Homecoming Events Open to the Community

September 12, 2019

We realize you may have a firm grip on that ice cream cone, but it’s just about time to trade it in for your favorite pumpkin spice latte - that’s right, fall is upon us! Here, at Bradley University, we celebrate fall with our annual Homecoming festivities. This year, we have a variety of traditional events but also some new activities up our sleeves. Homecoming on the Hilltop is not just for students either. We want to extend an invite to the entire community to celebrate with us. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun on the Hilltop. See more below.


Monday, September 30

  • Live! On Main, 8 - 9:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.)

Join the Activities Council of Bradley University as they host their first-ever Live! On Main. This year's headliner is comedian Matt Bellassai. All are welcome to attend.

Cost: $10; ticket link

Location: Renaissance Coliseum


Friday, October 4

  • Lighting of the B, 7 - 9 p.m. (B is lit around 8:30 p.m.)

This is one of the main highlights of Homecoming Week. Join students, friends, family, and alumni as we light the B on top of Bradley Hall with a short fireworks display to follow. There will be carnival games, food, giveaways, and more!

Cost: free; no RSVP required

Location: in front of Bradley Hall


  • Dueling Pianos, 9 - 11 p.m.

Come sing along as Midwest Dueling Pianos brings their live act to Bradley’s Homecoming! This event is hosted by Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, thanks to a sponsorship from the Bradley Student Activities Budget Review Committee.

Cost: free; no RSVP required (cash bar available)

Location: Michel Student Center


Saturday, October 5

  • Hilltop Trot, 9 a.m. (Packet pick-up begins at 7:45 a.m.)

ShaZam Racing, Running Central, and Bradley University's Department of Physical Therapy are excited to announce the Hilltop Trot, a 5K run or 1-mile walk through Bradley University's campus. Discounted rates are available to Bradley students and alumni.

Cost: visit the website for more information

Location: Markin Family Student Recreation Center


  • Homecoming Parade, Noon - 1 p.m.

New to Homecoming Week this year is the Bradley Homecoming Parade! After a short hiatus, we are bringing the parade back to celebrate Bradley and our community. There will be student groups to high five, decorative floats to see, and much more.

Cost: free; no RSVP required

Location: Elmwood (in front of Student Center) → Bradley Ave → Durya → Fredonia → Glenwood → Bradley Ave (intersection of Bradley & Glenwood)


  • Bradley Fest, 2 - 4 p.m.

Bradley University is bringing together campus and community for another new event this year. Join us for an afternoon of carnival games, inflatables, entertainment by ZJ DJ Music, slushies from Kona Ice, face painting, and much more!

Cost: free; no RSVP required

 Location: Hayden-Clark Alumni Quad

  • Men's Soccer, 7 p.m.

The Bradley Braves will face the Drake Bulldogs and the Homecoming King and Queen will be announced.

       Location: Shea Stadium

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