FAMILY WEEKEND: October 7 - 9, 2016


Schedule

 

Friday, October 7

 

 Dawn to Dusk ● Arboretum

(Alumni Drive east of Commonwealth Stadium) 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 www.ca.uky.edu/arboretum/

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 free of charge 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 www.uky.edu/VisitorCenter 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 www.visitlex.com 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 http://kyhorsepark.com.  

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 www.keeneland.com.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. ● James W. Stuckert Career Center Open House

(408 Rose Street across from the Singletary Center for the Arts) Enjoy light refreshments as you learn about career services at UK.

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 9 a.m. until 12 noon on Tuesday through Friday (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 (michaela.miles@uky.edu – 859-257-6199). Call (859) 257-5716 or visit http://finearts.uky.edu/art-museum for further information.

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.  Family Weekend Check-in

(W.T. Young Library) Kick off Family Weekend with a stop at Young Library to pick up the official Family Weekend guide. Enjoy food and music, grab some giveaways, take a family photo in our photo booths, and learn more about UK and Lexington at the resource fair! Bring an old t-shirt to our t-shirt swap and get a vintage UK t-shirt in return. Hosted in conjunction with the UK Alumni Association, the UK Parent & Family Association is excited to welcome students, families, and alumni to this fun event!

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.  Big Blue Pantry Food Drive

(W.T. Young Library) Help support students in need – donate to the Big Blue Pantry! A relatively new initiative at UK, 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 Family Weekend Check-in. For more information, email BigBluePantry@gmail.com.

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.  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. ● Late Night Film Series: The Motorcycle Diaries

(Memorial Hall) Students and families are invited to a free movie. Don't miss the dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life’s calling. (Rated R, 126 min.)

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

(Singletary Center for the Arts) Ragtime is a compelling epic capturing the American experience in turn-of-the century New York tracking three diverse families in pursuit of the American dream. Individual tickets are available at www.etix.com. For more information, visit http://finearts.uky.edu/singletary-center.

8 p.m. NPHC Homecoming Step Show

(Memorial Coliseum) 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., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Tickets are $18 for UK students with a valid student ID ($20 day of show)  and $20 for general admission ($25 day of show). Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com and at the Student Involvement Ticket Center at 108 Bowman’s Den, (859) 257-TICS.

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 www.pa.uky.edu/observatory.

10 p.m. ● Late Night Film Series: The Big Lebowski

(Memorial Hall) Students and families are invited to a free movie. “The Dude” Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his blowing buddies for help. (Rated R, 117 min.)

 

Saturday, October 8

 

2 ½ hours before the UK - Vanderbilt University Football Game  Family Weekend Tent Party

(Tent located on Johnson Center Fields at the corner of University Drive and Cooper Drive) As we get ready to watch the Cats take on Vanderbilt, enjoy a delicious meal, entertainment, and giveaways! This is the only place to get the official Family Weekend 2016 t-shirt! There will be something for Wildcat fans of all ages! Even if you are not attending the game, you are welcome to attend. Tickets are $12 for UK Parent and Family Association members, $5 for UK students, and $15 for all others. All attendees must have a ticket for admission.

You are encouraged to purchase tickets at your earliest convenience. The Parent and Family Association cannot guarantee availability; ticket availability is limited by the capacity of the tent. This event has sold out in recent years. Tickets may be purchased online or at the Student Involved Ticket Center Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 859-257-TICS and pay by credit card (phone orders are subject to a $3 convenience charge) or have your student stop by Bowman's Den to pay with cash, check, credit card, or Plus Account. Tickets must be purchased in advance by 4 p.m. on September 30 (pending availability); no refunds will be issued after this date. Tent party tickets will not be available for sale at the tent.

Time TBD  UK Football vs. Vanderbilt

(Commonwealth Stadium) Tickets for Family Weekend guests are now on sale and may only be purchased by phone or in person. Call the Uk Ticket Office at 1-800-928-2287 for 859-257-1818 to order tickets. The Ticket Office is located in the Joe Craft Center behind Memorial Coliseum on campus and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Family Weekend guests can purchase both gues tickets and UK student tickets, sitting next to each other. Tickets may be purchased in the reserved seating areas. Be sure to reference Family Weekend when calling the Ticket Office. UK student tickets are $5 with a valid UK student ID. Guest tickets are $45 each when referencing Family Weekend. Each phone ticket order will incur a processing fee of $10. You are encouraged to purchase tickets at your earliest convenience. Given the high demand for UK athletic tickets, the Parent and Family Association and UK Athletics Department cannot guarantee availablity. For complete game day information, visit http://ukathleticsgameday.com/football. You'll find information on shuttles from campus and downtown, parking, disability services, stadium regulations, and more. Go Cats!

