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Homecoming 2019
Homecoming Week 2019

Come Home to Fine and Applied Arts!

October 17–19

Get your tickets for any of the four shows over Homecoming weekend for August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean.* This production by Illinois Theatre will feature a newly choreographed and composed City of Bones section in collaboration with Dance at Illinois. You are invited to attend a free reception with staff and cast members after Thursday night's opening performance (please note that you will need to purchase tickets for the show).

Tickets are also available for Krannert Center's Dessert and Conversation series about this production before Saturday's performance.

*Please note: this show contains adult content.

October 17

This free event is a Czech celebration featuring performing artists from Lyric Theatre @ Illinois. Wine samples will be selected and served by Breakthru Beverage. Read more.

October 18–19

Alma is eager to host you on a self-guided, family-friendly campus-wide art walk full of quirky facts, herstory, art, and architecture—complete with coloring pages and grab bags for the kids. Pick up your map and goodies at one of four starting points any time during the weekend. Sign up online to get full details beforehand.

Pick a location that works for you and ask for an Alma's Art Walk map. Goody bags for kids (or the young at heart) are included!

  1. Illini Union Event Services desk on the first floor—Friday and Saturday 8:00 a.m.–1:00 a.m.
  2. Promenade gift store in Krannert Center for the Performing Arts—Friday and Saturday 2:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
  3. The reception desk at the Alumni Association in Alice Campbell Hall—Friday 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m.–Noon
  4. The information desk at Krannert Art Museum (near Espresso Royale)—Friday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

October 18

Watch the Homecoming Parade on October 18 with Fine and Applied Arts and the Illinois Libraries, featuring a live performance by The Other Guys and free snacks! Let us know if you plan to join us, and we will share more details in advance.

October 18

Everyone is invited to this gala concert—and especially all Illinois Bands alumni and their families and friends! Help celebrate one of the most prominent, historic, and largest collegiate band programs in the world. The department enjoys a reputation for superb musical performance and innovation while honoring its rich traditions. Purchase tickets for the performance.

October 19

This program opens with Arthur Honegger’s Pastorale d’été, a sweet symphonic poem evoking the peaceful calm of a summer morning. Next is the world premiere of David DeBoor Canfield’s recent Concerto after Elgar, composed for Sinfonia’s principal violist, Csaba Erdélyi. Finally, Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 has been described by The Guardian as "35 minutes of life-enhancing joy." Purchase tickets for the performance.

View campus-wide Homecoming details and events, including the annual kickoff celebration at the Alumni Association with fountain dyeing and a pancake breakfast, the 5K Run, Carnival and Dinner on the Quad, and many more!

As we lead up to Homecoming, we want to hear your fondest FAA memories! We will select some stories to share on FAA's Facebook page and other social media. Fill out our story submission form to share your memories.