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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 2

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.

Emily Dickinson /Amherst Poetry Festival

Family Weekend Check-in and Food Drive Collection

Tour of the UMass Bakeshop with pastry chefs Pamela Adams & Simon Stevenson (limited to 15 people, full)

Late Night Movie: Inside Out

Saturday,  October 3

Family Weekend Check-in and Food Drive Collection

Morning Walk Fall Foliage

Continental Breakfast

UMAPA Annual Welcome Meeting

Chocolate lecture & demonstration on making chocolate covered strawberries at the UMass Bakeshop with pastry chef Simon Stevenson (limited to 15 people, full)

Taste of Home Lunch

Family Weekend Barbeque Lunch

Family Weekend Information Table

Open Houses & Tours

Family Weekend Photo Scavenger Hunt

Various Information Sessions

Football Game at McGuirk Alumni Stadium

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

Tours of the Award-Winning Franklin Dining Commons Permaculture Garden

Ballroom Dance Demonstration and Lessons

Student-Run Media Outlet Drop Ins

  • The Daily Collegian, student newspaper
  • UVC-TV 19, student television station
  • WMUA, student radio station

Seasonal Activities: Caramel Apple Dipping & Popcorn Bar, Pumpkin Decorating, Wagon Rides

Student Talent Showcase

Emily Dickinson /Amherst Poetry Festival

Faculty Recital: William Hite, Tenor, 7:30 PM, Bezanson Recital Hall (visit Department of Music and Dance Event Calendar for ticket information)

UMass vs Dalhousie Hockey Exhibition Game, Mullins Center, 7:00 PM

Sunday, October 4

Jazz Brunch

Cold Spring Orchard Apple Picking (weather permits)

UMAPA Advisory Council Meeting (Council Members only)

UMass vs Richmond Women's Soccer Game, Rudd Field, 1:00 PM

Opera: Cuatro Corridos, 4:00 PM, Bowker Auditorium, Stockbridge Hall (visit Department of Music and Dance Event Calendar for ticket information)

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 2 from 5-8pm and on Saturday, October 3 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.