Family Weekend 2018

Family WeekendSept. 21-23, 2018

2018 Schedule
Participants from 2016 Parents Weekend at opening events.

Reasons to Attend

1) Meet your student's friends and their families.
2) Get to know the university — including a tour of the football stadium!
3) Become part of your student's college experience.

This is a wonderful opportunity to see your student once he or she has gone off to college. Your student will have been at the university long enough to tell you how things are going, what classes are like, and update you on new friends. During the weekend, you'll have an opportunity to catch up, participate in fun activities, meet other Husker families and create memories together.

All family members can attend the weekend. However, please note that there is a lot of walking. In case you have a very small child or someone who may need assistance with walking, you may find a stroller or wheelchair to be helpful.

Lodging Information

The following hotels have agreed to work with the UNL Parents Association and to provide special rates for the weekend. Additional hotels and community information is available from the Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Embassy Suites Hotel1040 P Street, Lincoln, NE 68508

Located within walking distance from campus, the Embassy Suites offers spacious two-room suites, complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and evening reception.

Eligible Dates for the Weekend:
Thursday, Sept. 20 through Monday, Sept. 24, 2018
Reservation Deadline: Monday, Sept. 3 (5:00 p.m. CST)
After this date, guests can see if any rooms are available at the UNL Family Weekend rate, and if there are rooms available, they will get this rate. However, rooms tend to fill quickly, so we encourage you to make reservations prior to Sept. 3.


$149 $149 $164 $179
City/State/Occupancy Taxes: Currently 16.74%. A $15 charge will be billed for each additional guest.

Hotel Parking: $11.25 per day for overnight self-parking. (For members of your group not staying with the hotel guest, parking will be free for the first hour and $1.25 each hour thereafter with a maximum charge of $11.25 per day.) Valet parking is available for $19 per day (or current rates in effect the day of the event).

Check-in Time: 4:00 p.m.
Check-out Time: 12:00 p.m.

Book online or call 402-474-1111 and request the UNL Family Weekend block or group code UFW. (Chrome is recommended; Internet Explorer sometimes has trouble loading this weblink.)

The Graduate Hotel141 North 9th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508

Complimentary breakfast and shuttle to/from Lincoln Airport and UNL campus provided.

Eligible Dates for the Weekend: Thursday, Sept. 20 through Monday, Sept. 24, 2018


King $119 + tax
Queen/Queen $119 + tax
City/State/Occupancy Taxes: Currently 16.74%.

Hotel Parking: Attached parking garage with $15 for self-park, $17 for valet

Check-in Time: 3:00 p.m.
Check-out Time: 11:00 p.m.

Book online or call (402) 475-4011 and request UNL Family Weekend.

The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel333 South 13th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508

Eligible Dates for the Weekend: Thursday, Sept. 20 through Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018

Reservation Deadline: Thursday, Aug. 30

Rates: $109 per night, plus applicable taxes

Hotel Parking: $1.25 per hour or $16.00 per day for on-site parking. $20 per day for valet. There is a city-owned garage nearby with in/out privileges available for $20-30 per night. Self-parking available for $11.25-20 per night. Special event rates may apply.

Check-in Time: 4:00 p.m.
Check-out Time: 11:00 a.m.

Book your group rate for UNL Family Weekend 2018 online here.

Staybridge Suites Lincoln I-802701 Fletcher Ave., Lincoln, NE 68504

Located driving distance from campus, includes free parking. Enjoy a free, delicious, full, hot buffet breakfast each morning. 


Studio Suite
Studio suite, one queen with sofa sleeper. (Sleeps 4) $89.99 + tax
One Bedroom Suite
One bedroom king suite with sofa sleeper. (Sleeps 4) $103.99 + tax
Standard Room
One bedroom double/double with sofa sleeper. (Sleeps 6) $119.99 + tax
Two Room Suite
Two bedrooms, two bathrooms with sofa sleeper. (Sleeps 6-8) $169.99 + tax
One Bedroom Handicap
One bedroom - handicap with sofa sleeper. (Sleeps 4) $89.99 + tax

Limited rooms available at this rate; please reserve as soon as possible. Please mention that you would like the "UNL Family Weekend" rate when making your reservation.

Check-in Time: 3:00 p.m.
Check-out Time: 12:00 p.m.

Book online or call 402-438-7829 and request the UNL Family Weekend rate.

Courtyard Lincoln Downtown/Haymarket808 R Street, Lincoln, NE 68508

Breakfast is included in your rate.

Eligible Dates for the Weekend: Friday, Sept. 21 through Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018

Reservation Deadline: Friday, Aug. 31

Rates: $127 per night, plus applicable taxes

Hotel Parking: Parking in nearby garage is $16 per night for self -parking or $17 for valet. Special event rates of $25 for self-parking and $30 valet. 

Check-in Time: 3:00 p.m.
Check-out Time: 12:00 p.m.

