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Family Weekend Schedule of Events

Join us for the 7th annual Family Weekend, a campuswide event created just for families!

You're invited to spend time with your student, have fun, and learn more about the UC San Diego experience. Download a full schedule of events (PDF), make sure to read through the weekend's highlights to plan your family's stay in San Diego, and be prepared for tons of Triton fun!

Review the reminder e-mail to help you prepare for your travels to UCSD. (PDF)


  • Friday, October 24 from 12 noon – 4 p.m. (Price Center East Foyer)
  • Saturday, October 25 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Price Center East Foyer)
    • The following parking strategies will help with your travels to the College Connections events of Family Weekend

Throughout the weekend...

  • Use the UCSD Recreation facilities
  • Visit the UCSD Bookstore in Price Center West (open Friday and Saturday) to find special Family Weekend promotions; pick up your coupons at the check-in tables!
  • Enjoy discounts throughout the campus
  • Explore beautiful San Diego!

Friday, October 24

International Cafe on the patio

Family Weekend badges are required for all Family Weekend activites

Climb Time, 1–4 p.m.
Outback Adventures Climbing Center

NOTE: Due to limited capacity, this event is offered on a first-come, first-served basis with your Family Weekend badge.

The UC San Diego Climbing Center is a custom-built indoor facility on campus that offers a wide range of climbing experiences.

Whether it’s your first climbing experience, or you are a seasoned veteran, you are sure to find a multitude of exciting climbs to challenge you. Check it out! The Outback Adventures Climbing Center is happy to provide a climbing experience for family members 7 years of age and older. All participants must sign a waiver and parents/ guardians must be present to sign a waiver and supervise minor participants. Wear comfortable clothes and closed toed-shoes!

Zipline and Family Challenge with Outback Adventures, 1–4 p.m.
UCSD Challenge Course, Grove Reserve near Spanos Track

NOTE: Due to limited capacity, this event is offered on a first-come, first-served basis with your Family Weekend badge.

Is your family ready for some adventure and challenge?! Come and check out the UCSD Challenge Course. After gearing up, your family will ascend the Odyssey Course. Once your heart slows down a bit, you will have a chance to work together to complete a fun family challenge 25 feet off the ground. The exciting zipline is your way back to the ground.

All activities are facilitated by trained UCSD staff. The UCSD Challenge Course is happy to provide a challenge course experience for family members weighing between 75–300 lbs. All participants must sign a waiver and parents/guardians must be present to sign a waiver and supervise minor participants.

Go To Class! 1–4 p.m.ge
Various locations

Experience what it’s like to be a student at UC San Diego and sit in on a class.

Allow UC San Diego students to sit before you take a seat, since space may be limited. Avoid going into the room if you see a test being given. A list of available classes to attend will be available at check-in. Here are a few to look forward to Financial Accounting; Land and Labor; and Pre-History and Ancient Foundations.

Undergraduate Research Poster Presentations, 2–4 p.m.
Presentation I | 2:00-2:45 p.m. Presentation II | 3:00-3:45 p.m.
Price Center East Ballroom

UC San Diego undergraduate students are extremely accomplished researchers! Come and learn about the innovative and cutting-edge research being conducted by our very own undergraduate students. David Artis, Director of Academic Enrichment Programs, will be your host as students present their most current research.

Triton Family Comedy Nite! featuring Justin Willman 8–10 p.m.
Price Center West Ballroom

(Priority Family Seating 7:00-7:30 p.m.)

Enjoy a hilarious, fast-moving family-friendly show with Andy Haynes and featuring Justin Willman also known as the host for Cupcake Wars on the Food Network and Win, Lose, or Draw on the Disney Channel. We’ll provide the entertainment; you provide the laughs!

Enjoy a hilarious, fast moving family-friendly comedy show featuring Justin Willman, also known as the host of Cupcake Wars on the Food Network and Win, Lose, or Draw on the Disney Channel. We’ll provide the entertainment, you provide the laughs! 

Saturday, October 25

UCSD Recreation presents Triton Yoga
Matthews Quad (by the Student Services Center) 8-9 a.m.

