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2017 Events

One Month Club Kick-off

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) just before Cavorts talent show on the Friday of Hobo Week. So, proud Hobos & Hoboettes—let it grow, let it grow. Check-ins will be Thursday, Sept. 28 in the Hobo Day Office and Thursday, October 12 at The Bum-Over in the University Student Union. Email Katie Anderson with questions.

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. Windows must be painted by Sunday, Oct. 8 at 5 p.m. Sign up online. Email Miranda Mack with questions.

Monday, October 9

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 from 6-8 p.m., where you'll find a bounce house, games, and fun for all ages. Brookings mayor Tim Reed, SDSU football coach, Coach Stig, SDSU President Dunn, and Grand Pooba Anna Chicoine will be speaking. But it doesn't end there- this year's Rally features a performance by SD musician Weston Frank! Stop over and sample the products of our Bum Stew Contest, vote for your favorite stew, then take advantage of the downtown Hobo Deals and get ready for the greatest week of the year! Email Emily Gaspar with questions.

Tuesday, October 10


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?) Sign up online. Email Georgialee Quail with questions!.


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 2016 Hobo Day Committee welcomes you to the BumFire at 8:00 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 during the BYC State Shout, courtesy of Aramark. Come early, stay late, and don’t forget to check out the Bummobile!

Wednesday, October 11


Register for Hobolympics to be part of the glory, the tradition, and- if you’re good enough- the cash prizes! Check in at 4:30, hobo-themed relays and games begin at 5 p.m. Sign up online. Email Jeanette Klein with questions.

MrMs Homelycoming Pageant

The MrMs 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 p.m. 

Thursday, October 12

The Bum-Over

Be a part of a hobo tradition! The Bum-Over brings back the rich elements of past Hobo sleep-outs. Join us from 7-10 p.m. 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 Market! Structures will be judged promptly at 9:30 p.m. following shanty building, and the top three creations will be displayed (size permitting) in the University Student Union on Friday of Hobo Week. Email Marlee Mack with questions.

Friday, October 13

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 will open at 6:15 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

Equestrian vs. South Carolina

Cheer on Equestrian vs. South Carolina at 9 a.m.

Saturday, October 14

Hobo Day Parade

Join us at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning as the Hobo Day Parade heads south down Medary Avenue. 

High School Field Show Competition

Located in the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex at 11 a.m. Come watch high school bands showcase their marching techniques. Students receive free admissions with their student ID.

Hobo Day Football Game

Come cheer on the Jackrabbits as they take on the Northern Iowa Panthers at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium. Kick-off is at 2 p.m. To purchase tickets to the 105th Hobo Day, please click here.

Volleyball vs. Fort Wayne

Come cheer on the Jackrabbit Volleyball team as they take on Fort Wayne at 7 p.m. Fans can bring their football ticket to the volleyball match for free entry.

Hobo Night Live

The Hobo Day fun continues at 8 p.m. in the Volstorff Ballroom with a mentalist, comedian and dance. There will be door prizes and raffles throughout the night!