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Montana Homecoming: Back to the Den


The University of Montana Alumni Association is set to celebrate Homecoming 2023, bringing back the traditional Higgins Avenue parade route. The theme for the week-long celebration is "Back to the Den," .


Various events, including the Hello Walk, Griz on Tap, Distinguished Alumni Awards, Yell Night Pep Rally, Homecoming Hustle 5K race, and the Homecoming Parade, will be open to the public during the week, leading up to the Homecoming football game featuring the Griz versus Idaho State University at Washington-Grizzly Stadium this Saturday.

All of these events are sponsored by the UM Alumni Association during Homecoming Week and are open to the public:

Griz on Tap: 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 at Red’s Bar at 217 S. Ryman St. in downtown Missoula.

  • Distinguished Alumni Awards: 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 at the University Center Ballroom.

  • Yell Night Pep Rally and Lighting of the M, featuring the UM Marching Band, Griz Football team and Coach Bobby Hauck: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 on the UM Oval

  • Homecoming Hustle: 9:55 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. This 5K race just prior to the parade and supports the Grizzly Track & Field/ XC program with 100% of proceeds benefiting the program in the areas of scholarships, operations and equipment.

  • Homecoming Parade: 10 a.m. Sept. 30. Staging near the intersection of Higgins Ave. and Spruce St. downtown. The parade will move south along Higgins Avenue, across Beartracks Bridge and turn east onto University Avenue toward campus.

  • UM’s annual Homecoming Football Game will kick off at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, when the Griz take on Idaho State University in Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

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