2017 ASU Homecoming: 3 free events to check out this weekend

Posted at 5:18 PM, Oct 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-29 10:03:25-04

Arizona State University celebrates homecoming on Saturday.

That means downtown Tempe will be filled with students, alumni, and Sun Devil fans in maroon-and-gold gear. Before the game, ASU's homecoming floats will make their way down University Drive and pass the Block Party. 

While the game is not free, ASU's parade and block part are. Scroll below for everything you need to know, including where to park for free. Make sure to check our traffic map for travel times in the area.


Lantern Walk: Celebrating 100 years, the Lantern Walk is one of ASU's oldest traditions. Students and faculty will carry lighted lanterns to the top of "A"-Mountain. It's also where homecoming royalty is announced. The event starts at 6 p.m. and the walk up the mountain starts at 7 p.m. Free event.


Homecoming Parade: The ASU marching band, school organizations and floats will make their way down University Drive four hours prior to kick-off. The parade starts at 3:45 p.m. near University and Myrtle Avenue. Free event.

Homecoming Block Party: More than 100 student and school organizations will have tents set-up at Old Main on ASU's Tempe campus. There will also be food, games and photo booths around. View Block Party map. Free event. 

Homecoming game: The Sun Devils will take on the USC Trojans at Sun Devil Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. Tickets start at $45.  


Free parking will be available at several lots and structures near ASU's Tempe campus until 6:15 p.m. (or 90 minutes prior to kickoff) for the homecoming activities. View parking map.

We're told once you park, you're able to stay through the game. Officials said drivers should expect parking to fill quickly.

Free parking lots:

  • Lot 20 near University Drive and Mill Avenue
  • 10th Street parking structure
  • Lot 3 at ASU Gammage
  • Apache Blvd. parking structure near Lemon Street and Normal Avenue
  • Lots 27 and 41 near Orange Street and McAllister Avenue
  • Lot 44 and the Rural Road parking structure near Lemon and Rural
  • Tyler Street parking structure near McAllister Avenue and Tyler Street


Visit to check out traffic in the area.

  • University Drive will be closed in both directions between College and McAllister avenues
  • 10th Street to be closed in both directions east of Mill Avenue
  • Myrtle Avenue to be closed in both directions south of University Drive
  • Veterans Way will be closed in both directions between 6th Street and College Avenue. 

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