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Family Weekend

Thank you to all who attended Family Weekend 2022!

Family Weekend 2022 took place October 14-16. This webpage contains schedule details, FAQs, important reminders, and more.

Family Weekend welcomed the whole family to experience life as a Badger and featured a variety of events. Signature events included:

  • Behind-the-scenes access to campus landmarks, such as a chance to step on Camp Randall Stadium field
  • A special Chancellor’s reception with university leadership
  • The Badger Family Fest at the Memorial Union Terrace, featuring food, fun, and family activities
  • Family photo-ops with Bucky Badger
  • Opportunities to sit-in on UW classes
  • The Downtown Madison Cheese Walk at shops along State Street
  • Access to discounted Badger mens’ hockey and Wisconsin Singers tickets
  • A special trivia night with The Game Show Network – and more!

Programming occurred all weekend, with most signature events happening on Saturday. Please note that a home football game was not a part of Family Weekend.

Check out the complete Family Weekend schedule below to get an idea of what Family Weekend programming looked like, and may look like in the future!

Online registration is closed.


2022 FAMILY WEEKEND SCHEDULE

*Please note that events with an *asterisk* require an RSVP, and events with a $ require an additional, purchased ticket.

Friday, October 14, 2022

 

ALL WEEKEND – FREE GUEST PASSES TO THE NICHOLAS RECREATION CENTER
797 W. DAYTON ST.

Enjoy up to 3 free guest passes* each day to the Nicholas Recreation Center (The Nick) from Friday, October 14th through Sunday, October 16th. You can view The Nick’s weekend hours here.

Additional guests (beyond 3) can purchase a $10/person single entry pass. Guests must be accompanied by a student sponsor at all times. When you walk in, present valid photo ID (with the guest’s birthdates) to the front desk. Any guests under 18 years old will have to complete a waiver at the front desk as well as meet all Household Youth requirements. Additional classes offered through the Nicholas Recreation Center are not included.

8 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. – EXPERIENCE WISCONSIN OPEN HOUSE & TOURS – Sign up here
Various locations around campus, please note times of each option when registering – see schedule once signed upIf you have a prospective #FutureBadger in the family, this is the event for you! Sign up to join campus partners for the Experience Wisconsin Open House – a build-your-own-day visit program that offers you a glimpse into a variety of opportunities and resources available at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Select from a variety of sessions that cover a host of topics including:

  • Accommodations/Disability Resource Center Information Session
  • Bioscience Majors & Academic Opportunities at UW-Madison
  • Campus Tour
  • College of Letters & Science Information Session
  • Computer Sciences Information Session
  • Introduction to the Mead Witter School of Music and Meet the Faculty
  • Multicultural Student Center 101
  • Navy ROTC Information Session
  • Nicholas Recreation Center Tour
  • School of Human Ecology Information Session
  • Volunteering at UW-Madison: A Morgridge Center for Public Service Student Panel
  • Wisconsin School of Business Undergraduate Program Information Session and Meet & Greet
  • Army ROTC, College, and You!
  • Art Department Information Session
  • Double Majoring in Music at UW-Madison
  • Explore the Biocore Space
  • Gender and Sexuality Campus Center Information Session
  • Life at UW: Current Student Panel
  • Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies Information Session
  • School of Pharmacy Information Session
  • Statistics & Data Science Information Session
  • Study Abroad at UW-Madison
  • College of Engineering Prospective Student Information Session
  • College of Letters & Science Information Session
  • Department of Psychology Information Session
  • Education Related Majors (Elementary Education, Physical Education, Art Education, Special Education, Education Studies)
  • Traipse Through the Theatre Department
  • Tuition & How to Pay For It
  • And more!

8:50 A.M. – 3:15 P.M. – OPEN CLASSES
Classrooms across campus – View class list and locations here
Sit in on popular UW classes across campus and get a small taste of the world-class faculty and academics that your Badgers are experiencing.

