5 ways to enjoy Carolina homecoming

Homecoming is here again, bringing all sorts of events to ensure that school spirit is at an all-time high. This year, experience everything from a step show to live music to networking socials beginning Monday (Oct. 23) and culminating with the football game against Vanderbilt on Saturday (Oct. 28). Homecoming week has a little something for everyone, including Carolina’s faculty and staff members. Here are five ways to make the most out of this year’s homecoming celebration, or check out the full schedule of events hosted by the Homecoming Commission and the My Carolina Alumni Association.


Cheer on Carolina students as they perform with their respective organizations during Spurs and Struts and the NPHC Step Show. Spurs and Struts begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 24) on Greene Street, and the Step Show kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 26) in the Colonial Life Arena.

Get in a Cocky mood at the Carolina Football Homecoming Tailgate at 1 p.m. Saturday in Gamecock Park before cheering on the home team. Cocky, cheerleaders and the Carolina Band will all be in attendance to promote school spirit.


Hip-hop fans can dance to current and old-school tracks on Greene Street during Hip Hop Wednesday (Oct. 25) at 11 a.m.

If you’re into the live music scene, swing by Cockchella on Davis Field at 5 p.m. on Wednesday to hear student musicians perform. There will also be live music at the Homecoming Street Party at 7 p.m. Friday (Oct. 27) at Foundation Square.

Concert lovers can enjoy big name artists 21 Savage and The Weeknd at Colonial Life Arena over the weekend. Cockstock, featuring 21 Savage, will begin at 8 p.m. Friday. The Weeknd concert will start at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.


History buffs should take advantage of the multiple exhibits in the McKissick Museum on the Horseshoe. The current exhibits cover Gamecock athletics, natural curiosities, art movements, artifacts found on campus and the costumes from HBO series “Treme.” All five exhibits will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

One of the exhibits, Fall into Sports, highlights the development of the UofSC athletics program and showcases historic fall sports items.

Tour some of the newer buildings on campus, including the new law school building during an open house from 3 to 4 p.m. on Friday.


Connect with fellow Gamecocks old and new at some of the various networking events. The Black Alumni Council is hosting Cocky Cocktails at 5 p.m. Thursday at 1801 Grille and its Garnet & Black Networking Social at 6 p.m. Friday in the NBSC lobby. Both events are free, but advance registration is required.

Receive career advice and hear from Alumni Award winners at the Carolina Best Luncheon and Forum at noon Friday in the My Carolina Alumni Center. Tickets are $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers.

Catch up with former classmates and colleagues at one of the numerous college-specific alumni events. Many of them promise great food, like the College of Education Homecoming BBQ on Friday.


Finally, celebrate all week with food and drink at the various festivities. Make sure to check out the My Carolina Homecoming Street Party, where the Belgian Waffle food truck will be serving up sweet and savory treats starting at 7 p.m. Friday. The public event will also feature menu items from 1801 Grille, a pep rally and a band party.

For those seeking an upgraded experience, there is a VIP Option for the street party. This option includes a private party inside 1801 Grille and a front-row view of the stage from the restaurant patio. 

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