Family Weekend

Cardinal Family Weekend

Information about Family Weekend 2019 is coming soon! Stay tuned for dates and details.

cardinal family weekend 2019 details coming soon

Registration for Family Weekend 2019 will open in late May/early June.

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Family Weekend Details

Family Weekend 2019 is full of tradition and excitement and is a wonderful time for parents and families to reconnect with their student, allow students to share favorite campus places and activities with their family, and meet other Cardinal families. There are exciting programs and events to explore and enjoy the vibrant Cardinal community.

Family Weekend 2018 highlights included:

 

UofL Events - Friday

  • 6:30 AM-10:00 PM - Open gym @ Student Rec Center (SEE BELOW FOR RESTRICTIONS) - FREE
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM - Power Yoga @ SRC Studio 201 (SEE BELOW FOR RESTRICTIONS) - FREE
  • 12:15 PM-12:45 PM - Cycling @ SRC Studio 204 (SEE BELOW FOR RESTRICTIONS) - FREE
  • 3:00 PM - Student Activities Center Rededication Ceremony - FREE
  • 6:00 PM-9:00 PM - Family Weekend Welcome Cookout @ SAC Marketplace, Red Barn, and outdoor SAC Plaza areas - FREE
    • NOTE: Parking will be available at the Floyd Street Garage for $5.00 CASH ONLY.
    • NOTE: Family Weekend Tickets and online orders will ONLY be available for pickup during the Welcome Cookout on Friday evening, October 26 from 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM - ELSB Non-Perishable Food Drive for On-Campus Food Pantry @ Red Barn
    • We would like to encourage families to bring one non-perishable food item to donate to our NEW on-campus Food Pantry set to open Fall 2018 that will benefit our UofL student body population. There will be a drop box at the Red Barn during the FREE Welcome Cookout!
  • 6:00 PM-9:00 PM - Housing Fair @ SAC Marketplace area - FREE
  • 7:00 PM - Women's Volleyball vs. Boston College @ Cardinal Arena - tickets available at box office one hour prior to first serve
  • 7:30 PM - NPHC Step Show - tickets here
  • 8:30 PM - Hocus Pocus Movie Night @ SAC Ballroom - FREE

City of Louisville Events - Friday

  • 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM - Churchill Downs KY Derby Museum Tour - tickets here
    • DISCOUNT CODE: GOCARDS (valid for $4.00 off adult admission)
  • 5:00 PM-8:30 PM - "The World's Largest Halloween Party!" presented by Meijer @ Louisville Zoo - tickets here
  • 7:00 PM-11:00 PM - Danger Run® @ multiple locations - more details here
  • 7:15 PM-12:00 AM - Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular - more details here
  • 7:30 PM - Fifth Third Bank's Dracula @ Actors Theatre of Louisville - tickets here
  • 7:30 PM - Frankenstein @ The Kentucky Center - tickets here
  • MORE EVENTS COMING SOON


image of the tailgate layout for the 2018 family weekend. it will be located near gate one of Cardinal Stadium

UofL Events - Saturday

  • 11:00 AM-7:00 PM - Open gym @ Student Rec Center (SEE BELOW FOR RESTRICTIONS) - FREE
  • 9:00 AM - UofL Parents Association Tailgate/Meal @ Cardinal Stadium*
  • 12:00 PM - Homecoming UofL Football vs. Wake Forest  – Cardinal Stadium**
  • 12:00 PM-6:00 PM - Affiliate Housing Open House - FREE 
  • 1:00 PM - Don't Tell Me I Can't Fly @ Thrust Theatre 
  • 4:00 PM - Mythology Series @ Thrust Theatre
*The Pre-Game Tailgate and Lunch on Saturday is a catered event, not an open tailgate area. No outside food, drinks, or vehicles will be permitted in the area. All attendees (including students and children ages 8 and up) must have a ticket for admission. Students will NOT be allowed to use their meal plan at this event.
**If your student has season tickets, they do not need you to purchase an additional ticket for them to attend the game. HOWEVER, if you wish for your student to sit with you at the game, you MUST purchase them an additional ticket. Lower-level seats are in the 200-level of the stadium. Upper-level seats are in the flight deck area of the stadium. Parking is NOT included. General parking is available at the Kentucky Exposition Center and/or surface roads west of the stadium. Limited parking is available at the Student Activities Center and Floyd Street parking garage.


