Family Weekend

Friday, November 3, 2017 – Sunday, November 5, 2017

Registration is now open!

From grandparents to siblings, Family Weekend gives the whole family a chance to see UW–Madison through the eyes of their Badger. The weekend features a wide variety of programming options, including behind-the-scenes tours, photo opportunities with Bucky, a special welcome reception with the Chancellor, discounted tickets to a women’s hockey game, a farewell brunch, and much more.

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Schedule at-a-glance

Programming will continue to be added throughout the summer. You will receive a detailed schedule prior to the event. Below is a general overview. 

Friday, November 3 

If you arrive on Friday, we’ll get you checked in and ready for the weekend! 

Open Classes
Sit in on popular UW classes across campus. 

Adult Night at the Madison Children’s Museum
Experience a night at the museum – the Madison way. This special Family Weekend edition of the Madison Children’s Museum’s signature event, Adult Swim, is an adult-only (16+) night of fun. No worries, there is no swimming involved – only entertainment, food, activities to bring out your inner child, and the opportunity for students and their families to have the museum all to themselves. 

Saturday, November 4


Chancellor’s Welcome Reception 
Come kick off the first full day of Family Weekend with Chancellor Blank, representatives from UW’s schools and colleges, and of course, Bucky Badger. Student groups will also provide entertainment while you enjoy appetizers to fuel your day.

Exclusive Tours and Events 
From American Indian Effigy Mounds to the Arboretum, from Bascom Hall to the Wisconsin State Capitol, and from athletic venues to the Chazen Museum of Art – there is so much to explore. Take advantage of tours set up on campus and around Madison to learn more about Wisconsin and UW-Madison.

The Life of Cheese: A Tasting and Science of Cheese Event with Steenbock’s on Orchard and the Wisconsin Science Festival
An exploration and tasting of cheese as it ages, from cheese curds to Parmesan-Reggiano.

Women’s Hockey Game 
Last year, the Badger women’s hockey team made it to the national championship game. Come see what they do this year as they take on Ohio State at the LaBahn Arena. Tickets will be available in September. 

Evening Entertainment 

Sunday, November 5

Farewell Brunch  
We say farewell with a spirited brunch – complete with Bucky Badger, entertainment, and the singing of “Varsity.” 

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