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Hobo Day

2022 Hobo Day Committee group photo

What one thing unites campus, community and over 100 years of Jackrabbits? Say it loud: Hobo Day! The 2022 Hobo Day Committee invites you to join in celebrating our beloved homecoming tradition on October 29, 2022. 

The Timeless Tradition

Hobo Week 2022 begins Monday, October 24, building excitement leading up to Hobo Day, on Saturday, October 29. Check out our schedule below to celebrate campus traditions and create new ones for years to come.

Thursday, September 29 – One Month Club Kickoff

Market Stage | 8 a.m. – Join one of SDSU's longest and hairiest traditions! Bury the razor and pledge to not shave for one month.

Thursday, October 20  – Hobo Gear Prep Night

Market Stage | 5 p.m. – Looking to add to your Hobo garb collection? Find the perfect outfits through a selection offered by local Brookings businesses.

Monday, October 24 – Bum-A-Meal

Market Stage | 5 p.m. – Students can sign up to "bum a meal" from a generous host home in Brookings, then wander out into the town to enjoy this truly unique Hobo Week experience.

Tuesday, October 25 – BumFire

Backyard (North of Sanford Jackrabbit Athletic Complex) | 9 p.m. – Keep warm by the fire with your fellow friends, following UPC's Jacks Got Talent.

Wednesday, October 26 – Bum Over

Market Stage | 7 p.m. – Build your own hobo shanties from cardboard and share Hobo spirit! Bring your own supplies to make your creation unique.

Thursday, October 27 – Rally at the Rails

Downtown Brookings | 5 p.m. – Games, food trucks, entertainment, vendors and more will be at the rally!

Saturday, October 29 – Hobo Day

Medary Avenue - Downtown Brookings | 9:30 a.m. – View the Hobo Day parade along its designated route. See creative floats made by student organizations and Brookings locals. Catch performances from the Pride of the Dakotas Marching band and several other local high school bands. This is a parade, you don't want to miss!

Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium | 2 p.m. – Football – South Dakota State University Jackrabbits vs. Indiana State Sycamores

Volstorff Ballroom | 7 p.m. – Hobo Night Live – Play games, win prizes, attend a comedy show (8:30 p.m. start time) and more.

For more details on these events and to learn about the history of Hobo Day, view the Hobo Week Experience.

Hobo Day Merchandise is on sale now!

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Apr 14

Six Month Club Kickoff

Oct 5

Hobo Gear Prep Night

Oct 10

Bum Over

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Jack giving a child a high five on the Hobo Day Parade route

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