Saturday & Sunday

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

Bear Affair Tailgate BBQ

10/01/16 10:30 a.m.1:30 p.m.  

Relax before the game at a traditional tailgate barbeque. There will be special seating areas for each alumni class, Cal parents, and student group reunions. We’ll also be celebrating the 75th birthday of our favorite Golden Bear, Oski! You’ll get a souvenir party hat and maybe even a hug from the birthday bear himself. 

$50 per adult, $40 Cal students and kids (5-17) on-site if space is available. Price includes second helpings! Registration also includes unlimited access to lectures, tours, open houses, and all the amenities available at Homecoming Headquarters.


Cal vs. Utah Homecoming Football Game

10/01/16 3 p.m.  

Cheer on your Golden Bears in the company of friends and family. Game tickets are sold separately through Cal Athletics: visit and enter the appropriate code below to receive a ticket discount and special seating with your classmates or fellow Cal Parents. Tickets range from $30-60 in the designated sections.

Please note that students with season tickets have their own section. Students wishing to sit with their families will need to purchase additional tickets.

Cal Parents:

Reunion Classes:

Classes of 2007-2016: 

All other alumni and friends, or groups with mixed affiliations:


Cal Parents Farewell Brunch (SOLD OUT)

10/02/16 9:30 a.m.12 p.m.  

Bring the whole family to close out an unforgettable weekend with award-winning brunch fare and good company.


California Lightweight Crew Alumni Day

Time To Be Determined

Cal Crew alumni are invited to the boathouse at Jack London Square Aquatic Center for a chance to catch up, on and off the water. Meet the team, take a ride in the launch with coaches, pick up some Cal Lightweight gear, and reconnect with your favorite Golden Bear rowers. Timing will be determined when football kickoff is announced. Visit the California Lightweight Crew Alumni Facebook page for more details.

Sponsored by: 
California Lightweight Crew Association and Cal Lightweight Crew

BAMPFA Film Screenings

9/30/16 7:30 a.m.7:30 p.m.  
10/01/16 7:30 a.m.7:30 p.m.  
10/02/16 7:30 a.m.7:30 p.m.  

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.


Bears Lounge

9/30/16 9 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/01/16 8 a.m.4 p.m.  

Relax and enjoy refreshments in the Bears Lounge while planning your day with the help of Cal staff and students.


Cal Café

9/30/16 9 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/01/16 8 a.m.2:30 p.m.  

Stop by to celebrate Homecoming with complimentary refreshments and light snacks. Cal Alumni Association (CAA) members will receive a free, Cal-themed souvenir. Visit for more information about CAA.

Sponsored by: 
Cal Alumni Association

Charter Hill Society and Benjamin Ide Wheeler Society Hospitality Lounge

9/30/16 9 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/01/16 8 kickoff  

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 ( recognizes donors who make annual gifts totaling $1,000 or more anywhere on campus. The Wheeler Society ( 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.


Homecoming Headquarters

9/30/16 9 a.m.8 p.m.  
10/01/16 8 a.m.4 p.m.  

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. 


Homecoming Scavenger Hunt

9/30/16 9 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/01/16 8 a.m.4 p.m.  

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.


Cal Parents Leadership Breakfast

10/01/16 8:30 a.m.9:30 a.m.  

Last year, more than 4,700 families made gifts to enrich students’ educational experience and ensure Berkeley’s continued excellence. At this invitation-only breakfast — for leadership donors, volunteers, and their families — hear a campus update and learn more about the positive impact that parent philanthropy has on the university. Contact Jason Smith at for more information.


Berkeley’s Geniuses: 35 Years of MacArthur Fellowships

10/01/16 9 a.m.10 a.m.  

2016 marks the 35th anniversary of the MacArthur Fellows Program, colloquially known as the MacArthur “Genius Grant.” This prestigious and generous fellowship celebrates and supports researchers and artists who are working at the cutting edge of their respective fields. Since its founding in 1981, 27 Berkeley faculty members and 45 alumni have been awarded this fellowship. Come learn from some of the campus recipients about their research and how the grant helped them to pursue their passions or take a risk.  

Peidong Yang
S. K. and Angela Chan Distinguished Chair in Energy, Department of Chemistry

Peidong Yang received a B.S. in chemistry from University of Science and Technology of China in 1993 and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University in 1997. He is currently a professor in the Department of Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, where he holds the S. K. and Angela Chan Distinguished Chair in Energy; and a senior faculty scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is the director for California Research Alliance by BASF, co-director of the Kavli Energy Nanoscience Institute, and a member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Lin He
Associate Professor, Molecular and Cell Biology

Lin He received her B.S. in Biology from Tsinghua University and her Ph.D. from Stanford under the mentorship of Dr. Gregory S. Barsh.  She  was a postdoctoral fellow at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory with Greg Hannon before joining the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at Berkeley, where she is currently an associate professor, in 2008. She is interested in gaining mechanistic insights into the functional importance of the non-coding elements in the mammalian genomes.


Fall Program for Freshmen Parent and Family Coffee Break

10/01/16 9 a.m.10:30 a.m.  

Parents and family members of students in FPF Berkeley and FPF San Francisco are invited to join us for coffee and pastries in the FPF Courtyard. This is a casual opportunity for parents and families to connect with FPF advisors, instructors, and student ambassadors. There will be no formal presentation; students and their families are welcome to stop by anytime.  


Beyond Tintin and Superman: The Diversity of Global Comics (Exhibition)

9/30/16 8 a.m.9 p.m.  
10/01/16 9 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/02/16 1 p.m.9 p.m.  

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.


Doe and Moffitt Libraries and Gardner Stacks Open House

9/30/16 8 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/01/16 9 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/02/16 1 p.m.5 p.m.  

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.