University of Wisconsin–Madison
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Family Weekend

2019 Schedule-at-a-glance

Friday, October 18, 2019

Please note that event times, locations and details are tentative and subject to change. Additional events and details will continue to be added. Events with an *asterisk require additional purchased tickets.

8:50 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. – Open Classes

Sit in on popular UW classes across campus.

3 – 8 p.m. – Early Check-In

If you arrive on Friday, we’ll get you checked in and ready for the weekend with your welcome bag, printed program and Family Weekend wristbands.

Time TBA – *Discounted tickets to the Badger Men’s Hockey Game vs. Minnesota Duluth, Kohl Center, 601 W Dayton St.

Cheer on the Badgers men’s hockey team as they face Minnesota Duluth in the home game season opener. Games take place at the Kohl Center on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 (times TBA). Discounted tickets are available exclusively to registered Family Weekend participants, and will send an email with the purchase links in September.

5 – 10 p.m. – Movies with the Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD), Union South, 1308 W Dayton St.

Join WUD at Union South for free movie showings. Movie titles and exact times available on the Wisconsin Union website. Free for students and accompanying family members with student ID.

7 – 9 p.m. – Stargazing in Alumni Park, 724 Langdon Street

See what’s up in the night sky through a telescope, take an evening tour of Alumni Park’s illuminated exhibits, and enjoy live music and refreshments. Please note: Program is subject to change due to weather conditions.

8 p.m. – *Women’s Volleyball vs. Illinois, UW Field House, 1450 Monroe Street

Come watch the Badger women’s volleyball team take on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne at the UW Field House. General admission tickets for Friday (10/18) can be purchased online through UW Athletics beginning on Thursday, August 15, 2019.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

8 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Check-in, Union South and Memorial Union Welcome Desks, 1308 West Dayton St. & 800 Langdon St.

If you arrive on Saturday, we’ll get you checked in and ready for the weekend with your welcome bag, printed program and Family Weekend wristbands. Check-in takes place at Union South and Memorial Union’s Welcome Desks.

Time TBA – Behind-the-Scenes Badger Breakfast, Gordon Dining and Event Center, 770 W Dayton St.

Enjoy a discounted Family Weekend breakfast special for $5 in the dining hall just by mentioning that you’re here for Family Weekend at check-out. You can also hop on a behind-the-scenes tour of the state-of-the-art dining kitchens, before heading to the Chancellor’s Welcome Reception.

9 – 11 a.m. – Chancellor’s Welcome Reception, Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St.

Kick off the first full day of Family Weekend with UW Chancellor Rebecca Blank and Bucky Badger, along with representatives from the UW’s schools, colleges, and academic units. Enjoy a coffee and tea bar, light refreshments, and snap a pic at our Family Photobooth.

11 a.m. – Away-Game Football Watch Party at Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St., and Union South, 1308 W Dayton St.

Watch the Wisconsin football team take on Illinois alongside other Badger faithful at both the Memorial Union Rathskeller and Union South Sett.

Noon – 3 p.m. – Camp Randall Stadium Open House, 1440 Monroe Street, Meet outside of Bucky’s Locker Room store at Gate 1 (south of stadium)

Make a dream come true: step foot on the home turf of the Wisconsin Badgers football team. Tour guides will be at behind-the-scenes locations throughout the stadium, including the Bud Selig Hall of Champions, NFL wall, and the field itself.

1 – 3 p.m. – ArtSpin, Chazen Museum of Art, 750 University Ave.

Experience the world-class art museum that’s located right on campus! Docents will be stationed around the museum at select art pieces to answer questions and share history. Enjoy the masterpieces and then make your own at the activity tables in the lobby. There’s sure to be something for everyone.

Tours at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. – Alumni Park Tours, 724 Langdon St.

Join science-themed guided tours of Alumni Park as part of the UW-Madison’s Wisconsin Science Festival and Family Weekend. Learn the stories behind the park’s exhibits and landscape, plus science-themed stories of UW-Madison alumni, discoveries and innovations featured in the park. The 30-minute drop-in tours leave from the Alumni Park Welcome Plaza. Please note: Tours are subject to cancellation due to weather.

1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. – Wisconsin State Capitol Tours, 2 E Main St.

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

1 – 4 p.m. – Babcock Hall Dairy Store, 1605 Linden Drive

This student-run dairy store is where the Babcock magic happens. Check out the 2nd floor observation deck to see what the UW–Madison ice cream production room looks like, and browse the selection of Wisconsin cheeses, ice cream flavors, and more. Ice cream and snacks available for purchase.

1 – 4 p.m. – Downtown Madison Cheese Walk, Participating Businesses along State Street

Explore downtown retail businesses and shops in a new and authentic way — with Wisconsin cheese. Enjoy the best of Wisconsin cheese with samples and meet-and-greet opportunities with Wisconsin cheesemakers at participating businesses along State Street. 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 or Family Weekend program at participating locations to receive discounts.

5 – 10 p.m. – Movies with the Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD), Union South, 1308 W Dayton St.

Join WUD at Union South for free movie showings. Movie titles and exact times available on the Wisconsin Union website. Free for students and accompanying family members with student ID.

Time TBA – *Discounted tickets to the Badger Men’s Hockey Game vs. Minnesota Duluth, Kohl Center, 601 W Dayton St.

Cheer on the Badgers men’s hockey team as they face Minnesota Duluth in the home game season opener. Games take place at the Kohl Center on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 (times TBA). Discounted tickets are available exclusively to registered Family Weekend participants, and will send an email with the purchase links in September.

7 p.m. – *Women’s Volleyball vs. Northwestern, UW Field House, 1450 Monroe Street

Come watch the Badger women’s volleyball team take on Northwestern University at the UW Field House. General admission tickets for Saturday (10/19) can be purchased online through UW Athletics beginning on Thursday, August 15, 2019.

7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.) – *Wisconsin Singers Performance, Mosse Humanities Building, Mills Concert Hall, 455 North Park Street

Featuring some of UW–Madison’s top singers, dancers, and instrumentalists, the Wisconsin Singers will entertain you with a spectacular revue of the past 40 years of American popular music in their newest show Hold On To Your Dream. Audiences will enjoy a tour around the U.S.A. in our “City of Dreams” medley. Musical theater fans will love the “Broadway Dreams” medley, featuring songs from classic shows like West Side Story to current hits from Newsies and Finding Neverland. The celebrated Wisconsin Singers’ band caps off an unforgettable evening with their special blend of jazz, funk, and classic rock. *Please note: Tickets will be available to purchase for $10 at the door.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – *Farewell Brunch with Bucky, Union South, 1308 W Dayton St.

We bid farewell in style: with a spirited come-and-go brunch, complete with a photoshoot with Bucky Badger, music performances from student entertainment groups, and the singing of “Varsity.”

*Events with an asterisk require additional purchased tickets.