Viking Days Schedule

Viking Days memories

Make plans to come home again and celebrate Viking Days with your alma mater! Join us for these special events during the week, and all of your favorites on the weekend. Viking Days — one of the best times to celebrate being an Augustana Viking!

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  • Viking Feast (for the campus community): 5-7 p.m., Elmen Center. Viking Feast, the all-campus picnic, kicks off Viking Days week with dinner and fun for the whole family.
  • Coronation and Fireworks: 7 p.m., Elmen Center. Meet the 2017 Homecoming Court and see who's crowned Viking Days King and Queen. Fireworks to follow outside the Elmen Center.
  • Worship at Ole Statue: 10 a.m., Ole Statue. Join us for worship outside to celebrate the campus and community. Viking Days co-chair Hannah Norem '18 will be preaching. 
  • Donuts at Ole Statue: 10:30 a.m.
  • Lip Sync Battle: 7:30 p.m., Back Alley. What's more fun than watching a lip sync battle on TV? Watching it live and with your peers battling it out! Grab a couple of friends for a night of fun and enjoyment.
  • Float Building (for students): 4-7 p.m. under the tent, Commons Circle. Campus organizations participating in the parade will decorate and build the float they will show off to the community. Food and supplies are provided. It's a great way to get ready for the fun of the parade Saturday morning.
  • ALL DAY: EXHIBIT, "A Viking Inside: David Wolter '04 Retrospective," Center for Visual Arts.
  • "A Viking Inside" Gallery Exhibit Reception: 7-9 p.m., Center for Visual Arts. Artist's talk by David Wolter '04 at 7:30 p.m.
  • ALL DAY: EXHIBIT, "A Viking Inside: David Wolter '04 Retrospective," Center for Visual Arts
  • Honor Guard Coffee & Social Time: 9-11 a.m., Siverson Lounge, Morrison Commons. Honor Guard alumni are invited to begin the weekend with coffee and conversation with classmates. Honor Guard alumni are graduates from 1967 and earlier.
  • Chapel: 10 a.m., Chapel of Reconciliation. Join us for this festive worship service with The Augustana Choir.
  • Honor Guard Luncheon: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Falls Room, Holiday Inn City Centre (100 W. 8th St.)A festive luncheon for graduates who have celebrated their 50th class reunion, including members of the Class of 1967 (celebrating their 50th reunion this fall). Registration is now closed — $22
  • In Memoriam: 2 p.m. Class of 1967 gathers in the Chapel of Reconciliation to remember departed classmates.
  • Campus Tours: An afternoon tour begins at 3 p.m. at the Commons Concourse, Morrison Commons. Meet us at the Viking Days information table in the Commons for a group tour with a current Augustana student.
  • Rendezvous Presentation: Students typically present on their home countries at 3 p.m. on Fridays in the Back Alley. This week, our presenters are faculty members talking about their spring break trips for students, so it will give a small snapshot of the many programs students can take part in. Hosted by the International Program Office and Augustana International Club, this event is free and open to the public.
  • Author Talk: 4-5 p.m., Center for Western Studies. Current writer-in-residence Dr. Patrick Hicks will give a special lecture about the recently reprinted national best seller "The Thresher" by Herbert Krause. Hicks was commissioned to write the introduction for this reprinting and will talk about Krause's work and give tribute to Krause, who was the writer-in-residence at Augustana for more than 30 years.
  • Class of 1967 Informal Class Dinner: 5 p.m., Minerva's Restaurant, 301 S. Phillips Ave., downtown Sioux Falls. Gather with friends at this informal dinner ahead of the Command Performance. RSVP to Barb Hegg by Friday, Sept. 22.
  • Alumni Achievement Awards Dinner: 5:30 p.m. Social; 6 p.m. Dinner, Falls Room, Holiday Inn City Centre (100 W. 8th St.). This is a special dinner event to honor our 2017 Alumni Achievement and Horizon Award winners. Registration is now closed — $35
  • Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet: 5:30 p.m. Social; 6:30 p.m. Dinner, Starlite Room, Holiday Inn City Centre (100 W. 8th St.). Celebrate this year's Athletic Hall of Fame honorees at this annual banquet. Registration is now closed — $35 adults, $15 children (10 and under).
  • Class of 2002 15-Year Reunion Social: 7:30 p.m., Associates and Co., 4601 E. 41st St. Gather with friends at this informal reunion event. Adults only. Cash bar.
  • Command Performance, featuring appearances by Augustana's bands, orchestra, choirs, percussion ensemble, Northlanders Jazz Band and more: 8 p.m., Mary W. Sommervold Great Hall, Washington Pavilion (301. S. Main Ave.) The 2017 Performing & Visual Arts Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized at this concert. Registration is now closed — $24.