Join the UCSD Recreation staff and your fellow Triton Family members and start your Family Weekend morning with a session of yoga! Wear comfortable clothing and bring your yoga mat. Mats will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Thurgood Marshall College Backyard Brunch
Marshall Field, 10:30 a.m.
1 p.m.

Join Marshall College for their annual college event during Family Weekend. Relax and socialize with your student, other families, and college staff. Join in great food and fun times!

Roger Revelle College logoRevelle College
Revelle Plaza | 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Join the Provost and Revelle College staff members for a special program designed for families and their students. Activities include engaging speakers, student performances, and time to chat with student leaders and staff. We welcome you to take advantage of this great opportunity to spend time with your student and reconnect with the members of the Revelle College community.

John Muir College logoJohn Muir College Family Picnic
Ledden Auditorium | 10:30–11:15 a.m. and Muir Quad | 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Join Muir College for a picnic lunch complete with student entertainment! This fun event will allow families to reconnect with their student and the Muir College staff while socializing with other Muir College families. Please note that lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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Earl Warren College
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Canyon Vista

Join Earl Warren College for our annual college event. Enjoy a delicious brunch in Canyon Vista, student performances, and an exciting game of Family Feud for a chance to win prizes. Relax and socialize with your student, other families, and college staff. Join in great food and fun times as we celebrate our 40th anniversary!


Sixth College logoSixth College
Lodge Quad Area | 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Join Sixth College for their annual college event. Relax and socialize with your student, other families, and college staff. Join in great food and fun times!

Eleanor Roosevelt College logoEleanor Roosevelt College
Great Hall | 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Join Eleanor Roosevelt College for their annual college event during Family Weekend. Relax and socialize with your student, other families, and college staff. Join in great food and fun times!

Triton Ed Sessions, 1–3 p.m.
1st session 1–1:45 p.m.
2nd session 2–2:45 p.m.

  • The Nuances of the Zombie Brain, presented by UCSD Professor Bradley Voytek (Price Center Theater - Session 1): The brain makes us who we are: every thought you've had, every emotion you've felt, and every hope you've dreamed arises from interactions between the hundreds of billions of cells that make up that three pounds of tissue in your head. How do these cells communicate? What happens when that communication goes wrong? And why are those cells so tasty to zombies?! In this tongue-in-cheek presentation, Professor Bradley Voytek will introduce you to the nuances of the zombie brain and discuss what exactly is going on inside the head of the ravenous undead that make them crave human brains.

  • UCSD School of Medicine students

    The Reality of Med School (Price Center East Ballroom - Session 1): Hear from a panel of UC San Diego alumni who are currently attending the UCSD School of Medicine.  They’ll share their decision to attend medical school, the application process, and what life is like as a first or second-year medical student.

  • Your Well-Being: Your Success (The Zone, next to Jamba Juice, Price Center West, Plaza - Sessions 1 and 2): Visit the Zone — UCSD's lounge for student well-being — and learn about the many wellness resources available to help your student lead a healthy and balanced life at UCSD! Enjoy healthy food samples, therapy dogs, free tea, relaxing crafts, and more.

  • Out of State (Price Center West, Red Shoe Room - Session 2): Are you curious about the California lifestyle? Wondering what life is like at UC San Diego? Meet current students who are not from California and the college staff dedicated to serving and improving the student experience of all non-resident students.

  • Study Abroad (Price Center West Ballroom - Session 2): Join the Programs Abroad Office to learn how study abroad can fit into any academic major, foster personal development and intercultural connectivity. Studying abroad is affordable and a smart investment that will add international experience to any resume. Study abroad is often a life-changing highlight to college — your student shouldn't miss out!

  • First in the Family: First-Generation Parents & Families (PC East Forum - Session 2): First in the Family is for parents and families of first-generation college students (students for whom neither parent received a bachelor’s degree) and is designed to introduce important resources and information at UC San Diego. We will share helpful tips and resources designed to help your first-generation student succeed. We will also discuss what to expect in your child’s first year of college. Additionally, First in the Family serves as an opportunity for families to establish a network of support.

