Homecoming event winners celebrating during Homecoming Football Game Festivities.

Homecoming Events

Our signature events include the Rebel Variety Show, Annual Alumni Awards, Rebel Homecoming Festival, and Parade, and of course a full day of cheering the Rebels to victory during the tailgates, football game, and the Rebel Homecoming Royalty crowning. There are now more reasons than ever to come home to UNLV and join the celebration!


Event Title Date Time Location
Rebel Homecoming Window Painting Monday, October 21, 2024 10:00am
Homecoming Rebel Variety Show Tuesday, October 22, 2024 6:00pm
SU Ballroom
Rebel Homecoming Festival and Parade Wednesday, October 23, 2024 5:00pm
College of Education Alumni Campus Tour Friday, October 25, 2024 9:00am
Park in the Cottage Grove Garage, charges may apply. Meet at the benches at the southeast exit of the garage.

Ways to Participate

Office space decorated with balloons

Office Decorating Contest

Let us transform the campus with Rebel Homecoming Pride by participating in the annual Homecoming Office Decorating Competition. Decorate your office to showcase UNLV school spirit and Rebel Pride so all students, faculty, staff, and guests to UNLV know that is Rebel Homecoming Week! We encourage you to decorate your main office lobby/area for a chance to win a UNLV Prize pack for your office!

students painting a sign for their float

Rebel Homecoming Team Competitions

Throughout Homecoming Week, student teams participate and compete in a wide variety of activities. Teams must have up to four organizations to participate. The winner of the Student Team Competitions will be announced at the Halftime of the Rebel Homecoming Football Game on Saturday!

A smiling cheerleader with U-N-L-V painted on her cheek.

Most Spirited Rebel (MSR)

The Most Spirited Rebel Competition is a Homecoming Tradition that allows students to show off their UNLV Pride. The MSR Competition includes a variety of events throughout Homecoming Week and is open to any undergraduate, regardless of if they are on a homecoming team or not. The winner of the Most Spirited Rebel Competition will receive points for their team (if they are on one) along with a $500 scholarship.

homecoming royalty

Rebel Royalty

Each year the Rebel Royalty is selected from UNLV students involved in various student organizations. Ten candidates make up the homecoming court, and two students who receive the highest amount of votes throughout the competition, regardless of gender, will be considered UNLV Rebel Royalty. There are various aspects to the competition including an online vote, interview process, and activities in which the candidates will participate for points.

cheerleaders celebrating

Homecoming Kickoff: Pep Rally

Come celebrate together with this campus-wide tradition - on the Academic Mall for the entire UNLV community. Come together to kick off Homecoming week, and celebrate tradition and Rebel Spirit!

A person painting on a window

Homecoming Window Painting

Kickstart Homecoming week with the Rebel Events Board’s Window Painting competition and celebration at the Student Union Courtyard and Pida Plaza.

A student signing and playing guitar up on stage.

Rebel Variety Show

The Rebel Variety Show is one of the longest-standing Homecoming traditions. It provides teams and individual students with the opportunity to put together a performance that incorporates acting, dancing, props, and more.

Two students taking a photo by the Rebel Homecoming sign

Rebel Homecoming Festival

This signature homecoming event, Rebel Homecoming Festival, combines two classic events hosted by the UNLV Alumni Association and the Rebel Events Board. A night of first-class entertainment complete with a college dean meet & greet, carnival rides and games, food, and a beer garden create the perfect atmosphere to connect and reconnect alumni, students, faculty, staff, and the community in the name of building the tradition.

homecoming pep rally

Scarlet & Gray Homecoming Parade

Alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of all ages are invited to line the academic mall to enjoy the spectacle of sights and sounds as our Scarlet and Gray Homecoming Light Parade makes its way through campus.

A table of plaques and awards for UNLV recipients.

Annual Alumni Awards

For more than 42 years, the UNLV Alumni Association has recognized exceptional individuals who represent the ideals of higher learning and Rebel pride. Through the awards program, the association recognizes alumni, faculty, students, and community leaders for their outstanding achievements and leadership at the university and our community. These recipients truly serve as inspiration for the generations of students who will follow.

A family holding up a Rebel Family sign

UNLV Family Weekend Tailgate

Families of UNLV students are encouraged to celebrate Rebel Homecoming and spend time with your students by bringing your Rebel Spirit by joining us for UNLV Family Weekend! The Family Weekend Tailgate will take place prior to the Homecoming Football Game. Come cheer on the Rebels with us!

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Alumni Tailgate at The Rebel Village

Join the UNLV Alumni Association as we celebrate Rebel Homecoming in the ultimate football tailgate. Supporting the Rebels is not just about the game, it is about the experience.

Students attend a tailgate

Football Tailgate - Rebel Student Tailgate

CSUN Student Government, Rebel Events Board, UNLV Athletics, and Registered Student Organizations are teaming up to host the Rebel Student Tailgate. This is a great way to gear up to cheer on the Rebels in the big game! Come out for free food, music, and giveaways!

UNLV Team entering the field with pyrotechnics

Football Game

Cheer on your Rebels to victory in the annual homecoming game. UNLV Alumni are invited to purchase tickets and sit together to cheer the
Rebels to victory in the annual Homecoming Football Game.

The Stars of Nevada Marching band in single file playing instruments.

Star of Nevada Marching Band Halftime Show

Rebel fans stay in your seats at halftime as the Star of Nevada Marching Bands entertains you during the crowning of the Rebel Homecoming Royalty.