A barbecue dinner, jazz breakfast, tours, football game, comedy show and a variety of other activities are all rolled up this weekend as part of UCF’s annual Family Weekend.
The Sept. 16-18 event sponsored by Student Development and Enrollment Services is spread out all around the university and hosted by different organizations as a way to show what it’s like to be a Knight on campus.
“Family Weekend provides an opportunity for family members to return to campus and participate in a variety of spirit-filled events,” said Erin Butler, director of the First Year Experience & Pegasus Parent Program. “Students have been in classes for four weeks now. It’s a good time for family members to check in and meet new friends their student has made, hear how courses are going, and simply show love and support.”
New this year is the Friday night barbecue dinner for weekend registrants, along with the outdoor showing of Disney’s The BFG on Memory Mall (hosted by the Campus Activities Board), and the UCF Tailgate Concert Series, Butler said.
Participants also will be able to view the 10 p.m. Friday inaugural Lighting of the Spires on Knights Plaza in front of the CFE Arena. The two columns are fitted with flame bowls at the top that can emit natural-gas flames up to 10 feet.
The complete schedule and registration details are here.
The Family Weekend package of $20 plus tax and service fee covers many of the scheduled events.
Some of the events have additional prices, including the Saturday night football game against the Maryland Terrapins (weekend ticket holders get a 20 percent discount on tickets), and the Sunday night concert by Grammy-winning singer Meghan Trainor at CFE Arena. Tickets for the game are available through UCF Athletics, and for the concert through www.ticketmaster.com.
“There’s lots going on that families can choose to participate in,” Butler said.