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 at Sam Boyd Stadium during the Rebel Block Party, 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 Student Tailgate Saturday, November 16, 2019 10:00am
Sam Boyd Stadium/Star Nursery Field
Rebel Block Party Saturday, November 16, 2019 (All day)
Rebel Block Party Tailgate Area
Homecoming Football Game Saturday, November 16, 2019 (All day)
Scarlet and Gray Homecoming Parade Friday, November 15, 2019 7:00pm
Academic Mall
Rebel Homecoming Festival Friday, November 15, 2019 5:00pm
Pida Plaza, Academic Mall, Alumni Amphitheater
Annual Alumni Awards Thursday, November 14, 2019 6:00pm
Rebel Variety Show Wednesday, November 13, 2019 7:00pm
Homecoming Rebel Variety Show Wednesday, November 13, 2019 5:30pm
Rebel Homecoming Kickoff: Line up and Window Painting Tuesday, November 12, 2019 2:00pm
Rebels Give Kick-Off Thursday, November 7, 2019 9:30am
Pida Plaza

Ways to Participate

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Giving Day Kick-Off

Join us this year as we celebrate UNLV's day of giving - #RebelsGive! #RebelsGive is an opportunity to unite alumni, students, faculty, and staff together in a celebration of philanthropy and pride for UNLV. No matter how big or small, each gift makes a difference in the lives of Rebels everywhere.

A table of plaques and awards for UNLV recipients.

Annual Alumni Awards

For more than 41 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.

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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.

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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.

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Rebel Block Party

UNLV Alumni Association and Rebel Athletic Fund (RAF) are teaming up to host the ultimate experience in football tailgate parties - Rebel Block Party, now in its fifth year. Supporting the Rebels is not just about the game, it is about the experience

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Football Game

Cheer on your Rebels to victory in the annual homecoming 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.

Students dancing to music at the Homecoming Dance Party.

Dance Party

Join the Rebel Events Board for the Inaugural Homecoming Dance Party. There will be food, giveaways, and two local DJ’s spinning the jams. Bring canned food for a special opportunity drawing to be held at the event. All canned food will be donated to the UNLV Food Pantry.

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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.

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Penny Wars

Throughout Homecoming Week support the Rebel Events Board’s Adopt-a-School initiative and donate your loose change to our Homecoming Teams. Help your favorite team win by sharing your pennies or sabotage a team by giving them a dollar or two. All proceeds raised will be donated to Paradise Professional Development School. Help us make a difference in our Las Vegas community.

Students sitting on blankets watching a movie on a projected big screen.

Homecoming Movie Night

Join the Rebel Events Board for a free family-friendly outdoor movie night in celebration of Homecoming week. The movie will be at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Bring your blanket, and we’ll provide the snacks.

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Rebel Variety Show

Join the Rebel Events Board for one of the longest standing Homecoming Traditions - the Rebel Variety Show. Cheer on your favorite teams and individual performers as they showcase their talent on stage!

Homecoming guests around their vehicles cooking burgers and hotdogs on a grill.

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!

The king and queen of Homecoming standing on the football field.

Homecoming Royalty

Each year the homecoming royalty is selected from UNLV students involved in various student organizations. Ten candidates make up the homecoming court, and a Homecoming Scarlet and a Homecoming Gray winner are announced during halftime at the homecoming football game. There are various aspects to the competition including an online vote, interview process, and activities in which the candidates will participate for points.

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Most Spirited Rebel

Most Spirited Rebel will compete in a week full of events for a chance to win a $500 scholarship. Interested in competing to be named UNLV’s Most Spirited Rebel? Apply today! For more information email the Rebel Events Board at homecoming@unlv.edu.

Students on a homecoming float.

Rebel Homecoming Team Competitions

Throughout the Homecoming Week, student teams participate and compete in a wide variety of activities. Teams must have a minimum of five student participants. The winner of the Student Team Competitions will be announced at the Halftime Show on Game Day.

Rebel Homecoming

Office Decorating Contest

Show off your love and spirit for UNLV by participating in the annual Homecoming Office Decorating Competition. The winning office will receive an official Homecoming plaque, bragging rights, and a continental breakfast for the team. This is brought to you by the Rebel Events Board!