9 A.M. —7 PM. – CHECK-IN
UNIVERSITY BOOK STORE, 711 STATE ST. – LOWER LEVEL

We’ll get you checked in with your welcome bag, Family Weekend wristbands, and special Family Weekend discount that you can use upstairs at the University Book Store to grab any Badger items you might need for the weekend! Check-in will also happen at the Book Store on Saturday and Sunday – see times below.

10 A.M. —7 P.M. – SIFTING & RECKONING: UW-MADISON’S HISTORY OF EXCLUSION AND RESISTANCE
CHAZEN MUSEUM, 800 UNIVERSITY AVE.

For generations, UW–Madison students and staff have been committed to the “fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found,” a commitment to understanding the world and using that knowledge to improve the lives of people in Wisconsin and beyond. But the university has never stood separate from the nation’s currents of exclusion, or from its struggles for equality. Now, the university community has an unprecedented opportunity to learn from its own histories of discrimination and resistance, to sift and reckon with our past. The UW–Madison Public History Project  presents Sifting & Reckoning: UW–Madison’s History of Exclusion and Resistance to the public through a collaborative partnership with the Chazen Museum of Art. The exhibition includes interactive opportunities for visitors to reflect upon and discuss the complicated histories presented.

1 —4 P.M. – FAMILY FRIDAY IN ALUMNI PARK & ONE ALUMNI PLACE
One Alumni Place open: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.,  Alumni Park open: 7:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m.
724 Langdon Street, between the Memorial Union and the Red Gym 

Join us for yard games in Alumni Park, and a family-friendly scavenger hunt as part of the UW-Madison’s Family Weekend. Visit One Alumni Place — the alumni welcome center adjacent to the park — between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to pick up your scavenger hunt and enjoy family friendly activities, browse our visitor center to learn more about UW alumni, discoveries, and innovations.

4 —8 PM. – MADISON NIGHT MARKET x SCIENCE ON THE SQUARE
Various shops along State Street and the Capitol Square 
Back for its fifth year, the ever-popular Science on the Square event is again fusing with the Madison Night Market to create a unique way to explore hands-on science activities while also supporting local businesses and vendors. At Science on the Square, outdoor STEM-themed activities will mix with Madison Night Market vendor tents throughout State Street. Indoor locations will showcase interesting exhibits, talks, or menu/product specials for you to check out as well. Learn more about the science that surrounds us every day while exploring downtown Madison. View a map of participating businesses.

4 P.M. – 5 P.M. – VIRTUAL L&S HONORS FAMILY WELCOME
Virtually join L&S Honors Director Jenny Saffran to learn more about the L&S Honors experience. Open to any families with students who are part of the L&S Honors Program. This event is intended for families who will not be in Madison and are unable to join us in person Saturday morning. The information shared at both the virtual and in-person events will be identical; please attend whichever format works best for you. You can join the virtual meeting here.

6:30 – 8:30 P.M.  – MOVIES AT THE MARQUEE: Wall-E (2008)
UNION SOUTH, 1308 WEST DAYTON ST. – MARQUEE THEATER
Join WUD Film at Union South for a family film movie screening! Free for students and accompanying family members with student ID (Wiscard). WUD Film will also show movies on Saturday, October 15 (see schedule below).

7 P.M. – BADGER MEN’S HOCKEY GAME – $
KOHL CENTER – 601 W DAYTON ST.

Cheer on the Badger Men’s Hockey as they take on St. Cloud State during their home game opener for the 2022-23 season! Family Weekend participants receive an exclusive ticket discount ($12 reserved seating plus fees) when they pre-purchase online beginning 9/8 at 9:00 a.m., until 5:00 p.m. the day of the game (or while supplies last). Please call the UW Athletic Ticket Office with questions at 608-262-1440.

7:30 P.M. – WISCONSIN SINGERS PERFORMANCE – $
MUSIC HALL, 925 BASCOM HALL
Purchase Tickets Here ($11/person)
Nationally-renowned as the very first collegiate pop music ensemble that features song, dance, and live instrumentals, Wisconsin Singers has been touring the country since 1967 with brand new productions every year, created to engage audience members of any age. Featuring the top talents from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Wisconsin Singers entertains more than 50,000 annually with stellar vocals, stunning choreography, and spectacular big band sound from the past forty years. Tickets will be available to purchase online until noon on the day of show. Remaining tickets may also be available at the door. The box office outside will open at 7 p.m. the night of the show.

