Family Weekend 2016

Family Weekend 2016 is November 11-13.

 Registration for Family Weekend has closed. 

To request a copy of your registration click here: 



2016 Events

Nominate your parent for Mom or Dad of the Year! 

Fill out your application by Friday October 14th, at 5pm. Applications can be found here! Winners will be recognized at the Iowa vs. Michigan football game Saturday, November 12th. 

Friday, November 11th

Mindreader Eric Dittelman at Englert Theatre, 7:00pm & 8:30pm 

Ever wonder what it would be like to know what someone else was thinking? What if you knew exactly what someone else was going to do before they did it? Eric Dittelman knows what that’s like and has been reading minds at theaters, colleges, comedy clubs, and corporate events all across the country. Often known by just his surname, Dittelman combines amazing mind reading with stand-up and improvisational comedy. In 2012, he blew audiences aways as a semi-finalist and judges' favorite on season 7 of NBC's "America's Got Talent." He has also appeared as a guest on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and was featured in "Entertainment Weekly", "Rolling Stone", and even "The National Enquirer". He has studied improv comedy with Upright Citizens Brigade, Improv Boston and Second City. He was nominated "Fastest Rising Star" and recently won 2015's "Best Male Performer Award" by Campus Activities Magazine.

Your registration fee includes three tickets to Friday night's 7:00pm or 8:30pm show.

Performing Arts Family Weekend Open House

The faculty, staff, and students of the University of Iowa Division of Performing Arts invite students and their families to the new Voxman School of Music Building on Friday, November 11thfrom 4-6 p.m.  Students and parents are invited to attend an open rehearsal of the choirs and orchestra, tour the new facility, see student performances in the lobby from fall semester’s Shakespeare-themed Theatre and Dance productions, and meet faculty and administrators. Refreshments will be served from 4-6. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.  

Performances are scheduled as follows:

4-5.   Orchestra and Choirs open rehearsal

5:15-5:45  Theatre and Dance performances in the lobby 


The Voxman Music Building is located at 93 East Burlington Street.


Geography Open House 

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Third Floor of Jessup Hall 

Interested in learning more about environmental issues and studies? Perhaps you’re curious about Geo-informatics, GIS, and public policy.  If you want to make a difference in a complex global system or simply learn more about the department, join the Geographical and Sustainability Sciences for light refreshments and an open house.  Meet some of our enthusiastic students and come explore the opportunities in geography!


History Department Trivia Night

4:30 PM to 7:00 PM, Schaeffer Hall

Join the Hawkeye History Corps and test your knowledge!  The group will be hosting a trivia night on Friday for parents and students to enjoy.  Please come and go at your convenience.


Saturday, November 12th 

Game Day Tailgate at Field House near Historic Kinnick Stadium, 1:00 PM to 6:30 PM 

Join us for our annual Family Weekend tailgate! The tailgate will feature great food, music, games, and company.  Get your family picture taken, amp up your Hawkeye pride, get to know other families – all within walking distance of the stadium.  Don’t forget to wear your family weekend shirt or other black attire; the Iowa vs Michigan game is a blackout!     

Your registration fee includes three tickets to Saturday's Game Day Tailgate held in the Field House near Historic Kinnick Stadium.


Game Day- Iowa vs. Michigan at Kinnick Stadium

The time of kick-off is 7:00pm for this game. 

Please note that you need to purchase football tickets separately.  


Iowa Hawk Shop, IMU  

Don’t miss out on these exclusive deals on Hawkeye gear, supplies, and more!  Coupon will be included in registration packet. 

Movie Showing

FAMILY WEEKEND FAMILY MOVIES 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM, 8:00 PM, 11:00 PM Iowa & Illinois Theaters in the Iowa Memorial Union. Come enjoy family-friendly movies with popcorn, treats, and family! Tickets are included with your package, and concessions are available for just $1.  

Pete’s Dragon will be shown in the Iowa Theater (First Floor IMU) at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM, 8:00 PM, and 11:00 PM.  Kubo and the Two Strings will be played in the Illinois Theater (Third Floor IMU) at 5:00 PM, 8:00 PM, and 11:00 PM.




Does my University of Iowa student have to pay to attend the Family Weekend events?

Yes, anyone who wants to attend the official UI Family Weekend events must have a ticket, including UI students. Additional tickets may be purchased online at the time of registration, or at a later time using your original confirmation number.

Will you mail our Family Weekend event tickets?

The tickets that are included in the non-refundable $80 registration fee will need to be picked up in person either by you or your UI student at the Registrant Check-in on the Friday, November 11th and Saturday, November 12th in the Iowa Memorial Union or at any of our events. Details about the Registrant Check-in will be on the Family Weekend homepage. If you ordered additional tickets or Family Weekend t-shirts, these should also be picked up at this time.


What should I do if I didn't get a confirmation email for Family Weekend registration? 

You can check to make sure you are signed up for Family Weekend here! 


What else is there to do during Family Weekend?

  • Please check this page for more events as they are announced!

