Family Weekend 2018

Family WeekendSept. 21-23, 2018

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Participants from 2016 Parents Weekend at opening events.

Reasons to Attend


Meet your student's friends and their families.


Get to know the university — including a tour of the football stadium!


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.

Registration for the 2018 Family Weekend will open in early August.

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
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 p.m.
Check-out Time: 12 p.m.

Book online or call 402-474-1111 and request the UNL Family Weekend block or group code UFW.

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 p.m.
Check-out Time: 12 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, 22, 2018

Reservation Deadline: Tuesday, 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 $10 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 (Hyatt Place) and use group code {coming soon}.

2017 Schedule of Events

Please check back in August for the schedule of events for Family Weekend 2018.

Friday, Sept. 29

Check In | Memorial Stadium, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Meet at Memorial Stadium near Gate 24 to pick up your information packet with details about the weekend's activities. Parking is available in the Stadium Parking Garage ($1.25 per hour, maximum of $7; payment with debit or credit cards.) Bring a can of food! We'll collect canned food to donate to the Huskers Helping Huskers Pantry+.

Football Watch Party | Memorial Stadium, 6 p.m.
Join your student for a watch party inside Memorial Stadium as Husker football takes on Illinois. The game will be on the big screen! Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Parents must be registered for Family Weekend to participate. Name badges will be required.

Saturday, Sept. 30

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

Open House | Nebraska Union, 1st Floor, 8:15 a.m.
Representatives from the following departments will be on hand to answer your questions.

  • Financial Aid
    Topics like applying for aid for next year, scholarships for students after their first year
  • First-Year Experience and Transition Programs
    Topics like tutoring, academic coaching and study abroad opportunities
  • University Health Center
    Topics like insurance, fees, services available
  • University Housing
    Topics like upperclass housing, housing contracts, roommate conflicts

Breakfast & Memorial Stadium Tour | Meet at the Nebraska Union, 9:15 a.m. 
Take a tour of the stadium, get your photo on the field with Lil' Red and the cheerleaders, and enjoy breakfast at the Lewis Training Table.

Lunch on your own | 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Family Game Time & Comedic Relief | Nebraska Union, Centennial & Ballroom, 2:30-6 p.m.
Make memories together posing for the photo booth, playing life-size Jenga and Scrabble, learning about the sport of curling, participating in art projects and more. Student organizations will showcase a capella and dance talents, and humorist Juli Burney will provide a family-friendly comedic performance.

Sunday, Oct. 1

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

Meal in a University Dining Hall | University Dining Halls, view hours 

Attendees will receive a voucher for use on Sunday, Oct. 1. This may be used for breakfast or lunch.

Post your pics on social media using #HuskerFamilyWeekend.Sample family weekend images

More to See

City Campus
  • Campus Recreation
    Available with a Family Weekend nametag 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.
  • Lied Center Events
  • Mary Riepma Ross Theater
  • Morrill Hall University of Nebraska State Museum
  • Nebraska Union
    Attractions include the Nebraska Union Gallery, the UNL Bookstore, seating with televisions and the food court.
East Campus
Around Lincoln