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Family Weekend 2021

Friday, October 8, 2021 – Sunday, October 10, 2021

Family Weekend welcomes the whole family to experience life as a Badger! The weekend will include both in-person and virtual events such as discounted athletics tickets, musical performances, photo opportunities with Bucky, special access to the Camp Randall football field, remarks from university leadership, engaging sessions with campus experts, behind-the-scenes tours and more. A more detailed schedule of events can be found below.

Deadline to register online: September 30

Families are still able to register in-person at event check in after this date.

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FAMILY WEEKEND HEALTH + SAFETY

We are pleased to offer a hybrid in-person and virtual Family Weekend, and we do so as we navigate the continued impact of COVID-19 and our ability to safely host large events. Masks are required for all indoor Family Weekend events and in all UW campus buildings. Masks are recommended for outdoor events, but not required.

Family Weekend attendees are permitted to remove their mask when actively eating or drinking. Anyone attending Family Weekend agrees to follow the COVID regulations set forth by the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the local jurisdiction. Failure to comply with these guidelines will result in denial of entry or removal from the event. Thank you for wearing a properly fitted mask over your nose and mouth in order to safeguard the health of all attendees, especially our younger Badgers and other vulnerable populations.

If you want to be a Badger, then come along with me… and share on social!

For every post you make including #BadgerFamily during Family Weekend October 8–10th, you will receive an entry to win one of many Badger Family Weekend Prize Packs! The best part is, you don’t have to be attending Family Weekend in person to participate. Snap a picture of your #BadgerFamily participating in one of our virtual activities or hanging out at home watching the game — all posts with the hashtag count! During a year where it is still not possible for all of us to gather together, this is one small way to still have a Family Reunion!

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Schedule of Events

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2021

Available on-demand: UW Guide UW–Madison Campus Tour
This tour is self-guided and was created for prospective and admitted students and their families. Narrated by UW’s very own campus tour guides, the tour starts and ends at Union South and includes 10 stops packed with information about campus buildings, academics, safety on campus, transportation, housing and student resources. Along the way, our tour guides highlight UW–Madison’s academic excellence, research opportunities, our dynamic and diverse campus, and services and programs that support student success. Within your Apple or Google app store, you can download the UW Guide app and then download the UW–Madison Campus Tour guide within it. You may also do so using this link: go.wisc.edu/uwtour

6 a.m. – 10 p.m. Free Guest Passes at the Nicholas Recreation Center and the Shell 797 W. Dayton St.
Play hard, get fit, and live well as a family! Head to the brand new Nicholas Recreation Center or historic Shell and choose the activity of your choice. Students may sponsor up to 3 guests per day at no cost. Guests must be at least 18 years old and accompanied by the student sponsor at all times. Valid photo ID with birth date required upon entry. Learn more at recwell.wisc.edu/locations.

6 a.m. – 10 p.m. Tours at the Nicholas Recreation Center 797 W. Dayton St.
Referred to on campus as “the Nick,” this state-of-the-art facility opened in 2020 and is home to 30,000 square feet of fitness space, 8 courts, 5 multipurpose studios, a 50-meter pool and diving well, and more! Stop by the front desk to pick up materials for a self-guided tour, or ask one of our staff members to show you around the building. Want to stay and experience the building yourself? Rec Well is offering free guest passes for families all weekend long.

9 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. University Book Store Sale, In-Person at 711 State Street and Online at uwbookstore.com Need some Badger items before your weekend starts? IN-STORE: Mention “Parent Sale” to receive 20% OFF one WI clothing or gift item. ONLINE: Enter Code PARENT to receive 20% OFF one WI clothing or gift item. (Normal exclusions apply — see store or site for details.)

10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Scavenger Hunt at the Chazen Museum of Art  750 University Avenue
Stop by the Chazen lobby to pick up a scavenger hunt! Explore the museum to find the answers and turn in your sheet for prizes at the desk.

Noon – 1 p.m. Badger Talks Live with Barry Burden and Badgers Vote: Drawing the Lines: What’s Happening with Redistricting Virtual Live Event
Using newly released data from the U.S. Census, every state in the country is busy drawing new district lines to elect members of Congress and state legislators in 2022 and beyond. Looking under the hood of the map-making process, Professor Burden will discuss the wide variety of ways that states do redistricting and how laws and court decisions do or do not keep gerrymandering in check and what can be done about it.