7:30 P.M. – ROD TUFFCURLS AND THE BENCH PRESS – $
MAJESTIC THEATER, 115 KING ST.

Rod Tuffcurls and The Bench Press is a cover band from Chicago that performs high energy sets all over the Midwest. The band is known for their contagious stage energy and unique musical range. From Taylor Swift, Queen, Elton John, The Beatles, to Les Miserables, Rod Tuffcurls and The Bench Press has done it all. Purchase tickets here for a Family Weekend discount of $5 per ticket (while supplies lasts). Must enter promo code: UWFAM

7:30 P.M. AND 10:00 P.M. – GARY GULMAN STAND-UP COMEDY SHOW – $
COMEDY ON STATE, 202 STATE ST. – SOLD OUT 

With over 25 years in comedy, it’s no wonder the New York Times wrote, “Gary Gulman is finally being recognized as one of the country’s strongest comedians.” He has made countless television appearances as both a comedian and an actor and is one of only a handful of comedians to perform on every single late-night comedy program.

10:00 P.M. – 12:00 A.M. – TERRIFYING TRIVIA: HALLOWEEN TRIVIA NIGHT
DEJOPE RESIDENCE HALL, 640 ELM DR. – MENDOTA ROOM
A spooky twist on a Wisconsin Late Night classic; come by and test your knowledge of all things Halloween. Movies, monsters, music, and fun facts… we have it all! Fun for the whole family! As always, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will win a great Wisconsin Late Night prize all in the Lake Mendota room.

Saturday, October 15, 2022

ALL WEEKEND – FREE GUEST PASSES TO THE NICHOLAS RECREATION CENTER
797 W. DAYTON ST.

Enjoy up to 3 free guest passes* each day to the Nicholas Recreation Center (The Nick) from Friday, October 14th through Sunday, October 16th. You can view The Nick’s weekend hours here.

Additional guests (beyond 3) can purchase a $10/person single entry pass. Guests must be accompanied by a student sponsor at all times. When you walk in, present valid photo ID (with the guest’s birthdates) to the front desk. Any guests under 18 years old will have to complete a waiver at the front desk as well as meet all Household Youth requirements. Additional classes offered through the Nicholas Recreation Center are not included.

 6:15 A.M. – 1:45 P.M. – FARMERS’ MARKET: SATURDAY ON THE SQUARE
CAPITOL SQUARE
Experience the country’s largest producer-only farmers’ market and iconic Saturday on the Square. Bring your Family Weekend farmers’ market tote bag that you receive upon check-in to store any cheese curds, flowers, vegetables, fresh fruit, or other goods that you can’t resist bringing home (or giving to your Badger)!

8:30 A.M. – 9:30 A.M. – L&S HONORS FAMILY WELCOME
MEMORIAL UNION, 800 LANGDON ST. – MULTICULTURAL GREEK COUNCIL ROOM
Join L&S Honors Director Jenny Saffran to learn more about the L&S Honors experience. Open to any families with students who are part of the L&S Honors Program.  

9 A.M. – 5 P.M. – CHECK-IN
UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE, 711 STATE ST. – LOWER LEVEL

We’ll get you checked in with your welcome bag, Family Weekend wristbands, and special Family Weekend discount that you can use upstairs at the University Book Store to grab any Badger items you might need for the weekend!

Doors open at 9 A.M.
9:30 – 10:45 A.M. – CHANCELLOR’S WELCOME RECEPTION * – RSVP is currently closed, seating is first-come, first-served 
MEMORIAL UNION, 800 LANGDON ST. – GREAT HALL

Join us for a formal welcome to Family Weekend and the first time that our new UW-Madison Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin will be speaking directly to you – the parents and family members of current Badgers. Come enjoy coffee and pastries, a student jazz band performance, giveaways, photo-ops with Bucky Badger and a welcome from university leadership. Doors open at 9 a.m. and remarks begin at 10 a.m. Capacity of 400, an overflow seating room will be available to view a livestream of the Chancellor’s remarks. We ask that only families who expressed interest on the RSVP form attend due to space limitations.

