FSU to welcome families for Parents’ Weekend Sept. 30 – Oct. 1

Florida State University is rolling out the welcome mat as students’ parents and family members are invited to visit campus for FSU’s annual Parents’ Weekend.

This year, the event will be held Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1. 

Parents’ Weekend is a tradition that has been celebrated at FSU for more than 30 years. It is the unique time during the fall semester when parents and families can come check out campus and enjoy the experience of being at FSU with their student.

“Parents’ Weekend is very special because it offers parents and family members an opportunity to visit their Seminole and get better acquainted with the FSU campus,” said Mark Striffler, senior associate director of FSU’s Oglesby Union and chair of Parents’ Weekend.

Featured events during the weekend include: 

Friday, Sept. 30

  • Planetarium Tour & Movie: Held at the Pat Thomas Planetarium from 12 to 1 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m.
  • Parents’ Weekend Picnic: Held from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Oglesby Union Ballrooms. President Thrasher will be attending dinner at 6 p.m. and will be stopping by tables, visiting students and parents. Tickets are required.
  • FSU Flying High Circus: The FSU Circus performs the best of their spring and summer performances. Held from 6 and 9 p.m. at the Haskin Circus Complex. Tickets are required.

Saturday, Oct. 1

  • 5K Fun Run/Walk: Race starts at 8 a.m., and begins at the Oglesby Union Green near the Integration Statue. The course runs through the hilly, picturesque FSU campus and past many of FSU’s popular landmarks. There is a registration fee.
  • Parents’ Weekend Brunch: Come brunch on the green from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Oglesby Union Courtyard. Tickets required.
  • Marching Chiefs Skull Session: Swing by Dick Howser Stadium for the band’s pregame concert two hours before kickoff.
  • FSU football vs. North Carolina: Come cheer on the ‘Noles. Kickoff 3:30 p.m., at Doak Campbell Stadium. Tickets required.

Other fun activities for students and their parents include a photo booth, cosmic bowling and billiards at Crenshaw Lanes, movies at the Askew Student Life Center and a musical group, Ken Waldman, The Alaskan Fiddler at Club Downunder. 

Parents and families are asked to register if they plan on attending any paid or ticketed events.

For more information and a full list of events planned for Parents’ Weekend 2016, visit: http://pw.union.fsu.edu