Family Weekend

Family WeekendOctober 2-4, 2020

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Participants from 2016 Parents Weekend at opening events.

Hotel info and an event schedule will be available in summer 2020.

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 they have 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.

Activities are free of charge unless otherwise noted.


Hotel room blocks have been arranged at local hotels near the Lincoln airport, in the Haymarket as well as in Downtown Lincoln (all near campus). To access the special Family Weekend rates, you must register to participate in Family Weekend. There is no registration fee. Your registration confirmation email will provide you with hotel information and links to reserve rooms. Please note that hotel rooms must be booked prior to August 30 at 5 p.m. to secure discounted University rates. Hotel room availability is not guaranteed, so please reserve your room early.

2019 Schedule of Events

Thursday, Sept. 19

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Lied Center for the Performing Arts, 7:30 p.m. | Discounted tickets available

Opening night of the Lied’s 30th Anniversary Season features the return of the GRAMMY® Award-winning St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO) following its landmark Firebird collaboration at the Lied. Gershwin’s beloved An American in Paris is conducted Stéphane Denève, who begins his tenure as SLSO Music Director in the 2019/2020 season. The program also showcases Debussy’s colorful La Mer and piano virtuoso Jean-Yves Thibaudet with Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G.

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Friday, Sept. 20

The Graduate Hotel in Lincoln

Family Weekend Reception
The Graduate Hotel (141 North 9th Street), 4-7 p.m. | Sponsored by Student Affairs & Student Involvement

Meet and mingle with other Husker families as you enjoy some snacks and play Topgolf while waiting for your student to join you. Representatives from the university can answer any questions you have about the weekend, the university, or the local area. Courtesy of The Graduate, guests staying at the hotel will receive a complimentary drink ticket for each adult to use at the reception.

Comedian and mentalist Sean Bott

Comedy Mentalist Sean Bott
Nebraska Union Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. | Sponsored by UPC Nebraska

Sean began his love of entertaining crowds growing up on an Army base in Saudi Arabia. With appearances on HBO, the Sci-Fi Channel, the CW, and NBC, Sean’s innovative and distinct brand of comedy mentalism has enthralled audiences worldwide. During the show, a handful of pocket change will melt, time will travel on watches and smartphones, and participants will feel themselves pushed as Sean stands clear across the stage from them. Minds will be read, objects will move with no physical contact, and your audience will freak out! You’ll gasp, you’ll laugh, you’ll love it!

Saturday, Sept. 21

Memorial Stadium in Lincoln

Memorial Stadium Tour
Memorial Stadium/Osborne Athletic Complex near gate 12, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Sponsored by Student Affairs and hosted by Athletics

Wear your favorite Husker gear and experience a tour of the legendary Memorial Stadium. Fans will enjoy a guided tour of the Osborne Athletic Complex where you can view the stunning 40-foot waterfall in the lobby, the Heisman Trophy room, the Suh Strength and Conditioning Center, Athletic Medicine areas, and Hawks Championship Center. Your tour will end with a family Tunnel Walk and selfie on the field.

Reservations are required. Sign up for your tour when you register for Family Weekend. Space is limited and is expected to fill.
Tours are filled.

A woman shows a grade school girl a diagram of extinct mammoths

Smithsonian’s 15th annual Museum Day Live
Morrill Hall, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m | Sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution

Enjoy free admission to the University of Nebraska State Museum at Morrill Hall on Sept. 21, as part of Smithsonian’s 15th annual Museum Day Live. Visitors must present the Museum Day Live ticket available here. Visitors who present the ticket will gain free admission for two. One ticket per household and per email is permitted.

Husker Watch Party inside Memorial Stadium

Husker Watch Party
Memorial Stadium Gate 24, 1 hour before kickoff | Sponsored by Campus NightLife

Join your student and other Husker families for a watch party inside Memorial Stadium as Nebraska football takes on Illinois. Bring a blanket to sit on as you enjoy the game on the big screen from the field! Family members must be registered for Family Weekend to participate. Simply show event staff your Family Weekend confirmation (via a printout or your phone) for admission.

In the case of inclement weather, the watch party will be held at the Nebraska Union, Centennial Room.

Dog in agility course

Husker DogFest
South of Memorial Stadium and Manter Hall, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Organized by the Canine Cognition and Human Interaction Lab in the Department of Psychology and the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior

Bring your family to tour the new Canine Cognition and Human Interaction Lab (501 building); watch demonstrations of dog obedience, police dogs, and dog frisbee tricks; view dog-related products and services. More information available at

A Scene of people participating at FTKids on the Block

FTKids on the Block
Meier Commons, 3:30-7:30 p.m. | Sponsored by University of Nebraska Dance Marathon (UNDM)

This September, UNDM is hosting its very first back-to-school bash: New FTKids on the Block. This FREE campus-wide event will feature live music, tasty food, carnival games, and more. Join us to get to know other students and families, interact with our Miracle Families, and learn more about our wonderful cause.

Multicultural Greek Stroll Off in the Lied Center.

Multicultural Greek Stroll Off
Lied Center, 7 p.m. | Sponsored by OASIS

Come see the strolls from chapters in the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) and Multicultural Greek Council (MGC). You can cheer on your favorites and see who will win this year's competition. This event is open to all!

Sunday, Sept. 22

Student enjoys university dining hall at Nebraska

Breakfast or Lunch in a University Dining Hall
University Dining Halls, view hours | Sponsored by Student Affairs & University Housing

Join your student and other families for a meal in one of the following university dining facilities: Cather, Harper, or Selleck. To view meal options, encourage your student to download the free dining app.

More to See

City Campus

  • Campus Recreation
    Available with a Family Weekend printable pass as your admission ticket. Includes access to the recreation equipment, pool, Outdoor Adventures Center and the 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
    Check out the University of Nebraska State Museum and visit the new Cherish Nebraska exhibit on the fourth floor.
  • Sheldon Museum of Art
    Open Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 10 am. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from Noon-5 p.m.

East Campus

Around Lincoln

Near Lincoln

  • Vala's Pumpkin Patch, 12102 S 180th Street, Gretna NE