There’s never been a more perfect time to bring Knight Nation together as UCF celebrates its 60th anniversary. The much-anticipated Homecoming Week returns this fall, promising a lineup of exciting and unforgettable events for the entire campus community. During the weeklong celebration taking place now through Oct. 29, a variety of activities, including special events for UCF Alumni, will be happening at both the main and UCF Downtown campuses.
Keep reading to discover all the ways you can have fun and celebrate what it means to be a UCF Knight all week long.
Comedy Knight and Concert Knight are ticketed events with free admission for current students with a valid UCF ID. Tickets for the public may be purchased through Ticketmaster.
Student and Community Events
Oct. 23 – Homecoming Kickoff Featuring Knights Got Talent | Memory Mall | 5:30 p.m. kick-off, 8 p.m. showtime
Bring a blanket or chair to Memory Mall and watch your fellow Knights showcase their special talents. Enjoy live performances, a DJ, and lots of free swag. This event is free for both the community and UCF students.
Oct. 24 – Comedy Knight: Chico Bean | Addition Financial Arena | Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m.
Enjoy an evening laughing with your fellow Knights. This year’s act is Chico Bean known for the 85 South Show and Wild N’ Out. Floor seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Oct. 25 – Movie Knight: Scream VI | Pegasus Ballroom | Doors open at 7 p.m., movie starts at 8 p.m.
Come only if you dare for a premier screening of Scream VI. Enjoy free popcorn and take home some free swag. This event is open to UCF students and the community.
Oct. 26 – Foam Splash | Communication and Media Building Plaza & Terry Avenue, UCF Downtown | Noon – 2 p.m.
UCF Downtown may not have a pool or a pond, but you can still splash into Homecoming Week. Jump into a foam pit, enjoy good eats, play water games, enter giveaways and more. All attendees must present a valid student ID at check-in.
Oct. 26 – Concert Knight: Rico Nasty | Addition Financial Arena | Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m.
UCF Homecoming is proud to announce a high energy Concert Knight featuring Rico Nasty. The edgy rapper and singer from Washington, D.C., burst onto the scene in 2018 and is widely known for hits like “Poppin.”
Students must secure a free ticket at ticket distribution to attend. Tickets for the public are available for purchase for $25 on Ticketmaster. For additional information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct. 27 – Spirit Splash | Reflecting Pond | Noon
UCF’s biggest homecoming tradition is back. Students will be able to run into the Reflecting Pond and attempt to catch the famous homecoming duck. There will be special guest speakers, as well as performances from the cheer team, Knightmoves and Marching Knights. This event is free and open to UCF students and the community.
Oct. 27 – UCF Volleyball vs. Texas Christian University | The Venue at UCF | 7-9 p.m.
The UCF volleyball team welcomes Big 12 opponent TCU. For more information, visit ucfknights.com.
Oct. 27 – Ignite the Knight: A UCF Tradition | Memory Mall | Lawn opens at 5:30 p.m., fireworks start at 8:30 p.m.
Bring your own towel, blanket, or chair to sit on and enjoy live music, carnival games, special appearances, a fireworks display and food galore. This event is free for UCF students and the community.
Oct. 28 – UCF Football vs. West Virginia | FBC Mortgage Stadium | Kickoff at noon
Watch the Knights take on the West Virginia Mountaineers during the homecoming game. Contact the UCF Athletics Ticket Office at 407-823-1000 or online to purchase game tickets.
Oct. 28 – Royalty Crowning | FBC Mortgage Stadium | Halftime at the UCF vs. West Virginia football game
Watch the Knights take on West Virginia and during halftime UCF’s 2023-24 Homecoming Court will be crowned.
Oct. 22 – U Can Finish Race: 5 Miles and 2 Miles | Memory Mall | 7:30 a.m.-Noon
The U Can Finish Race is back. Join runners and walkers on a tour around UCF by participating in the 2 miles, 5 miles or both with the Distance Dare. Register here for the event and use the UCF Alumni discount code UCFALUMNI23.
Oct. 26 – The Shining Knights Alumni Awards | Pegasus Grand Ballroom | 6-9 p.m.
The Shining Knights Alumni Awards honor UCF’s outstanding alumni and local leaders who have significantly contributed to the university and the community. The UCF Alumni family is honored to recognize four distinct awards at this year’s reception. Tickets to the event are $75 per person and include a pre-reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and dinner, followed by an awards ceremony.
Oct. 26 – Feast on the 50 | Camping World Stadium | 5-8 p.m.
This one-of-a-kind tailgate on the field at Camping World Stadium includes a night full of food, family and fun. Enjoy unlimited food and drink provided by caterers and restaurants from around Orlando. Visit the Greater Orlando Knights tent and get some fun swag. Get tickets here for the event.
Oct. 27 – Burnett Honors College: Home For Homecoming | Burnett Honors College | 5-7:30 p.m.
Burnett Honors College and UCF Honors alumni and friends are invited to visit the Honors College to reconnect with the deans and old friends. Food and drinks will be available free of charge, including beer donated by Orlando’s Deadwords Brewing Company. Register to attend. Plus, stick around for the fireworks display at 7 p.m. on Memory Mall.
Oct. 28 – Young Alumni Tailgate | SGA Boardroom, UCF FAIRWINDS Alumni Center | 9-11 a.m.
Recent graduates can head to the ultimate tailgating experience on gameday, exclusively for young alumni. Enjoy a DJ, giant yard games, guest appearances and more. Tickets are complimentary for alumni ages 32 or younger and include 4Rivers bites and one drink ticket. Must be 21 years of age or older to register.
Oct. 28 – Alumni Tailgate | UCF FAIRWINDS Alumni Center | Three hours before kickoff
Head to the UCF FAIRWINDS Alumni Center three hours before the homecoming football game to charge up before the team charges on to the field. Admission for this family-friendly zone is complimentary for all UCF alumni and guests and no registration is required.
Oct. 28 – Black Alumni Community Family Reunion and Tailgate | Front Lawn, UCF FAIRWINDS Alumni Center | 9-11 a.m.
Reunite with fellow Knights before the homecoming football game and enjoy food, drinks, games and a DJ spinning all the hits you love. Register to attend. Game tickets are not included in tailgate registration and may be purchased separately online.
Oct. 28 | Alumni Watch Parties | Locations vary | Time varies
Not able to come to campus? Regional Knights communities will host local watch parties before the UCF vs. West Virginia game — and everyone is invited. Find watch party locations here.