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
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
5 – 7 p.m.
MSU Soccer vs Texas A&M
FRIDAY, Oct 28
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!
College of Veterinary Medicine Fall Alumni Weekend
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
MSU Jazz Band Concert
Colvard Union Ballroom
Homecoming Rally and Maroon Madness
SATURDAY – GAME DAY!
MSU Geosciences Homecoming Tailgate and Open House – Celebrating 100 Years
All Day (Tailgate starts at 12:00 p.m.
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Breakfast
Bost Extension Center
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.
MSU Geosciences Homecoming Tailgate
outside Hilbun Hall
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!
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
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
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.
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.
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!
929 Coffee Bar
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Savory house made quiche, breakfast casseroles, sweet breakfast options, coffee
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.
Central Station Grill
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Daily chef specials, Bloody Mary bar, $2 Mimosas
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
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Local food favorites featuring chicken and waffles, eggs benedict, and blue plate menu
6 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Local diner serving traditional breakfast, pancakes, biscuits, and omelettes
10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Traditional brunch plates with build-your-own omelets, beignets, and more
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
House made quiche, waffles, omelets, blue plates, and even chicken and dumplins
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
NEXT 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.