Time TBD ● Johnson Student Recreation Center

(South Campus, Complex Drive) Families are welcome to tour UK's state-of-the-art recreation facility. Families are invited to work out free of charge with their students (valid UK student ID required; guests must be at least 14 years old and show a photo ID). The Johnson Center's Saturday hours will be determinded by kick-off of the UK vs. Vanderbilt University football game. Call 859-257-3928 or visit www.uky.edu/CampusRec to verify hours prior to your visit that day.

7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.  Keeneland Breakfast with the Works & Out-of-State Family Meet-and-Greet

(Keeneland is located off Versailles Road across from Blue Grass Airport.) Every Saturday during the race meeting, experience the sunrise, sights, and sounds of Keeneland at our popular Breakfast with the Works program. Watch world-famous Thoroughbreds as they work out in preparation for their next big race; listen to trackside commentary and find out more about the art of horse training and exercising; enjoy a delicious breakfast with your family in the Equestrian Dining Room for $7 (children 3 and under eat free); and participate in free children’s activities and live demonstrations until 9 a.m. Reservations are not taken or needed for Breakfast with the Works. For more information on planning your Keeneland day, visit www.keeneland.com.

If you are visiting Lexington from out of state and wish to connect with other out-of-state UK families, stop by the Parent and Family Association table outside the Equestrian Dining Room to pick up a special gift. Our staff will be happy to meet you and help connect you with other families from your area.

7 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Lexington Farmers Market 

(Cheapside Park) Enjoy a morning visit to downtown Lexington, and check out fruits and vegetables, herbs, flowers, jams and jellies, honey, Kentucky specialties, and more. For more information, visit www.lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.   

8 a.m. – 12 noon  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 www.uky.edu/VisitorCenter for a tour schedule and more information. 

8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  UK College of Engineering Continental Breakfast

(Ralph G. Anderson Building Atrium and Student Commons) Engineering students and their families are invited to a free continental breakfast featuring exhibits from departments and student organizations as well as an opportunity to meet the dean of the college and professors. 

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.  UK College of Communication and Information Breakfast Social

(Grehan Building) All parents and students are invited to join us for a come-and-go breakfast social. Stop by for coffee and bagels and get to know CI faculty and student ambassadors.

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 http://kyhorsepark.com

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Education Abroad Information Session

(W.T. Young Library, Multipurpose Room B-108C) Learn about the different opportunities abroad for your student – including study, intern, research, service, and teach abroad programs. What’s the value of education abroad? How much does it cost? How does it all work? Get answers to these questions and more. A light breakfast and refreshments will be served. To RSVP, email Olivia Ellis at olivia.ellis@uky.edu with your name and the number of attendees in your party. 

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  College of Education Breakfast Tailgate

(Taylor Education Building front lawn) There will be music, food, games, and more! Come and hang out with our entire college family and our alumni as we celebrate the great past, present, and future of our college. Afterwards, we’ll all head to the football game and cheer on our Wildcats!!!

10 a.m. ● UK College of Nursing Information Session

(315-T College of Nursing Building, 751 Rose Street) Find out what it’s REALLY like to be a nursing student. We’ll start promptly at 10 a.m. with an information session before departing on a tour of the college for a chance to see labs and areas off-limits to the general public. Call (859) 323-5108 or email conss@uky.edu for more information. Parking is available in Parking Structure #3 (Kentucky Clinic parking garage: www.uky.edu/pts/parking-info_lots-and-structures_parking-structure-3) located on Huguelet Ave. between Rose St. and South Limestone St.

10 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 www.visitlex.com or call 1-800-845-3959 or (859) 233-7299 for more great information about Lexington.

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 www.keeneland.com.

12 noon – 5 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. Call (859) 257-5716 or visit http://finearts.uky.edu/art-museum.