Noon – 2 p.m. FAFSA Frenzy Union South, Industry Room (3rd Floor) 1308 W. Dayton St.
The Office of Student Financial Aid is hosting a FAFSA Frenzy in-person throughout the fall semester to assist students in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

Noon – 5 p.m. Half Price Bowling, Shoe Rental, and Billiards at Sett Recreation,  Union South, 1308 W. Dayton St.
Bowl, shoot pool, play games, and hang out at The Sett, the center of recreation at Union South. Sett Recreation is located on the lower level of The Sett Pub. Play until your heart is content, then head upstairs to grab a bite, hang out and watch all of your favorite sports at The Sett Pub.

1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Early Check-In  Memorial Union Welcome Desk, 800 Langdon Street (map)
If you arrive on Friday, we’ll get you checked in and ready for the weekend with your welcome bag and Family Weekend wristbands.

1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Family Friday in Alumni Park  Alumni Park & One Alumni Place, 724 Langdon Street, between the Memorial Union and 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. Plus, visit One Alumni Place — the alumni welcome center adjacent to the park — between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. for family-friendly activities and light refreshments. After picking up your scavenger hunt, browse our visitor center to learn more about UW alumni, discoveries, and innovations. The park is also open for self-guided exploration from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the outdoor portions of the event will be canceled, but you are still welcome to come inside and enjoy One Alumni Place.

2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Family Photo Booth with Bucky  Memorial Union Terrace, 800 Langdon Street (Room TBA)
Take a holiday card photo or just capture memories of the weekend with your favorite Badger and the perfect UW background — the iconic Union Terrace and famous #BigTerraceChair. Photos will be taken via personal phones and spirited props will be provided. In the event of inclement weather, photos and Bucky will move inside the Memorial Union.

2:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Wisconsin Speech and Debate  Biochemistry 1125, 420 Henry Mall
Come watch Badgers debate! Wisconsin Speech and Debate invites you to watch its members debate on Friday 8 October from 2:45 to 4:45 p.m. The topic will be interesting, accessible, and likely related to university life.

4 p.m. Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving vs Green Bay Soderholm Family Aquatic Center 
No tickets required. Come see Badger Olympian Phoebe Bacon compete!

3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Study Abroad 101 Session,  Study Abroad Resource Center, 3rd Floor Red Gym
Ready to start planning your experience abroad? Join us from 3 – 4 p.m. on Friday, October 8 to learn the study abroad basics during our 101 overview, or drop by anytime between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to check out our newly redesigned Study Abroad Resource Center and pick up great SWAG for your next adventure!

5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Virtual L&S Honors Family Welcome  Join the Zoom Meeting Live
For families of L&S Honors students: please join us in learning more about the L&S Honors experience!

5:30 p.m. Movies at Union South: Night at the Museum The Marquee Cinema
Join WUD at Union South for a movie screening of Night at the Museum. Free for students and accompanying family members with student ID. Complimentary snack provided at the show.

7 p.m. – Discounted Tickets* to Badger Men’s Hockey, Kohl Center, 601 W. Dayton Street ($13 reserved seating, while availability lasts)
Watch Badger Men’s Hockey vs. Michigan Tech at the Kohl Center on opening weekend for the 2021–22 season! Tickets available here.

Family Weekend participants receive an exclusive ticket discount when they pre-purchase online through the link provided until 4:30 p.m. the day of the game or *while supplies last ($13 reserved seating, savings of $11).

Once tickets are sold out through this link, remaining single game tickets can be purchased on the official UW Athletics StubHub ticket site (pending availability).

Please call the UW Athletic Ticket Office with questions about tickets at 608-262-1440.

7:30 p.m. & 10 p.m.  Comedy on State: Nimesh Patel  202 State Street
Nimesh Patel is an up and coming comic, as well as an Emmy nominated writer for Saturday Night Live and the Academy Awards! Purchase tickets for either showing directly from the Comedy on State website. 

8 p.m. – 11 p.m.  Mad Lit  100 block of State St.
Mad Lit is a new, free concert series highlighting music, art, and small businesses run by people of color, using the outdoor spaces around the 100 block of State Street for fun, inclusive events designed to bring the community together.

