Thanks to everyone who helped make the UK College of Education’s Family Weekend event a success. Students and families explored Dickey Hall, played corn hole and Jenga, chatted with faculty, staff and administrators, and enjoyed a catered brunch.
The following FAQ explains more about Family Weekend:
What is Family Weekend?
Family Weekend is a wonderful opportunity for families to return to campus to visit their students and experience all that UK has to offer. A series of events and activities is hosted by various departments and student groups all over campus.
How many people attend Family Weekend?
More than 40,000 people visit the University of Kentucky each day – even more on the weekends with special events like football games or Family Weekend. It is a busy weekend, so be prepared for large crowds
What can I expect during Family Weekend at UK?
Family Weekend is a chance to experience the best of a busy fall weekend in Lexington! Anytime there is a home
football game campus will be crowded as more than 60,000 Wildcat fans flock to the Kroger Field area. If you’re planning on joining in the fun, expect larger crowds, traffic, and more limited parking. Investigate shuttle and walking options and plan accordingly.
If football and tailgating aren’t your thing, there are still plenty of activities you can take part in. We hope families will review the schedule we have put together and will pick the events that most appeal to them. We won’t be offended if families ditch our schedule and do something entirely different. We just want you to have fun as a family here in Lexington!
Please note the events on the schedule that require an advanced ticket purchase. We do our very best to accommodate as many families as possible, but we are limited by venue capacities and safety regulations. The UK Parent and Family Association hosts the Family Weekend Welcome, the pregame tent party, Spindletop lunch, and a Sunday morning doughnut event, and the latter three events sell out every year. Please purchase tickets as soon as possible after they go on sale to avoid disappointment.
Events will go on rain or shine, so please check the weather and plan accordingly. Fall weather in Kentucky can be unpredictable – be prepared!
Every year when we ask families to report the highlight of their UK Family Weekend experience, the top answer we receive is spending time with family. No matter what you all choose to do with your time together – enjoy it!
What if my family can’t come that weekend?
Every year we hear from disappointed families that UK’s Family Weekend is the same weekend as an important event back at home or that they’ve been invited to campus for a different weekend. We know that no one weekend is going to work for all UK families! If you can’t come to UK’s Family Weekend but want assistance making plans for a visit at another time, reach out to the Parent and Family Association. Our staff loves to talk about our favorite things in Lexington and around campus, so we’d be happy to offer you guidance as you make plans! Call us at 859-257-2752, email us at email@example.com, or post on our Facebook Page or the UK Wildcat Families Facebook Group to connect with other UK families and hear about their favorite things to do.
When do families typically arrive on campus? When do they depart?
Our schedule of events will start on Friday afternoon and continue through Sunday afternoon. However, if you can only come for a portion of the weekend, that’s fine, too. Do whatever works for your family. Friday evening is the only time we are able to offer an official welcome/check-in for the weekend. If you won’t be in town by then, feel free to send your student over to pick up some giveaways and information about the weekend. We’ll also post the information on our website, Facebook, Twitter, and the UK Parent and Family Association mobile app.
Can we bring grandparents and other family members?
Yes, we strive to offer activities that will entertain the youngest and oldest members of the family and everyone in between. If there are concerns about special needs in your party, reach out to the Parent and Family Association staff at 859-257-2752 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re happy to help you make plans.
Can siblings stay in the residence halls?
These requests are handled by the Office of Residence Life. To learn more about the minor visitation policy, view the Minor Visitation Request Form.
What is the residence hall check-in policy?
All guests, including family members and students who live in university housing, must be logged on the visitation log at the front desk and be escorted by their host at all times while in the building. In addition, guests are required to leave their own government-issued picture identification at the front desk, which will be returned when the guest leaves the hall.
Please note that while the policy typically limits each resident to two guests at a time, during Family Weekend additional guests will be allowed as long as they are family members or guests of family members.
Why are hotel rooms so expensive?
Many families make their first visits to Lexington for UK campus tours or orientations that aren’t scheduled at the height of demand for hotel rooms. The popularity of UK football brings thousands of folks in every fall so hotel rooms are naturally going to be more expensive and in demand. You are strongly encouraged to make hotel reservations at your earliest convenience. If you find that the available accommodations aren’t in your budget, you might want to seek an alternate time to come to campus. Hotels will be less expensive when the football team is away. Visit www.visitlex.com for information on area accommodations. In the past, some families have reported finding more affordable accommodations in surrounding towns or www.airbnb.com.
Will events sell out?
Yes! All of the UK Parent and Family Association ticketed events typically sell out – the pregame tent party, Spindletop lunch, and a Sunday morning doughnut event. Please purchase tickets as soon as possible after they go on sale to avoid disappointment. We do our very best to accommodate as many families as possible, but we are limited by venue capacities and safety regulations.
How do I get tickets?
While many Family Weekend events are free, some events will require tickets. Events like the UK football game, pregame tent party, Spindletop lunch, and our local doughnut tasting event all require a ticket purchase. The tent party, Spindletop lunch, and a Sunday morning doughnut event have all sold out in recent years, so tickets should be purchased well in advance; tickets will not be available at the door for these events. Tickets will be available online at www.uky.edu/familyweekendtix starting Friday, August 17, 2018.
Family Weekend football tickets may be purchased through UK Athletics this summer by calling the UK Ticket Office at 800-928-2287 and referencing Family Weekend. For more information about UK football tickets or game information, visit www.ukathletics.com.
Are any Family Weekend events free to families?
Yes! Events like the Family Weekend Welcome, Explore UK, and many college events are free to UK families.
Where do I park?
While parking lots are spread throughout campus, please realize that you may have to park a short walk from your destination and allow extra time. For information on football game day parking, visit www.uky.edu/transportation/parking-info_football-game-day-parking. For information on visitor parking, visit www.uky.edu/transportation/parking-info_visitor-parking.
Will events go on if it rains?
Events will go on rain or shine, so please check the weather and plan accordingly. Fall weather in Kentucky can be unpredictable – pack an umbrella, jacket, and sweatshirt so you’ll be prepared!
Does my family have to go to all Family Weekend events?
We hope families will review the schedule we have put together and will pick the events that most appeal to them. We won’t be offended if families ditch our schedule and do something entirely different. We just want you to have fun as a family here in Lexington!
My family would like to try tailgating on our own. How can we get a game day parking permit?
Tailgating at athletic events is a popular tradition at UK. Parking permits at Kroger Field are only available to season ticket holders who have purchased them. A number of families report that they have had success paying to park at businesses or in neighborhoods around the stadium and tailgating there. For more information about parking and tailgating options, visit the UK Athletics Gameday Football page.
What is the clear bag policy for Kroger Field?
To improve public safety and help speed entry, the SEC has adopted a league-wide clear bag policyfor all football games.
Why was Family Weekend not scheduled during Keeneland or UK Homecoming?
The dates for Family Weekend are determined primarily by the UK football schedule. In recent years, the only feasible Family Weekend dates fell during the Keeneland Fall Meet and UK Homecoming. This year, Family Weekend will fall the week before the Keeneland Fall Meet starts in October. UK Homecoming week is scheduled for October 14-21, 2018.