FAQ

What is Reunion and Parents Weekend?

Reunion and Parents Weekend at Homecoming is UC Berkeley’s largest annual gathering for thousands of alums, parents, and families to come together for three days of fun. Festivities include lectures and other learning opportunities, special tours, virtual open houses, engagement with fellow bears, and more. The 2020 all-virtual event has taken place (October 16–18). We will post next year’s dates for Homecoming in early 2021.

How can I get updates about Homecoming?

Alums, confirm that we have your current contact information via the Cal Alumni Network. Parents and friends, contact us with your current information, and we will update our records.

Were the 2020 virtual events recorded?

We recorded many of the lectures, tours, and other events. We’ve posted the videos to a YouTube playlist. You can also visit the individual event page to see if a recording is available.

How do I register?

Registration for the 2021 weekend begins next summer.

How much does it cost?

Prices vary based on the events you choose to attend. The Class Pass costs $25 and provides unlimited access to lectures, tours, open houses, and all of the amenities offered at Homecoming Headquarters. Individual events range in price.

Does registration include tickets to the Homecoming football game?

No. Tickets are sold separately through the Cal Athletics ticket office. A discount code will be available for Homecoming guests.

Where should I stay?

Go to visitberkeley.com for info on where to stay, dine, shop, and more. Make your reservations early as hotels do fill up and rates increase.

How do I get to campus?

Since parking is limited, we recommend public transportation. Visit 511.org or dial “511” on your phone for local bus and train schedules and maps. Ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber are widely available in the Bay Area. Once you arrive on campus, Bear Transit shuttles are free thanks to our partners at Parking & Transportation; simply show your badge when you board. Volunteers will be available to escort you within campus grounds on golf carts for free. Stop by Homecoming Headquarters or any info booth to arrange for a pickup.

Where do I park?

We recommend public transportation to campus, but if you choose to drive, paid public parking is available throughout the city of Berkeley all weekend and on campus on Sunday. Charges and hours vary. See the Parking & Transportation website for details.

What do I wear?

Your favorite blue and gold clothes! For in-person events, be prepared for our Bay Area microclimates by dressing in layers. For virtual events, we also have virtual backgrounds to show your Cal spirit online.

How can my club or organization hold a reunion event during Homecoming?

We would be happy to work with you on your reunion next year. Contact us today using the form on this site so we can help make your reunion idea a reality.

Can I get the contact information for a classmate?

We are unable to give out personal info. Please email us your name and contact info and the name of the person you would like to reach. We will forward it to them on your behalf.

Important phone numbers

Homecoming Hotline: 888.UNIV.CAL (888.864.8225)

Bay Area Transit Info: 511

Cal Athletics Ticket Office: 800.GO.BEARS (800.462.3277)

Cal Alumni Association: 888.CAL.ALUM (888.225.2586)

Campus Police (emergencies): 510.642.3333

Campus Police (non-emergencies): 510.642.6760

BearWalk Night Safety Escorts: 510.642.WALK (510.642.9255)

Vehicle Jump Starts/Lock Outs: 510.643.9553

When are future weekends scheduled?

Reunions and Parents Weekend is scheduled as soon as the Cal football schedule is finalized and the Homecoming game determined.

Questions? 888.UNIV.CAL (888.864.8225) or send us a message.