Check back often as events will be added to the website frequently — right up until Homecoming weekend!

Parents’ Info Lounge

10/18/19 10 a.m.3 p.m.  
10/19/19 9 a.m.1 p.m.  

Come by for a chance to talk with campus leadership about topics of specific interest to Cal Parents and families. Learn what resources are available for you and get advice on how your student can make the most of their time at Berkeley. You’ll get a chance to talk to the Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, deans, and staff from many of the colleges as well as members of our Cal Parents, Career Center, and others who can help you help your student thrive! See below for who is currently scheduled to be in the lounge.

Friday, October 18

10–11 a.m.
Carol Christ, Chancellor and Professor Emeritus, English

11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Lisa Alvarez-Cohen, Vice Provost For Academic Planning and Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Jim Knowlton, Director of Athletics
Lisa García Bedolla, Vice Provost, Graduate Studies; Dean, Graduate Division; Professor, Graduate School of Education

12–1 p.m.
Oliver O’Reilly, Chair, Academic Senate and Professor, Materials Engineering
Paul Alivisatos, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost and Samsung Distinguished Professor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

1–2 p.m.
Steve Sutton, Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs
Marc Fisher, Vice Chancellor, Administration

2–3 p.m.
Cathy Koshland, Vice Chancellor, Undergraduate Education and Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
David Ackerly, Dean, College of Natural Resources and Professor, Integrative Biology

Saturday, October 19

9–10 a.m.
Jeff MacKie-Mason, University Librarian, Chief Digital Scholarship Officer, and Professor, School of Information and Economics

10 a.m.–12 p.m.
David Ortega, Director, Parent Services and Communication

12–1 p.m. 
Andra Lee, Director, Parent Philanthropy and Engagement

Check back right before Homecoming for an updated schedule of who else will be in the lounge.

Sponsored by: 
Cal Parents

Chancellor’s Homecoming Reception

10/18/19 6 p.m.8 p.m.  

The whole Cal community comes together for Friday night’s big event! Alumni, parents, and students are invited to a relaxed reception on Memorial Glade. Roll your Homecoming blanket out on the lawn as we celebrate class and affinity reunions and introduce incoming Berkeley family members to our favorite traditions.

Tickets include snacks — or bring your own picnic if you prefer! Hear from Chancellor Carol Christ at 7:15 p.m. and enjoy entertainment from student performance groups as they warm up for the Homecoming Rally immediately following. On-site registration is available on a first-come, first served basis: $40 for adults, Cal students, and children (age 5–17). Cash bar on-site. Ticket prices include the Class Pass. Some seating will be available for guests needing mobility accommodation.


Bear Affair Tailgate BBQ

10/19/19 9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.  

Relax before the game at a traditional tailgate barbeque with special seating areas for alumni classes, Cal parents, and student group reunions. Meet up with your friends and family to get your blue and gold spirit ready for football, or to fuel up for your next lecture or tour. Don’t be shy about going for second helpings — they are included in the price!

On-site registration is available on a first-come, first served basis: $55 for adults; $45 for Cal students and children (age 5–17). Cash bar on-site. Ticket prices include the Class Pass.


Doe and Moffitt Libraries and Gardner Stacks Open House

10/18/19 8 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/19/19 9 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/20/19 1 p.m.5 p.m.  

Explore these libraries that have served the campus for more than 100 years. Be awed by grand spaces like the North and Heyns reading rooms and delve into the exhibits of the Bernice Layne Brown Gallery and Moffitt exhibit cases. Plus, get special access to the 52 miles of shelves in the Main (Gardner) Stacks, which link Doe and Moffitt libraries.

Simply show your Homecoming badge at the entrance for access.


Power and People: the U.S. Census and Who Counts

10/18/19 8 a.m.9 p.m.  
10/19/19 9 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/20/19 1 p.m.9 p.m.  

