Family Weekend Schedule - Friday, October 6, 2017


Dawn to Dusk  Arboretum

(Alumni Drive east of Kroger Field) Take a stroll on the 2.1 mile paved walkway meandering through Kentucky’s official state botanical garden. The path includes “Walk across Kentucky,” an educational exploration of the various specimens of trees, shrubs, grasses, and other plant life native to one of the seven physiographic regions of Kentucky. Kids of all ages will love the Kentucky Children’s Garden. For more information, visit


6 a.m. – 12 midnight  Johnson Student Recreation Center

(South Campus, Complex Drive) Families are welcome to tour UK’s state-of-the-art recreation facility, which features a climbing wall, multi-purpose gymnasium, four-lane elevated jogging track, aerobics studios, racquetball courts, and more. Families are invited to work out with their students (valid UK student ID required; guests must be at least 14 years old and show a photo ID). 


8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  UK Visitor Center

(Main Building) Stop by the Visitor Center to get information about campus and Lexington. All are welcome to take a guided tour while visiting campus, but reservations for tours are required. Call 859-257-3595 or visit for a tour schedule and more information. 


9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau

(401 West Main Street downtown) Get information about the wide variety of activities Lexington has to offer. Pick up copies of Lexington’s Visitor Planning Guide and maps of driving and walking tours. Check out or call 1-800-845-3959 or 859-233-7299 for more great information about Lexington.


9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Kentucky Horse Park

(4089 Iron Works Pike) The Kentucky Horse Park lives up to its reputation as the place to get close to horses! Home to many different breeds, large and small, the park introduces you to the world of the horse. Experience the behind-the-scenes sights and sounds of a real working horse farm as you explore the grounds. Kentucky Horse Park tickets include admission to the world-renowned International Museum of the Horse, the American Saddlebred Museum, a Horse-Drawn Tour, and equine presentations throughout the day. For ticket prices and visitor information, visit  


11 a.m.  Live Horse Racing at Historic Keeneland

(Keeneland is located off Versailles Road across from Blue Grass Airport.) Attending races at Keeneland is a favorite pastime in Lexington! Bring the whole family to enjoy the horses, pageantry, and tradition! Gates open at 11 a.m., and post time for the first race is 1:05 p.m. Races run throughout the day approximately every half hour. General admission is $5 per person; children 12 and under are admitted free. Other seating options are available. For more information on planning your Keeneland day, visit


12 noon – 8 p.m. ● The Art Museum at UK

(Located in the Singletary Center for the Arts) Visit the Art Museum to see the museum’s permanent collection – works of art from a rich variety of times and places are on view at all times. The collection includes significant examples of painting, sculpture, works on paper, and photography. Visitors can also enjoy our sculpture garden, directly outside the museum’s entrance. Docent-guided tours are available for students and adult groups from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday through Sunday (other times available by request).  Groups of more than 10 are encouraged to arrange a docent-guided tour. Tours are FREE but must be scheduled three weeks in advance. Special tours that include art-inspired writing or drawing are also available. To schedule a tour, please contact Michaela Miles ( – 859-257-6199). Call 859-257-5716 or visit for more information.


2 p.m. – 4 p.m. ● James W. Stuckert Career Center Open House

(408 Rose Street, across from the Singletary Center for the Arts) Enjoy light refreshments, meet with office staff, and learn all about career services at UK!


5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.  Family Weekend Welcome

(W.T. Young Library) Kick off Family Weekend with a stop at the William T. Young Library to pick up the official Family Weekend Guide. Enjoy Kentucky cuisine, grab some giveaways, take a family photo in our photo booth, and learn more about UK and Lexington at the resource fair and at the Faculty and Family Gathering, where UK faculty members will share their expertise on topics of local interest! This year Family Weekend is being held the same weekend as UK’s Homecoming! Hosted in conjunction with the UK Alumni Association, the UK Parent and Family Association is excited to welcome students, families, and alumni to this fun, free event!


5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.  Big Blue Pantry Food Drive

(W.T. Young Library) Help support students in need – donate to the Big Blue Pantry! The Big Blue Pantry serves UK students experiencing food insecurity by distributing non-perishable food items. Bring a canned good, a jar of peanut butter, or a monetary donation to the Family Weekend Welcome and receive a UK t-shirt (while supplies last). For more information about the Big Blue Pantry, email


6 p.m. – 10 p.m.  Lexington Night Market

(700 block of Bryan Avenue off North Limestone) Held the first Friday of every month from April to December, the Night Market is a free pop-up open-air market featuring food, live music, art, and a variety of vendors.


7 p.m.  UK Volleyball vs. University of Alabama

(Memorial Coliseum) Cheer on the volleyball team as they take on Alabama! As a special treat for Family Weekend guests, any UK student wishing to bring their family to the game can get four guests in for free in addition to the regular free student admission (with a valid UK student ID). Additional tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children. Tickets are general admission and may be purchased by calling the Wildcat Ticket Office at 1-800-928-2287 or at the ticket office prior to, or on the day of, the game. Visit for more information. 


7 p.m. ● Late Night Film Series: The Hitman’s Bodyguard

(Memorial Hall) The world’s top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time. Free for students and families. (Rated R, 1 hr. 58 min.)


7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.) ● UK Opera Theatre presents La Traviata

(Singletary Center for the Arts) La Traviata is one of the cornerstones of the operatic repertory. The score is littered with fantastic tunes that are now wildly famous (even those who aren’t at all operatically versed will know many of the arias from countless TV ads) but beyond that it is the coherence of the whole piece that makes it a masterpiece. Individual tickets are available at or by calling the Singletary Center Ticket Office at 859-257-4929. For more information, visit


8 p.m. NPHC Homecoming Step Show

(Lexington Opera House, 401 W Short Street) Join members of the “Divine Nine” historically African-American fraternities and sororities as they seek to share the heritage of NPHC organizations through step show performances that you will not soon forget. Participating NPHC organizations include: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Purchase your tickets online HERE!


8 p.m. – 10 p.m. MacAdam Student Observatory

(Top of Parking Structure #2 across from Young Library) Take a tour of the $1 million MacAdam Student Observatory. Families will have a chance to gaze at stars and planets through the observatory’s robotic 20” telescope (weather permitting). Images of galaxies, star clusters, and nebulae (taken from the center of a city of 200,000+), along with information about our outreach programs can be found at


10 p.m. ● Late Night Film Series: Love and Mercy

(Memorial Hall)  In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24-hour watch of shady therapist Dr. Eugene Landy. (Rated PG-13, 2 hrs. 1 min.)