Hobo Day 2018

The Biggest One-Day Event in the Dakotas is set for Saturday, October 13 when South Dakota State University will celebrate 104 years of Hobo Day tradition.

Together in the Tradition

What one thing unites campus, community, and over 100 years of Jackrabbits? Say it loud: Hobo Day! The 2018 Hobo Day Committee invites you to join "Together in the Tradition" on October 13th. This year's tagline brings to mind a century of football games, hobo-mobiles, campfires, and pots of bum stew - all the things we love to come together for, and have since 1912. Consider your own Hobo Day traditions - from your spot on the parade route, to your favorite tailgate foods, to your official Hobo Day button collection - and how you'll bring your SDSU family together for the Biggest One-Day Event in the Dakotas this year.

Schedule of Events

Monday, October 8

Rally at the Rails

6 PM, Volstorff Ballroom

Rally at the Rails is the kick-off to the Biggest One Day Event in the Dakotas. This year it will take place in the Volstorff Ballroom in the Student Union (due to cold weather). Join us for pep rally-style games, speakers, live music, and more!

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Tuesday, October 9


5:30 PM, Brookings Community 

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.

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ATTENTION: Bumfire is being relocated to the Volstorff Ballroom in the student union at 8:30 pm. Although there won't be a fire to keep you warm, there will be tons of fun, hobos, and hot cocoa/apple cider to keep you warm! Come hang out in the VBR and continue the fun of Hobo Week!

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 2018 Hobo Day Committee welcomes you to the BumFire. Join Jack, the Barnyard Cadets, the Bum Band, and other special guests in an everlasting blaze. Hot chocolate will be served. Come early, stay late, and don’t forget to check out the Bummobile!

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Wednesday, October 10


5 PM, SDSU Campus

This event consists of relay races and other challenges intended for teams of four.

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Mr./Mrs. Homelycoming Pageant

7 PM, Performing Arts Center

The Mr/Ms 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.

Thursday, October 11


7 PM, Student Union

The Bum-Over brings back the rich elements of past Hobo sleep-outs. Join us in the market in the University Student Union for a night filled with homemade shanties, yard games, and music by a live DJ!

Friday, October 12

Bum Alum Social

4 PM, Hobo Day Gallery, University Student Union

Come one, come all! The annual Bum Alum Social will take place 4pm in the Hobo Day Gallery of the University Student Union. A formal program will begin at 4:30pm with guest speakers, the 2018 Committee, and special entertainment. You won't want to miss this most hoboic celebration.

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Cavorts Talent Show

7 PM, Performing Arts Center

The Cavorts Talent Show is a showcase for student performers and the perfect start to any Hobo Day weekend! 

Saturday, October 13 (Hobo Day)

Coffee and Donuts

8:30 AM, SDSU Alumni Center

Join us before the parade for Flyboy donuts and coffee, compliments of the SDSU Alumni Association at the SDSU Alumni Center.

Hobo Day Parade

9:30 AM, Medary Ave. to Sixth Street to Main Ave.

Alumni Tailgating

11 AM, Southwest of Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium

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Hobo Day Football Game

2 PM, Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium

Come cheer on the Jackrabbits as they take on the Youngstown State Penguins at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium. Kick-off is at 2 PM. To purchase tickets to the 106th Hobo Day, please click here.

Hobo Night Live

8 PM, Volstorff Ballroom, Student Union

The Hobo Day fun continues with a mentalist, comedian and dance. There will be door prizes and raffles throughout the night!