The Gators are getting ready for their contest against the Mizzou Tigers on October 15th – and so should you! Come out and show your spirit for the University of Florida during UF Homecoming and Gator Growl Week!
Gator Growl, the largest student-run pep rally in the nation, is the highlight of UF Homecoming. The celebration consists of many events held throughout the week, including a pageant, two-mile run, parade, and more!
2016 UF Homecoming Events
Homecoming Pageant – 7pm
Curtis M Phillips Center
The Homecoming Pageant celebrates and honors those who have contributed to their fellow students, professors, and community. UF homecoming queen and king will be announced at Gator Growl on October 14.
Soulfest – 5:30pm to 7pm
Curtis M Phillips Center
Soulfest is a free, live multicultural extravaganza. It showcases various forms of expression from both UF students and the Gainesville community.
Festival – 10am
Plaza of the Americas
The Homecoming Festival is a free, family-friendly event that celebrates homecoming week and the University of Florida. The all-ages entertainment includes a DJ, bounce house, lawn games, food, vendors, and more.
SunTrust Gator Gallop – 11:15am
Percy Beard Track
This two-mile, family-friendly run is for people of all athletic abilities. The run takes place on the UF campus, starting at the James G. Pressly Stadium and ending in the Plaza of the Americas. Pre-registration is $15. The day of race registration will cost $20. Registration includes a bib number and a SunTrust Gator Gallop T-shirt. You can register online to participate.
93rd Homecoming Parade – 12pm
University Avenue to Main Street Downtown
The annual Homecoming Parade attracts over 100,000 people and broadcast throughout North and Central Florida. University Avenue will shut down at noon on Friday for over 150 floats and organizations marching in the parade.
Homecoming BBQ at Gator Nation Tailgates – 12pm to 2pm
Emerson Alumni Hall
The Homecoming BBQ tailgate is open to all alumni and friends. There will be food for purchase from 4 Rivers Smokehouse, air conditioning, and live entertainment! Pre-sale tickets are $12 ($15 day of the event) and include food and access to the event.
Homecoming Game – 4pm
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Watch and cheer on the home team as the Gators face off against the Missouri Tigers!
UF Homecoming & Gator Growl Week
UF Homecoming & Gator Growl Week Lodging
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