Schedule at a Glance

Two photos – families pose with Bucky, and Chancellor Blank speaking to a room of parents.

Parents’ Weekend is September 19–21, 2014.

Plan to arrive Thursday night (September 18), or early Friday, to take full advantage of the exciting programs and events happening over the weekend. There will be activities all day Friday and Saturday, and a farewell breakfast on Sunday.

Many families attend Parents’ Weekend to explore Madison, learn more about UW–Madison, and meet other families, while some come to spend more time with their student. We offer many of the Parents’ Weekend activities a la carte, so you can create a customized experience that best fits your family.

We continue to add events to the weekend. Below is a sampling of events scheduled for Parents’ Weekend.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Registration – Pick up packet and event tickets

9 a.m.–4 p.m., Gordon Dining and Event Center, 770 West Dayton Street, Second Floor.

4:30 p.m.–8 p.m., Union South Campus & Community Information Desk, 1308 West Dayton Street

Pick up your tickets at either of these locations or send your student with their student ID.

Showcase and Exploration Stations

9 a.m.–4 p.m., Gordon Dining and Event Center, 770 West Dayton Street, Second Floor, Sonata and Concerto Rooms

Start your Parents’ Weekend experience by meeting representatives from campus departments and student organizations, and experience science with hands-on activities that allow you to explore the unknown. Get an in-depth look at the fascinating scientific research happening right now at the University of Wisconsin.

Campus Trolley Tour

9 a.m.–7 p.m.

As you move between activities, be sure to jump on Bucky’s Trolley which is sure to get you to where you want to be quickly and comfortably.

Campus Open Houses

9–11 a.m. at various locations across campus

Stop by the Study Abroad office, Career Advising, LGBTQ office to visit with staff and ask the questions that you might have.

Snapshot Photo Tour

9:30–10:30 a.m. and 10:30–11:30 a.m.

Tours begin and end at Gordon Dining and Event Center, Second Floor

Bring the whole family *and your camera* for a photo tour featuring some of the most iconic places on campus. Pose for a picture with Abe, climb on the giant Terrace chair, and have a family photo taken at the top of Bascom Hill as the Capitol stands behind you. UW campus tour guides will share fun facts and serve as your photographers on this hour-long photo opportunity.

School and College Lunches

Between 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. *These are ticketed events.

Meet representatives from your student’s school or college, tours and enjoy an informative lunch.

Please note: Bucky’s Trolley will be available to provide transportation. Participating schools and colleges include:

  • College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS)
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Letters & Science
  • School of Business
  • School of Human Ecology

The Classroom Experience

1:15–2 p.m. and 2:15–3 p.m.

We are bringing the classroom to you. Enjoy engaging talks by University Faculty, University Housing and Study Abroad staff will also present on topic we know will soon be top of mind for your student.

Little Sibling Campus FUN!

1–3 p.m.

Drop-off and Pick-up location: Gordon Dining and Event Center, 770 West Dayton Street, Second Floor, Ed Gordon Suite.

First- through 12th-grade siblings and family members are invited to experience campus with members of the Wisconsin Alumni Student Board (WASB) and the Homecoming Committee. Future Badgers can choose to tour the Kohl Center, explore the Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery or bowl at Union South while parents and guardians participate in afternoon Parents’ Weekend programming. (Kids will be grouped by age.)

Chancellor Welcome

Mike Leckrone presents on Traditions

Family Festival and Photo Shoot with Bucky

4:30–5:30 p.m.

Union South Plaza, 1308 West Dayton Street

Grab the whole family and head over to Union South for some Badger fun. Enjoy light refreshments and live entertainment, as well as, the opportunity to have your family’s photo taken with Bucky Badger. If you forgot your camera, no worries – there will be staff available to take you photo.

Campus leaders will also be on hand to answer your questions during this fun event.

Greater Tuna – 7:30 p.m. performance

*This is a ticketed event.