8:30 p.m. Movies at Union South: Kikujiro The Marquee Cinema
Join WUD at Union South for a movie screening of Kikujiro. Free for students and accompanying family members with student ID.

9 p.m. – 1 a.m. Wisconsin Late Night: Karaoke Night  Dejope Hall, Lake Mendota Room, 640 Elm Drive
You already know what it is: come and sing your heart out to any tunes you can think of. Old, new, and everything in between. No experience, skill, or special talent necessary! It will be a night to remember — we promise. Oh, and be sure to bring the ’rents.

11 p.m. – 1 a.m. Cosmic Bowling at Sett Recreation  1308 W. Dayton St.
50% off all games and shoe rentals AND a fun glow in the dark atmosphere. Bowl, shoot pool, play games, and hang out at The Sett, the center of recreation at Union South.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2021

Available on-demand: UW Guide UW–Madison Campus Tour
This tour is self-guided and was created for prospective and admitted students and their families. Narrated by UW’s very own campus tour guides, the tour starts and ends at Union South and includes 10 stops packed with information about campus buildings, academics, safety on campus, transportation, housing and student resources. Along the way, our tour guides highlight UW–Madison’s academic excellence, research opportunities, our dynamic and diverse campus, and services and programs that support student success. Within your Apple or Google app store, you can download the UW Guide app and then download the UW–Madison Campus Tour guide within it. You may also do so using this link: go.wisc.edu/uwtour

6:15 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.  Dane County Farmers Market  Capitol Square, 2 E Main St
The Dane County Farmers’ Market is the largest producers-only farmers’ market in the country. You’ll find the season’s best bounty of vegetables, flowers, meats, cheeses, and specialty products from approximately 275 vendors throughout the year.

8 a.m. – 10 a.m. Brunch Around!  Various locations
The city of Madison is a foodie’s paradise, filled with restaurants serving up breakfast and brunch all weekend long. Check out your student’s favorite brunch spot, or discover a new favorite together using Destination Madison’s restaurant guide  or the Family Weekend Dining Directory

8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Free Guest Passes at the Nicholas Recreation Center and the Shell 797 W. Dayton St.
Play hard, get fit, and live well as a family! Head to the brand new Nicholas Recreation Center or historic Shell and choose the activity of your choice. Students may sponsor up to 3 guests per day at no cost. Guests must be at least 18 years old and accompanied by the student sponsor at all times. Valid photo ID with birth date required upon entry. Learn more at recwell.wisc.edu/locations.

8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Tours at the Nicholas Recreation Center 797 W. Dayton St.
Referred to on campus as “the Nick,” this state-of-the-art facility opened in 2020 and is home to 30,000 square feet of fitness space, 8 courts, 5 multipurpose studios, a 50-meter pool and diving well, and more! Stop by the front desk to pick up materials for a self-guided tour, or ask one of our staff members to show you around the building. Want to stay and experience the building yourself? Rec Well is offering free guest passes for families all weekend long.

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  L&S Honors Family Welcome  Union South (Industry Room, 3rd Floor), 1308 West Dayton Street
For families of L&S Honors students: please join us for coffee and a treat while learning more about the L&S Honors experience.

10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Check-In  Union South (Varsity Hall, 2nd Floor), 1308 West Dayton Street
We’ll get you checked in and ready for the weekend with your welcome bag and Family Weekend wristbands. If you arrive after 1:30 p.m. and still need to check in, you can do so at the Union South Welcome Desk.

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Scavenger Hunt at the Chazen Museum of Art  750 University Avenue
Stop by the Chazen lobby to pick up a scavenger hunt! Explore the museum to find the answers and turn in your sheet for prizes at the desk.

11 a.m. – Noon  Chancellor’s Welcome in Varsity Hall  Union South (Varsity Hall, 2nd Floor), 1308 West Dayton Street
Don’t miss this welcome from UW–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank and Dean of Students Christina Olstad as they recognize and speak directly to you — the parents and family members of current Badgers. Enjoy a coffee and tea bar, student music performances, swag from partners, and photo opportunities.

Noon – 2:30 p.m.  Badger Family Fest: A spirited tailgate & away-game watch party  Union South (Badger Plaza), 1308 West Dayton Street
Meet and mingle with other UW–Madison families at this spirited, open-air event on the plaza and pavilion of Union South. Enjoy yard games, music, sponsor swag, buy one get one ice cream, and more! The first 1500 guests will receive a complimentary brat and beverage. In the event of inclement weather, the Fest will move indoors to Union South’s Varsity event space on the second floor.

