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Family Weekend Check-in
Black Cultural Center
Bring your entire family to Family Weekend check-in on Friday evening! While you are there, pick up your Family Weekend registration materials, favors, nametags, and tickets. In order to pick-up Family Weekend tickets and football tickets (if purchased) you must bring your purchase receipts to Family Weekend Check-in. Please print these at the close of your registration sessions. Note: Check-in will not begin prior to 5:00 PM due to parking arrangements on campus.
Food will also be available for purchase on-site (cash only) at check-in. Families can purchase food for $5 per meal combo and $3 for bottled drinks. The menu includes:
UT Bookstore Shopping Exclusive
Main Branch in University Center Open Until 8:00 PM
The UT Bookstore is staying open late for you! Parents Association members will receive a 20% discount (valid Friday only) on souvenirs, gifts, and apparel..
Bowling, Billiards, & Table Tennis at the Down Under
University Center Down Under
Admission is $3 for parents & family members, & free for UT students. Enjoy Family Fun Night in the Down Under Recreation Center. Relax with your family with some casual entertainment including bowling, billiards, table tennis, foosball, Xbox 360, and more!
Fall Fest Street Fair
The Fall Fest street fair gives families the opportunity to see all that UT Knoxville has to offer. Offered in conjunction with the Office of Student Activities, Fall Fest will feature arts and crafts, introduce student organizations, and showcase student artwork. Representatives from the colleges will also be on hand in this casual and festive atmosphere to highlight unique features and outstanding accomplishments of our students. This is a terrific way to kick off the weekend by engaging in hands-on activities and learning about the latest opportunities at UT. Come see for yourself what the excitement is all about!
Ayres Hall Tour
Depart from Pedestrian Walkway Seal
The UT Knoxville campus icon, Ayres Hall, has recently undergone a total renovation into a state-of-the-art, LEED Certified instructional facility. We invite you to join us to tour this symbolic heart of our campus and to help celebrate the rich history of UT. (Note: this tour involves a large amount of walking. Accommodations can be made in advance for persons with disabilities.)
Tour the New Min Kao Engineering Building
Depart from Pedestrian Walkway Seal
Take time to tour the new home of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UT Knoxville. The Min Kao building offers brand new, state-of the-art classroom and laboratory space to UT students. The building opened in Spring 2012, and Family Weekend guests have the opportunity to participate in a special guided tour of the new facility. (Note: this tour involves a large amount of walking. Accommodations can be made in advance for persons with disabilities.)
Writers in the Library Undergraduate Writers Showcase
Hodges Library Auditorium
The Writers in the Library series invites you to hear outstanding UT student writers read from their works in Hodges Library during Family Weekend. Four student writers will be participating! RB Morris will provide musical entertainment.
Ben Rector Concert
Come enjoy the family-friendly sounds of Ben Rector at the Family Weekend concert on Friday. The concert is provided in partnership with Student Activities and will take place on the Humanities Amphitheatre. Visit http://benrectormusic.com for more on Ben Rector and his music! Admission to the concert is included in the Family Weekend Package for all Family Weekend guests.
Food will also be available for purchase on-site (cash only) at the concert. The menu includes:
Big Orange Tailgate Party
Join other parents, students, and UT staff for a tailgate unlike any other! With plenty of entertainment, music, games, and much more, there is enough fun for everyone in your family. Your Family Weekend nametag (available at Family Weekend Check-in on September 21) will be your ticket into the tailgate. The tailgate is included in the Family Weekend package and the menu includes:
The rain location for this event will be inside Thompson-Boling Arena. Admission to this event is included in the Family Weekend Registration Package, which is required for all Family Weekend attendees.
Family Weekend Silent Auction
The Family Weekend Silent Auction is a great opportunity for you and your family to support the Parents & Families Fund and win some unique items compiled and donated by Parents Association members and local businesses. Auction item winners will be announced during the tailgate, and will need to pay in-full and take possession of their items either at the tailgate or Sunday morning prior to leaving Family Weekend.
Future Vol/Sibling Session from Admissions
McClung Museum (Circle Park)
Come learn more about what it takes to become a Tennessee Volunteer! Siblings interested in applying to UT are invited to attend an information session hosted by the office of Undergraduate Admissions. Although older siblings have already been admitted and have started their careers as Volunteers, there are some changes to the process every year. This session will cover information on Admissions steps, Financial Aid & Scholarships, and creating a Vol-In-Progress account. Siblings of ALL AGES and their parents are welcome to attend. Students are never too young to start thinking about college! This session will last about 30 minutes. McClung Museum is located in Circle Park, the same location as the Family Weekend Big Orange Tailgate before kick-off.
Undergraduate Admissions will be giving campus tours to interested siblings on Friday evening, September 21st. Students will need to have a Vol-in-Progress (VIP) account to register. Visit http://admissions.utk.edu/undergraduate/ for more information on tours.
Torchbearer Statue, Circle Park
The Vol Walk is one of the most prominent traditions of a game day at UT. The Vol Walk carves a path directly in front of Circle Park. Don't miss the Vol Walk as the football team makes their entrance into Neyland Stadium.
University Center Ballroom
Each fall, the College of Arts & Sciences presents the Pregame Showcase - a program featuring 45-minute educational presentations by UT faculty members before each home football game. The speaker for the Family Weekend Showcase is Dr. Nathan Kelly, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science. Dr. Kelly will discuss "The Politics of Income Inequality in the United States". The Pregame Showcase is held 2 hours before kickoff and is free and open to the public.
