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Family Weekend Schedule

The schedule of events will continue to grow as programs are finalized. As Family Weekend approaches, please check back for more information including times, locations, and schedule additions. A finalized schedule will be available when you arrive for the weekend.

Check-in stations are located on the Campus Center Concourse (level 2) and parking is available in the Campus Center Parking Garage at 1 Campus Center Way.

Family Weekend Schedule

Friday | Saturday | Sunday

Friday, October 24

11 AM - 4 PM Renting an Apartment is a Family Affair, Campus Center Concourse: Meet some of Amherst’s apartment community managers and interact with Off Campus Student Life Coordinators and Walk This Way staff.  Learn how to get your student “Living Off Campus Certified”!

12 - 4 PM Student Farmers' Market, Goodell Lawn: Hosted by the UMass Student Farming Enterprise, The UMass Permaculture Initiative, and Gardenshare, this market features produce and crafts grown and made by students. Stop by for local food, live music, and experience the vibrant farming community at UMass.

3 PM Women’s Soccer vs. St Bonaventure, Rudd Field: Come cheer on the Minutewomen in their match against the Bonnies.

5 - 8 PM Family Weekend Check-in and Food Drive Collection

8 PM Late Night Movie Double Feature: Frozen and Maleficent

8 - 10 PM Skating, Mullins Center Practice Rink

Saturday,  October 25

8:30 AM - 12 Noon Family Weekend Check-in and Food Drive Collection

8:30 AM Get Moving @ UMass fall foliage walk 

8:30 - 11:30 AM Continental Breakfast

9 AM - 2 PM Visit The Durfee Conservatory

9:45 AM UMAPA Annual Meeting

10:00 AM Story Hour at the W.E.B. DuBois Library for families with children ages 3-7.

10 AM – 12 Noon Men’s Basketball Team Open Practice and Address by Coach Kellogg

10:30 AM Group Fitness Classes at the Rec Center

11 AM Chancellor's Welcome

11 AM Women's Rugby vs. URI

11 AM and 1 PM WEB Du Bois Library Tours including the Learning Commons and Digital Media Lab

12 Noon - 2 PM Taste of Home Lunch

12 Noon - 2 PM Off Campus Student Center Open House

12 Noon -  4 PM Family Weekend Information Table

1 - 2 PM Commonwealth Honors College Reception, admission is limited to current honors students and their guests

1 - 2 PM When Your Student is Ready to Move Off Campus - Information Sessions/Panel

1 and 2 PM Permaculture Garden Tours, Franklin Dining Commons Lawn

1 - 4 PM Student-Run Media Outlet Drop Ins

  • The Daily Collegian (newspaper)
  • WMUA (radio station)
  • UVC-19 (TV station)

1 - 4:30 PM UMass Police Department Texting and Driving Course

1 - 5 PM Seasonal Activities: Caramel Apple Dipping & Popcorn Bar, Pumpkin Decorating

1 - 6 PM Student Union Craft Center Open House

1:30 PM Connecting Diverse Communities: Welcoming the Whole U into UMass

1:30 and 2:45 PM UMass Amherst Scholarship Search Information Session

1:30 and 2:45 PM Study Abroad 101 Information Session

1:30 - 4 PM Hadley Farm Livestock Facilities Tours

1:30 - 4:30 PM Wagon Rides through the center of campus

1:30 - 5 PM Trolley Rides to Downtown Amherst

2 PM Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community Tours including the classroom, residence hall, gallery, event, and advising spaces, open to all Family Weekend guests. Tours depart at 2, 2:15, 2:30,  and 2:45 PM

2 PM Career Services - Keys to Success Information Session

2 - 3 PM Ballroom Dance Demo and Lessons

2 and 3:15 PM Center for Counseling and Psychological Health - Best Strategies for Helping Your Child Successfully Navigate College Life Information Session

2 and 3:15 PM Residence Education - Social Media: U R What U Post, Like, Tweet and Snap! Information Session

2 - 3:30 PM Old Chapel Tours

2:45 PM Common Read Book Discussion: Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

3 and 4 PM Art Tours

4 PM First Generation Reception

6 - 8 PM Skating (Mullins Center Practice Rink)

7:30 PM Student Talent Showcase

Sunday, October 26

11 AM  - 1 PM Jazz Brunch

11 AM - 4 PM Cold Spring Orchard Apple Picking

1 PM Women’s Soccer vs. Duquesne, Rudd Field: Come support the Minutewomen in their meeting with the Dukes.

Family Weekend Community Service

The UMass Amherst Parents Association will be conducting a food drive to benefit the Amherst Survival Center’s Food Pantry. The Food Drive will take place during Family Weekend Registration on Friday, October 24 from 5-8pm and on Saturday, October 25 from 8:30am-12noon. Please bring donations to the Campus Center Concourse. The Drive is especially seeking items for special Thanksgiving boxes including: Instant Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing Mix, Canned Cranberry Sauce/Pumpkin/Pie Fillings/Sweet Potatoes/Soups). We are also accepting other needed items such as: Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon); Canned and boxed meals (soup, chili, stew, macaroni and cheese); Peanut butters and other nut butters; Canned or dried beans and peas (black, pinto, lentils); Pasta, rice, cereal; Canned fruits and vegetables, 100% Fruit or vegetable juice (canned plastic or boxed); Coconut milk, Cooking oil. Items in glass jars/bottles cannot be accepted. All donations will go directly to the Amherst Survival Center.