Census 2020, like every decennial census since 1790, will have a tremendous impact on the political, social, and economic aspects of our lives. It is the largest information-gathering effort in the U.S. and provides the most detailed demographic information available for all geographic areas. This exhibit showcases both the historic and current censuses, and examines some of the controversies and challenges in determining who counts.


There There: You Are on Indian Land

10/18/19 8 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/19/19 9 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/20/19 1 p.m.5 p.m.  

On the Same Page, the campus’s common reading program, has selected There There, the critically acclaimed and award-winning first novel by Oakland’s Tommy Orange, as this year’s reading. Moffitt Library is hosting a companion exhibit showcasing library materials from the Native American studies collection within the Ethnic Studies Library, the Bancroft Library, and Main (Gardner) Stacks that document the vibrant Native American community of the San Francisco Bay Area in which the novel is set.

Simply show your badge at the Moffitt Library entrance to view. 


University and Jepson Herbaria Open House and Tours

10/18/19 8 a.m.12 p.m.  
10/18/19 1 p.m.5 p.m.  

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.


Bears Lounge

10/18/19 9 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/19/19 8 a.m.4 p.m.  

Relax, enjoy refreshments, and plan your day with the help of Cal staff and students.


Cal Café

10/18/19 9 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/19/19 8 a.m.12:30 p.m.  

The Cal Alumni Association invites you to celebrate Homecoming with complimentary refreshments and light snacks. Stop by on Friday or before the football game kickoff on Saturday to receive special-edition Cal souvenirs and learn more about CAA’s extensive programming and services for alumni and students.

Visit for more information.


Environmental Design Library Open House

10/18/19 9 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/19/19 11 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/20/19 11 a.m.10 p.m.  

The Environmental Design Library has the largest collection west of the Mississippi for architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning. The library will have an exhibition of The Life and Career of Kaneji Domoto, exploring the complex story behind the only Japanese American architect and landscape architect at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian community.


Residence Hall Student Banner Contest

10/18/19 9 a.m.5 p.m.  

Students from each residence hall will be designing and creating banners that capture their communities’ spirit — and everyone is invited to vote on their favorite. The winner will be announced by Chancellor Christ at the Homecoming football game. Join us for this annual campus tradition!

Sponsored by: 
Residence Hall Assembly (RHA) and Residential Life

SkyDeck Open House

10/18/19 9 a.m.1 p.m.  

Located in the penthouse of downtown Berkeley’s tallest building, Berkeley SkyDeck Accelerator is currently home to more than 120 startup companies! SkyDeck’s startups receive funding, mentorship from seasoned advisors, and free office space to work so they can more easily build innovative technologies. SkyDeck also aims to support UC Berkeley with the Berkeley SkyDeck Fund donating back half of its investment profits to campus. If you’re an aspiring or current entrepreneur or are fascinated by cutting-edge technology, this tour is for you.


Arleigh Williams Forum: Student Perspectives on Access

10/18/19 10 a.m.11 a.m.  

What does it really mean for a UC Berkeley student to access the campus? Physical accessibility is key, but it may be just a part of how students need to — and seek to — access and participate in the campus community. You are invited to explore all components of Cal’s accessibility in a panel discussion with current students.

Sponsored by: 
Order of the Golden Bear

Campanile Open House

10/18/19 10 a.m.3:45 p.m.  
10/19/19 10 a.m.4:45 p.m.  
10/20/19 10 a.m.1:30 p.m.  
10/20/19 3 p.m.4:45 p.m.  

Get a spectacular, sprawling view of the Bay Area from the observation platform of Sather Tower, also known as the Campanile. One of UC Berkeley’s most beloved and well-known symbols, the Campanile is the third tallest clock and bell tower in the world, visible for miles at a height of 307 feet.

Enjoy carillon concerts on Friday at 7:50 a.m., 12 p.m., and 6 p.m.; Saturday at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m., and an extended concert on Sunday at 2 p.m. Visitor Services has waived admission for Homecoming guests — simply show your badge at the entrance.