Book online or call 402-904-4800 and request the UNL Parents Association Family Weekend rate.

Hyatt Place Lincoln Downtown/Haymarket600 Q Street, Lincoln, NE 68508

Free hot breakfast, complementary wi-fi, and dozens of restaurants and shops within walking distance.

Eligible Dates for the Weekend: Friday, Sept. 21 through Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018

Reservation Deadline: Friday, Aug. 31

Rates: King and Queen Rooms - $129 per night, plus applicable taxes (state and local taxes are currently 16.75%; additional $10 per person for Triple or Quad Occupancy)

Hotel Parking: Parking is available in the Red 1 Garage next door to the hotel for $12 per day with in/out privileges.

Check-in Time: 4:00 p.m.
Check-out Time: 12:00 p.m.

Book online or call 1-888-492-8847 and use group code G-2018.

2018 Schedule of Events

Friday, Sept. 21

Plain White T'sPlain White T's | Lied Center, 7:00 p.m. or 10:00 p.m.
The Plain White T's kicked off their vibrant career in the Chicago suburbs in 1997, playing a unique blend of pop, punk and melody-driven rock-and-roll in basements and clubs across the metro area. Two decades later, the band has become a global success with a string of multi-platinum hit singles ("Rhythm of Love," "1, 2, 3, 4") and one of the most downloaded songs of all time:  GRAMMY-nominated "Hey There Delilah."

Tickets for Plain White T's must be ordered separately.
  *Family Weekend Parents and Guests: $15/ticket; register here.
  *Students: Free with valid NUID; register here.

Craig KargesCraig Karges | Centennial Room, Nebraska City Union, 8:15 p.m.
Craig Karges is truly extraordinary! The "extraordinist" is an award-winning entertainer. Karges has made over five thousand appearances in 22 countries on four  continents and in all fifty states. Combining the art of magic, with the science of psychology and the power of intuition to create the impression that nothing is impossible. Tables float, minds are read, metal bends, and your imagination is challenged because you won't believe your eyes! Dennis Miller, comedian and media personality, put it this way after seeing Karges perform, "This weirds me out!"

Audiences may be mystified when it comes to understanding how Craig Karges accomplishes what he does on stage but his popularity is no mystery at all.

Saturday, Sept. 22

Parking: Please park in the loop by Morrill Hall (near 14th and Vine Street, see map)

Building Tours | Locations listed below, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Representatives from the following departments will be on hand to show you these facilities.

  • New College of Business, Hawks Hall, 730 N. 14th Street (14th and Vine Streets). Not just for business majors! Stop in and see this beautiful new facility.
  • New University Health Center/College of Nursing, 550 N. 19th Street.  You won't want to miss this one!
  • University Housing, Room 150 in Knoll Residential Center, 440 N 17th Street -Check out the convenience and privacy in our upperclass suite-style living. Enter through the north or south doors of University Suites, or through the west entrance of Knoll Residential Center. Follow signage. Get a coupon good for a free bottle of soda or water at one of our C-Stores on campus!
  • Nebraska Innovation Studio, 2021 Transformation Drive, Suite 1500 Entrance B
    Tour will start at 9:00 am and will last 30-40 minutes. Take a tour of the University of Nebraska 16,000-square foot makerspace, with CO2 lasers, 3D printers, screen printing, vinyl cutting, wood shop, and more. No expertise is needed to be a member. Training on all the equipment is free. Whether you’re making something for fun or for an assignment, Nebraska Innovation Studio has the tools to let your creativity shine. (View parking for Innovation Studio)

Memorial Stadium Tour | Must register for an available time slot; spaces limited.

Tour the stadium and take a family selfie on the field.

Lunch on your own

Husker Watch Party | Memorial Stadium, 1 hour before kickoff
Join your student for a watch party inside Memorial Stadium as Husker football takes on Michigan. Bring a blanket to sit on and enjoy the game on the big screen from the football field!  Parents must be registered for Family Weekend to participate. Simply show staff your Family Weekend Confirmation (via a printout or your phone).


Sunday, Sept. 23

Parking: Please park in the loop by Morrill Hall (near 14th and Vine Street, see map)

Breakfast or Lunch in a University Dining Hall | University Dining Halls, view hours

More to See

City Campus
  • Campus Recreation
    Available with a Family Weekend printable pass as your ticket. Includes access to the recreation equipment, pool, Outdoor Adventures Center and the new Recreation and Wellness Center on East Campus.
  • Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center
    Visit the nation's largest multicultural center with meeting and conference rooms, student organization offices, a music room, a kitchen and computer lab.
  • Morrill Hall University of Nebraska State Museum
  • Sheldon Museum of Art - Open Friday at 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.; Saturday at 10:00 am.-5:00 p.m. and Sunday at Noon-5:00 p.m.
East Campus
Around Lincoln
Near Lincoln