11 A.M. – 1 P.M. – BADGER FAMILY FEST *
MEMORIAL UNION TERRACE, 800 LANGDON ST. (Rain location TBA)

Meet and mingle with other UW-Madison families at this spirited event on the iconic Memorial Union Terrace. Enjoy music, a free cookout lunch*, photo-ops on the iconic Big Terrace chairs, yard games, activities from Wheelhouse Studios and more!
*Brat, chips, beverage and cookie; GF and vegan options available; Available to the first 2,000 attendees.

11 A.M. —5 P.M. – SIFTING & RECKONING: UW-MADISON’S HISTORY OF EXCLUSION AND RESISTANCE
CHAZEN MUSEUM, 800 UNIVERSITY AVE.

For generations, UW–Madison students and staff have been committed to the “fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found,” a commitment to understanding the world and using that knowledge to improve the lives of people in Wisconsin and beyond. But the university has never stood separate from the nation’s currents of exclusion, or from its struggles for equality. Now, the university community has an unprecedented opportunity to learn from its own histories of discrimination and resistance, to sift and reckon with our past. The UW–Madison Public History Project  presents Sifting & Reckoning: UW–Madison’s History of Exclusion and Resistance to the public through a collaborative partnership with the Chazen Museum of Art. The exhibition includes interactive opportunities for visitors to reflect upon and discuss the complicated histories presented.

1 —3 P.M. – CREATE AND EXPLORE AT THE CHAZEN
CHAZEN MUSEUM, 800 UNIVERSITY AVE.

Stop by the Chazen Museum of Art lobby to create a multimedia artwork inspired by  their glass artwork collection. After you create a multimedia artwork, stick around and explore the rest of the museum.

1 –3 P.M. – CAMP RANDALL PHOTOS ON THE FIELD
Enter through Gate 1 at 1440 Monroe St., directly across from Madison Fire Station No. 4

Make a dream come true: step foot on the home turf of the Wisconsin Badgers football team. Take photos on the 50-yard line, by the goal post, and other areas on the field with your family. Come dressed for the weather, and please no food, beverages, or footballs on the field.

1 – 4 P.M. – WISCONSIN SPECIALTY CHEESE WALK
Shops along State Street – view a map of participating businesses 

Explore downtown retail businesses and shops in a new and authentic way — with Wisconsin cheese. In partnership with the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin and Fromagination, enjoy Wisconsin cheese samples and meet-and-greet opportunities with Wisconsin cheesemakers at participating downtown businesses. Participating businesses will also offer sales, specials, and featured items offered exclusively to Family Weekend participants. Please show your wristbands that you receive at check-in at participating locations.

1-3 P.M. – UW-MADISON ARBORETUM FALL COLOR TOUR
1207 SEMINOLE HIGHWAY

Join David Stevens, garden curator, for a stroll through Longenecker Horticultural Gardens highlighting sensational seasonal colors and exploring the science behind this natural phenomenon. Tours take place except in unsafe weather. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

1 P.M., 2 P.M., AND 3 P.M. – WISCONSIN STATE CAPITOL TOURS
2 EAST MAIN STREET

Visit the Wisconsin State Capitol, an architectural marvel. These tours, which last 45 to 55 minutes, start at the information desk, located at the center of the rotunda as you walk in.

3 P.M. – BADGER FOOTBALL VS. MICHIGAN STATE WATCH PARTY
UNION SOUTH SETT, 1308 W DAYTON ST. & MEMORIAL UNION RATHSKELLER, 800 LANGDON ST.

Watch the Wisconsin football team take on the Michigan State Spartans alongside other Badger faithful at the Union South Sett (First Floor) or Memorial Union Rathskeller (First Floor).

6 – 8:15 P.M.  – MOVIES AT THE MARQUEE: Back to the Future (1985)
UNION SOUTH, 1308 WEST DAYTON ST. – MARQUEE THEATER
Join WUD Film at Union South for a family film movie screening! Free for students and accompanying family members with student ID (Wiscard). WUD Film will be playing Back to the Future from 6- 8:15 PM and Wall-E from 9- 11 PM.

