More details about the Family Weekend 2023 schedule will be posted here and on The UA Crimson Connection as they become available. If you haven’t yet set up your free account, act now so you don’t miss any information!
Please view an example of a Schedule of Events for 2023 to help plan your visit. Family Weekend ticket holders click here for additional check-in details.
*Family Weekend Shuttle
** Events/activities for Family Weekend Ticket holders
Any weather schedule changes will be emailed directly to Family Weekend ticket holders.
For Friday, Family Weekend Shuttle (a chartered Crimson Ride bus) will stop at the Stallings Dr./East Perimeter Parking Lot (702 Johnny Stallings Dr.), the UA Student Center, and the President’s Mansion (the Quad) from 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. to help you get around campus. **
🗓 FRIDAY | September 22, 2023
10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. | Family Weekend Check-In
*The Family Weekend shuttle stops here.
Registered Family Weekend participants should check in to pick up their Family Weekend packets, including a Family Weekend guide, schedule of events, clear stadium bag, and event wristbands/ tickets. ** NOTE: Big Al, the Alabama mascot will be making an appearance at check-in from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Anyone arriving after 7:00 p.m. can pick up their packet at the Saturday Family Weekend tailgate.
LOCATION: The UA Student Center Great Hall, Second Floor
Self-Guided Tour | Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History Trail
Visit the Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History & Reconciliation Foundation website to see a map of the self-guided civil rights history tour. Website: civilrightstuscaloosa.org
LOCATION: Downtown Tuscaloosa
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. & 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Gorgas House Museum
Visit the Gorgas House Museum to see UA’s first campus building. The Gorgas House Museum connects the original campus of 1831 and today. Website: https://gorgashouse.museums.ua.edu/
LOCATION: Gorgas House
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. | Paul W. Bryant Museum
Visit the Paul W. Bryant Museum to see the exhibit, artifacts, and memorabilia that trace the long history of the University of Alabama football program. Visit bryantmuseum.com for pricing.
LOCATION: 300 Paul W. Bryant Drive
10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Warner Transportation Museum
Visit the Warner Transportation Museum for free admission to learn how they aim to advance knowledge and appreciation of Tuscaloosa’s local and regional history.
LOCATION: 1901 Jack Warner Parkway
10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Alabama Museum of Natural History
Visit the Alabama Museum of Natural History to learn how they detail the state’s natural history and ancient past. Visit almnh.museums.ua.edu for pricing.
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. | Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life Open House
Stop by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life to learn more about the Greek community and meet the staff. Both current and prospective members and their families are welcome to drop in!
LOCATION: Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, 2500 UA Student Center
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. | VMA Open House
Join the VMA office for lunch and an open house to explore the resources and services offered at the Capstone for military-affiliated students (veterans, service members, dependents, and survivors).
LOCATION:3000 Houser Hall
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.| First-Gen Programs Open House
Join First-Gen Programs in the Capstone Center for Student Success (the third floor of Russell Hall) to meet Legacy Scholars and UA’s First-Gen community members and chat about how your first-gen student can get connected on campus.
LOCATION: Russell Hall 300
12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. | First Year Experience
Join First Year Experience for an FYE Friday Tailgate with FREE Food, Tailgate Games, and opportunities to connect with family, friends, and FYE.
LOCATION: Russell Hall 300
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. | College of Human Environmental Sciences Open House
Join the CHES for an open house hosted by CHES Ambassadors CHES ‘SWAG’ will be given out during this event.
LOCATION: Doster Hall’s Alumni Room
1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | College of Engineering Open House
Join us for an informational reception and tour of the college to see how your student can get involved and enjoy a fun treat on us.
LOCATION: H.M. Comer, room 1026
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. | Culverhouse College of Business Ice Cream Social
The Culverhouse College of Business invites you to an ice cream social and open house in the courtyard behind Hewson Hall. We encourage families to meet with our Academic Advisors, College Staff and Student Ambassadors.
LOCATION: Hewson Hall Courtyard (back of the building facing Publix)
2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Culverhouse School of Accountancy Open House
The Culverhouse School of Accountancy invites you to an open house to learn more about our program and meet some of our faculty and staff.
LOCATION: 1001 Hewson Hall
2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. | Capstone College of Nursing Open House
Join the Capstone College of Nursing for an Open House
LOCATION: Capstone College of Nursing
2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. | College of Education Open House
We invite you to our open house in front of Autherine Lucy Hall. Meet our faculty, staff, and ambassadors and learn how to get involved with our college and the programs we offer.
LOCATION: Lawn of Autherine Lucy Hall
2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. | School of Social Work Open House
Students and Families are invited to the School of Social Work’s Little Hall Front Porch and Main Foyer for Popcorn on the Porch. Pop on in and meet our talented faculty, supportive staff, and take a tour of Little Hall!
LOCATION: Little Hall, First Floor Foyer
2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | President’s Mansion Open House
*The Family Weekend Shuttle stops here.
Visit the historic President’s Mansion, home of President and Mrs. Stuart R. Bell, to view and experience one of UA’s most iconic landmarks.
LOCATION: President’s Mansion
2:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m. | College of Arts & Sciences Open House
Join the College of Arts & Sciences for an open house on the beautiful Woods Quad.
LOCATION: Woods Quad
2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. | Education Abroad Information Tent
Join the Education Abroad Team and current Faculty Directors at our information tent on the BB Comer lawn! The EA team will offer general information about the study abroad process, and the Faculty Directors will talk about the in’s and out’s of participating on one of our UA-sponsored programs. Bring your families and questions to have a chat with us.
