Howard Homecoming attracts some of the biggest names in music and entertainment each year, in addition to thousands of alumni and guests. This week is no exception: Homecoming activities officially kick off Tuesday as members of the Howard community show their Bison pride at a free pep rally in Howard's Greene Stadium at 7 p.m. Here are some more of the week's major events.
'TEMPUS: EDEN TO EXODUS' at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. This annual homecoming fashion show will include performances by the Washington Ballet, the Kirov Ballet Academy and the Howard Gospel Choir, with featured designers and lines including Signature Boutique of Georgetown, Chasity Sereal of Houston and Lillie Designs of Philadelphia. Past Howard fashion shows have featured Elle Varner, Janelle Monae, Serena and Venus Williams and Lance Gross. Howard University, Cramton Auditorium, 2455 Sixth St. NW. www.bisonhomecoming.com. $34.30.
YARDFEST at noon. The centerpiece of Howard University's Homecoming celebrations, Yardfest features surprise performances by leading hip-hop, R&B and reggae performers. The lineup: Big Sean, Juicy J, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, A$AP Ferg and Gyptian. New for 2013: A $5 admission charge. The merchandise vendors this year include "Because of Them, We Can," "Black Tag" and "CMC Art." There will be food trucks and food vendors including "Sweet Hands" and "Jamaican Gourmet." Howard University, Upper Quadrangle, Howard Place between Fifth and Sixth streets NW. 202-806-6100. www.bisonhomecoming.com. $5.
HOWARD HOMECOMING: BATTLES OF THE DYNASTIES GREEK STEP SHOW at 8 p.m. "Intransigent: Battle of the Dynasties" is the theme at DAR Constitution Hall on Saturday night. The annual step show features highly choreographed dance routines by Howard fraternities and sororities. Singer-songwriter and rapper Kevin McCall will serve as host. DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. www.bisonhomecoming.com. $52.75.
1ST AND 10 BISON HOMECOMING '90S DORM PARTY at 10 p.m. Were you a Howard student in the 90s? If so, be prepared to take a step back in time during a party held in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the 1993 championship football team. DJs mix music from the '90s to the present. Tap and Parlour, 2001 11th St. NW. 202-299-0800. huhomecoming2013.eventbrite.com. $5.
R&B SHOW FEATURING ERYKAH BADU at 10:30 p.m. A performance by the Queen of Neo-Soul. Howard University, Cramton Auditorium, 2455 Sixth St. NW. 202-806-7194. www.bisonhomecoming.com. $66.60.
Saturday: Game Day
HOWARD ALUMNI TAILGATE at 10 a.m. Tailgating is a fairly new phenomenon at Howard, but as the Post's Tim Carman discovered last year, it hasn't taken the participants long to become experts in pregame fare. Expect burgers, hotdogs, sausages, jambalaya and perhaps some fellow grads you haven't seen in years. Parking lot, 2328 Georgia Ave. NW.
HOWARD HOMECOMING PARADE at 10 a.m. The parade is one of the highlights of Howard's homecoming. Marching bands, dancers and floats depart from the main administration building at 2400 Sixth Street and proceed to the Valley in the middle of campus. Prime viewing spots are along Georgia Avenue NW near Banneker High School, where the reviewing stand is located. Howard University, 2400 Sixth St. NW. www.bisonhomecoming.com.
HOMECOMING FOOTBALL GAME at 1 p.m. The Howard Bison face the Morgan State Bears. William H. Greene Stadium, 2400 Sixth St. NW.
HU BBQ AND BLOCK PARTY 3 to 10 p.m. Check out Darnell's near Howard for a chance to mingle with alumni and enjoy some good eats on the day of the game. Owner Darnell Perkins has been holding an alumni party during homecoming since opening the bar and lounge in 2010. Perkins is a 1992 graduate of Howard's School of Business. Darnell's Bar and Lounge, 944 Florida Ave. NW. 202-290-2865.
R&B SHOW FEATURING ERIC BENET AND LIL DUVAL at 7 p.m. R&B singer Eric Benet and comedian Lil Duval headline a concert after Howard University's homecoming football game. Howard University, Cramton Auditorium, 2455 Sixth St. NW. 202-806-7194. www.bisonhomecoming.com.$55.85.
R&B SHOW FEATURING TREY SONGZ AND BRANDY at 10 p.m. The rapper and R&B singer perform. Howard University, Cramton Auditorium, 2455 Sixth St. NW. 202-806-7194. www.bisonhomecoming.com. $66.60.
SUPA BRUNCH at noon. Policy hosts a $40 buffet brunch, including unlimited mimosas. Proceeds from the brunch will benefit book scholarships for two incoming students. Policy, 1904 14th St. NW. supabrunch.eventbrite.com. 202-387-7654.
GOSPEL SHOW FEATURING MARY MARY at 8 p.m. Sister act Mary Mary headlines Howard's annual gospel concert. Howard University, Cramton Auditorium, 2455 Sixth St. NW. www.bisonhomecoming.com. $39.45.