7 P.M. – GAME SHOW NETWORK PRESENTS FAMILY TRIVIA NIGHT
UNION SOUTH, 1308 WEST DAYTON ST. – THE SETT

Live from L.A. – the Game Show Network is coming to Family Weekend! Team up with your family to test your knowledge and win prizes in this epic game night.

7 P.M. – BADGER MEN’S HOCKEY GAME – $
KOHL CENTER – 601 W DAYTON STREET

Cheer on the Badger Men’s Hockey as they take on St. Cloud State during their home game opener for the 2022-23 season! Family Weekend participants receive an exclusive ticket discount ($12 reserved seating plus fees) when they pre-purchase online beginning 9/8 at 9:00 a.m., until 5:00 p.m. the day of the game (or while supplies last). Please call the UW Athletic Ticket Office with questions at 608-262-1440.

7:30 P.M. and 10 P.M. – GARY GULMAN STAND-UP COMEDY SHOW – $
COMEDY ON STATE, 202 STATE ST. – SOLD OUT 

With over 25 years in comedy, it’s no wonder the New York Times wrote, “Gary Gulman is finally being recognized as one of the country’s strongest comedians.” He has made countless television appearances as both a comedian and an actor and is one of only a handful of comedians to perform on every single late-night comedy program. 

9 – 11 P.M.  – MOVIES AT THE MARQUEE: Wall-E (2008)
UNION SOUTH, 1308 WEST DAYTON ST. – MARQUEE THEATER
Join WUD Film at Union South for a family film movie screening! Free for students and accompanying family members with student ID (Wiscard). WUD Film will be playing Back to the Future from 6- 8:15 PM and Wall-E from 9- 11 PM.

9:00 P.M. – 12:00 A.M. – FAMILY FEUD
GORDON DINING AND EVENTS HAL, 770 W DAYTON – 2ND FLOOR
What better way to spend Family weekend than playing Family Feud? Join Wisconsin Late Night for a night full of laughs and fun as you and your team/family try to win it all. As always, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will win a great Wisconsin Late Night prize all on the 2nd floor of Gordon Dining and Event Center.

Sunday, October 16, 2022

ALL WEEKEND – FREE GUEST PASSES TO THE NICHOLAS RECREATION CENTER
797 W. DAYTON ST.

Enjoy up to 3 free guest passes* each day to the Nicholas Recreation Center (The Nick) from Friday, October 14th through Sunday, October 16th. You can view The Nick’s weekend hours here.

Additional guests (beyond 3) can purchase a $10/person single entry pass. Guests must be accompanied by a student sponsor at all times. When you walk in, present valid photo ID (with the guest’s birthdates) to the front desk. Any guests under 18 years old will have to complete a waiver at the front desk as well as meet all Household Youth requirements. Additional classes offered through the Nicholas Recreation Center are not included.

ALL MORNING – BRUNCH AROUND – $
Restaurants across the city of Madison
Ask your Badger for their favorite brunch recommendation around Madison, or discover a new favorite together! For local favorites and insider tips, check out Visit Madison’s Visitors Guide.

10:30 A.M. – Noon – CHECK-IN
UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE, 711 STATE ST. – LOWER LEVEL

We’ll get you checked in with your welcome bag, Family Weekend wristbands, and special Family Weekend discount that you can use upstairs at the University Book Store to grab any swag or spirit wear you might need!

10 A.M. – 12 P.M. – PAINTING AND PASTRIES * – advance RSVP required, event is full
MEMORIAL UNION FESTIVAL ROOM, 800 LANGDON ST. 
Join us for coffee, pastries and art project supplies to inspire your own watercolor painting! Pick up your supplies and treats to enjoy on your own anywhere around the union or on your way out of town, OR get started on your works of art right away in the Festival Room next to Wheelhouse Studios. Capacity of 70 individuals.