2 p.m. (Doors open at 1:30 p.m.) ● UK Opera Theatre presents Ragtime

(Singletary Center for the Arts) Ragtime is a compelling epic capturing the American experience in turn-of-the century New York tracking three diverse families in pursuit of the American dream. Individual tickets are available at www.etix.com. For more information, visit http://finearts.uky.edu/singletary-center.

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

(Singletary Center for the Arts) Ragtime is a compelling epic capturing the American experience in turn-of-the century New York tracking three diverse families in pursuit of the American dream. Individual tickets are available at www.etix.com. For more information, visit http://finearts.uky.edu/singletary-center.

 

Looking for Fall Fun?

 

Lexington is a great place to celebrate the best of fall! Family fun awaits at three of Lexington’s favorite farms and orchards hosting fall festivals from mid-September through the end of October.

 

Stop by Evans Orchard for yummy treats, pumpkin picking, apples, pears, and more. They are open on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 12 noon – 6 p.m. Learn more at www.evansorchard.com.

 

The Boyd Orchard Fall Festival boasts hayrides, food, farm animals, and a corn maze. Their hours are Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sundays from 12 noon – 6 p.m. Visit them online at www.boydorchards.com.

 

Bi-Water Farm’s AutumnFest features a five-acre corn maze, spooky farmhouse, pumpkins, lots of fresh produce, and more! Their hours are Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sundays from 12 noon – 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.biwaterfarm.com

 

Sunday, October 9

Dawn to Dusk  Arboretum

(Alumni Drive east of Commonwealth Stadium) 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 www.ca.uky.edu/arboretum/

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 http://kyhorsepark.com.  

10 a.m. – 12 noon DNT 101: A Taste of the Kentucky Doughnut Trail

(Boone Center, corner of Rose St. and Columbia Ave.) In 2012, The New York Times article “Twists and Turns along a Kentucky Doughnut Trail” brought well-deserved publicity to many of the region’s fine doughnut purveyors and introduced the country to one of Kentucky’s sweetest secrets. Now we are bringing the Kentucky Doughnut Trail to you! Join us to sample doughnuts from some of our favorite local bakeries, including North Lime Coffee & Donuts, Spalding’s Bakery, Magee’s Bakery, Donut Days Bakery, and Doughdaddy’s Doughnuts; then vote for your favorite! Gluten-free treats will also be available.

Tickets to DNT 101 are $7 for current UK students and for UK Parent & Family Association members and $10 for all other participants. Tickets may be purchased online or at the Student Involvement Ticket Center Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (859) 257-TICS and pay by credit card (phone orders are subject to a $3 convenience charge) or have your student stop by Bowman’s Den to pay with cash, check, credit card, or Plus Account. Tickets must be purchased in advance by 4 p.m. on September 30 (pending availability); no refunds will be issued after this date. Tickets will not be available for sale at the event.

10 a.m. – 12 noon  Big Blue Pantry Food Drive

(Boone Center, corner of Rose St. and Columbia Ave.) Help support students in need – donate to the Big Blue Pantry! A relatively new initiative at UK, 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 DNT 101. For more information, email BigBluePantry@gmail.com.

10 a.m. – 12 noon See the Sun!

(Outside the Boone Center, corner of Rose St. and Columbia Ave.) The sun is mostly hydrogen. When you look at the sun exclusively in the color of ionized hydrogen, you see things that cannot be seen with simple white-light filters. You are invited to join the Department of Physics and Astronomy and see the sun, weather permitting, using a special telescope that is designed to do one thing only: to safely observe the sun in a single color.

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Lexington Farmers Market 

(Southland Drive) Enjoy a morning visit to check out fruits and vegetables, herbs, flowers, jams and jellies, honey, Kentucky specialties, and more. For more information, visit www.lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.   

11 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.  Families are invited to work out free of charge with their students (valid UK student ID required; guests must be at least 14 years old and show a photo ID). 

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 www.keeneland.com.

