Calendar of Events

Departments are encouraged to show their Homecoming spirit and decorate their offices during Homecoming week!


Enjoy food trucks, music, and more as a way to get yourself ready for all the excitement of Homecoming Week.

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It's time to start thinking about the 39th annual Student Scholarship Talent Search! This is a fabulous opportunity to showcase some of Ball State's finest talent. Up to five semi-finalists will be selected to compete in each category.

Each category winner will receive a $500 scholarship with an additional $500 scholarship to the overall winner from the Ball State Alumni Association.

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Take a mid-day break to celebrate Homecoming week. Enjoy music, games, and win prizes!

Enjoy a Homecoming-themed dining experience with a special themed menu.

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Ball State Homecoming's most popular event! Come watch student organizations dance and compete in the annual lip-sync competition.

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Join us for the 44th annual Bed Race! We provide the beds, you bring the teams! Students, faculty, staff, and alumni teams compete for this ultimate display of Cardinal spirit.

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Brush off your running/walking shoes and join fellow Ball State alumni, students, and Muncie community members for the 2023 Chase Charlie 5K Run/Walk.

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Join us in one of the best locations to watch the Homecoming parade! Email to register. Complimentary refreshments will be available, as well as many door prize giveaways!

Following the Chase Charlie 5K Run/Walk, enjoy food trucks, hear The 5 Speeds band play, receive some swag giveaways, and have fun! 

Did you marry your Ball State sweetheart? Say "I Do" again at our first ever Cardinal Couples Vow Renewal Ceremony!


Join the Ball State Alumni Association at the Alumni Center for CharlieTown on October 21.

Don’t miss the food trucks, fun, entertainment, and camaraderie at this free spirited tailgate!  Along with your typical CharlieTown festivities, Chase Bryant will be putting on a concert with Jake Hendershot! Then head over to Scheumann Stadium to watch the Cardinals take on Central Michigan at 3:30 p.m. for the Homecoming game.

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Watch the Ball State Cardinals take on Central Michigan in the Homecoming football game! Grab your tickets here!


A tradition that began in 1938, what Homecoming Week would be complete if it was not presided over by its king, queen, and their court? Plus, the Prince and Princess and Lady and Lad programs will give some of our littlest Cardinal fans the chance to join the fun.

Football Game

Homecoming Week culminates with an exciting Cardinals football game on Saturday, October 21 against Central Michigan. Don’t forget to stop by our CharlieTown Tailgate event before the game on the Alumni Center’s west lawn.

Steering Committee

Learn more about the Homecoming Steering Committee.

Homecoming Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors, who helped make Homecoming possible.

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