10 A.M. – 12 P.M. – SUNDAY STROLL* – advance RSVP required, event is full
MEMORIAL UNION, 800 LANGDON ST. – Lower Level, Outdoor UW Office and Chart Room
Stop by the Outdoor UW office for cider and trail mix before enjoying a Sunday Stroll on the Lake Shore Nature Preserve‚ a historic walking path along the shore of Lake Mendota. An interpretive self-guided map will help families navigate and enjoy the natural landscape and history around them, as well as allow participants to take the morning on their own schedule. Event will go on rain or shine! Come dressed for the weather.

11 A.M. —5 P.M. – SIFTING & RECKONING: UW-MADISON’S HISTORY OF EXCLUSION AND RESISTANCE
CHAZEN MUSEUM, 800 UNIVERSITY AVE.

For generations, UW–Madison students and staff have been committed to the “fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found,” a commitment to understanding the world and using that knowledge to improve the lives of people in Wisconsin and beyond. But the university has never stood separate from the nation’s currents of exclusion, or from its struggles for equality. Now, the university community has an unprecedented opportunity to learn from its own histories of discrimination and resistance, to sift and reckon with our past. The UW–Madison Public History Project  presents Sifting & Reckoning: UW–Madison’s History of Exclusion and Resistance to the public through a collaborative partnership with the Chazen Museum of Art. The exhibition includes interactive opportunities for visitors to reflect upon and discuss the complicated histories presented.

NOON — BADGER VOLLEYBALL VS. MICHIGAN
UW FIELD HOUSE, 1450 MONROE ST.
Purchase Tickets Here
Cheer on the Badger Volleyball team as they take on Michigan! Family Weekend participants can purchase up to 6 tickets for $20 each. All fees will be waived. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Please call the UW Athletic Ticket Office with questions at 608-262-1440.

1 P.M. – UW MADISON ARBORETUM NATURE WALK
1207 SEMINOLE HIGHWAY

Learn about Arboretum land, plants, animals, fungi, phenology, and ecology. Geared for adults, these longer walks may cover some sloping terrain. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place except in unsafe weather. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center

1:30 P.M. – FLUTIE 5K FOR AUTISM- $
LAKESHORE PATH

Come run, walk, or stroll with Theta Delta Chi at the Flutie 5K for Autism in Madison, Wisconsin! Theta Delta Chi at the University of Wisconsin-Madison aims to better themselves and their community through social, extracurricular, and charitable involvement.Your participation builds acceptance of autism and helps people and families affected by autism live life to the fullest! All participants will receive an exclusive Flutie 5K t-shirt and finishing medal. Learn more and register here.


$ – Events with a $ require additional purchased tickets.

* – Events with an * are free with your Family Weekend registration, but we do ask that you RSVP due to space capacities and catering orders.

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Transportation

Campus Parking and Buses

Many campus lots are free on the weekends. View the campus parking map and take note of the lots in green. Please note that event parking, including volleyball, can impact lot availability. Please check posted signage at each lot before parking. 

Additionally, the visitor parking availability page has a live count of parking available in campus gated lots.

The interactive campus map shows public parking locations, as well as information on bus stops (and real-time schedule info), B-cycle kiosk locations, and more.

Many Family Weekend activities were within a short walk of one another. The free campus buses—80 and 84 (daytime), and 80, 81, and 82 (nighttime)—circulate throughout campus each day, allowing you to hop on and off near different events. Look for the blue bus-stop signs around campus.

Please note: parking availability and access is subject to change. Please be aware of all signs and notices posted at parking locations and follow all displayed parking regulations.

Downtown Madison Lots

The City of Madison also has a number of lots near campus. View a map.

Accessible Parking

Accessible stalls are within many lots on campus. UW–Madison Transportation Services outlines DOT Accessible parking. Please note, by law, we cannot reserve accessible stalls as they are all on a first-come, first-served basis. With any lot, please obey the posted signage and notices.

Building Accessibility

View a comprehensive list of accessibility information by building.

Additional Transportation Questions

Contact UW–Madison Transportation Services or Campus Information at 608-263-2400.

Hotels and Lodging

We worked with local hotels to offer a hotel block with special rates for Family Weekend participants.

