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The most important part of Family Weekend is to connect with your student and have fun visiting them in Boulder!

We offer a full schedule of events that you and/or your student can choose to attend while you're in town – and we hope you do! Your registration fee includes events like the Family Weekend Kickoff, your Family Weekend t-shirt, a tailgate before the football game on Saturday and much more. You can also register for the Buffalo Family Stampede 5K Fun Run on Sunday.

Have time between events? The Student Recreation Center is free to use for Family Weekend guests, just be sure to have your name badge! Free classes are also available during Family Weekend. Visit the Rec's website for more information.

Noon-5 p.m. | Check-In

University Memorial Center (UMC) South Terrace Tent

Pick up your Family Weekend agendas, T-shirts, Buffalo Family Stampede packets (if registered), and CU Boulder family swag!

1-1:50 p.m. | Off Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations

University Memorial Center (UMC) 235

Learn more information about services and resources to students and parents seeking housing in the Boulder and surrounding areas from the director of Off Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations and the office's legal advisor. 

2-2:50 p.m. | Career Services

University Memorial Center (UMC) 235

Career Services is the bridge between academics and the world of work and sets new standards in career counseling and employer services, impacting economic and cultural partnerships with Colorado, the nation and the world. Career Services connects students with their professional strengths, employers with a rich pool of educated talent, and degrees with a world of opportunities. We know the future matters. Attend this session to learn about how Career Services can help your student throughout their time at CU Boulder and beyond.

2-3 p.m. | Architecture Tour

Old Main (MAIN) North Side

Tour CU Boulder's campus while learning more about the historical development of the architectural style, campus design principles and the current practice and future vision for the institution!

3-3:50 p.m. | Supporting Your Student's Academic Success

University Memorial Center (UMC) 235

Does your student ever say, “What academic resources are available to me?” or “I don’t know how to prepare for tests”? Residence Life’s Academic Support and Assistance Program (ASAP) will proctor a panel of representatives from the Student Academic Support Center, the CU Writing Center, Arts and Sciences Academic Advising, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and others from the CU campus. We’ll have a discussion about student academic success and how to address common academic challenges encountered by first-year students. Learn how to ask detailed, open-ended questions that measure academic progress, what academic support resources are available to residence hall students, and which issues first-year students struggle with the most.

3-4 p.m. | History and Traditions 

University Memorial Center (UMC) Dalton Trumbo Fountain

Explore our campus while learning fun facts and history about CU Boulder! Student-led tours will depart from the Dalton Trumbo Fountain, north of the University Memorial Center (UMC).

4-4:50 p.m. | Education Abroad

University Memorial Center (UMC) 235

The world is your classroom! Make studying abroad part of your degree: learn about CU Boulder’s diverse options abroad, including international study, internship, research, and service-learning programs. With programs available for all majors and budgets, where will you go?

4-6 p.m. | Banjo Billy's Bus Tour

Euclid Auto Garage

Banjo Billy’s Bus Tour will provide you and your family with an exciting history tour of Boulder from an old-school bus tricked out to look like a traveling hillbilly shack! Hear ghost tales, crime stories and history while sitting on a couch, recliner or saddle as the bus rolls through the core of the city. You won’t forget this bus tour! *Space on the Banjo Billy Bus is limited to 25 guests per bus and will fill on a first-come, first- served basis. 

5-5:50 p.m. | Navigating the Transition

University Memorial Center (UMC) 235

Learn more about New Student and Families Programs and how we work to serve families of CU Boulder students throughout their time on campus.  We will discuss what makes this generation of students unique, the changes you may be already experiencing and what is to come, and what resources we offer to you and your student as a university.

6-8 p.m. | Family Weekend Kick-off

University Memorial Center (UMC) Connection

Join us for the official kick-off celebration for all Family Weekend activities! Mix and mingle with other CU Boulder families over bowling, billards and food in The Connection at the University Memorial Center. 