  • The Balancing Act - UCSD Recreation (Price Center West, Bear Room - Session 2): With the increasing pressure of academics, many stressed-out students forget the importance of recreation for physical and psychological well-being. UC San Diego has one of the largest recreation programs in the nation. Find out all the ways your student can get involved in our great programs, whether it be toughing it in the wilderness with Outback Adventures, getting competitive and meeting new friends in a Sports Club or Intramural team, getting in shape with FitLife, or learning a new skill with Rec Classes.... There is something for everyone!

Panda at San Diego ZooSan Diego Zoo Excursion & Dinner
Zoo Time 2–5 p.m. (general admission)
Night-time Zoo 5–8 p.m. (just for UC San Diego families)

Enjoy an afternoon and night at the world-famous San Diego Zoo. After normal zoo hours of operation, Triton Families will enjoy a special one-of-a-kind UCSD Night at the Zoo!

See animals up close and personal while enjoying the evening with the entire family. Dinner is on us; adventure is on you! See you there!

With every family weekend registration, ticket to the zoo includes general admission and exclusive “UCSD Night at the Zoo” with dinner, access to shops, face painting, caricature, skyfari and more.

Sunday, October 26

Coffee & Donuts, 8–9 a.m.
Matthews Quad (behind Student Services Center)

Join us for some coffee and donuts to bid the weekend farewell!

Check in for Service Project, 8–9 a.m.
Matthews Quad (behind Student Services Center)

Check in for a light breakfast, to receive your service project assignment and final instructions to get to the community service sites.

UCSD Community Service Project, 9–12:30 p.m. (Space is limited! First come, first served)

Meeting Location: Matthews Quad (UCSD) by 9 a.m. Buses will load at 8:30 a.m. for departure time of 9 a.m. to the schools. You may provide your own transportation!Baker's Elementary School

Location: Baker Elementary School and Balboa Elementary School

Baker and Balboa Elementary Schools are attended by K-5 students of which many are of low-income status. Join us in beautifying their campus to enhance their social and learning experiences as young learners. Projects included: Sprucing up the Reading Garden, repainting PAWS, trash pick up, upgrading bulletin boards, bench painting and more. Make a difference in these students learning environment and join us in this service as a community. Note:**Shuttles to the schools will be provided to UCSD family members interested in this community service. Space is limited! You are welcome to provide your own transportation. You must check-in here to receive instructions!

Throughout the weekend

asfdEnjoy the UC San Diego Recreation facilities

Enjoy access to all campus recreation facilities. This includes RIMAC (weight room, cardio equipment, racquetball/squash courts, locker rooms, etc.), the Canyonview Aquatic Center (two outdoor 50-meter pools), tennis courts, Main Gym complex, and track.

Visit recreation.ucsd.edu for facilities’ hours of operation.

Mission Bay Aquatic Center, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
1001 Santa Clara Place, San Diego, CA 92109

sfdsWhile you’re visiting campus, take a short trip to Mission Bay, San Diego’s aquatic playground, for a free rental of a stand-up paddleboard or kayak at UCSD Recreation’s Mission Bay Aquatic Center (MBAC). The rental includes a short orientation; no prior experience is required.

The MBAC is UCSD’s gateway to Mission Bay and offers classes, events, and rentals in sailing, surfing, paddling, rowing, and windsurfing. A perfect place to take a break from the books and get out on the water!

FREE STAND-UP PADDLEBOARD OR KAYAK RENTAL with Family Weekend lanyard/badge at UCSD Recreation’s Mission Bay Aquatic Center! Show your Family Weekend lanyard/badge at the front desk to redeem your rental. Questions about the MBAC? Please call (858) 488-1000.


  • One stand-up paddleboard or kayak per badge

  • Supplies are available on a first-come, first-served basis

  • Double or single kayaks are available

  • All renters must be able to swim

  • Equipment must be used on Mission Bay and cannot be transported to other beaches

  • Rental hours are 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Renters must be over 18. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian

La Jolla Playhouse
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (evening; check website for showtimes) (SOLD OUT)
Mandell Weiss Theater (on campus)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is the only stage collaboration from two masters of the American musical theatre: composer Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz. In this brand-new production, a lush, emotionally rich score highlights the music's orchestral power and choral beauty in an intimate retelling of the famous love story.


For more information contact the Parents' Helpline at (858) 534-7273, or email parents@ucsd.edu.

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Parent & Family Programs
(858) 534-7273