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 at the end of State Street. 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. You can find more information about this event on their website here.

1:30 p.m.– 3:30 p.m. Camp Randall Field Photo-Op, Gate 1 – Camp Randall Stadium, 1440 Monroe Street
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. Event will occur rain or shine! Come dressed for the weather, and enter at Gate 1, 1440 Monroe Street.

2 p.m.– 3 p.m. Gallery Talk with Jack Damer  James Watrous Gallery (third floor of Overture Center for the Arts), 201 State St.
Join us for an informal hour in the gallery with former UW–Madison art professor Jack Damer, who will share insights about his work, his innovative printmaking techniques, and his approach to teaching. The exhibit “Jack Damer: Prints, Drawings & Objects 1965–2021” runs through October 31 and is open for self-guided viewing Thursday–Saturday 12–6 p.m. and Sunday 12–5 p.m.

2 p.m. Women’s Hockey vs St. Cloud State LaBahn Arena 
Regular price tickets can be purchased to see our back-to-back national champions in their home-opener. Second year students will be celebrated as part of our Wisconsin Welcome Back program.

5:30 p.m. Movies at Union South: Kikujiro The Marquee Cinema
Join WUD at Union South for a movie screening of Kikujiro. Free for students and accompanying family members with student ID.

7 p.m. – Badger Women’s Volleyball, UW Field House, 1450 Monroe Street  ($ Varies)
Watch Badger Volleyball take on the Fighting Illini at the UW Field House! Remaining single game tickets can be bought (pending availability) on the official UW Athletics StubHub ticket site.

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.  Washburn Observatory Open House 1401 Observatory Drive
Washburn Observatory will be open for visitors to see the telescope and, weather permitting, use it to view objects in the sky. (Note that Washburn
Observatory is a historic building and not handicapped accessible.) Tours begin every 15 minutes; Max of 20 per tour group.

7 p.m. Discounted Tickets to Badger Men’s Hockey, Kohl Center, 601 W. Dayton Street  ($13 reserved seating, while availability lasts)
Watch Badger Men’s Hockey vs. Michigan Tech at the Kohl Center on opening weekend for the 2021–22 season! Tickets available here »

Family Weekend participants receive an exclusive ticket discount when they pre-purchase online through the link provided until 4:30 p.m. the day of the game or *while supplies last ($13 reserved seating, savings of $11).
Once tickets are sold out through this link, remaining single game tickets can be purchased on the official UW Athletics StubHub ticket site (pending availability).
Please call the UW Athletic Ticket Office with questions about tickets at 608-262-1440.

7:30 p.m. & 10 p.m.  Comedy on State: Nimesh Patel 202 State Street
Nimesh Patel is an up and coming comic, as well as an Emmy nominated writer for Saturday Night Live and the Academy Awards! Purchase tickets for either showing directly from the Comedy on State website. 

7:30 p.m. Wisconsin Singers Performance Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street ($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 shows each 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 through our registration site or by phone at 608-886-6801.Tickets may also be available at the door. The box office outside will open at 7 p.m. the night of the show.

8 p.m. – 10 p.m. LIVE Music at Memorial Union: OHMME w/Abigail Arkley  800 Langdon Street
Join us and Chicago duo Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart, for a night of folk & avant-garde rock.

8:30 p.m. Movies at Union South: Night at the Museum The Marquee Cinema
Join WUD at Union South for a movie screening of Night at the Museum. Free for students and accompanying family members with student ID.

9 p.m. – 1 a.m.  Wisconsin Late Night: Family Feud  Gordon Dining and Event Center, Second Floor
What better way to spend Family weekend than playing Family Feud? Join WLN for a night full of laughs and fun as you and your team/family try to win it all.

