Homecoming Events

Homecoming Events 2023

wednesday, october 19


Location: Campus Core
Rain Location: Lower Arcade, Kilcawley Center

Breaking News - Join our favorite local TV personalities as they return to the YSU campus with gifts, prizes, and plenty of fun for Homecoming Week Festivities.

Thursday, October 19

Fall Fire Fest

Location: M71 Parking Lot
Presented by: Penguin Productions

There’s no better way to kick off YSU’s Homecoming Weekend than FALL FIRE FEST! We’ve got live music from two Youngstown favorites-- CPA Jake and Sedona – plus a pep rally featuring the YSU Marching Pride, our Homecoming Court, and YSU Penguin Student Athletes. Student organizations will be on hand with a variety of favorite fall activities, plus tasty treats from Mijavec’s Concessions and Chartwells. And the event wouldn’t be complete without the warmth of our Fall Fire Fest bonfire. Come out and make our 10th Annual Fall Fire Fest the best one yet!

Friday, OCTOBER 20

Red and White Day Tricycle Obstacle Course

Green space in front of (north side) Kilcawley Center (near Beeghly Center)

Presented by: Student Activities and Kilcawley Center
Pedal, run, crawl, and propel yourself to the finish line in this crazy obstacle race! Fastest time can win you Airpods Pro. Enjoy FREE FOOD and watch the hoopla! Spin the wheel for YSU swag!

Build-A-Penguin Lottery

Follow @ysu_activities on Instagram for a chance to reserve your penguin!

Presented by: Student Activities
Enter the lottery by Tuesday, October 17 at 5:00pm. Those selected will receive a private link in advance to sign up for a time on Friday, October 20 to make their penguin. YSU students only. Must be present at the event to stuff a penguin.

Build-A-Penguin Walk-Up

12:00pm-Until They're Gone
Follow @ysu_activities on Instagram to find out the location!

Presented by: Student Activities
We’ll have 150 penguins available for walk-ups. Follow Student Activities on Instagram for the location. Current YSU students. Must present a valid YSU Student ID. Must be present at the event to stuff a penguin.

Homecoming Dance: Silent Disco

Chestnut Room, Kilcawley Center

Presented by: Student Activities
Find your tune… By tuning in to your favorite station at Silent Disco! Provide your Y Card and get a pair of headphones for the night. Flip through three different stations with music from 3 different DJs! Dance and sing your heart out at Silent Disco!

Saturday, October 21

Homecoming Parade

12:00 pm
Location: Fifth Avenue
Presented by: Student Activities

Line the streets to witness this tradition featuring student organization floats, your YSU Marching Pride & special guests. What better way to get ready for the big football game than to head to Fifth Avenue for the Homecoming Parade! Enjoy a performance from the Marching Pride, floats from our community, and floats from current and former Guins!

YSU Homecoming Football Game

2:00 pm
Location: Stambaugh Stadium
Presented by: Athletics

Cheer on the Penguins as they take on Illinois State for this year’s Homecoming football game. Then at halftime, watch the crowning of our Homecoming Royalty! Every Monday of home game weeks, YSU students can visit the Stambaugh Stadium Ticket Office to pick up their ticket! Show your valid YSU ID and receive 1 COMPLIMENTARY game ticket! For additional information call 330-941-1YSU (1978).

Homecoming Royalty Crowning
Location: Stambaugh Stadium
Presented by: Student Activities

Watch the crowning of this year's Homecoming Royalty!