  • 40th Class Reunion Social (1977): 8 p.m., Fellows' Presidential Residence (37th Street and Grange Avenue). The Class of 1977 is invited to a casual gathering at the President's House. Free — RSVP today. You may need to join the Class of 1977 Facebook group to RSVP.
  • Block Party (for students): 8-11 p.m., Commons Circle. Join us for a block party to kick-off Viking Days weekend! Games, live music and food will be free for all students. Join us for a fun and energy-filled evening, hosted by the Viking Days committee.
  • Langskip 5KRace begins at 9 a.m. on the Augustana campus, starting at 29th Street and Summit Avenue. Proceeds benefit Augiethon, Sanford Children's Hospital and Children's Miracle Network. Registration is now closed — $25.
  • Ole's Birthday Bash: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., celebrate the Ole statue's 50th birthday with party favors and a photo next to your favorite campus statue.
  • Viking Days Pancake Feed: 9-10:30 a.m., Commons Drive and Grange Avenue. Come to the parade ready to eat pancakes and see faculty members (our guest pancake flippers!) from the Performing and Visual Arts departments. This is a fundraiser to benefit the PVA. Tickets will be available at the event; $7/$5 for kids.
  • Homecoming Parade: 10:30 a.m., University Place (formerly 28th Street) to 33rd Street on Grange Avenue.
    • To accommodate the parade, no parking will be allowed on the parade route effective 6 a.m. until the end of the parade.
      • 28th Street (University Place) — From Prairie to Grange avenues
      • Grange Avenue — From 26th to 33rd streets
      • Any questions, contact Campus Safety at 605.274.4014.
  • Visit Heritage Park: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Heritage Park is a collection of historic Great Plains buildings dating from the late 19th to early 20th century. Its facilities will be open for visitation and tours during Viking Days. Stop by Heritage Park, located on the south side of the Augustana campus, on your way to the football game. Here you will see the Rolvaag Writing Cabin, the Berdahl/Rolvaag House, Eggers Country School and Beaver Creek Lutheran Church. Admission is free.
  • Alumni Band Reunion/Pep Band Rehearsal: 11 a.m., Lillehaug Band Room. Band alumni are invited to participate in the pep band under the direction of pep band director Brian Hanegan, during the Vikings football game.
  • Viking Days Tailgate and Augieville (formerly Vikingland): 11:30 a.m., outside Kirkeby-Over Stadium. Bring your family for lunch and games for the kids before the Vikings kickoff. Tickets will be available at the event.
  • 10th Class Reunion Tailgate (2007): 11:30 a.m., K-O Stadium. The Class of 2007 is invited to meet classmates on the party deck at the south end of the field (near the berm) before the game starts. Connect with old friends and get free popcorn!
  • 25th Class Reunion Tailgate (1992): 11:30 a.m., Fellows' Presidential Residence, 37th Street and Grange Avenue. The Class of 1992 is invited to a special tailgate lunch at the President's House. Meet your classmates here before heading over to the football game. Free!
  • Viking Days Football vs. Southwest Minnesota State University: 1 p.m., Kirkeby-Over Stadium. Get your tickets today.
  • Alumni Choir Rehearsal: 4:30 p.m., Kresge Recital Hall, Humanities Building. All choir alumni are invited to sing under the direction of Dr. Paul Nesheim, director of The Augustana Choir. Alumni will sing with The Augustana Choir at Viking Days worship on Sunday in the Elmen Center.
  • 50th Class Reunion Banquet (1967): 6 p.m., Starlite Room, Holiday Inn City Centre (100 W. 8th St.). Registration is now closed — your 50th reunion banquet registration for $35 also offers you free entry to the Blast, an all-Augustana celebration of Viking Days!
  • The Blast: An All-Augustana Reunion Event (recognizing the classes ending in 7 and 2): 6:30 p.m., Holiday Inn City Centre (100 W. 8th St.). Don't miss this! This is the ultimate Augustana party featuring food, dancing, games, door prizes, space to connect with your friends and classmates and more! We'll recognize the reunion classes ending in 7 and 2, but all classes are welcome and encouraged to attend. Registration is now closed — $25.
  • Drive-In Movie: 7:30 p.m., K-O Stadium at the west Stadium parking lot (off of Lake Street). Enjoy an evening with "Beauty & The Beast," as well as free popcorn and candy. Sponsored by the Viking Days Committee and the UBG Film Board. Alumni and families are also welcome to attend!
  • Alumni Choir Rehearsal: 8:30 a.m., Elmen Center.
  • Viking Days Worship: 10 a.m., Elmen Center. Join us for this festive worship service with music by the Augustana Orchestra and The Augustana Choir.
  • Viking Days Brunch: 11:30 a.m., Ordal Dining Room, Morrison Commons. Tickets available at the door.

We look forward to seeing you and hope you'll join us for a weekend of exciting events!