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Your MSU Homecoming Weekend Guide

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Welcome home, Bulldogs! It’s one of our favorite weekends of the year, and so many of our Mississippi State family from across the nation come back to Mississippi’s College Town for Homecoming weekend! Your game weekend begins on Friday evening as we spook out Main Street for the annual harvest fest, Pumpkinpalooza. The free family event kicks off another New South Weekend full of great shopping, dining and Bulldog spirit. Check out what’s happening in Starkville in our game weekend guide, including lots of great information and helpful links for your best game weekend yet… HAIL STATE!


THURSDAY, Oct 27

CAMPUS ACTIVITIES

Homecoming activities have been happening all week on campus! Your weekend fun for kids of all ages begins tonight!

Trick-or-Treat on the Row
Fraternity and Sorority Row
4 – 6 p.m.

CAAD presents MSU Artist Reception with Peri Schwartz
Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery – MSU Welcome Center
5 – 6 p.m.

Student Association Halloween Costume Carnival
The Junction
5 – 7 p.m.

MSU Soccer vs Texas A&M
Soccer Field
7 p.m.

 


FRIDAY, Oct 28

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On of our most anticipated events of the year! Get your spook on as Main Street Starkville celebrates Fall during Pumpkinpalooza from 6:00 to 8:00pm. The event features tons of activities for kids, great after hours shopping with our Downtown merchants, our last featured farmer’s market, and plenty of photo opportunities in the pumpkin patch. Wear your costumes for trick-or-treating with Main Street businesses!

Check out our Top 10 Things to Do at Pumpkinpalooza for all the details!

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CAMPUS ACTIVITIES

College of Veterinary Medicine Fall Alumni Weekend
All Day

Dept. of Housing and Residence Life Open House 
Central Office in thenewly constructed Dogwood Hall – 705 George Perry St.
1 – 5 p.m.

College of Education Alumni Reception 
T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability – 362 Hardy Rd.
2 – 4 p.m.

National Panhellenic Council’s Stroll Off
Humphrey Coliseum
7 p.m.

MSU Jazz Band Concert
Colvard Union Ballroom
7:30 p.m.

Homecoming Rally and Maroon Madness
Humphrey Coliseum
8:30 p.m.

 


SATURDAY – GAME DAY!

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CAMPUS ACTIVITIES

MSU Geosciences Homecoming Tailgate and Open House – Celebrating 100 Years
Hilbun Hall
All Day (Tailgate starts at 12:00 p.m.

College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Breakfast
Bost Extension Center
7:30 a.m.

Alumni Band Reunion
Registration and Rehearsal with the Famous Maroon Band
8 – 11 a.m.

College of Business Brunch
Leo Seal, Jr. Family Business Atrium, McCool Hall
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

College of Veterinary Medicine Fall Alumni Tailgate
TBD

Alumni Association Tailgate presented by Renasant Bank
In front of the M-Club in the Junction
11:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

MSU Geosciences Homecoming Tailgate
outside Hilbun Hall
12 p.m.

Dawg Walk
12:30 p.m.

GAME WEEKEND SHOPPING

There’s plenty of time this weekend to visit your favorite Starkville shops & boutiques to find tailgating supplies and the latest styles for Saturday’s game! Our local retailers feature tons of tailgating supplies, maroon and white gear, the latest fashions, and great items for your fall entertaining!

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Before and after Saturday’s Homecoming contest, be sure to plan time to enjoy Starkville’s many local shops and restaurants! Our Starkville Main Street members always roll out the maroon carpet with sidewalk sales, dining and drink specials and more! This Google Map will serve as your walking tour guide!

View SHOP DOWNTOWN STARKVILLE in a larger map

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Need some recommendations for where to eat? Be sure to check out our Savor Starkville page for more about the culinary scene in Starkville, or download one of our Culinary Maps!


 

TO & FROM THE GAME… LOGISTICS

PARKING DOWNTOWN:
Free parking in several lots as well as 2-hour curbside in Downtown Starkville for easy access to shopping, dining and transit to the game.

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TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS:
Starkville offers three options for public transit to and from Davis Wade Stadium on gameday. Check out your options below, and visit SMART TRANSIT for a full list of routes, schedules and arrival times.

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SUNDAY

 

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BRUNCH IN STARKVILLE

Join us on Sunday for special shopping hours with some of your favorite Downtown retailers shown above as well as delicious brunch! Check out this list of Starkville restaurants and pick your table!

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929 Coffee Bar
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Savory house made quiche, breakfast casseroles, sweet breakfast options, coffee
SEE MENU

Aramark – Fresh Food Company
10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
All you care to eat buffet for $8 per person plus tax. Kids 12 and under eat for $5.50 plus tax, and children under 3 years old eat free.
SEE MENU

Central Station Grill
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Daily chef specials, Bloody Mary bar, $2 Mimosas
SEE MENU

City Bagel Cafe
6:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cozy bagel shop with fresh made bagels, cream cheese, lox, bagel sandwiches, coffee and pastries
SEE MENU

Restaurant Tyler
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Local food favorites featuring chicken and waffles, eggs benedict, and blue plate menu
SEE MENU

Starkville Cafe
6 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Local diner serving traditional breakfast, pancakes, biscuits, and omelettes

The Camphouse
10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Traditional brunch plates with build-your-own omelets, beignets, and more
SEE MENU

The Veranda
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
House made quiche, waffles, omelets, blue plates, and even chicken and dumplins
SEE MENU


 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

16xmas_share_openhouseNEXT WEEKEND in Mississippi’s College Town features Christmas Open House & Cookies with Santa as Santa helps us usher in the holiday season. Your game weekend with Texas A&M will cap off with great shopping with your favorite retailers on Sunday! You’ll find wonderful holiday merchandise, MSU gear and more to get you into the holiday spirit.

COOKIES WITH SANTA…

Make memories next game weekend as we host Santa for pictures and cookies. Your little one will enjoy an audience with the man in red and great digital photos you can use in all your holiday correspondence! Get tickets now… $10 per ticket includes one digital photo + take-away cookies.

BUY TICKETS NOW!