11 p.m. – 1 a.m.  Cosmic Bowling at Sett Recreation  1308 W. Dayton St.
50% off all games and shoe rentals AND a fun glow in the dark atmosphere. Bowl, shoot pool, play games, and hang out at The Sett, the center of recreation at Union South.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2021

Available on-demand: UW Guide UW–Madison Campus Tour

This tour is self-guided and was created for prospective and admitted students and their families. Narrated by UW’s very own campus tour guides, the tour starts and ends at Union South and includes 10 stops packed with information about campus buildings, academics, safety on campus, transportation, housing and student resources. Along the way, our tour guides highlight UW–Madison’s academic excellence, research opportunities, our dynamic and diverse campus, and services and programs that support student success. Within your Apple or Google app store, you can download the UW Guide app and then download the UW–Madison Campus Tour guide within it. You may also do so using this link: go.wisc.edu/uwtour

8 a.m. – 10 a.m.  Brunch Around! Various locations

The city of Madison is a foodie’s paradise, filled with restaurants serving up breakfast and brunch all weekend long. Check out your student’s favorite brunch spot, or discover a new favorite together using Destination Madison’s restaurant guide  or the Family Weekend Dining Directory

8 a.m. – Midnight, Free Guest Passes at the Nicholas Recreation Center and the Shell 797 W. Dayton St.

Play hard, get fit, and live well as a family! Head to the brand new Nicholas Recreation Center or historic Shell and choose the activity of your choice. Students may sponsor up to 3 guests per day at no cost. Guests must be at least 18 years old and accompanied by the student sponsor at all times. Valid photo ID with birth date required upon entry. Learn more at recwell.wisc.edu/locations.

8 a.m. – Midnight, Tours at the Nicholas Recreation Center 797 W. Dayton St.

Referred to on campus as “the Nick,” this state-of-the-art facility opened in 2020 and is home to 30,000 square feet of fitness space, 8 courts, 5 multipurpose studios, a 50-meter pool and diving well, and more! Stop by the front desk to pick up materials for a self-guided tour, or ask one of our staff members to show you around the building. Want to stay and experience the building yourself? Rec Well is offering free guest passes for families all weekend long.

10 a.m. – Noon, Painting and Pastries Pick-up Event with Wheelhouse Studios  Memorial Union, Festival Room, 800 Langdon Street

Join us for pastries and art project supplies to inspire your own watercolor painting. SOLD OUT! This event has reached pre-registration capacity.

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Sunday Stroll with Outdoor UW Memorial Union, 800 Langdon Street

Stop by Outdoor UW for cider and trail mix before enjoying a Sunday Stroll on Lake Shore Nature Preserve’s walking path along the shore of Lake Mendota. An interpretive guide and map will help families navigate and enjoy the natural landscape and history around them, allowing participants to enjoy the morning on their own schedule. Event will go on rain or shine! Come dressed for the weather.

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Scavenger Hunt at the Chazen Museum of Art  750 University Avenue

Stop by the Chazen lobby to pick up a scavenger hunt! Explore the museum to find the answers and turn in your sheet for prizes at the desk.

Noon – 9 p.m. Budget Bowling at Sett Recreation, Union 1308 W. Dayton St.

Discount pricing all day — shoe rentals are included. Bowl, shoot pool, play games, and hang out at The Sett, the center of recreation at Union South.

1 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Family Nature Walk  UW–Madison Arboretum, 2880 Longnecker Drive

This walk is a fun and fascinating way for families with children elementary age and younger to explore the natural world. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place rain or shine, except in unsafe weather. Adults must attend. Meet at the Visitor Center.

2 p.m. – Badger Women’s Hockey vs. St. Cloud State, LaBahn Arena, 105 E. Campus Mall  ($7 general admission, while availability lasts)
Watch the Badger Women’s Hockey take on St. Cloud State at the LaBahn arena on their opening weekend! Tickets available online until 10 a.m. on the day of the game, or while supplies last. Purchase tickets here. Please call the UW Athletic Ticket Office with questions at 608-262-1440.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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When is Family Weekend 2021?

This annual, signature event will take place Friday, October 8, 2021 – Sunday, October 10, 2021.

What can we expect during the weekend?

Family Weekend is a time to connect with your student through events and offerings that showcase the university and city of Madison.

In-person programming starts on Friday, October 8 in the afternoon, and runs through the early afternoon on Sunday, October 10. We encourage families to connect with their student to make a plan that best fits your family’s time and interests. We have families who come for the whole weekend, and others who may only want to attend a few events. A more detailed schedule of events can be found above.

Virtual offerings will be a mix of live and on-demand programming, with opportunities to connect on social media. A virtual offering schedule will be posted the first week of October.

What does Family Weekend cost?

