Homecoming Weekend 2024

Reconnect and Rediscover Your Anteater Pride on Campus


UCI students free with
student ID (no registration needed!)

UCI Homecoming is a rain or shine event and all ticket sales are final.
Join us for Homecoming weekend and show your #UCIPride!

Golden Anteater Society Celebration

Friday, March 1 | 5-8 p.m. | University Club

Anteaters who have reached the 50th anniversary of their graduation will be inducted into this exclusive society. This special ceremony for the classes of 1974 and earlier are invited to be part of an engaging event. Attendees will return to their alma mater to reminisce with fellow Anteaters, share their journey since graduation and renew their pride for UC Irvine during the pinning ceremony. Get tickets today.

Pre-Festival Events

Saturday, March 2 | 12-2 p.m.
UCI Health Pride Reception

LGBTQ+ alumni from the Samueli College of Health Sciences and health professionals caring for the LGBTQ+ community are invited to a pre-festival reception to make connections, build community and celebrate the future. Food and beverage will be provided, along with activities and special guest speakers. 

UCI Engineering Reception

Join us at The Henry Samueli School of Engineering pre-festival reception. If you are an engineering alumni, parent of an engineering student, an engineering donor, or engineer, come learn about our school and tour our engineering labs. Enjoy food, prizes and swag.


Young Alumni Anteater Meetup

Join the UCI Young Alumni Council for a pre-festival event, where recent graduates of the last decade (class years 2013-2023) can reconnect with UCI friends, make new memories, and celebrate our Anteater pride. Food, beverages and exclusive UCI swag included with purchase. Location coming soon.

UCI Campus Tours

A lot has changed! Come and explore new surroundings around campus.

Tours start at 12, 12:30, 1 and 1:30 p.m.

Choose your tour when you get your festival ticket.

Homecoming Festival

Saturday, March 2 | 2-6 p.m. | Aldrich Park

Exclusive Festival Gift for Early Birds!*

Alumni: Free crossbody bag for the first 1,000 alumni who register online for the festival. Pick up your gift when you check in to the festival at the onsite registration tent.

Students: The first 500 students to check in to the festival at the onsite registration tent will receive this free crossbody bag. No online registration required.

*Non-festival event registrations are excluded from this promotion. See FAQ for more information.

School Tailgate Tents

Join your school in their tent for an exclusive reception with your fellow alums, school dean and staff.

Connect with schools at their events including:

School of Social Sciences Alumni Tailgate BBQ, The Paul Merage School of Business Alumni Celebration, The Henry Samueli School of Engineering Tailgate in Engineering Village, School of Social Ecology All in for All Tailgate, Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences Alumni Tailgate, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences Tailgate.

Learning Pavilions

Come and explore what your favorite groups are up to! Stop by the pavilions, make your rounds to discover what’s new.

Connect with campus partners including:

Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, School of Education, Division of Continuing Education, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Physical Sciences, UCI Health and more.

Explore the Festival

Tour the many sights, sounds and activities that fill the landscape of Homecoming Festival 2024.

Don’t miss a thing on the newly expanded festival route, including:

Carnival games, food trucks, family fun zone, student activities, pep rally, beer garden, stage programs and Ferris wheel rides.

Men's Basketball Game

Saturday, March 2 | 7 p.m. | Bren Events Center

'Eater Nation Unite!

After the pep rally and fireworks, join thousands of your fellow ‘Eaters to see UC Irvine Men’s Basketball team host black and blue rival Long Beach State! The Anteaters are in their pursuit of a seventh Big West regular season title, third Big West Tournament crown and third NCAA Tournament appearance under 14th-year head coach Russell Turner.

UCI Alumni Ticket Information:
All reserved seating. All alumni sales will be verified.

• Early Bird Pricing (on or before Jan. 12) | $10 plus fees
• After Jan. 12 | $12 plus fees

UCI Student Ticket Information:
All full-time undergraduate students are free with valid digital ID (Atrium Athletics Pass).

General Community Ticket Information:
Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets early as this event is expected to be near capacity.

All fans age six and up are required to have a valid basketball ticket. Children under six who do not have a ticket must sit on a lap.

Team and game related updates are available on and

For athletics related questions, contact the Athletics Ticket Office at (949) 824-5000 or

Rip ‘Em Eaters!

Parking and FAQ

Where do I park?

Homecoming festival parking is $13 with pre-registration of your vehicle on or before Friday, March 1. Festival parking will be $15 on Saturday, March 2. Pre-register for parking at UCI Park By Plate

Parking is available in the following lots: 12A 1616H5SCPS, and MPSFor any parking-related questions, please contact UCI Parking & Transportation at (949) 824-2691. 

Parking for other Homecoming weekend events may vary by location and may require additional parking. Final details will be provided closer to the event.


  • The first 1,000 alumni who register online for the festival are eligible to receive the free crossbody bag. 
  • Eligible alumni can pick up their crossbody bag at the registration tent when they check into the festival.
  • Crossbody bag pickup is only available on site at the registration tent during the festival on March 2 from 2-6 p.m.
  • The first 500 students to check in to the festival at the onsite registration tent are eligible to receive the free crossbody bag. Online registration is not required for students. 

Children 12 and under are free. Children 13 and older need to register for an adult ticket.

No, current UCI students with a student ID card can attend the homecoming festival for free. Walk-ups welcome.

For directions to campus, click here. For directions to specific festival parking lots: 12A 1616H5SCPS, and MPS

At no extra cost, you can choose to divert $5 of each festival ticket purchased towards student scholarships. Our UCI Alumni family is here to support students from the moment they first step onto campus. 

Each year, we award more than $140,000 to support and retain the best and brightest students of UCI. Scholarships include the UCIAA Scholarship, Distinguished Anteater Scholarship, Aldrich Fellowship, Chancellor’s Award of Distinction and various scholarships provided by our UCI Alumni Chapters. This is only made possible by the unending support of our generous donors like you. To learn more about scholarships click here!

Learn more about our industry, affinity, regional and school-based chapters on our chapters page

You can learn more about future reunions or planning a future reunion on the UCI Reunion page

Please contact the UCI Alumni Association at

Thank You to Our Sponsors

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