Family Weekend 2018

General Info

Family Weekend 2018 is November 9 - 11! 

2018 Events

Friday, November 9th, 2018

Erin Jackson, Comedian at Englert Theatre, 7:00pm & 8:30pm 

Armed with a megawatt smile and a pocket full of dreams, Erin Jackson is poised to conquer the world of stand-up. Since first making a name for herself at colleges and east coast comedy clubs, Erin’s warm, conversational style and relatable humor have helped to propel her onto the national stage. Erin currently co-hosts Exhale, a provocative, hip and candid new talk show airing on Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s ASPiRE television network. Erin has performed stand-up on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, and TV Guide Network’s Stand Up in Stilettos. She was also a semi finalist on season 6 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. She has worked for both HBO and BET as a warm-up act for live comedy and awards specials. Erin is also a freelance writer whose work has been featured in publications such as The Washington Post and

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

Academic Open Houses

Information Coming Soon!  


Saturday, November 10th, 2018

Game Day Tailgate at Field House, near Historic Kinnick Stadium, 1:00-5:30pm

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!    

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. Northwestern at Kinnick Stadium

Kickoff time for this game will be released soon! 

Please note that you need to purchase football tickets separately.  

Iowa Family Game Night at IMU, Hawkeye Room

Show your competitive side, and join us for our Family Game Night!  Whether you plan to take center stage or participate as an audience member, you’re sure to have a great time.  This is the perfect way to relax and unwind after our big Hawkeye win! 

Your registration fee includes three tickets to Saturday's Iowa Family Game Night held in the Hawkeye Room at the IMU.

Family Weekend Movies at the IMU

10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM, 8:00 PM, 11:00 PM 
Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa and Illinois Theaters

Come enjoy family-friendly movies with popcorn, treats, and family! Tickets and popcorn are included with your package.  Concessions are available for just $1!

Movies will be announced this fall! 

Sunday, November 11th, 2018

UI Dance Marathon Runway of Hope Brunch Event

You are invited to attend a fundraising brunch on Sunday, November 11th to support pediatric oncology patients treated at the University  of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. During the brunch, you will experience our Runway of Hope Kiddo Fashion Show, where our incredible Dance Marathon kids and their siblings walk the runway along with University of Iowa student leaders. Come meet our students, our Dance Marathon families, and enjoy a fashion show and delicious brunch!

Tickets are $30 per person. 100% of ticket sales go to support the cause!



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 Friday, November 9th and Saturday, November 10th 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 9th, 10am-6pm on November 10th, and Noon-5pm on November 11th. Admission is free and this 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 9-10, and 1-5pm on November 11th. 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 available. Hours are 10am-5pm on November 9th, and Noon-5pm on November 10-11.

  • 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 on Sunday, October 29th. 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 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 16th at 9:00AM (CST). Registrants will be allowed to purchase up to eight (8) 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/Northwestern game will go on sale July 16, 2018 at 9:00 AM CST. 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 yet to be determined 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.