In-Person Experience

The in-person Family Weekend experience is $15 per non-student* up to 4 people, and $5 for each additional non-student* after that. Current UW–Madison students are free, but still required to register.

There are a few additional, ticketed event opportunities that your Family Weekend registration gives you access to, but that you must choose to add to your registration.

*Non-students over the age of 5 years old

Virtual Experience

The virtual Family Weekend experience is free, although we do still ask that you register online.

What does the registration cost cover?

The registration fee includes the following:

  • Access to Family Weekend educational sessions and workshops
  • Badger Family Festival and other family-friendly activities throughout the weekend
  • Access to discounted tickets to hockey events
  • Access to Family Weekend ticketed events
  • Membership/access to the Nicholas Recreation Center for the weekend
  • Family Weekend giveaway items and SWAG bag

Are Athletics events part of Family Weekend?

Yes!

The Parent and Family Program has partnered with Wisconsin Athletics to offer the following opportunities:

Friday, October 8th, 2021

4 p.m. Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving vs Green Bay (Soderholm Family Aquatic Center) No tickets required. Come see Badger Olympian Phoebe Bacon compete!

7 p.m. Men’s Hockey vs Michigan Tech (Kohl Center) Discounted Tickets available in advance only while supplies last $13/person.

Saturday, October 9th, 2021

2 p.m. Women’s Hockey vs St. Cloud State (LaBahn Arena) Regular price tickets can be purchased to see our back-to-back national champions in their home-opener. Second year students will be celebrated as part of our Wisconsin Welcome Back program.

7 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs Illinois (UW Field House) Discounted tickets SOLD OUT. Tickets may still be available through the UW official StubHub site.

7 p.m. Men’s Hockey vs Michigan Tech (Kohl Center) Discounted Tickets available in advance only while supplies last $13/person.

Sunday, October 10th, 2021

2 p.m. Women’s Hockey vs St. Cloud State (LaBahn Arena) Discounted tickets can be purchased only in advance to see our back-to-back national champions $7/person, while supplies last.


Note: We intentionally do not schedule Family Weekend during a home football game due to decreased hotel and parking options as well as programming limitations.

We will host the Badger Family Fest tailgate party at Union South starting at noon on Saturday October 9th. That event will lead straight into a festive outdoor away game watch party on a huge jumbotron so you can still watch the Badgers play Illinois at 2:30 p.m. in style.

We also partner with Wisconsin Athletics to offer tickets to select home football games before general single-game tickets go on sale to the general public. Please note: these football games are separate from Family Weekend. More information on this offering can be found here.

Do we need to be registered for Family Weekend to attend events? Does my student?

Yes. All participants, including UW–Madison students and those participating virtually, should be registered for Family Weekend.

You can register for in-person Family Weekend online through Thursday, September 30. After that date, you can register onsite during Family Weekend at one of our check-in locations:

Friday, October 8, 2021, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Early Check-In  Memorial Union Welcome Desk, 800 Langdon Street (map)

Saturday, October 9, 2021, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Check-In  Union South (Varsity Hall, 2nd Floor), 1308 West Dayton Street
If you arrive after 1:30 p.m. and still need to check in, you can do so at the Union South Welcome Desk.

Sunday, October 10, 2021 – Late Check-In
If you are only able to join us on Sunday, you can check in at either the Union South or Memorial Union Welcome Desk.

Where can I park? Are there buses that go through campus?

General Parking Information

UW–MADISON LOTS

For on-campus parking information, including free options, you can view the detailed maps available on the Transportation Services website (transportation.wisc.edu/campus-maps), the 2021–22 Campus Parking Map (the green lots are free after 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday), the interactive parking feature on map.wisc.edu, or call Campus Information at 608-263-2400.

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, including the centrally located State Street Campus Garage. You can find a map of all city garages and lots at go.wisc.edu/k67165.

Please note: The Parent and Family Program is unable to guarantee parking. If you have parking questions during Family Weekend, please call Campus and Visitor Relations (8 a.m.–7 p.m., 608-263-2400) or Transportation Services — Special Events (8 a.m.–4 p.m., 608-262-8683).

