The weekend ahead: events and entertainment in Mount Pleasant


Students and homecoming ambassadors hand out free t-shirts to start off homecoming week at Fired Up Oct. 1 on the front lawn of Bovee University Center. 

Homecoming weekend wouldn't be complete without celebrations throughout the entire Mount Pleasant community. Here's what you can look forward to:

Thursday, Oct. 4

Sacred Vibrations Music and Arts Festival: Four stages and three days of music performances are in store for those who attend this Shepherd, Mich. music festival. Michigan-born Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers is one of three headlining acts. Tickets range from $20-$195 and can be bought on Eventbrite. Gates open at 10 a.m. daily. 

Friends of the Library Book Sale: The annual Veterans Memorial Library book sale is open to the public Oct. 4-6 in the Veterans Memorial Library Annex. Doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit programs and projects developed by the library.

Shakuntala: Central Michigan University Theatre Department presents Shakuntala, a love story set in fifth-century India. The production is directed by Fulbright Scholar Satyabrata Rout and will be performed from 7:30-9:30 p.m. every night this weekend. Tickets range from $7-$13 and can be bought on Ticket Central.

Rascal Flatts "Back to Us" Tour: Rascal Flatts returns at 8 p.m. to the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort. Tickets may be purchased on the Soaring Eagle's website

Friday, Oct. 5

Battle of the Floats: Finalize your team's homecoming float at 10 a.m. in Finch Fieldhouse. The event is free for students and food will be provided. 

Homecoming Rock Rally: Come to Plachta Auditorium at 7 p.m. to watch residence halls mock rock it out for points toward winning the Maroon Cup. The 2018 Homecoming Gold Ambassadors will be announced and the football team will make an appearance. Attendance is free and open to the public.

Bedlam at the Broadway: The Broadway Theatre downtown Mount Pleasant presents a series of one-act plays at 7 p.m. Oct. 5-6. The production will have a 2 p.m. matinee Oct. 7. Tickets will be available for $10 at the door the day of the show.

Jedi Mind Trip: Jedi Mind Trip celebrates the beginning of Homecoming weekend from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Hunter's Ale House. There is a $5 cover charge. 

Saturday, Oct. 6

2018 CMU Homecoming 5K Run/Walk & Mile Fun Walk: Proceeds from this annual Homecoming tradition will benefit Special Olympics Michigan. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at Finch Fieldhouse and costs $35.

Homecoming Parade: This CMU tradition begins at 9:30 a.m. in Lot 22. The parade will follow Main St., traveling to downtown Mount Pleasant.

Maroon and Gold Concert Series: If you missed out on seeing Jedi Mind Trip at Hunter's Ale House, you have the chance to watch the band perform at 9:30 a.m. at Tailgate Village before the Central Michigan University vs. New York State University Buffalo Homecoming football game.