7-10 p.m. | "The Mountains Between Us" at Century Boulder

Century Boulder at 28th Street Mall

Wind down the day with your family over a movie at the Century Boulder at the 29th Street Mall! Seating is first-come first-served in a 94-person theater, so get there early to grab some popcorn, your favorite seat, and enjoy the show!

7 p.m. | Fiske Planetarium: Ancient Light with Dr. Erica Ellingson

Fiske Planetarium

A thousand years ago, the Ancestral Puebloans built a complex and extensive civilization in the mountains and deserts of the Southwest US. They left behind extraordinary art and architecture which reflect their intimate relationship with the land, the sun, the moon and stars. Our project combines the scholarly, artistic and technological expertise of the University of Colorado, Boulder. Our team includes astronomers and archaeologists who have made some of the most important discoveries in these regions. Our production team at Fiske Planetarium uses forefront technology to create high-resolution full-dome environments which will immerse our audiences in the stunning landscapes, archaeological sites and under starry skies. This educational experience will combine ancient knowledge and modern technology to explore the universal connection between humans and the skies.

Seating should be reserved in advance (payment is required) by calling the Fiske Planetarium ticket office at 303-492-5002 or emailing us a at fiske@colorado.edu and must be picked up at least 30 minutes in advance. You can also buy tickets on line going to our website ($10 general public and $7 CU Boulder students with current Buff OneCard) For more information visit Fiske Planetarium's website

Parking: Meters along Regent Drive near the Coors Events Center and Lot 308 are free after 5 p.m.

This show is free to CU Boulder students with a Buff OneCard.

9 p.m. | Fiske Planetarium: Liquid Sky Tribute to Prince

Fiske Planetarium

Tickets are $10 general audience (no student discount). Seating should be reserved in advance by calling the Fiske Planetarium ticket office at 303-492-5002 or fiske@colorado.edu and pick up at least 30 minutes in advance. You can also buy tickets online by visiting our website. For more information, visit Fiske Planetarium's website. Parking: Meters along Regent Drive near the Coors Events Center and Lot 308 are free after 5 p.m.

8 a.m.- 5 p.m. | Check-In

University Memorial Center (UMC) South Terrace Tent

Pick up your Family Weekend agendas, t-shirts, Buffalo Family Stampede packets (if registered), and CU Boulder family swag!

10-11 a.m. | Partnering with Leeds for Student Success

Koelbel (KOBL) 340

A student’s transition to college is filled with new levels of intellectual, personal and social challenge, and the Leeds School of Business supports this transition in many ways both in and outside of the classroom.  In this session, Associate Dean Al Smith will provide you with secrets to success that will empower you to partner with us to support your student.  Please join us for this “Leeds Essential Experience” and bring your questions!

10-10:50 a.m. | Off Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations

University Memorial Center (UMC) 235

Learn more information about services and resources to students and parents seeking housing in the Boulder and surrounding areas from the director of Off Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations and the office's legal advisor. 

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. | Donuts with CMCI

The Armory

CMCI students, bring your families to the Armory and enjoy some donuts with CMCI students and staff.

11-11:50 a.m. | Education Abroad

University Memorial Center (UMC) 235

The world is your classroom! Make studying abroad part of your degree: learn about CU Boulder’s diverse options abroad, including international study, internship, research, and service-learning programs. With programs available for all majors and budgets, where will you go?

11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Lunch on the Quad

Norlin Quad

Mix and mingle with other CU Boulder parents, families and their students over a delicious lunch on Norlin Quad!

1-1:50 p.m. | Career Services

University Memorial Center (UMC) 235

Career Services is the bridge between academics and the world of work and sets new standards in career counseling and employer services, impacting economic and cultural partnerships with Colorado, the nation and the world. Career Services connects students with their professional strengths, employers with a rich pool of educated talent, and degrees with a world of opportunities. We know the future matters. Attend this session to learn about how Career Services can help your student throughout their time at CU Boulder and beyond.

