There is fun to be had for Iowa fans of all ages—including the youngest of the Hawkeye flock—during University of Iowa Homecoming. Dress the family in black and gold, and book it to Iowa City for these kid-friendly homecoming festivities on October 18-19, 2019.
Kids won't want to miss the annual Iowa homecoming parade. From floats and freebies to Herky and the Hawkeye Marching Band, this is the ultimate kid-approved homecoming event.
The parade begins at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, but arrive early to park and pinpoint the perfect spectating spot. The parade draws an estimated 15,000 Hawkeyes from around the world—including alumni and friends, fans, and families.
Everyone is invited to stop by the Alumni Engagement Tent before the parade for Hawkeye freebies and information about how to stay connected to the University of Iowa. The tent will be open from 2 to 5:30 p.m. on the Pentacrest.
Expect road closures along and around the parade route, located in the heart of downtown Iowa City. Paid parking is available in nearby parking ramps. To avoid tricky travel, park on campus and ride the free CAMBUS into downtown Iowa City. Young children will also love riding a big, black and gold bus.
Iowa City is an oasis for any foodie family. Skip the waits before and after the parade, and instead feast on a grab-and-go dinner from more than a dozen downtown restaurants. From pizza to froyo, savor the local flavor while watching the Hawkeye fanfare. See the list of participating restaurants on the homecoming parade webpage.
Why sit in parade traffic when you can play instead?
After the parade, swing by the Iowa Memorial Union's Family Open House at 125 N. Madison St. This family-friendly frenzy features live music, a black-and-gold balloon play area, coloring, snacks, and more. This event is free and open to all families, but an adult must attend with children.
The Iowa Hawkeyes will face the Purdue Boilermakers in the 2019 Homecoming game. Kickoff is at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, inside historic Kinnick Stadium.
Youth tickets are available at a discounted rate. All fans, regardless of age, need a ticket to enter Kinnick Stadium. Experience one of many family-friendly Hawkeye game day amenities:
For more details, including parking, travel, and stadium information, visit the Iowa football game day website.
Don't miss any of the 2019 homecoming festivities! Check out Iowa Magazine's University of Iowa Homecoming Guide to learn about Hawkeye homecoming traditions and review local recommendations for things to see, eat, and do while in Iowa City.