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20 Instagram Captions To Use For Your Next Tailgate

It’s that time of year again. Football season is back (!!!) and I couldn’t be more excited. There’s nothing better than waking up on game day, getting ready with friends, and seeing everyone’s cute little outfits in the stands — it’s basically New York Fashion Week for me. When it comes to football season, tailgating is a must. Honestly, the tailgates can be even more fun than the actual game! 

It’s time for everyone to add tailgating photos to the flood of game day pics in your Instagram feed. And now that we’re back to college, your Instagram game has got to be strong! For the girlies who need some inspo, I’ve compiled a list of 20 captions for your next tailgating pics, so that you don’t have to.

1. “Wait, how does football work again?”

Fair warning, you might be met with some mansplaining in your comments or DMs. But this one is for the people who never know what’s going on (that would be me).

2. Your College’s Catchphrase

If you’re tailgating a college football game, this caption choice is a classic. “Roll Tide,” “Hail to Pitt,” “We Are,” “Hail State,” the possibilities are truly endless. Join the cult of college football by showing off your school pride!

3. The final score of the game

This would be a little awk if your team lost. But if they won, show it off!

4. “(Opposing team) is in their flop era🥱”

Don’t be shy, drag them.

5. “This is now a (@ football team) fan page”

Fan behavior at its finest.

6. “Came for the tailgate, stayed for (@ fave player) 🏈”

Me with Kenny Pickett when he was our QB at Pitt… miss you, king.

7. “What the shirt says🤭”

Ideally, you’d be wearing a shirt repping the team you’re rooting for, or this will make no sense.

8. “How’d that one feel (@ opposing team)?😮‍💨”

If the other team loses, it’s the perfect amount of petty.

9. “You know what day it is!”

Or you could go crazy and use “yk.”

10. “Missed ya (@ football team)❤️‍🔥”

A classic, and using emojis adds a little something to it.

11. “We’re back!”

This is such a simple caption that you can use on a photo with friends.

12. “I left after the tailgate, but go (team you’re rooting for)! 🤷‍♀️ ”

I’ve definitely used this one before. Just being transparent!

13. “’Tis the Season🏈”

I love this one, it’s so versatile! It could also work for any of your fall Instagram pics.

14. “Good to be back🥰”

Short and sweet, we love to see it.

15. “No place I’d rather be”

There really isn’t.

16. “In my fball era”

Anything can be an era if you want it to be.

17. “Game day? game slay.”

I swear I started using “slay” as a joke, but I don’t think it’s a joke anymore.

18. “Wouldn’t want to tailgate with anyone else🥰”

Another idea for a bestie photo!

19. “Stop what you’re doing! It’s game day!”

The exclamation points are a must. 

20. Literally Just Emojis

Sometimes you just can’t be bothered. This caption is very on-brand for me. Lets normalize emoji-only captions, they can be just as creative! Some of my faves atm: 🤸‍♀️🤠🏈❤️‍🔥😮‍💨.

Happy ‘gramming!

Julia is a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh studying Media and Professional Communications with a minor in Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies. She loves to go thrifting, grab a coffee with friends, and go on walks with her dog!