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Penn State Homecoming Announces 2020 Events

Penn State Homecoming 2020 will be unlike any other. However, there will still be plenty of events for both students and alumni to enjoy beginning Saturday, October 10.

Here’s Homecoming’s full slate of announced events through Sunday, October 18.

October 10: Nittany Night

The festivities begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 10 with Nittany Night, a movie night on the HUB Lawn. The event will kick off spooky season with showings of “Casper” and “Halloween Town.”

October 10 & 12: Pumpkin Decorating

Homecoming will give students the chance to get ahead on their Halloween decorations.

Pumpkin decorating will takes place in two parts. First, students should submit their photos to [email protected] of carved and decorated pumpkins on Saturday, October 10. Two days later on Monday, October 10, Penn State Homecoming will provide students with free pumpkins and painting materials at the HUB Lawn at 4 p.m.

Winners will be announced on October 16.

October 11: Noah Cyrus Virtual Concert

Penn State Homecoming and SPA will host a virtual concert the following day, with pop singer Noah Cyrus set to perform at 7 p.m. Students can sign up for the virtual concert by filling out this form.

Nittany Night and Noah Cyrus’ SPA Concert will serve as an appetizer for what will be a jam-packed Homecoming Week. Penn State Homecoming is offering six different events on Monday, October 12 to get the week started, including a trivia contest, food drive, and pumpkin decorating.

October 12: Food Drive No. 1

Beginning at noon, Monday’s food drive will take place at Room 134 in the HUB. Non-perishable items are encouraged to be donated.

October 12: General Trivia

Join fellow Penn Staters at 10 a.m. for Monday morning trivia night! The virtual event will see contestants put their Penn State knowledge to the test. Those who earn points will win some prizes.

October 12: Painting Class

The artistic activities continue at 6 p.m. Monday with a virtual painting class guided by an unknown professional artist. Registration for this event has already closed.

October 12: Alumni Pet Contest

This pest contest has a special twist: It’s virtual!

Penn State alumni will get to share photos of their pets dressed in white and blue. The photos will be put on Penn State Homecoming’s Facebook page, and the most-liked post will win. The contest will run from October 12 to October 14.

October 12: Scrabble Do-It-Yourself Kit Order

Penn State students will be provided with a free kit to make a coaster of scrabble pieces. Students can use a link that will be shared through social media to order. The event will be at 11 a.m.

October 13: Past To Present Museum Exhibit

Tuesday will be highlighted by the Past to Present museum exhibit. Participants can explore the “history of Old State and how we went from a single building in 1855 to a world-class research facility and undergraduate experience.”

The Past to Present exhibit will begin at noon and can be viewed either virtually or in person on the HUB Lawn. Penn State Homecoming advised prospective participants to look out for more information on its social media accounts in the coming days.

October 13: Competition Trivia

Tuesday at 4 p.m. is time for competition trivia! If you want to compete in Penn State trivia, head to

October 13: ‘For The Glory’ Talent Show

Penn State Homecoming has planned the “For The Glory” talent show for Tuesday at 7 p.m.. Penn State Dance orgs will compete to win the title of “Best Dance Org”, as well as “Most Talented.” The talent show will be on the HUB Lawn just after the museum exhibit.

October 14: Stuffed Animal Do-It-Yourself Kit

A link will be shared via social media to a virtual event providing students with a free kit for a stuffed animal. The event will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

October 14: Jim Mandell’s ZoomToons Caricatures

Want a free digital caricature? Tune in for the Zoom call at noon on Wednesday, where an artist will create a digital caricature. As always, the link will be provided via social media.

October 14: Power Remix Workout Class

Later in the afternoon on Wednesday, you can get your workout in with a virtual power remix class. The event will be hosted by Penn State Campus Recreation at 4 p.m.

October 14: Alumni Panel

Two hours later at 6 p.m., a video of the pre-recorded Alumni Panel will be hosted on Penn State Homecoming’s social media livestreams.

The panel will feature past honorary grand marshals and grand marshals sharing about their time as a Nittany Lion.

October 15: Food Drive No. 2

The second food drive will also take place in HUB 134 on Thursday at noon.

October 15: POC Pep Rally

The Paul Robeson Cultural Center will host its fourth annual Penn State POC Homecoming Pep Rally.

The event will feature multicultural student orgs and dance clubs. The rally will take place virtually, and will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

October 16: Tie-Dye Event

The only event during homecoming week that costs money, students will be able to tie-dye their choice of homecoming merchandise for $5. The socially distanced event will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday on the HUB Lawn.

October 16: Homecoming Parade

Finally, the event we all wanted to see! This year, the parade will be held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic, though it will still feature the university’s many organizations.

The virtual parade will begin streaming at 7 p.m. More information is available on Penn State Homecoming’s Facebook page.

October 18: Homecoming Golf

What do you do when there isn’t a Penn State football game on Saturday due to a global pandemic? Golf on Sunday, of course!

Homecoming Golf will take place at the Penn State White Course. The student-only event allows for up to four friends to register for a certain tee time, which can be anywhere from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All golfers must have their own set of clubs to participate.

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