Northern Arizona University’s Homecoming Week is just around the corner and will offer an opportunity for the Lumberjack family and beyond to come together.

From Tuesday’s Dedicatee Banquet honoring geology professor David Brumbaugh to Thursday’s Traditions Day and Saturday’s parade and festivities on campus, there are a host of activities leading up to the big football game against Weber State. This year’s Cirque du NAU theme will come to life as student-built floats, high school bands and more wind through the streets of NAU during the annual parade on Homecoming Day.

A complete Homecoming schedule is available online. Events marked with * are for students only.

Tuesday, Oct. 20
Homecoming Dedicatee Banquet
6 p.m. High Country Conference Center

David Brumbaugh, professor of geology, was selected Homecoming Dedicatee by leaders of student organizations from across campus for his dedication to providing exceptional service to the university and students. The community is invited to a banquet in his honor, where the 2015 Homecoming king and queen will be announced. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for non-students. Tickets may be purchased online or at the Central Ticket Office in the University Union.

Thursday, Oct. 22
Homecoming Traditions Day
4-10 p.m. Central Quad

  • Carnival*, 4-10 p.m. Free fun for students in parking lot P30 at the corner of University and Knoles. Bring your NAU student ID.
  • Chili Cookoff*, 4 p.m.
  • Tug-of-War Contest*, 4:30 p.m.
  • Bonfire, Pep Rally and Mr. Lumberjack Competition 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 24
Homecoming Day

  • Flannels and Flapjacks Breakfast*, 8:30 to 10 a.m., Central Quad
    Students will enjoy a free pancake buffet while supplies last. Bring your NAU student ID.
  • Family Fun Zone, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Field north of Gateway
    The public is invited to enjoy games and activities for all ages including the Radical Run course, climbing wall, inflatable basketball hoop and more.
  • Student Fun Zone*, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Central Quad
    The student fun zone will feature a series of activities for students to enjoy before the parade begins including the Euro Bungee, Wild One obstacle course and the Wrecking Ball.
  • Café au Louie, 9 to 11 a.m., 1899 Bar & Grill
    Join NAU Alumni for breakfast and meet this year’s 2015 Alumni Award winners. Cost is $10 per person. RSVP online by Oct. 16 at nau.edu/Breakfast15.
  • Homecoming Parade, 11 a.m., NAU campus
    The annual parade has been moved on campus this year. Starting at the corner of Knoles Drive and DuPont Avenue, the parade will weave through the beautiful surroundings of NAU’s campus. Parking is available in the San Francisco Parking Garage and in lot P13 behind Cline Library. For a parade route and parking map, click here.
  • Tailgating and Lumberjack Family Fan Fest, 1 to 4 p.m., Walkup Skydome parking lot
    Enjoy tailgating during the Lumberjack Family Fan Fest featuring food, games, giveaways and fun for the whole family. Shuttle service will be available to the Skydome parking lot from the San Francisco Parking Garage following the parade.
  • Football Game, 4 p.m., Walkup Skydome
    The Lumberjacks take on Weber State in a Big Sky Conference matchup. Kick-off is at 4 p.m. Buy tickets online or contact NAU Central Ticket Office at (928) 523-5661. The game is expected to sell out so buy tickets early.