Sep 05, 2017

The University of Michigan will conclude its 2017 Bicentennial celebrations with a three-day festival spanning Homecoming weekend. The UMich200 Fall Festival from October 26-28 is sure to unite students, alumni, fans, and local residents in a spirited display of pride.

Events begin Thursday with more behind-the-scenes tours of some iconic U-M buildings, such as the Clinical Simulation Center, the Dana Building, the Graduate Library, the Lurie Nanofabrication Facility, the Rackham Building, the Social Work Building and Art Collection Tour, the UM3DLab, and more.

Feast of Ideas, an event that also occurred during the spring festival, returns. Downtown restaurants, bars, and retail shops will host faculty members presenting 20-minute mini-lectures. Each presentation will showcase U-M's academic excellence in a varity of disciplines.

Friday afternoon and evening will be a series of events around Ingalls Mall, The Diag, and Hill Auditorium. 

First, a  new art sculpture (see rendering) will be dedicated on U-M's central campus, between the Dana Building and the C.C. Little Building. The piece titled "Arriving Home" was created by Dennis Oppenheim. 

Next, is the Third Century Expo from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. This public fair of cutting-edge projects and initiatives will illustrate how the University is making a positive impact on society, both locally and globally. There will be exhibits, live performances, pop-up art and music, and displays of new technologies.

Starting at 6 p.m., students will awe and amaze during this multimedia performance titled A-maize-ing SMTD. This showcase concert at Hill Auditorium is designed to allow audience members to enter and exit between performances. This way, you can participate in MAIZEfest, a homecoming pep rally featuring U-M cheerleaders, student-athletes and coaches as they energize everyone for Saturday’s game vs. Rutgers.

If there was a single Bicentennial pièce de ré·sis·tance, it would probably be HAILstorm! This grand finale of projection mapping celebrating the University of Michigan’s 200 years. Presented four times at 8 p.m., 9 p.m., 10 p.m., and 10:45 p.m., the unique 10-minute show of light and sounds will be projected onto the full facade of the Rackham Building.

Finally, we celebrate 200 years of tradition Saturday afternoon, the festivities conclude when the Michigan Wolverines kick-off against Rutgers.

We look forward to concluding the Bicentennial celebrations with you! 

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