Annual bonfire to announce OwlFest lineup, Homecoming theme

The event will feature live music, as well as help kick off the football season.


Max Jackson

Owlsley stands in front of the bonfire in fall 2016 at FAU’s 11th annual bonfire. Photo by Max Jackson.

Cameren Boatner, News Editor

Rock group We the Kings and hip-hop group Travis Porter will visit the Boca campus Friday as part of this year’s 11th annual bonfire.


In between the two acts, the artist lineup for FAU’s annual concert OwlFest and the Homecoming theme will be announced. The event will also feature Lane Kiffin, FAU Athletics members, and President John Kelly encouraging students to support the football team this season.


The bonfire will be held on the Housing Lawn and is put on by Program Board, the student-run group that organizes on-campus events. While the event is free for students to attend, they will need their Owl Cards to get in.


An Owl Radio DJ will start things off before We the Kings performs at 7:30 p.m.


FAU Athletics and President Kelly will then take the stage. The next day, FAU’s first home game of the season will take place at 2 p.m.


Following Athletics, the OwlFest lineup and the Homecoming theme will be revealed around 8:30 p.m. Hip-hop trio Travis Porter will headline roughly 15 minutes later.


“Overall layout and feel of the event will be similar to last year. We had a significant increase in attendance after our move to the Housing Lawn and we look forward to continued growth and excitement,” Student Activities and Involvement Assistant Director Richard Mahler said.


Though he isn’t sure of the exact cost of the event yet, Mahler said it should be around $60,000-$70,000 in total.


The last event of the night is the bonfire lighting at 9:45 p.m.


Check back with the University Press for its coverage of the event, as well as what the Nov. 8 OwlFest and the Nov. 4-10 Homecoming will look like this year.

Cameren Boatner is the news editor of the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected].