Homecoming is fast approaching. And it’s hip to be there.

Join us for fun events Oct. 21-27, including a student hip-hop contest, the annual Children’s Festival, sports events and more.

Most of the public events take place Saturday, Oct. 26. Here are just a few highlights:

  • New! A student hip-hop contest is tied in with MC Lyte’s Concert in Aycock Auditorium, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26. UNCG students will compete in dance, music, spoken word and graffiti art. Winners in the performance categories will open for MC Lyte. The MC Lyte concert is part of the University Performing Arts Series and tickets are required.

  • While supplies last! From 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, the School of Nursing, in conjunction with Cone Health, will administer free flu shots in Nursing’s tent on Kaplan Commons. Play a game called “Bones” while they inject you, and wear your special survival band-aid with pride. Open to anyone, first come, first serve.

  • The Children’s Festival begins at 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, complete with face painting, bouncy houses and other activities. This event is free and open to the public.

  • The Spartan Parade of Chariots begins at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26. This promises to be the biggest homecoming parade UNCG has seen yet.

  • Enjoy a free concert by Sleeping Booty, a band that performs everything from rock to funk, from 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. on Kaplan Commons. Open to the public.

  • At 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, see Men’s Soccer take on Georgia Southern in the soccer stadium. Admission is free.

  • At 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, see the coronation of the Homecoming King and Queen. Coronation takes place during halftime in the soccer stadium.

  • At 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, following the soccer game, enjoy a free fireworks show in the soccer stadium.

For a full listing of events, visit http://homecoming.uncg.edu/hmcmng/2013/.