Friday & Saturday, Feb. 8-9

​​Anteater Family Weekend

Calling all UCI parents! Anteater Family Weekend offers you and your family the opportunity to come back to campus and share the UCI experience with your Anteater! Together, you will be able to get a snapshot into the university life of your student and see how UCI continues to achieve excellence in teaching, research and public service.

Together, you will be able to take classes, meet with professors and deans, attend “Zotpalooza,” take a photo with Peter the Anteater and enjoy refreshments and grub at one of the many social events! Note: Festival tickets are included in the cost of your Anteater Family Weekend registration. You do not need to register for Homecoming Weekend separately.

Parents, guardians and other family members of current UCI students are welcome to attend!


Saturday, Feb. 9

Homecoming Festival – Party in the Park

Aldrich Park  |  2-6 p.m.

Party in the Park at UCI Homecoming! Bring your Anteater friends and celebrate at our campus-wide festival in the heart of UCI at Aldrich Park. The festival will feature the following:

  • Firework Show! – Enjoy an exciting show before the men’s basketball game.
  • Ferris Wheel – Take a trip to see Aldrich Park from the sky for free.
  • Family Fun Zone – Anteater families can enjoy carnival games, face painting, balloon artists and more.
  • Beer & Wine Garden – Walk through the entire party with your Anteater Ale, craft beer or wine in hand (21+ only).
  • Food Trucks & Carnival Food – Alumni-owned or operated food trucks. PLUS additional carnival food options including kettle corn, funnel cake, shaved ice, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, hamburgers, burritos, nachos and more!
  • Live Music & Dance Performances – Rock your favorite moves with fellow Anteaters.
  • Art in the Park – Enjoy and purchase art created by Anteaters.
  • Class Reunion – Register today! Your ticket to your class reunion covers registration for the Party in the Park and basketball game.
  • School Exhibits – Reconnect with your school, meet the deans and enjoy interactive activities.
  • Guest Appearances – Meet and snap selfies with Peter the Anteater, the UCI Spirit Squad, the Homecoming court, coaches, players and others.
  • FREE Alumni Gift – The first 1,000 alumni will receive a FREE UCI Alumni gift, while supplies last.

NOTE: Your ticket to the Anteater Family Weekend covers registration for the Party in the Park festival.


Men’s Basketball vs. Hawai’i

Bren Events Center  |  7 p.m.

Join thousands of Anteaters as we cheer on our men’s basketball team as they host University of Hawai’i in Big West Conference play! Purchase your tickets before they sell out! Homecoming game tickets are currently available via mini plans or ticket packages through the Bren Events Center Box Office. Homecoming single game tickets go on-sale to the general public on January 7th at 10am. Adult ticket prices range from $11-$26. All children six or older require a game ticket. Children under six are complimentary as long as they are seated in a guardian’s lap.

Reasons why our men’s team is ready to win!

  • Picked as preseason favorites to win Big West Conference
  • Off to best start since 2000-01 season (9-2 record)
  • Ranked #17 in national mid-major rankings
  • Beat Texas A&M and St. Mary’s on the road. Have the 3rd longest road winning streak in the county (8) behind Virginia (10) and Gonzaga (9).
  • Coach Turner recently became the 2nd winning-est coach in UCI Basketball team history (164 wins)

If you are registered for Anteater Family Weekend, your festival entry is included in the cost of your program registration.

box office

NOTE: Current UCI students can attend the game for free with valid student ID but are restricted to the designated student seating area.


Thank you to our sponsors:

Interested in being a Homecoming sponsor? Contact Denise Khaw at