Friday, December 8, 2023

Homecoming Week: Celebrate everything it means to be a Roadrunner

Homecoming Week: Celebrate everything it means to be a Roadrunner

Purchases made at BestFest's beverage and game booths support student organizations.

OCTOBER 17, 2022 — This year’s Homecoming Week features an exciting array of events designed to bring the UTSA community together to celebrate Roadrunner pride and traditions. Festivities run through Saturday, October 22.

The featured event for Homecoming Week is BestFest from 4 to 11 p.m. on Friday, October 21, outside the Conovcation Center on Main Campus. Hosted by Roadrunner Productions and Student Activities, this fun-filled, family-friendly event offers dozens of food, beverage and game booths run by student organizations as well as interactive activities, musical entertainment, carnival rides and a fireworks display.

This year’s BestFest headliner is singer-songwriter Tai Verdes. His breakout single, “Stuck in the Middle,” landed him the No. 1 spot on Spotify’s U.S. Viral 50 chart, amassed more than 120 million streams and has supported over 3.5 million TikTok creations that have been viewed over three billion times.

His follow-up single, “A-O-K,” followed a similar path, earning more than 300 million streams, 1.3 million TikTok creations and a No. 1 spot on Billboard's Emerging Artist chart. Additionally, the song landed at No. 12 on the Top 40 Pop Radio chart and No. 34 on the Billboard Hot 100. Verdes has performed on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Today Show” and at Lollapalooza 2021 in front of a crowd of 35,000 people.

BestFest features a fireworks show, carnival rides and a concert. The event will take place Friday outside the Convocation Center.

Beyond BestFest is a series of Homecoming events featuring Roadrunner traditions:

Celebrations at the Downtown Campus include the Homecoming Blitz, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18, at Bill Miller Plaza at the Downtown Campus. Guests can enjoy games, food and freebies at the event.

Be on the lookout for the Student Government Association’s Rowdy Prize Cab. This version of “Cash Cab” will feature members of the SGA traveling around campus to pick up students for a ride to class while asking them UTSA trivia for prizes, including BestFest tickets. The cab will be making its rounds at the Downtown Campus, starting at the Bill Miller Plaza, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 18; and at the Main Campus, starting at the Sombrilla Plaza, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 20.

Take Back the Night, hosted by the PEACE Center and UTSA Women’s Studies Institute, delivers a night of music, poetry and history in solidarity and support of survivors and advocates in the fight to end domestic violence. The event begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18.

Unwind and take in some laughs at the Homecoming Comedy Show, which begins at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19. Featuring three talented comedians—Biniam Bizuneh, Opey Olagbaju and Andrew Lopez—this comedy showcase is sure to entertain.

Plan ahead and purchase your vendor tickets for BestFest early.
Discover all of the events planned for Homecoming ’22.
For more information about attending or volunteering, visit the BestFest website.

Voting for the Spirit of the Roadrunner will take place from October 18 to 20. Students can vote via the Homecoming website or RowdyLink for the peers they believe embody the spirit of UTSA while striving for the highest levels of academic achievement, campus involvement and community service.

Homecoming Week finishes strong with the Homecoming football game at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, at the Alamodome. Cheer on the ’Runners as they take on the Mean Green of the University of North Texas. Start at the Student Indoor Tailgate, see the Spirit of the Roadrunner announcement at halftime, and celebrate following the game.

Nichole Lantis

UTSA Today is produced by University Strategic Communications,
the official news source
of The University of Texas at San Antonio.

Send your feedback to

UTSA Today is produced by University Communications and Marketing, the official news source of The University of Texas at San Antonio. Send your feedback to Keep up-to-date on UTSA news by visiting UTSA Today. Connect with UTSA online at Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram.




University of Texas at San Antonio receives ‘transformational’ $40M gift

UTSA’s Mission

The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.

UTSA’s Vision

To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.

UTSA’s Core Values

We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.

UTSA’S Destinations

UTSA is a proud Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) as designated by the U.S. Department of Education .

Our Commitment to Inclusivity

The University of Texas at San Antonio, a Hispanic Serving Institution situated in a global city that has been a crossroads of peoples and cultures for centuries, values diversity and inclusion in all aspects of university life. As an institution expressly founded to advance the education of Mexican Americans and other underserved communities, our university is committed to promoting access for all. UTSA, a premier public research university, fosters academic excellence through a community of dialogue, discovery and innovation that embraces the uniqueness of each voice.