University of Wisconsin–Madison

Family Weekend

We will be basing our Family Weekend 2021 plans on public health recommendations, group size restrictions, travel policies, and campus guidance for gatherings. At this time, we do not recommend that parents and family members make travel arrangements to visit campus for Family Weekend. We will provide more details regarding Family Weekend 2021 dates, registration, and event plans soon!

FW 2020 was offered in a virtual format. While we missed meeting you all in-person this fall, we enjoyed providing new, engaging opportunities that connected you to UW–Madison, while keeping you, your students, and our community safe. If you missed out on Family Weekend 2020, or would like to engage further with our virtual content, see below for more information!


Virtual Family Weekend 2020

Thank you for joining us for Family Weekend 2020. We hope you find the content on this webpage to be helpful, engaging, and fun. Explore the offerings below and check out a variety of previously live events created just for you.

We want to begin by sharing remarks from Chancellor Rebecca Blank. Since we were not able to gather in-person for our annual Chancellor’s Welcome Reception, we hope you enjoy this video message for Badger families.

Live Events

Please enjoy the variety of events and panels that occurred live Friday and Saturday. All events were captioned live via a link in the YouTube video description, and are now available for viewing any time after the event.

Badger Talks with Veronica Rueckert

Veronica Rueckert, former host and producer of Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Central Time,” is the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s National Media Relations Specialist. Before that, she hosted the state-wide call in program, “The Veronica Rueckert Show” and was a producer on WPR’s Peabody Award-winning program “To the Best of Our Knowledge,” distributed nationally by Public Radio International.

Learn more on the Badger Talks website.

Terrace Coloring Pages

Enjoy these downloadable Terrace-themed coloring pages created by Wisconsin Union artists. Click the images to download and print the coloring pages.

Cook with the Wisconsin Union

Missing some of your Wisconsin Union favorites? Wisconsin Union Dining at Home brings you step by step copycat recipes.

Music Performances

Enjoy these music performances from UW’s Wisconsin Singers, the Madison World Music Festival, and the Wingra Quintet.

Wisconsin Singers

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. Wisconsin Singers students come from a variety of majors across campus, all of whom have a passion for excellence, either onstage as a performer or working behind the scenes in backstage or entertainment management internships. Recognized as the very first collegiate pop music ensemble that features song, dance, and live instrumentals, Wisconsin Singers has been touring the country since 1967.

Madison World Music Festival

Music and dance from unique and unexpected parts of the world, this festival is a celebration of cultures. Historically the Madison World Music Festival has taken place on the famous Memorial Union Terrace and the Willy Street Fair every fall. 

The 2020 Madison World Music Festival featured artists from Ho-Chunk Nation, Russia, Guinea, Latin America, Jordan and Haiti. We hope you enjoy this virtual event!

Live with Wingra Quintet

An exclusive premiere performance by the Mead Witter School of Music’s faculty woodwind quintet with commentary by Alicia Lee, The Wingra Quintet performs selections from the eclectic character pieces in Nine Romanian Children’s Songs by Bela Bartók and Endre Szervanszky’s energetic and engaging Fúvósötös Wind Quintet. The performance was recorded early this spring in the Collins Recital Hall at UW-Madison’s beautiful, new Hamel Music Center, and is being premiered through Badger Talks Live.

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