Family Weekend

Held each fall semester, Family Weekend offers opportunities for students and their loved ones to spend quality time together enjoying campus and community.

About Family Weekend

Most Family Weekend events take place on Friday evening and throughout Saturday. Sunday is a day that families use for casual visiting amongst themselves. 

There is no charge to attend Family Weekend, but we do ask families to register, which typically opens early in the fall semester.

Family Weekend 2023: October 27–28

We are so pleased to welcome families to campus for a fun and safe Family Weekend.

All guests visiting the campus for Family Weekend are asked to register so that we will know attendance numbers and can communicate important information to our expected guests.

Please review everything on this page so that you can be prepared for your eagerly awaited visit.

Typical Weekend Events

Faculty member lectures in a classroom
Attend classes
The Swinging Gates perform an a capella concert in Memorial Chapel
Concerts and exhibitions
A family eats and plays games together at a picnic table
Receptions and picnics
Fans of the Raiders in the stands at Andy Kerr Stadium
Sporting events
Two families greet one another and shake hands in downtown Hamilton
Explore Hamilton

Planning the Weekend

You may find the following resources helpful for planning your visit.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including those with disabilities, to engage fully. To request accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility to a specific event, please contact the specific organizer listed in the online calendar by Monday, October 17. Questions? 315-825-9322 or

Those planning travel may find the following resources helpful:

Beyond the on-campus meal offerings listed in the weekend schedule, there are a variety of dining establishments in the area; be sure to call ahead for hours of operation and space availability. In addition, the local Price Chopper Super Center on Rt. 12B just north of campus offers grab-and-go meal solutions as well as catering.

Parking on Family Weekend is open to anyone; however, parking is limited, on a first-come, first-served basis. Whenever possible, please walk or take advantage of the free Colgate Cruiser. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. 

Legal parking spots are marked with white lines. Parking on any roadway is prohibited. More information at Parking Guidelines.

In Hamilton, a limited number of parking spaces are available to Family Weekend guests in the Parry’s & Big Lots parking lot on Rt. 12B north of campus. The Colgate Cruiser will take you to campus.

Employees who wish to carpool to campus on Friday can connect through the Rideshare Program.




There is a charging station on Lally Lane available for use this weekend.  See Campus Map for location.

The Colgate Cruiser — our free shuttle service — is open to guests and members of the public as well as students and employees for navigating the campus and the Hamilton business district. Visit the Colgate Cruiser page or the Colgate mobile app for specific stop times, routes, and policies.

Guests on campus may connect to the Colgate-Guest Wi-Fi network for free.

Colgate welcomes the service animals of our guests. Service animals must remain under the control of their handler and not cause a disruption to any event.

Please note that, per University policy, pets and emotional support or comfort animals are not allowed in Colgate University buildings or tents, but are allowed in outdoor spaces. 

Day passes to Colgate’s fitness and recreation facilities are available to guests during open hours.

Family members are welcome to tailgate as part of enjoying the athletics contests over Family Weekend.

Please review Colgate's Tailgating Policy

Visit Campus Safety at 88 Hamilton St., or call 315-228-7333 (non-emergency).

Guests are expected to follow campus public health guidelines and policies while visiting Colgate. 
Review Visitor and Guest Guidelines
Read Masking Guidelines

Future Family Weekend Dates

  • October 18–19, 2024
  • October 31–November 1, 2025