1-3 p.m. | Banjo Billy's Bus Tour

Euclid Auto Garage

Banjo Billy’s Bus Tour will provide you and your family with an exciting history tour of Boulder from an old-school bus tricked out to look like a traveling hillbilly shack! Hear ghost tales, crime stories and history while sitting on a couch, recliner or saddle as the bus rolls through the core of the city. You won’t forget this bus tour! *Space on the Banjo Billy Bus is limited to 25 guests per bus and will fill on a first-come, first- served basis.

1:30-2:30 p.m. | Twelfth Annual Fall Convocation Celebrating Faculty Achievement

Center for British & Irish Studies, Norlin Library 5th floor

With Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano & Provost Russell Moore

Enjoy a welcome to the university by Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano and an introduction and presentation of faculty members receiving tenure, promotion, and Faculty Achievement Awards. A reception will follow the awards ceremony. Come meet some of the wonderful faculty at CU Boulder!

2-2:50 p.m. | Supporting Your Student's Academic Success

University Memorial Center (UMC) 235

Does your student ever say, “What academic resources are available to me?” or “I don’t know how to prepare for tests”? Residence Life’s Academic Support and Assistance Program (ASAP) will proctor a panel of representatives from the Student Academic Support Center, the CU Writing Center, Arts and Sciences Academic Advising, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and others from the CU campus. We’ll have a discussion about student academic success and how to address common academic challenges encountered by first-year students. Learn how to ask detailed, open-ended questions that measure academic progress, what academic support resources are available to residence hall students, and which issues first-year students struggle with the most.

2-4 p.m. | Rock Climbing

Student Recreation Center (REC)

Have you always wanted to try rock climbing, but you are not quite ready to take on the Flatirons just yet? Come to the Rec Center and test the waters on our very own climbing wall!

2-4 p.m. | Family Trivia

University Memorial Center (UMC) Glenn Miller Ballroom

Test your family's collective knowledge to win prizes at Family Weekend Trivia brought to you by Trivia of Colorado.

2-4 p.m. | Ice Skating

Student Recreation Center (REC)

Bring the whole family to the Rec Center, grab some ice skates and test your balance on our indoor ice rink with other Buff Families!

2:30-3:30 p.m. | Cookies and CMCI

Stadium 110

CMCI students, come to Stadium 110 (in between Gates 2 and 3, near the Ralphie statue) to enjoy cookies and lemonade, and introduce your families to your academic advisor.

3-3:50 p.m. | Navigating the Transition

University Memorial Center (UMC) 235

Learn more about New Student and Families Programs and how we work to serve families of CU Boulder students throughout their time on campus.  We will discuss what makes this generation of students unique, the changes you may be already experiencing and what is to come, and what resources we offer to you and your student as a university.

3-5 p.m. | Banjo Billy's Bus Tour

Euclid Auto Garage

Banjo Billy’s Bus Tour will provide you and your family with an exciting history tour of Boulder from an old-school bus tricked out to look like a traveling hillbilly shack! Hear ghost tales, crime stories and history while sitting on a couch, recliner or saddle as the bus rolls through the core of the city. You won’t forget this bus tour! *Space on the Banjo Billy Bus is limited to 25 guests per bus and will fill on a first-come, first- served basis.

3:30-4:30 p.m. | RAP Receptions

Join the Baker RAP community—directors, faculty, students and staff—in Baker Hall (BKER) to learn about the academic program and community and ask questions.

Global Studies RAP, G-RAP, invites the Arnett Hall families and their students to come to our Faculty Coffee Hour in the Arnett Lounge. Come and meet some of our faculty and staff and we will give you one of our beautiful G-RAP coffee mugs. We look forward to getting together with you.

Join the Health Professions RAP community—directors, faculty, students and staff—in Kittredge West (KITW) to learn about the academic program and community and ask questions.

Join the Leeds RAP community—directors, faculty, students and staff—in Cheyenne Arapaho Hall (CHEY) to learn about the academic program and community and ask questions.

