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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

Student Farmers' Market

Family Weekend Check-in and Food Drive Collection

Late Night Movie Double Feature: Frozen and Maleficent

Skating (Mullins Center Practice Rink)

Saturday,  October 25

Family Weekend Check-in and Food Drive Collection

Get Moving @ UMass fall foliage walk and Group Fitness Classes at the Rec Center

Continental Breakfast

UMAPA Annual Meeting

Visit The Durfee Conservatory (open 9am - 2pm for Family Weekend)

Family Weekend Chancellor's Welcome

Taste of Home Lunch

Seasonal Activities: Caramel Apple Dipping, Pumpkin Painting, Wagon Rides

Trolley Rides to Downtown Amherst

Commonwealth Honors College Reception Admission is limited to current honors students and their guests

Open Houses & Tours

  • Art Tours
  • Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community including the classroom, residence hall, gallery, event, and advising spaces Open to all Family Weekend guests
  • Hadley Farm
  • Permaculture Garden, Franklin Dining Commons Lawn
  • Student Union Craft Center
  • WEB Du Bois Library including the Learning Commons and Digital Media Lab

Student-Run Media Outlet Drop Ins

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

Women's Rugby vs. URI

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

Information Sessions

  • Career Services - Keys to Success
  • Center for Counseling and Psychological Health - Best Strategies for Helping Your Child Successfully Navigate College Life
  • Financial Aid - Scholarship Search: When, Where, and How
  • International Programs Office - Study Abroad 101
  • Residence Education - Social Media: U R What U Post, Like, Tweet and Snap!

Ballroom Dance Demo and Lessons

First Generation Reception

Skating (Mullins Center Practice Rink)

Student Talent Showcase

Sunday, October 26

Jazz Brunch

Cold Spring Orchard Apple Picking

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.