Family Weekend 2018

General Info

Family Weekend 2018 is November 9 - 11! 

Registration is now closed!

Family Weekend single tickets can be purchased at registration and at the door of each event.

2018 Family Weekend 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

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

Beginning June 25th, those who have purchased a Family Weekend package will be able to purchase tickets to the Iowa vs. Northwestern game over Family Weekend. Once you register, your confirmation e-mail will include a code and instructions on how to purchase tickets. The tickets are first come, first serve. Tickets will be e-mailed at a later date. 

On Saturday, Nov. 10, Bob and Ann Duhigg Osterhaus will be recognized as the inaugural recipients of the University of Iowa’s Family Spirit Award at halftime of the Iowa-Northwestern football game. The newly created award recognizes a Hawkeye family—spanning at least three generations—that supports, or volunteers time to, the University of Iowa and personally or professionally contributes toward bettering the state of Iowa and its communities. More...

in addition, we would like to offer a special discount for our Family Weekend student season ticket holders on family tickets. 

Student season ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase additional family tickets for $55 each (discounted from $65) through their student account for the Northwestern football game. These discounted tickets will be available beginning June 18th. Families with non-student season ticket holders may purchase tickets for Family Weekend at beginning July 16th. 

*To receive the discount, tickets must be purchased through the student's online account. Discounted tickets are usually available for purchase starting at 12pm the following business day after the student season ticket has been purchased. 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 Theater

This year Incredibles 2 will be playing. Come enjoy the family-friendly movie along with popcorn, treats, and family! Tickets and popcorn are included with your package. Concessions are available for just $1!

Sunday, November 11th, 2018

UI Dance Marathon Runway of Hope Brunch Event, 10:00am - 1:00pm

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!

Family & Friends Family Spirit Award

 University of Iowa Family & Friends Family Spirit Award 

 The University of Iowa Family & Friends Family Spirit Award was established to recognize a family who has substantially benefited from and who continues to advocate for the University of Iowa over multiple generations. This marks the inaugural year of this award.

The Bob (‘52BSPH) & Ann( ’52BA) Osterhaus family from Maquoketa, Iowa are the 2018 recipients. Bob and Ann have 10 children – five who also graduated from the University of Iowa; 26 grandchildren (three Iowa graduates, one currently a student, and some potential future Hawkeyes); and 10 great grandchildren. The family has actively been involved with the College of Pharmacy and enjoys attending performances at Hancher and Voxman.  The Osterhaus family will be recognized at Kinnick Stadium during halftime on November 10.

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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 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!

  • Hancher Auditorium, located at 141 East Park Road, will offer a free tour of Hancher on Friday, November 9, starting at 4:30pm. Tour guides will greet everyone gathered in the main lobby and promptly begin a fascinating and beautiful tour of the building, including the auditorium and backstage areas. Visitors may park in the Hancher lot (Lot 55) for free during the tour. 


  • 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.

  • You are invited to attend a fundraising brunch on Sunday, November 11th from 10am-1pm 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! Please visit to find out more about Dance Marathon! 

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. 

How can I get one of those great Family Weekend t-shirts? 

When purchasing your Family Weekend package, be sure to add on a t-shirt! However, if you are interested in just purchasing a t-shirt, place your order following this link.

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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 800-283-6592 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.