12 noon – 2 p.m.  Sunday Lunch at Historic Spindletop Hall

(Spindletop Hall, 3414 Ironworks Pike) Join UK administrators and faculty for a delicious Sunday lunch at historic Spindletop, UK’s private club for faculty, staff, and alumni. An adult meal is $20 for Parent & Family Association members and $25 for non-members. Children 12 and under dine for $12. Tickets may be purchased online or at the Student Involvement Ticket Center Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (859) 257-TICS and pay by credit card (phone orders are subject to a $3 convenience charge) or have your student stop by Bowman’s Den to pay with cash, check, credit card, or Plus Account. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance by 4 p.m. on September 30(pending availability); no refunds will be issued after this date. Business casual dress is appropriate; no denim please. Lunch will be served from 12 noon – 1:30 p.m. Tickets will not be available for sale at the event. For more information on Spindletop, visit www.spindletophall.org.   

12 noon – 5 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. Call (859) 257-5716 or visit http://finearts.uky.edu/art-museum.

2 p.m.  UK Volleyball vs. Tennessee

(Memorial Coliseum) Cheer on the volleyball team as they take on the Volunteers! As a special treat for Family Weekend guests, any UK student wishing to bring his or her 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 www.ukathletics.com for more information. 

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

(Singletary Center for the Arts) Ragtime is a compelling epic capturing the American experience in turn-of-the century New York tracking three diverse families in pursuit of the American dream. Individual tickets are available at www.etix.com. For more information, visit http://finearts.uky.edu/singletary-center.

Uniquely Lexington

Lexington is known as the Horse Capital of the World. The Bluegrass Region is also home to a rich history, tradition, and a beautiful landscape of rolling hills. Here are a few exciting things to experience that are uniquely Lexington.

Explore Lexington’s past by visiting places such as Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate; the Mary Todd Lincoln House; the Hunt-Morgan House; Waveland; and the Latrobe House. For more information about visiting these historic homes, go to www.visitlex.com/idea/historic-homes.php.  

Help uphold the tradition of horses in Lexington and visit one (or a few!) of Lexington’s horse farms. There are 450 horse farms in Lexington where you can see the world’s most fabulous barns, get up-close-and-personal with Kentucky Derby winners, or discover an exciting variety of horse breeds. To learn more about scheduling a tour, visit www.visitlex.com/idea/horse-farms.php.

Explore the scenic beauty of Horse Farm Country with the Bluegrass Country Driving Tour. Call 1-800-845-3959 or visit www.visitlex.com/driving-tours.php to learn more and have a map mailed to your house.

  


Tickets

Tickets to the Parent and Family Association tent party, DNT 101: Taste of the Kentucky Doughnut Trail, and lunch at historic Spindletop may now be purchased online HERE! 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. 

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.

UK vs. Vanderbilt football tickets for Family Weekend guests are on sale as of July 1 and may only be purchased by phone or in person. Call the UK Ticket Office at 1-800-928-2287 or 859-257-1818 to order tickets. The Ticket Office is located in the Joe Craft Center behind Memorial Coliseum on campus and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Family Weekend guests can purchase both guest tickets and UK student tickets, sitting next to each other. Tickets may be purchased in the reserved seating areas. Be sure to reference Family Weekend when calling the Ticket Office in order to take advantage of the special ticket rate. UK student tickets are $5 with a valid UK student ID. Guest tickets are $45 each when referencing Family Weekend. Each phone ticket order will incur a processing fee of $10. You are encouraged to purchase tickets at your earliest convenience. Given the high demand for UK athletic tickets, the Parent and Family Association and UK Athletics Department cannot guarantee availability. For complete game day information this fall, visit the Football Gameday website. You’ll find information on shuttles from campus and downtown, parking, disability services, stadium regulations, and more. Go Cats!

 


FAQs

  • 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 parents@lsv.uky.edu, 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 parents@lsv.uky.edu. 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. Tickets to the Parent and Family Association tent party, DNT 101: Taste of the Kentucky Doughnut Trail, and to lunch at historic Spindletop may now be purchased online HERECurrent 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. Please check back for detailed instructions and maps. 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.
     

  • 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!


Hotel Information

BOOK YOUR HOTEL NOW! Given the demand for hotel rooms on a home football weekend during Homecoming and Keeneland’s fall meet, you are strongly encouraged to make reservations at your earliest convenience. Check out www.visitlex.com for accommodation information.


Football Tickets

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. Kick-off times are determined by the TV schedule and will be TBA until a week before the game.


Directions and Parking

Check back here for detailed parking information and maps.