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Family Weekend 2022: October 14-16

We can’t wait to see you in October! Registration is now open.

Family Weekend 2022 will take place October 14-16. Learn more below and register now! This webpage will be updated frequently throughout the summer with schedule details, important reminders, FAQs, visitor information, and more.

Family Weekend welcomes the whole family to experience life as a Badger and features a variety of events created just for you. Signature events include:

  • Behind-the-scenes access to campus landmarks, such as Camp Randall Stadium
  • 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 hockey tickets (ticket sale will occur in late summer/early fall)
  • Music performances – and more!

A detailed schedule of events, including times and locations, will be available here prior to the event. Programming occurs all weekend, with most signature events happening on Saturday. Please note that a home football game is not a part of Family Weekend due to limited ticket availability.

Explore below to find information on transportation, hotels, accessibility, and frequently asked questions.

Register Now!

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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 are 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 have worked with local hotels to offer a hotel block with special rates for Family Weekend participants. Book through our hotel block here.

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 choose to book their own accommodations separate from the hotel block. Browse a variety of hotel options in the greater Madison area through Destination Madison.

If you have any questions regarding the UW Fall Family Weekend official hotel block, please email services@visitmadison.com. Office hours are Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (CDT).

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?

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 will take place Friday, October 14 – Sunday, October 16, 2022.

What does Family Weekend cost?

  • Family Weekend is $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 are free. This cost includes 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 gives you access to, but that you must choose to add to your registration. More information on these additional events will be posted here.

Is it possible to have the event fee waived for Family Weekend?

Yes! Please send us an email at parent@uwmad.wisc.edu if it would be helpful to have the registration fee waived for your family and our team will be happy 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.

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 do, however, partner with Wisconsin Athletics to offer Family Weekend registrants access to discounted men’s hockey tickets. This ticket sale will occur in late summer/early fall, and more information will be added here and emailed to registrants when available.
  • We also partner 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 and these football games are on a separate weekend from Family Weekend. Find more information about purchasing football tickets here.

Do we need to be registered for Family Weekend?

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

What are my hotel options for Family Weekend?

Some families may already have lodging plans for Family Weekend. Others may choose to make accommodations through our Family Weekend 2022 hotel block. You can also browse a variety of hotel options in the greater Madison area through Destination Madison.

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

Changes may 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.

What kind of events are there?

Here is a list of events we have done in the past that are fan favorites! A larger and current list of events will be posted in late summer.

Sample Schedule

When should we get to Family Weekend?

Family Weekend is whatever you want it to be! Events will be held all day Friday-Sunday but all events are optional. That being said, you can show up whenever works for you and stay for as long as you want! Check-in will be held both Friday night and Saturday morning and most signature events will occur on Saturday as well.

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