Join the Leeds Pre-Business RAP community—directors, faculty, students and staff—in the Williams Village North lobby to learn about the academic program and community and ask questions.

Join the Sewall RAP community—directors, faculty, students and staff—in Sewall Hall (SWLL) to learn about the academic program and community and ask questions.

Join the Libby RAP community—directors, faculty, students and staff—in Libby Hall (LBBY) to learn about the academic program and community and ask questions.

Join the Honors RAP community—directors, faculty, students and staff—in Smith Hall (SMTH) to learn about the academic program and community and ask questions. Light refreshments will be served and live music will be provided.
 

4-5 p.m. | Architecture Tour

Old Main (MAIN) North Side

Tour CU Boulder's campus while learning more about the historical development of the architectural style, campus design principles and the current practice and future vision for the institution!

5-7 p.m. | Pre-Stampede Receptions

Join New Student and Family Programs for our annual Pre-Stampede Celebration! Mix and mingle with other families, CU Administrators and staff over heavy appetizers and a cash bar at each location. Use this reception as an opportunity to celebrate the university and get excited for the game against University of Arizona on Saturday. Space is limited at each location so be certain to reserve your favorite spot soon!  Please note Pre-Stampede Receptions are ONLY included in the Gold registration package.  

The scene: Mexican standards, margaritas and a roof deck fuel festive vibes at this branch of an area chain. Join this reception for a tasty Nacho Bar, Boulder's favorite margarita and the lively roof top deck!

The scene: This upscale downtown hotel was built in 1909 and is known for its stained-glass ceiling. Join this reception for delicious upscale appetizers and the opportunity to see this beautiful Boulder hotel! 

The scene: Boulder House is a large event venue on Walnut Street in Downtown Boulder, providing a large open downstairs area, but also one of the best rooftop bars in Boulder! Make some friends, enjoy the cookout, toast the sunset, and take in the best view in town while sipping your own customized cocktail. Are you a CU Boulder Alumni? Join us at the Boulder House along with members of the Alumni Association for blast from the past as you gather with other current CU Boulder families and their students. All families are welcome and encouraged to attend this event. 

The scene: In 1979 two professors at CU Boulder received the 43rd brewing license issued in the U.S. and created Colorado’s first craft brewery—Boulder Beer Company. Join us at this reception and experience the origin of Colorado’s craft brewery scene.

7-8:30 p.m. | Pearl Street Stampede

Pearl Street, Boulder

Cheer on the CU Football team at the Pearl Street Stampede and get excited for the game against the University of Arizona! The Pearl Street Stampede has become the kickoff celebration for CU Boulder home football games for more than a decade. Fridays before each home game, hundreds of Buff fans line the Pearl Street Mall as members of the Golden Buffalo Marching Band play to the crowds' delight. The Stampede is a joint collaboration between the University of Colorado Boulder, local businesses, the city of Boulder and downtown Boulder.

7 p.m. | Fiske Planetarium: Ancient Light with Dr. Erica Ellingson

Fiske Planetarium

A thousand years ago, the Ancestral Puebloans built a complex and extensive civilization in the mountains and deserts of the Southwest US. They left behind extraordinary art and architecture which reflect their intimate relationship with the land, the sun, the moon and stars. Our project combines the scholarly, artistic and technological expertise of the University of Colorado Boulder. Our team includes astronomers and archaeologists who have made some of the most important discoveries in these regions. Our production team at Fiske Planetarium uses forefront technology to create high-resolution full-dome environments which will immerse our audiences in the stunning landscapes, archaeological sites and under starry skies. This educational experience will combine ancient knowledge and modern technology to explore the universal connection between humans and the skies.

Seating should be reserved in advance (payment is required) by calling the Fiske Planetarium ticket office at 303-492-5002 or emailing us a at fiske@colorado.edu and must be picked up at least 30 minutes in advance. You can also buy tickets on line going to our website ($10 general public and $7 CU Boulder students with current Buff OneCard) For more information visit Fiske Planetarium's website

Parking: Meters along Regent Drive near the Coors Events Center and Lot 308 are free after 5 p.m.

