Get to know the campus on this student-led walking tour highlighting architecture and history. If you’re a Cal parent, this tour is especially for you, but you may also join any other tour throughout the weekend.
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Enjoy a meal beneath the majestic Campanile while you catch up with your student and meet other Cal families. You’ll take in performances from some of Cal’s favorite student groups and hear the latest campus news. Wine is included for those 21 and older.
$75 per adult (includes wine), $65 Cal students (please note that student meal cards are not accepted) and kids (5–17) on-site if space is available. Registration also includes unlimited access to lectures, tours, open houses, and all the amenities available at Homecoming Headquarters.
Short films by Los Angeles-based artist Pat O’Neill, a key figure in West Coast experimental cinema for the past fifty years, will be shown on our giant outdoor screen as part of the exhibition MATRIX 262.
Screenings begin on the hour.
This exhibition highlights the diverse collection of comics and graphic novels owned by the UC Berkeley Library. Comics and graphic novels — renowned and obscure — from USA, Egypt, Poland, South Africa, Israel, the Czech Republic, South Africa, Colombia, Japan, and other countries will be on display.
Explore the libraries that have served the campus for more than 100 years. Be awed by grand spaces including North Reading Room, Heyns Reading Room, and the Stacks, which hold 52 miles of shelves. Delve into exhibits in the Bernice Layne Brown Gallery and more.
Signed by President Woodrow Wilson in August 1916, the Organic Act created the National Park Service (NPS), the federal bureau that protects our national parks and monuments. Several UC Berkeley alumni with conservationist interests and the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco played key roles in its development. This exhibition explores the origins of the NPS with materials drawn from the University Archives and the Bancroft Library collections.
With more than 2.2 million specimens representing all plant groups from around the world, the herbaria hold the largest collection of their kind at a U.S. public university. Visit on your own time to see these delicately preserved specimens, from marine algae to California flowers, or join a guided tour at 1 or 3 p.m.
Relax and enjoy refreshments in the Bears Lounge while planning your day with the help of Cal staff and students.
Stop by to celebrate Homecoming with complimentary refreshments and light snacks. Cal Alumni Association (CAA) members will receive a free, Cal-themed souvenir. Visit alumni.berkeley.edu for more information about CAA.
Members of the Charter Hill and Benjamin Ide Wheeler Societies can relax and plan their Homecoming activities in a special area of the Bear Lounge. If you’re a member, we’ll have a special gift for you, as thanks for your ongoing support of the campus. Dedicated staff can answer questions about membership and tell you more about participation in these philanthropic communities.
The Charter Hill Society (charterhill.berkeley.edu) recognizes donors who make annual gifts totaling $1,000 or more anywhere on campus. The Wheeler Society (planyourlegacy.berkeley.edu) recognizes and thanks individuals and families who provide essential philanthropic support to Berkeley through planned gifts including wills and living trusts, life income plans, and beneficiary designations of retirement plans, brokerage accounts, or life insurance policies.
Stop in at Homecoming Headquarters when you first arrive to pick up your name tag. Your name tag gives you access to lectures, museums, libraries, tours, golf cart service, and all of the amenities at Homecoming Headquarters. If you are going straight to your reunion or Cal parents event on Friday, your name tag will be available at the door.
Make sure you experience everything that Reunion and Parents Weekend has to offer by participating in the Homecoming Scavenger Hunt. When you pick up your name tag at Homecoming Headquarters, stop by the Bears Lounge and grab the list of items you’ll hunt for, then bring back your completed list to claim a special prize! The Scavenger Hunt is designed for groups and individuals of all ages.
Check out banners designed by students from each residence hall and vote for your favorite! In this inaugural competition teams vie for a trophy to be displayed proudly at the winning residence hall.
Tiny House in My Backyard (THIMBY) is an interdisciplinary team of UC Berkeley graduate and undergraduate students working together to design and build a 100% solar-powered, off-grid tiny house. The team will compete in the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s 2016 Tiny House Competition in mid-October. Visit the house to learn more about living small!
Sather Tower, also known as the Campanile, is one of UC Berkeley’s most beloved and well-known symbols. Visible for miles, the Campanile is the third-tallest bell and clock-tower in the world, standing at 307 feet. Get a spectacular, sprawling view of the Bay Area from the observation platform. Enjoy daily carillon concerts at 7:50 a.m., 12 p.m., and 6 p.m. The Campanile truly cannot be missed. Admission is free for Homecoming guests, just show your name tag.