UT vs. Akron Football Game
Join over 100,000 Big Orange fans in cheering the Vols on to victory as they take on the University of Akron inside Neyland Stadium! Remember that all items, including purses, are subject to search at the gates. Fans are allowed to bring the following items into the stadium: cushions/seats without arms, small cameras, pagers, cell phones, and binoculars. Bottles, cans, large cameras, coolers, and stadium chairs with arms are prohibited in Neyland Stadium. All persons, regardless of age, must have a ticket in order to gain admission into Neyland Stadium.
Anchor Splash Triathlon
Student Aquatic Center
The Delta Gamma Sorority is pairing up with Race Day Events to hold this triathlon that benefits Service for Sight and individuals who are blind or visually impaired in the Knoxville community. The triathlon consists of a 3 mile run, and 6 mile bike, and a 300 meter swim and relay teams are allowed! You can sign up by going to www.racedayevents.net and clicking on "Anchor Splash Triathlon".
Family Weekend Brunch
Presidential Court Café
Enjoy a Big Orange Brunch with your Vol on Sunday morning. Use this time to connect and visit with other families as we conclude a great Fall Family Weekend! Parents and guests can register in advance for the brunch in the Family Weekend Registration system. Tickets are $5 per person in advance through the Family Weekend registration system. The brunch menu includes:
Bump, Set, Spike – Lady Vols Volleyball
Friday 7:00 PM (vs. Arkansas)
Sunday 1:00 PM (vs. South Carolina)
You have two chances to cheer on the Lady Vols during Family Weekend while they take on two SEC rivals! Both matches will be held in Thompson-Boling Arena located on campus. Admission is free to both matches when you present your Akron football ticket or you can buy tickets at the door. All seats are general admission.
Knoxville Museum of Art
Friday & Saturday 10:00 AM -5:00 PM
1050 World's Fair Park Drive, Knoxville TN
The Knoxville Museum of Art presents art exhibits highlighting the tradition of our region. Come see the artwork of individuals and institutions reflecting both the rich culture and history of East Tennessee as well as new ideas in the art world. The museum is located next to World's Fair Park near UT's campus. Admission is free! Visit http://www.knoxart.org/index.html for information on current collections.
Friday & Saturday 9:00 AM -5:00 PM
1327 Circle Park Drive, Knoxville TN
Visit McClung Museum for free during your visit to UT! The museum includes collections on natural & local history, archeology, anthropology, and decorative arts. Learn about the cultural movements throughout the history of Tennessee and all over the world. "Zen Buddhism and the Arts of Japan" will be on exhibit during Family Weekend. For more information, visit http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu/.
East Tennessee History Center
Friday 9:00 AM -4:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM -4:00 PM
Sunday 1:00PM-5:00 PM
601 S. Gay St., Knoxville TN
Come learn more about the heritage of East Tennessee by visiting the East Tennessee History Center downtown. Exhibits include those from the Smithsonian and the Tennessee State Museum to share a broader range of historical stories. Since the 1990s, the museum has included over 10,000 artifacts from counties all across the state of Tennessee. Admission is free on Sunday, $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and always free for children 16 & under on all other days of the week. For more information, click here.
Visit the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
700 Hall of Fame Drive
Discounted admission is $4 per person for Family Weekend participants. The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame is dedicated to recognizing and promoting women's basketball on all levels. Visitors can check out the world's largest basketball, test their skills, and listen in on pep talks from famous women's basketball coaches, including Pat Summit! (To receive the discounted admission rate, participants will simply need to show their Family Weekend nametag or program guide upon entry.)
Check Out Market Square
Friday 7:00 PM (Movie)
Saturday: All Day
Market Square, Downtown
On Friday night, go to Market Square to watch Lady and the Tramp under the stars at 7:00 PM. On Saturday night after a Tennessee victory, treat your hungry family to a meal in this historic part of Knoxville. Its close proximity to campus and family-friendly environment make it an ideal destination! For more information, visit http://knoxvillemarketsquare.com/.
Stop and Smell the Roses at the UT Gardens
Friday-Sunday: Sunrise to Sunset
If you find the time to visit the UT Gardens, you will be greeted by a colorful, peaceful atmosphere. It is a great place to take a stroll and relax. Explore the scenic venue and take pictures with your family that will last a lifetime! Click here for more information.
So Much to See and Knoxville ZOO!
Friday-Sunday 9:30 AM -6:00 PM
3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive Knoxville, TN 37914
With all of its exotic animals to see, the zoo is the wildest attraction in Knoxville! It is located less than 20 minutes from campus and is a sure way to please everyone. Admission for adults is $19.95, kids (2-12) and seniors (65+) are $15.95 and children under 2 years old are free. Parking is $5. For additional information, visit http://www.knoxville-zoo.org/.
Please Note: Due to the nature of processing, planning, and event coordination, the Parents Association is unable to offer refunds to any Family Weekend registrant at any time. The Parents Association Family Weekend will take place except in the most severe weather conditions. In the event of rain, all activities will take place as scheduled, possibly in alternate locations. However, in the event of severe weather such as lightning, the Parents Association, together with the University of Tennessee may elect to delay or cancel any part of Family Weekend at any time. Due to the nature of event planning and coordination, the Parents Association will not offer any refunds, in full or in part, to any participant due to weather. For more information on the University of Tennessee's Inclement Weather Policy, please click here.
There will be professional photography services on site at Family Weekend and other Parents Association events. The Parents Association reserves the right to use these pictures in publications and on University of Tennessee website(s) as it sees fit.
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