9 p.m. | Fiske Planetarium: Liquid Sky: Back to the Past.

Fiske Planetarium

Tickets are $10 general audience (no student discount). Seating should be reserved in advance by calling the Fiske Planetarium ticket office at 303-492-5002 or fiske@colorado.edu and pick up at least 30 minutes in advance. You can also buy tickets online by visiting our website. For more information, visit Fiske Planetarium's website. Parking: Meters along Regent Drive near the Coors Events Center and Lot 308 are free after 5 p.m.

10:30 p.m. | Fiske Planetarium: Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

Fiske Planetarium

Tickets are $10 general audience (no student discount). Seating should be reserved in advance by calling the Fiske Planetarium ticket office at 303-492-5002 or fiske@colorado.edu and pick up at least 30 minutes in advance. You can also buy tickets online by visiting our website. For more information, visit Fiske Planetarium's website. Parking: Meters along Regent Drive near the Coors Events Center and Lot 308 are free after 5 p.m.

12 a.m. | Fiske Planetarium: FiskEDM featuring the music of Big Gigantic & GRiZ

Fiske Planetarium

Tickets are $10 general audience (no student discount). Seating should be reserved in advance by calling the Fiske Planetarium ticket office at 303-492-5002 or fiske@colorado.edu and pick up at least 30 minutes in advance. You can also buy tickets online by visiting our website. For more information, visit Fiske Planetarium's website. Parking: Meters along Regent Drive near the Coors Events Center and Lot 308 are free after 5 p.m.

8 a.m.-1 p.m. | Check-In

University Memorial Center (UMC) South Terrace Tent

Pick up your Family Weekend agendas, t-shirts, Buffalo Family Stampede packets (if registered), and CU Boulder family swag!

10-11 a.m. | Fiske Planetarium | The Edge of the Visible Universe: High-Redshift Galaxies, Quasars, and Gamma-Ray Bursts​

Fiske Planetarium

Michael Shull of the CU Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences will discuss exciting discoveries made with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope of the most distant galaxies in the universe. These galaxies all expanding from one another, together with the fabric of space itself. New cameras on Hubble and ground-based telescopes have now found galaxies and quasars (massive black holes) whose ancient light was emitted 13.4 billion years ago. This talk will present the new data and explore its cosmological significance. How close have we come to viewing the "Edge of the Visible Universe”? What was the nature of the first stars formed 400 million years after the Big Bang and the explosions that ended their lives? 

This event is open only to CU Boulder families attending Family Weekend. Tickets available by 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7. No reservations accepted.

2:30-5:30 p.m. | Tailgate on Norlin Quad

Norlin Quad

Join New Student and Family Programs in a pre-game tailgate with your favorite traditional tailgate fare: food, lawn games, inflatable challenge courses and more. Tailgate will begin 3 hours prior to kickoff.

7-10 p.m. | Bowling and Billiards

University Memorial Center (UMC) Connection

Relax with your family after a long day of football celebrations! Show your Family Weekend nametag for free bowling or billiards at The Connection, located in the University Memorial Center. The Connection has 10 newly-renovated bowling lanes, eight 9-foot billiard tables, TVs, food, beverages and more! 

8-9 a.m. | Yoga

Duane Lawn

Get warmed up before the Fun Run with one of CU Boulder's Rec Center Yoga Instructors! We will have a limited number of yoga mats provided, but be sure to bring yours along if you are able. 

9-11 a.m. | Buffalo Family Stampede 5K Fun Run

TBD

Join us for the annual Buffalo Family Stampede 5K Fun Run through CU Boulder's beautiful campus! Proceeds for the Fun Run go directly to the Wardenburg Health Board's Medical Expense Assistance Fund: designed to support CU Boulder students with medical conditions who are unable to pay incurred medical bills or perscription costs. Registration prior to the event is required. Pick up your race packet with the rest of your materials for Family Weekend from Thursday to Saturday at check-in.