This comedy is great for the whole family and has been brought back just for Parents’ Weekend. Take a trip to the third-smallest town in the Lone Star State – Tuna, Texas! MFA acting students Kailen Fleck and Trevor Rees together play over 20 wild characters in this sharp, whimsical send-up of small-town life. Join us for a special cabaret staging of one of America’s best-loved and most widely produced comedies.  Performance is at Vilas Hall, Helmsley Theater.

More Friday events will be added soon.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Dane County Farmers’ Market

6 a.m.–2 p.m.

Capitol Square

The largest producer-only farmers’ market in the country is held on the Capitol Square and features an assortment of products including flowers, seasonal vegetables, home-baked goods, jam, cheese, and meat. The Farmers’ Market is held rain or shine! While you are on the square, check our lively food cart scene.

Badger Family Tailgate

Event begins 2.5 hours prior to kickoff. *This is a ticketed event.

Union South, 1308 West Dayton Street, Varsity Hall

Start your Badger Gameday off right by coming to join us and other families for pre-game tailgate that is sure to get you in the Badger Spirit! Enjoy food, refreshments, and appearances by the UW Spirit Squad, Bucky, and members of the UW Marching Band. We will have you fired up for a Badger win!

Wisconsin vs. Bowling Green at Camp Randall Stadium

*This is a ticketed event.

There is so much spirit and pride on campus on a football game day. Watch the Badgers take on Bowling Green in Camp Randall Stadium.  The time of this game will be announced the week before the game.  The Parent Program has secured 2,000 tickets for this game and we expect them to sell out quickly.

Fifth Quarter

*Your football ticket allows you to stay for this event.

Camp Randall Stadium, 1440 Monroe Street

After the game, stay in your seats and experience the tradition of Fifth Quarter – it’s uniquely Wisconsin! Watch, sing, or dance along with the UW Marching Band during this spirited, post-game performance – win or lose!

Greater Tuna – 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. performances

*This is a ticketed event.

This comedy is great for the whole family and has been brought back just for Parents’ Weekend. Take a trip to the third-smallest town in the Lone Star State – Tuna, Texas! MFA acting students Kailen Fleck and Trevor Rees together play over 20 wild characters in this sharp, whimsical send-up of small-town life. Join us for a special cabaret staging of one of America’s best-loved and most widely produced comedies.  Performance is at Vilas Hall, Helmsley Theater.

Experience Campus and Madison – For those not going to the football game, take part in a variety of activities offered throughout the day – this list will be updated soon.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Farewell Brunch

*This is a ticketed event.

8:30–10 a.m. Gordon Dining and Event Center, 770 West Dayton Street, Second Floor. Sonata and Concerto Rooms

Before heading home, spend some more quality time with your student. This celebration will have entertainment from student performers and a photo booth to capture the fun moments!

Snapshot Photo Tour

10:30–11:30 a.m. Tours begin and end at Gordon Dining and Event Center, Second Floor, Sonata and Concerto Rooms. Bring the whole family *and your camera!* for a photo tour featuring some of the most iconic places on campus. Pose for a picture with Abe, climb on the giant Terrace chair, and have a family photo taken at the top of Bascom Hill as the Capitol stands behind you. UW campus tour guides will share fun facts and serve as your photographers on this hour-long photo opportunity.

Greater Tuna – 12 p.m. performance

*This is a ticketed event.

This comedy is great for the whole family and has been brought back just for Parents’ Weekend. Take a trip to the third-smallest town in the Lone Star State – Tuna, Texas! MFA acting students Kailen Fleck and Trevor Rees together play over 20 wild characters in this sharp, whimsical send-up of small-town life. Join us for a special cabaret staging of one of America’s best-loved and most widely produced comedies.  Performance is at Vilas Hall, Helmsley Theater.

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Please note: Parents’ Weekend scholarships are available for families demonstrating financial need. Please contact the Parent Program directly to receive application materials.