week” begins Monday, Oct. 2 and continues through Saturday, Oct. 7 with a weeklong schedule of Homecoming week events that are free and open to the public.

The media is welcome to cover the Homecoming events throughout the week.

The week begins Monday with a kickoff event from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on the Centennial Student Union mall. The kickoff event, free and open to the public, will include live music and an opportunity to meet the Homecoming royalty.

Other free spectator events during the week include a Lego-building contest from 12-1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3 in the Centennial Student Union Hearth Lounge and a Homecoming lip sync and coronation from 7:30-9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5 in the Taylor Center’s Bresnan Arena.

UPDATE: On Friday, Oct. 6, the annual Homecoming bonfire and fireworks have been cancelled because of forecasted high winds.

Tickets are required for a 9 p.m. concert Friday, Oct. 6 in Myers Field House that will feature American rapper Kid Ink. All tickets are general admission and available for public purchase while supplies last.

From 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, Minnesota State Mankato President Edward Inch will host the annual free community pancake breakfast on the campus mall (next to the fountain), which will be followed by the Homecoming parade from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. on Warren Street and Stadium Road. The parade, which has been scheduled for more than 87 years, will feature floats from the community and University. “Mavericks in Paradise” is the 2023 parade theme.

A new community family-friendly event, Mavericks on the Mall, will be held Saturday, Oct. 7 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on the Centennial Student Union Mall. Free activities include the Goofy Goat Farm Exhibit; Bounce House; nine-hole mini golf course; face painting; Caricatures by Casey; live music and more. Food will be available for purchase.

Saturday, Oct. 7 athletic events include the Maverick volleyball game against Northern State at 11 a.m. in Taylor Center and the Maverick football game against MSU Moorhead at 2 p.m. at Blakeslee Stadium. Ticket information for those events, as well as dates and times of other athletic events throughout Homecoming week are available online at msumavericks.com.

For more information on Homecoming events throughout the week, contact Bill Tourville, assistant director of campus programs, by email at william.tourville@msnu.edu or by phone at 507-389-6076.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Theatre and Dance will perform “Rent,” from Thursday, Sept. 28-Saturday, Oct. 8 in the Ted Paul Theatre. Tickets and showtimes are available at MSUTheatre.com.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Homecoming has been in existence since 1928. Homecoming week offers students and alumni a way to display their pride and school spirit. Homecoming also allows the greater Mankato community a chance to learn about the university and take part in the celebrations.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,482 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 26 colleges and seven universities.

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