LOCATION: BB Comer Hall
2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. | College of Communication and Information Sciences Reception
The College of Communication & Information Sciences is hosting a reception for current students and their families. Parents and family members will be able to mingle with the C&IS dean, faculty, and staff while enjoying light refreshments!
LOCATION: Reese Phifer Hall
3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. | Women and Gender Resource Chocolate Festival (Ticket Required)
LOCATION: Shelby Hall Rotunda
Join the Women and Gender Resource Center from 3-5 p.m. for their 10th Chocolate Festival fundraiser. Pre-purchased tickets are required to enter this event.
3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. | Safe Zone Open House
The Safe Zone will host an Open House for UA students and parents to build community as well as learn more about what resources the center provides and what events are planned for the upcoming academic year. Refreshments will be provided for all attendees.
LOCATION: Safe Zone Student Lounge Student Center 2418
3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. | Honors College Family Meet and Greet
The Honors College invites you to stop by the second floor of Honors Hall to meet our faculty, staff, and deans. Learn about the many opportunities awaiting students in the Honors College.
LOCATION: Honors Hall
3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. | College of Arts & Sciences Glassblowing
College of Arts & Sciences invites you to visit The University of Alabama Glassblowing Facility to observe a professional glassblowing session.
LOCATION: 1053 Shelby Hall
4:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. | Support the UA Family Fund at Urban Cookhouse
Consider dining at Urban Cookhouse to support the UA Family Fund by mentioning UA Family Fund. Ten percent of all sales go to the UA Family Fund.
LOCATION: 1490 Northbank Pkwy #110, Tuscaloosa, AL 35406
5:15 p.m.–7:00 p.m. | Family Weekend Kickoff Concert *weather permitting
Families will experience an evening in downtown Tuscaloosa. This event will take place at the beautiful Government Plaza and includes musical entertainment and a charming southern ambiance. Enjoy one of our many restaurants or food truck options (for purchase) and join us for a taste of life in Tuscaloosa. Present the ticket from your Check-In packet for a free picnic blanket (blankets are 1 per family to the first 500 families: only available at the Kickoff Concert). Food trucks meals are on your own and are not covered in family weekend ticket price. ** Entertainment by Even Odds, games, and blankets paid by Family Weekend registration fees. This event is co-sponsored by Visit Tuscaloosa.
LOCATION: Government Plaza, Downtown Tuscaloosa 2106 6th St, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
8:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m. | Movie Under the Stars with University Programs
Join University Program for a free movie & snacks on the John England lawn. Parking will be available at the Student Center Parking Deck 800 Campus Dr. West, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 (**Family Weekend Wrist Band Required). Rain location Student Center
LOCATION: Behind John England Hall. 810 2nd St, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401. Parking deck located: 2230 7th Street, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.
🗓 Saturday | September 23, 2023
10 a.m.- 1 p.m. | Family Weekend Tailgate* (Registration Required) NOT ON THE QUAD BUT IT IS CLOSE
Join Parent & Family Programs for a tailgate to celebrate the Crimson Tide. During the Family Weekend Tailgate, you can create memories through our family photo stations and activities to experience the Crimson Tide tradition. Experience a taste of Tuscaloosa with your Family Weekend Tailgate meal included with your wristband. Look for the balloon arch and Tailgate signage. **
LOCATION: Corner of Bryce Lawn (315 Bryce lawn Drive) 87.5407874°W 33.2133537°N
12:30 p.m. | Walk of Champions
LOCATION: Bryant-Denny Stadium
1:30 p.m. | Elephant Stomp
LOCATION: Quad at Gorgas Library
2:30 p.m. | UA vs. University of Mississippi (Ticket Required)
LOCATION: Bryant-Denny Stadium
4:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. | Support the UA Family Fund After the Game at Central Mesa
Consider dining at Central Mesa to support the UA Family Fund. Twenty percent of all sales go to the UA Family Fund. This event was previously scheduled for Thursday but had to be moved due to unexpected building maintenance.
LOCATION: 519 Greensboro Ave, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
🗓 Sunday | September 24, 2023
8: 00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Family Weekend Brunch* (Registration Required)
Enjoy brunch and live music with your UA family at Lakeside Dining Hall, one of our amazing dining locations. Join Bama Dining for a silent auction with over 20 items your student would love. Credit cards only accepted. All proceeds of the silent auction go to the Student Care and Wellbeing Student Life Campus Pantry. ** Parents who did not purchase family weekend tickets can pay $10.50 at the door.
LOCATION: Lakeside Dining Hall
9:00 a.m. -9:45 a.m. & 9:45 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. | Family Weekend Family Outdoor Yoga* (Registration Required)
Come to the Student Center Lawn to enjoy one of our two Family Weekend Yoga sessions. Parental supervision is required for non-student individuals under 19 years of age to participate. **
LOCATION: The UA Student Center Lawn
5:30 p.m. Sunday | Bloom Hillel at UA
Bloom Hillel would like to invite all families to join them in the celebration of Yom Kippur while visiting Tuscaloosa. Erev Yom Kippur meals begin at 5:30 at Bloom Hillel.
LOCATION: 380 9th Street, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
If you are interested in attending a religious service during your Family Weekend visit, some options available near campus.
This schedule will continue to be updated and is subject to change.
NOTE: Any changes to the schedule due to weather will be sent directly by email to the Family Weekend ticket holders.
Thanks to our 2023 Family Weekend sponsors