BUSES

Many Family Weekend activities are within a short walk of one another. The UW campus bus routes are fare-free for all riders. All campus bus stops (with real-time pick-up info) can be found on the interactive campus map. You can also find route schedules and maps in the Fall 2020 UW Campus Transit Ride Guide (PDF). The free campus buses—80 (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. For more information on buses, visit transportation.wisc.edu/bus, use the Wisconsin mobile app, Google Maps, or contact Campus and Visitor Relations at 608-263-2400.

 

Is there a map of accessible parking options on campus? Accessible ADA entrances?

You can view our Family Weekend Accessibility Guide, which includes links to maps and transportation options.

What if my student does not want to attend some of the activities during Family Weekend? Can I still come?

Yes! Family Weekend is an opportunity for families to both enjoy and learn more about the institution — and the more you know about the University, the better you will be able to support your student throughout their educational career. If your student does not want to attend, it is probably just a statement of their need to assert some independence or autonomy, which is natural. Many families attend Family Weekend and see their student only occasionally. Others have their students with them at everything — it really depends upon the student. If you want to come, please do.

What are my hotel options for Family Weekend?

You can browse a variety of hotel options in the greater Madison area via the Badger Family Weekend Hotel Search. Please select the option that fits best for your price range, preferences and family needs. Thank you to our partners at Destination Madison!

Are scholarships or financial assistance available?

Yes! We are pleased to offer a Family Weekend Scholarship that covers the programming cost of $15 per non-student* up to four people, and $5 per each additional non-student* after that. Please note that this does not cover the cost of overnight accommodations, food, parking or transportation.

The Family Weekend scholarship is designed to assist the families of those students with high financial need as demonstrated by the student’s financial aid application (FAFSA). Preference will be given to those students/families with an Expected Family Contribution of $0 for the 2020–21 academic year (as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.) There is a limited number of scholarships available, and they will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

If you feel you meet these eligibility requirements, please inquire about a Family Weekend scholarship upon check-in at the times listed in the schedule above.

*Non-students above the age of 5

What are your mask requirements and COVID-19 policies?

We are pleased to offer a hybrid in-person and virtual Family Weekend, and we do so as we navigate the continued impact of COVID-19 and our ability to safely host large events. Masks are required for all indoor Family Weekend events and in all UW campus buildings. Masks are recommended for outdoor events, but not required.

Family Weekend attendees are permitted to remove their mask when actively eating or drinking. Anyone attending Family Weekend agrees to follow the COVID regulations set forth by the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the local jurisdiction. Failure to comply with these guidelines will result in denial of entry or removal from the event. Thank you for wearing a properly fitted mask over your nose and mouth in order to safeguard the health of all attendees, especially our younger Badgers and other vulnerable populations.

Anyone attending Family Weekend agrees to follow the COVID regulations set forth by the Parent and Family Program, the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and the local jurisdiction.

Failure to comply with these guidelines will result in denial of entry or removal from the event. By attending Family Weekend and any event provided during the weekend, guests are assuming known risks posed by COVID-19; the University of Wisconsin–Madison is not responsible for any health issues that may result from participation.

We understand that some individuals may not feel comfortable with the guidelines we have in place, in which case we encourage you to explore our virtual offerings, or visit campus on another weekend, also following campus guidelines set forth at that time.

What happens if it rains?

Many events scheduled in outdoor locations have alternate indoor sites in the event of inclement weather, however some will continue as long as the weather is not dangerous. Please review the schedule above if you have questions about a specific event. Since we never know what kind of weather a Wisconsin autumn will bring, we encourage you to come prepared with a jacket or sweatshirt and an umbrella. Hopefully you won’t need your snow pants and parka.

Do families stay for the entire weekend? What if I can only come for one day?

We have tons of events planned just for you, and while we encourage you to arrive early on Friday so you can take full advantage of the weekend, many of our families pop in and out based on their preferences.

How long you stay is entirely up to you. Most Family Weekend events are a la carte, so you have the choice to attend only those events you wish to.

How do I change or cancel my registration?

To make changes, click the registration link in your confirmation email. Cancellations of Family Weekend registration must be submitted on or before Friday, September 24 to receive a refund of Family Weekend registration and Wisconsin Singers ticket fees, minus a cancellation fee of $2 per non-student. We are not able to issue refunds of Family Weekend registration or Wisconsin Singer fees after Friday, September 24. Please note UW Athletics’ separate cancellation and refund policy included in their ticket confirmation email if you purchased tickets to hockey or volleyball.

Who do I contact if I have any questions?

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

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