City of Louisville Events - Saturday

  • 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM - Churchill Downs KY Derby Museum Tour - tickets here
    • DISCOUNT CODE: GOCARDS (valid for $4.00 off adult admission)
  • 8:00 AM-1:00 PM - Making Stridges Against Breast Cancer @ Waterfront Park - details here
  • 2:00 PM - Frankenstein (sensory-friendly) @ The Kentucky Center - tickets here
  • 3:00 PM - Fifth Third Bank's Dracula @ Actors Theatre of Louisville - tickets here
  • 5:00 PM-8:30 PM - "The World's Largest Halloween Party!" presented by Meijer @ Louisville Zoo - tickets here
  • 7:00 PM-11:00 PM - Danger Run® @ multiple locations - more details here
  • 7:15 PM-12:00 AM - Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular - more details here
  • 7:30 PM - Frankenstein @ The Kentucky Center - tickets here
  • 8:00 PM - Fifth Third Bank's Dracula @ Actors Theatre of Louisville - tickets here
  • MORE EVENTS COMING SOON

 

UofL Events - Sunday

  • 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM- UofL Parents Association Family Brunch @ The Ville Grill (Special discount rates for families)***
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM - ELSB Non-Perishable Food Drive for On-Campus Food Pantry @ Ville Grill
    • We would like to encourage families to bring one non-perishable food item to donate to our NEW on-campus Food Pantry set to open Fall 2018 that will benefit our UofL student body population. There will be a drop box at the Ville Grill during the Family Brunch!
  • 12:00 PM–5:00 PM – Owsley Sundays @ Speed Art Museum – FREE
  • 12:00 PM-3:00 PM - On-Campus Residence Hall Open House (University Tower Apartments, Bettie Johnson Hall, University Pointe, Cardinal Towne) - FREE
  • 12:30 PM-1:30 PM - Historical Campus Walking Tour with UofL Historian, Tom Owens - FREE
  • 1:00 PM-4:00 PM - Chi Omega's 16th Annual Chili Cookoff @ SAC Multipurpose Room - $10
  • 1:00 PM-9:00 PM - Open gym @ Student Rec Center (SEE BELOW FOR RESTRICTIONS) - FREE
  • 1:00 PM - Women's Volleyball vs. Syracuse @ Cardinal Arena - tickets available at box office one hour prior to first serve
  • 1:00 PM - Mythology Series @ Thrust Theatre 
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM - Parent of the Year Award Ceremony @ SAC W212
  • 4:00 PM - Don't Tell Me I Can't Fly @ Thrust Theatre 
  • MORE EVENTS COMING SOON!
***If your student has a meal plan, he or she may use a meal swipe for themselves on Sunday morning for the brunch. Students WILL be allowed to use their meal plan at this event. You do NOT need to purchase an additional ticket for them for this event. Your student will be allowed to use their meal plan at this event.


City of Louisville Events - Sunday

  • Churchill Downs KY Derby Museum Tour - tickets here
    • DISCOUNT CODE: GOCARDS (valid for $4.00 off adult admission)
  • 11:30 AM-5:00 PM - Trick-or-Treat at the Track - tickets here
  • 1:00 PM - Churchill Downs Racing: Family Adventure Day - tickets here
  • 2:00 PM - Fifth Third Bank's Dracula @ Actors Theatre of Louisville - tickets here
  • 5:00 PM-8:30 PM - "The World's Largest Halloween Party!" presented by Meijer @ Louisville Zoo - tickets here
  • 7:00 PM - Fifth Third Bank's Dracula @ Actors Theatre of Louisville - tickets here
STUDENT RECREATION CENTER RESTRICTIONS
  1. Parents and family members must be accompanied by their student
  2. Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times (student over 18 does not count as a legal guardian)
  3. Guests must be 16 years or older to access the weight room floors

Tradition!

image of a family from family weekend 2015

Enjoy the weekend or the events of your choice and become a part of our family tradition!

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