Please note that not all downtown and surrounding-area hotels choose to participate in the Family Weekend block, and some hotels fill up quickly. Because of this, many families chose to book their own accommodations separate from the hotel block. Browse a variety of hotel options in the greater Madison area through Destination Madison.

Accessibility

Below you will find information on Family Weekend accessibility. If this doesn’t answer your question, please reach out at parent@uwmad.wisc.edu and let us know how we can help support your Family Weekend experience.

Accessible Parking

Accessible stalls are within many lots on campus. UW’s Transportation Services outlines DOT Accessible parking on this map. Please note, we cannot reserve accessible stalls as they are all on a first-come, first-serve basis. With any lot, please obey the posted signage and notices. Read more from UW’s Transportation Services.

Event Drop-Off

If you’re looking for a good place to drop-off members of your group at Memorial Union or Union South, we recommend pulling into these drop-off “loops”:

Union South – the drop-off loop is located on the Dayton Street side of the building
Memorial Union – the drop-off loop is located at the end of Park St., toward the west side of the building

Getting Around Campus 

View a map of accessible pedestrian routes.

View information on elevator access by building.

View a list of accessible building entrances on campus and their locations.

Registration Fee Waiver

If it would be helpful to have the Family Weekend registration fee waived for your family, please let us know at parent@uwmad.wisc.edu and our team will be glad to assist. Please contact us before registering for Family Weekend so that we can provide you with a special link.

Please note, we are unable to provide funds to cover overnight accommodations, travel and transportation costs, and meals outside of the scheduled programming.

Frequently Asked Questions

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When is Family Weekend 2023?

There has not been an official weekend selected for Family Weekend 2023. You can expect to hear about the official weekend selected for Family Weekend 2023 in early 2023!

When is Family Weekend?

Family Weekend is an annual, signature campus event that welcomes family members of UW students to experience life as a Badger each fall. This year, the event took place Friday, October 14 – Sunday, October 16, 2022.

What does Family Weekend cost?

  • Family Weekend was $15 per person up to 4 people, and $5 for each additional person after that. Current UW-Madison students and guests age 12 and under were free. This cost included most events, activities and receptions throughout the weekend.
  • If it would be helpful to have your registration fee waived, please contact us at parent@uwmad.wisc.edu and we would be happy to assist your family.
  • There are a few additional, ticketed event opportunities that your Family Weekend registration gave you access to, but that you must choose to add to your registration. More information on these additional events will be posted here.

Is a football game part of Family Weekend?

  • No — we intentionally do not schedule Family Weekend during a home football game due to limited ticket availability, decreased hotel and parking options, and programming limitations. 
  • We did, however, partner with Wisconsin Athletics to offer Family Weekend registrants access to discounted men’s hockey tickets. This ticket sale will occurred in late summer/early fall.
  • We also partnered with Wisconsin Athletics to offer families an opportunity to purchase football tickets to select games before single-game tickets go on sale to the general public. Please note: this presale event has passed.

Do we need to be registered for Family Weekend?

Yes, all events are reserved for Family Weekend participants. Registration ended Monday, September 26, 2022.

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

Changes could be made to your Family Weekend registration through Monday, September 26, 2022. To make changes, click the registration link in your confirmation email or contact Wisconsin Union Conference Management at conferences@union.wisc.edu or 608-890-1077.

Who do I contact if I have a question?

Please contact the Parent and Family Program at 1-877-262-3977 or parent@uwmad.wisc.edu.

Can siblings attend Family Weekend?

Of course! Everyone is welcome at Family Weekend, whether that is siblings, grandparents, friends, or anyone else that you consider family. Children 12 and under are free.

Are we required to attend all of the events on the schedule?

No, events are a la carte style so participants can attend as many or as few events as they would like.

When should we get to Family Weekend?

Family Weekend is whatever you want it to be! Events were held all day Friday-Sunday but all events were optional. That being said, you could have shown up whenever works for you and stayed for as long as you wanted! Check-in was held both Friday night and Saturday morning and most signature events occurred on Saturday as well.

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