Thank you to all of the UK families who made Family Weekend 2016 outstanding!
Pictures of this year's events will be posted in the next couple of weeks to the UKParents Facebook page.
Dates for Family Weekend 2017 will be available in late spring and will be posted to the Family Weekend website, UKParents Facebook page and Twitter. As soon as the dates have been announced, you will want to book your hotel in Lexington. Hotels book very quickly for Family Weekend.
Schedule - Download a PDF of the Family Weekend 2016 Schedule HERE
Football tickets will go on sale through UK Athletics in mid summer.
Family Weekend events tickets will go on sale during K Week.
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 more crowded as more than 60,000 Wildcat fans flock to the Commonwealth Stadium area. Racing fans will be descending on Lexington to cheer on the horses at Keeneland. Many families are eager to be part of both of those fall traditions! 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. We’ll put together the information you need in the Family Weekend guide that you can pick up at check-in on Friday night. If you can’t attend check-in, we’ll be sharing that same information on our website and Facebook and Twitter pages.
If football and horse racing 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 pre-game tent party, Spindletop lunch, and DNT 101, and all three of those 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 859-257-6597, email us at email@example.com, or post on our Facebook page 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 check-in for the weekend. If you won’t be in town by then, feel free to send your student over to pick up ourguide to the weekend. We’ll also post the information from the guide on our website and Facebook and Twitter pages.
Can we bring grandparents and other family members?
Yes, that’s why we call it Family Weekend! If we only wanted parents around, we’d call it Parents Weekend. 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 859-257-6597 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re happy to help you make plans.
Can a sibling 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.
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 and Keeneland bring 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 or off and when Keeneland isn’t running (meets are held every October and April). Visit www.visitlex.com for information on area accommodations.
Will events sell out?
Yes! The UK Parent and Family Association hosts the pre-game tent party, Spindletop lunch, and DNT 101, and all three of those events sell out every year. 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, pre-game tent party, Spindletop lunch, and DNT 101: A Taste of the Kentucky Doughnut Trail all require a ticket purchase. The tent party, Spindletop lunch, and DNT 101 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 to the UK football game will go on sale July 1, 2016 through UK Athletics. Click here and scroll down to Family Weekend for more information. Current Parent and Family Association members will need to log in to the Member Center using your email address as your username and the password you selected when you became a member. All others will need to submit an email address and create a new password to access the ticket request form.
Where do I park?
Every year we work very closely with UK Parking & Transportation to help you navigate campus during your visit. Note that campus will be very busy during Family Weekend, so you are advised to walk or use shuttles as much as possible. Parking will be limited, especially in the stadium area on Saturday. Please scroll down for additional parking information.
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!
Will I be able to attend the football game and Keeneland on October 8?
If you are interested in attending both the football game and Keeneland on October 8, Lextran does have a shuttle that runs from the stadium area to Keeneland. For more information, check out their website at http://lextran.com/blog/2016/10/uk-football-keeneland-shuttle-october-8th. Please note, however, that the parking map on this site only reflects season ticket holder parking options. To find visitor game day parking information, please refer to the parking instructions and maps on the Family Weekend website as well as the UK Athletics football game day website at http://ukathleticsgameday.com/football/.