There are so many things going on at Colorado State University from August to December, it’s no wonder most alums made some of their fondest memories during fall semester. Of course, there’s football, but there’s also volleyball and basketball and a host of club sports. Then there are all the festivities around Homecoming and Ag Day – Sept. 30 this year – as well as concerts and plays and recitals and guest lectures by renowned scholars. And don’t forget the sheer beauty of autumn in Fort Collins, which can bring all four seasons – in a single day, sometimes. Be part of a fantastic fall on campus this year.

C.A.N.S. Around the Oval

September 18 – October 18

C.A.N.S – which stands for “cash and nutritious staples” – is not only a three-decade-old CSU tradition, it is also one of the largest fund and food drives in Northern Colorado. Last year, the effort raised $60,727 and collected 17,854 pounds of food for the Food Bank for Larimer County. If you can’t get your can to the Oval, donate online; every dollar buys two meals for someone who is food insecure.


October 21

The 39th annual celebration of Native culture highlights Native American Heritage Month on campus. In addition to the free daylong Pow Wow, open to the public, at the Lory Student Center, the Native American Cultural Center will be hosting talks, art exhibits, film showings, and more throughout November.

Homecoming and Family Weekend

October 12-14

CSU welcomes alums, families, and friends back to campus with a full weekend of Homecoming fun highlighted by the Rams taking on the Broncos of Boise State at Canvas Stadium. Events include the Distinguished Alumni Awards, Friday Night Lights, the Ram Walk and Ram Town tailgating, the Homecoming 5K Race, and the ever-popular Festival on the Oval, with music, food, activities for all ages, and a beer garden. Come and connect with your alma mater!

Water in the West Symposium

November 8-9

The sixth annual Water in the West symposium at the CSU Spur Hydro Building in Denver brings together professional speakers and audiences from across sectors – from utilities and government agencies to businesses and agriculture – to share best practices to address water challenges around the world. 

PHOTOS: John Eisele, CSU Photography