Family Weekend 2016

Family Weekend 2016 is November 11-13.

Check back for further updates to come.


2015 Events

Register for Family Weekend Here! 

Magician Nate Staniforth

Friday, October 30. Showings at 6:30 P.M. and 8:30 P.M. at Englert Theatre. Nate Staniforth, host of the Discovery Channel's "Breaking Magic" series and member of the prestigious Band of Magicians, has toured the United States since 2005, bringing his "unplugged" style of magic to over 20,000 people each year at clubs, colleges, universities, and theaters across the country. In 2011, Nate's U.S. college tour brought in the "Best Small Venue Performer" award from the Campus Activities Magazine, and his weekly YouTube series has garnered almost half a million views. In 2009, Nate traveled extensively through Southeast Asia and India to learn about the traditions of magic in those cultures, studying with shaman, witch doctors, street performers, and anyone who could help him learn more about the traditional roots of his craft. These lessons, combined with his experiences on the road in America, led to his 2011 TED Talk titled "Creating Astonishment" that outlines his direct, no-frills approach to magic. Nate is the author of a book on performance theory for magicians and has worked as a consultant for some of the top magicians in the world. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in history and religion and, after living in Chicago and Los Angeles, returned to Iowa where he currently lives while not on tour.

Your registration fee includes three tickets to Friday night's 6:30pm or 8:30pm show.

Gameday Tailgate

Saturday, October 31st from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Field House. Enjoy a typical gameday atmosphere by filling your stomachs with a variety of foods and get pumped up by playing traditional tailgating games!

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


Please note that you need to purchase football tickets separately. 


Saturday, October 31 at 2:30 p.m. vs. Maryland, at Kinnick Stadium.

Please note that you need to purchase football tickets separately.  


Movie Showing

Saturday, October 31st. 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM at the Iowa Theater in the Iowa Memorial Union. 

Movie Showing – Pixels & Monsters, Inc.

Concessions are available for just $1!

Your registration fee includes three tickets to Saturday's 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM, or 6:00 PM showing.

Who Dun It Mystery Dinner


Saturday, October 31st at 6:30 and 8:00 p.m. at Old Brick. With an additional $12 per ticket, enjoy a Who Dun It Mystery showing with dinner provided! This audience interactive show will have participants battling it out to prove their innocence and prizes will be awarded to various audience members. Tickets not included in your registration fee and need to be purchased separately during the registration process.

Campus Tours

Campus tours will leave at 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday from the benches on the west side of the Pomerantz Center.


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, October 30th and Saturday, October 31st at CSIL 145 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.

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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 8AM-6PM on October 30, 11AM-6PM on October 31, and 12PM-5PM on November 1. 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 October 30 and October 31, and 1PM-5PM November 1. 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 Museaum of Art website, but walk in hours are from 10AM-5PM on October 30, 12PM-5PM on October 31, and 12PM-5PM on November 1.​

  • 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 $35 per person. 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 Thursday, July 9th 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/Maryland game will be $65 for adults and $25 for youth plus applicable fees. 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 announced by the Athletic Department as late as ten days before the game.


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.)

Does Family Weekend have hotel rooms blocked for the families of new students?

No, Family Weekend does not black off hotel rooms for the families of new students. You can call the Iowa City/Coralville Convention and Visitors Bureau at 319-337-6592 or visit 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 on non-football game weekends.