Family Weekend 2015

Thanks for coming to Family Weekend 2014! Keep checking back for updates on Family Weekend 2015 (October 30-November 1)

2014 Events

Mission Improvable

Friday, October 31. Showings at 7:00 P.M. and 10:00 P.M. at Englert Theatre. Recently awarded Campus Activities Magazine's "2014 Best Comedy Artist", Mission IMPROVable is sure to keep you and your family laughing! With agents performing missions based on audience suggestions, each show is sure to be different, but equally hilarious! Your registration fee includes three tickets to Friday night's 7:00pm or 10:00pm show.

Halloween Hawkfest

Saturday, November 1. 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Old Brick. End the day with us at Old Brick and our Halloween HawkFest celebration! This family-oriented event will provide plenty of activities to participate in and many chances to win prizes! Your registration fee includes 3 tickets to Saturday night's event.

Murder Mystery Dinner

Saturday, November 1. 8:00 P.M. at Old Brick. With an additional $10 per ticket, enjoy a Murder 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

Please check back for available campus tours.

Gameday Tailgate

Saturday, November 1. Time 8 A.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! Start time will vary depending on kickoff - check back for updates! Your registration fee includes three tickets to Saturday morning's Gameday Tailgate held in the Field House near Historic Kinnick Stadium.


Saturday, November 1. Time 11 A.M. vs Northwestern, at Kinnick Stadium.


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 31st and Saturday, November 1st at The Hub 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 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 31, 10AM-6PM on November 1, and 12PM-5PM on November 2. 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 31 and November 1, and 1PM-5PM November 2. 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 31, 12PM-5PM on November 1, and 12PM-5PM on November 2.​

  • Want to just sit back and watch a movie while you are here? The CAB Theatre in the IMU will be playing a family-friendly film all weekend long for only $3. Get your tickets at The Hub on the first floor of the Iowa Memorial Union!

  • 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. Please visit to find out more about Dance Marathon! 

  • Many colleges and departments use Family Weekend as a chance to showcase their talents or host and open house. Examples include concerts with the University of Iowa School of Music or an open house at Tippie College of Business with a tour of their facility. More opportunities are listed on the website.

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 in mid-July, and will be available only while supplies last. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 15th 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.

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/Northwestern game will be $65 each 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.