  • The UI Athletics Hall of Fame has three floors of Hawkeye memories, from the National Championship trophies to the Orange Bowl to Nile Kinnick's Heisman trophy. The Hall of Fame is open 11AM-6PM on November 11th, 10AM-6PM on November 12th, and 12PM-5PM on November 13. Admission is free and is a must see for any fan of Hawkeye sports! 2425 Prairie Meadow Drive, Iowa City, IA.

  • UI Museum of Natural History has more than 18,000 square feet of permanent exhibits throughout Macbride Hall – right on the UI campus! Exhibits include Mammal Hall, the Hageboeck Hall of Birds, the Biosphere Discovery Hub, Iowa Hall, and the Diversity of Life Exhibits. Hours are 10AM-5PM on November 11-12th, and 1PM-5PM November 13. Tour guides will be on hand for walk-in tours and scavenger hunts and other hands-on activities will be available!

  • The UI Museum of Art is located on the third floor of the Iowa Memorial Union. Tours should be booked in advance at the University of Iowa Museum of Art website, but walk in hours are from 10AM-5PM on November 11, 12PM-5PM on November 12-13th. 

  • The University of Iowa Dance Marathon kindly invites you to attend a fundraising brunch to support kids with cancer treated at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. One of the most successful and largest student-run organizations on campus, UI Dance Marathon works to raise awareness and financial support for children and families treated for cancer at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. Since 1994, Dance Marathon has become one of the largest student philanthropies in the United States and has raised over $11.2 million. During the brunch students, staff, and patients will share their UI Dance Marathon stories and experiences. Cost is $25 per person. Sign up for your brunch and the rest of family weekend here! Please visit to find out more about Dance Marathon! 

How do we get tickets to the football game?

Family Weekend has been allotted 1,000 football tickets by the UI Athletic Ticket Office, which will be made available only to those families who have registered for Family Weekend, and who have paid the non-refundable registration fee. You may attempt to purchase the allotted football tickets from the UI Athletic Ticket Office after the Family Weekend tickets go on-sale Monday, July 25th at 8:00AM (CST). Registrants will be allowed to purchase up to four (4) tickets per registered family. Please note: Registration with Family Weekend will be verified with the UI Athletic Ticket Office. Anyone who purchases football tickets from this allotment and is not registered at the time of purchase WILL HAVE THEIR FOOTBALL TICKET ORDER CANCELLED. Using the same name to purchase football tickets that was used to register for Family Weekend will help to prevent a mistaken cancellation of your football ticket order.

If it is VERY important that you get tickets to the football game, you may want to explore other options, such as contacting the UI Athletic Ticket Office to add your name to their Season Ticket Holder mailing list, or frequently visiting their ticketing website at for single game tickets. If single game tickets are available, they will go on sale in early-to mid-July or later. However, it is best to contact the UI Athletic Office directly (1-800-IA-HAWKS) with any questions.

Information on how to access the Family Weekend football tickets will be sent to your email in your Family Weekend registration confirmation email.

How much are football tickets? Can we sit with our student? Where will our seats be? What time is the game?

Football tickets for the Iowa/Michigan game will be $85. If your UI student has purchased a student season ticket, they will be seated in the student section. If it is very important that your student sits with you, you will need to buy a non-student ticket. Seats will be assigned from the "best available" at the time of purchase, and may be in or near an end zone, or in a corner of the stadium. The time of kick-off is 7:00pm for this game. 


I realized I need to add additional tickets to my order! What do I do? 

You can add tickets to your order following this link. You just need your confirmation order so we can be sure your additional tickets are connected to your original order and registration. 

Who can I contact about a question that I have about Family Weekend? 

If you have a question that has not been answered above, please email 

Travel & Lodging

Directions to the Iowa Memorial Union
Visit the Iowa Memorial Union Website

From I-80:

  1. Take exit #244 and turn south on Dubuque Street
  2. Follow Dubuque Street south to Market Street
  3. Turn right onto Market Street
  4. Follow Market Street to Madison Street
  5. Turn left onto Madison Street
  6. Follow Madison Street to Jefferson Street
  7. Turn right to enter the Iowa Memorial Union parking area

From US 6:

  1. Follow US 6 to Iowa Avenue
  2. Turn east onto Iowa Avenue
  3. Follow Iowa Avenue to Madison Street
  4. Turn left onto Madison Street
  5. Follow Madison Street to Jefferson Street


  • Iowa Memorial Union Ramp on Madison Street across from the IMU.

  • North Hall Ramp on Madison Street north of the IMU.

  • Metered street parking is also available around the IMU and downtown.

  • Football Parking (Please note: Traffic around Kinnick Stadium is very congested and parking is limited. We suggest parking in the Hancher Auditorium parking lot and using the free football charter bus to the stadium. Bus service starts 9 a.m.)

 Where can I stay? 

If you would like to explore other lodging options, you can call the Iowa City/Coralville Convention and Visitors Bureau at 319-337-6592 or visit their website ( and click on their lodging page for updated information regarding hotel availability. Some Iowa City and Coralville hotels require a two-night stay on football weekends, and the room rates are typically higher than on non-football game weekends.