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Hobo Week: September 30th - October 5th, 2019

Hobo Week Events

One Month Club Kickoff

Each year, the brave men and women of SDSU let their razors rust away and allow their beards and leg hair to grow unchecked for the month preceding Hobo Day. Weary Wil & Dirty Lil judge the resulting facial and leg hair (or lack thereof) during Rally at the Rails on Friday of Hobo Week. So, proud Hobos & Hoboettes—let it grow, let it grow. Look out for our sign-up event, one month prior to Hobo Week.

Paint the Town

The old adage says "go paint the town red." Here in Hobo country, we paint the town yellow and blue! We'll provide a window in the Brookings community. You provide the creative genius—or just do your best. It's the Hobo spirit that counts!

Register for Paint the Town



Be a part of a beloved hobo tradition while also enjoying a free meal with your friends in the home of a Brookings community member! Bum-A-Meal gives students the opportunity to connect with community members, faculty and alumni. Many of them have their own Hobo Day memories they’re excited to share with the next generation of dirty bums looking for a hot meal. Did we mention it’s free?

Registration opens September 23rd, 2019 at 8 AM

Register for Bum-A-Meal

Become a Host Home


**Mr/Ms Homelycoming Pageant

The Mr/Ms Homelycoming Pageant is a competition featuring some of SDSU's most outgoing and brave men and women. Tickets can be purchased at Information Exchange in the Student Union. Doors open at 6:15 PM in the Performing Arts Center, show starts at 7:00pm. 


Brought back from the ancient days of Hobo tradition when bums gathered from near and far for warmth under the flickering fire light, dancing in the moonlight and conversing with fellow hobos, the 2019 Hobo Day Committee welcomes you to the BumFire at 9:00 p.m. in The Backyard. Join Jack, the Barnyard Cadets, the Bum Band, and other special guests in an everlasting blaze. Hot chocolate will be served. Come early, stay late, and don’t forget to check out the Bummobile!



Be a part of a hobo tradition! The BumOver brings back the rich elements of past Hobo sleep-outs. Join us in the market in the University Student Union for a night filled with homemade shanties, yard games, and music by a live DJ!

Cardboard will be provided. Groups are encouraged to bring their own tools (duct tape, rope, markers, scissors, etc.) to bring their cardboard visions to life and create a real Hoboville in the Union Market! Structures will be judged promptly at 9:30 PM following shanty building, and the top three creations will be displayed (size permitting) in the University Student Union on Friday of Hobo Week. 



Register for Hobolympics to be part of the glory, the tradition, and - if you’re good enough - the cash prizesThis event consists of relay races and other challenges intended for teams of four.

Register your Hobolympics team

**Cavorts! Talent Show

Started in 1975, the Cavorts Talent Show is a showcase for student performers and the perfect start to any Hobo Day weekend! Tickets can be purchased at Information Exchange. Doors open at 6:15 PM in the Performing Arts Center, show starts at 7:00pm. 


Rally at the Rails

Rally at the Rails is the kick-off to the Biggest One Day Event in the Dakotas. It takes place in Downtown Brookings near 5th & Main, where you'll find pep rally-style games, speakers, live music, and more!


Hobo Day Parade

Join us at 9:30 AM Saturday morning as the Hobo Day Parade heads south down Medary Avenue!

**Hobo Day Football Game

Come cheer on the Jackrabbits as they take on the Southern Illinois Salukis at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium. Kick-off is at 2 PM. To purchase tickets to the 107th Hobo Day, please click here.

**Hobo Night Live

The Hobo Day fun continues at 7:30 PM in the Union Market with a hypnotist show, comedian, door prizes, and a Virtual Reality & Game Room (Campanile Room)! A dance in the VBR will follow. 

** Event is planned by a University entity other than the Hobo Day Committee (but is still an awesome addition to Hobo Week!)