UBC Homecoming 2023 - Vancouver

Rekindle your UBC memories and take in the new sights and experiences on campus. Whether it’s been one year or many since your last connection to UBC, you’re always welcome here. Check out the full line-up, rally your friends, and build your personalized Homecoming itinerary. Don’t forget to register in advance so you don’t miss out!

Questions? Please contact alumni.events@ubc.ca.

alumni UBC light blue retro crewneck

Celebrate UBC Homecoming in style

Homecoming is UBC’s largest school spirit event of the year. Show off your UBC pride at Homecoming and all year long with the limited edition UBC light blue retro logo crewneck.

Available for $44.95 at the UBC Bookstore for a limited time. Proceeds will benefit the FORWARD for Students Affordability Initiative.

ʔəm̓i ce:p xʷiwəl (Come Toward the Fire) | UBC Thunderbirds Football Game | UBC Nest Fest | Homecoming Adventure Course Extravaganza | alumNIGHTS: Homecoming Edition | Attractions & Tours | Faculty Activities

UBC Vancouver Homecoming Schedule

Saturday, September 16, 2023

Homecoming - Come Toward the Fire

Photo by Jan Gates

ʔəm̓i ce:p xʷiwəl (Come Toward the Fire) – A Celebration of Indigenous Community, Culture, and Creativity

Free Daytime Festival 1:00–5:00 pm; Evening Ticketed Festival 6:00–9:30 pm
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, 6265 Crescent Rd – map

Presented by the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts and Musqueam

We are honoured to share this family-friendly Indigenous-led festival in advance of the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation as part of our Homecoming event line-up. This year’s festival will include music performances, workshops, film screenings, food vendors, an Indigenous artisan market, and more. Everyone is welcome!

All festival events are FREE for Indigenous community members.

Friday, September 22, 2023

Homecoming - Football Game

UBC Thunderbirds Football Game

4:00 pm Street Party
6:00 pm Kick-off
UBC Thunderbird Stadium, 6288 Stadium Road, Vancouver – map

On Friday, September 22, join thousands of screaming fans as generations of Thunderbirds come together to celebrate at UBC’s largest school spirit event of the year, the annual Homecoming Football Game Presented by Sports Illustrated Clubhouse. Your UBC Thunderbirds Football team will kick off at 6:00 pm at Thunderbird Stadium. Join us early for a street party at 4:00 pm where you can enjoy entertainment, food, giveaways and more.

Saturday, September 23, 2023

Homecoming - Nest Fest

UBC Nest Fest

10:00 am–3:00 pm
Outside the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, 6163 University Blvd – map

Join us for a day of celebrating UBC spirit and pride. Bring your family and friends to the plaza outside the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre for entertaining musical performances, popcorn and cotton candy, games, a rock wall, airbrush tattoos, food trucks and the return of the Homecoming train. Be sure to check out all the booths to take part in fun, interactive activities from UBC’s faculties and other campus partners. It will be fun for everyone and sure to be the highlight of your Homecoming experience!

Homecoming Adventure Course Extravaganza

Homecoming Adventure Course Extravaganza

Course Available – 10:30 am–2:30 pm
MacInnes Field, 6131 University Blvd – map

Test your strength and smarts in our adventure course extravaganza! Open to all ages, our course features an inflatable obstacle race, fun challenges, and jeopardy using real UBC exam questions! Drop-in to participate in our just-for-fun category or register in advance to win prizes in our competitive races.

If you are interested in racing competitively, please register in advance. Races will be at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. Limited space available.

Homecoming - alumNIGHTS

alumNIGHTS: Homecoming Edition

5:00–7:00 pm   
GRETA YVR, 50 West Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1C8 – map

Power up your UBC Homecoming festivities! We’re taking over Gastown’s GRETA YVR, an arcade haven that’s packed with new and classic games, street food, and fab drinks. Indulge in three hours of unlimited access to Guitar Hero, Mario Kart Arcade, Pac-Man, the Simpsons, Skee-Ball, pinball, and many more. Bring your friends and get your fill of gaming fun while having a ball!

Tours and Points of Interest

Attractions and Tours

Once again this year, we have partnered with UBC attractions to provide complimentary admission on September 23, as well as scheduled tours and other activities at additional points of interest. Registration for the Attractions is required so you can pick up your complimentary pass at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre.

*Note: Tours have limited capacity. To avoid disappointment, please pre-register. Most Attractions do not require a tour to visit.

Homecoming - Faculty Activities

Faculty Activities

On September 23, many faculties and departments are hosting a variety of activities. Some are exclusively for faculty alumni and donors and others are open to the public. Some of these activities require advance and separate registration. Please read descriptions carefully.

Planning your day – Saturday, September 23

Here is some information to help you make the most of your day. If you haven’t already pre-registered, you can still register online or come down to register in person at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre on Saturday from 9:30 am–4:00 pm. You can also purchase tickets to alumNIGHTS at the door at GRETA YVR.

Directions and getting your day started

You can download the schedule and map here. You can also try our interactive Google map that has the Saturday, September 23 activities pinned. Make the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre your first stop on campus (parking and transit options nearby in maps above). UBC’s accessibility shuttle will also be available. From here you can pick up an Attractions pass, visit the Nest Fest and hop onto our complimentary shuttle buses to take you to your next locations (see the maps). The first 1200 guests to visit Nest Fest will also receive a complimentary tote bag!

If you pre-ordered your Retro Homecoming crewneck or would like to purchase one while on campus, visit the UBC Bookstore conveniently located across from the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. The Bookstore will be open from 11:00 am–5:00 pm on Saturday, September 23.

The Nest Fest will have several food and beverage options for you to choose from, and Loafe Café in the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre will also be open. There is a water bottle refilling station in the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre as well as other locations that our friendly volunteers can help you locate.

Share your photos on social. On Instagram, be sure to tag @alumniUBC and use the hashtag #ubchomecoming to enter our giveaway for a UBC Homecoming prize pack.

We hope you enjoy your visit! If you have additional questions, please contact alumni.events@ubc.ca or 604-827-5831.

Are you looking for UBC Homecoming – Okanagan? Check out the schedule here.

Not able to join us in Vancouver or Kelowna? You’re still part of the UBC family! My Town Meet-ups: Homecoming Edition are being planned around the world. Check out the list of My Town Meetups.

We acknowledge that UBC’s campuses are situated within the traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wu7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and in the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation and their peoples.


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