Schedule of Events
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From academic events to student performances to athletic events, the Parents and Families Weekend schedule is designed to share Penn State traditions, highlight opportunities for both students and families, and focus on the incredible talents of Penn State students.
Join us for Parents and Families Weekend on October 7-9, 2022.
- Registration begins on Thursday, August 25 at 12:00pm ET (Registration closes on September 28).
- Links to register will be shared via the Parent & Family Experience email. Confirm you are receiving emails here.
- After registering, guests will receive a confirmation email with parking details and other event information.
- In addition to our website, the events schedule will be shared on Penn State's official app, Penn State Go. Printed schedules will be available at the information tables during the event.
Click the links below to view the schedule for each day of Parents and Families Weekend. Some events require advanced registration, ticket purchase, or fee. These events are marked with an "$" and/or an "R." Events without this designation are free to attend and/or do not require additional registration.
Please note: The event schedule is subject to change. Please refer to the online or Penn State Go event schedule for the most up-to-date-schedule.
Some events including the Beaver Stadium Tours and the Lion Chariot Pedicab Tours sell out quickly. If you are interested in these events, we encourage you to purchase or register for these events early.
Hours for museums, galleries, and other places of interest can be found below the event schedule.
Information Tables at the HUB-Robeson Center
Visit the information tables in the HUB-Robeson Center for printed event schedules, special Penn State items including a "Flat Lion," and general information about Parents and Families activities. (Checking in at the information tables is recommended, but not required)
- Friday, October 7: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm (First Floor Lobby)
- Saturday, October 8: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm (First Floor Lobby) and 8:00 am - 4:00 pm (Lower Level, near the Penn State Bookstore)
- Sunday, October 9: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (First Floor Lobby)
Family Pride Packs may be picked up in Room 131 of the HUB during the above hours on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, please stop by the information table.
Hop-on/Hop-off Campus Trolley Service
The Parents and Families Weekend Trolley will be available from 8:00am – 8:00pm on Saturday and from 9:00am – 4:00pm on Sunday. Please refer to the for trolley printed schedule (available at the information tables) for stop locations. After the shuttle service has ended, we encourage family members to utilize the free CATABUS Blue and White Loops to get around campus.
Free access to Campus Recreation facilities throughout the weekend for family members and parents 18 years and older. Explore our cardio and weight area for a quick workout, or try something new like the bouldering wall! Bring proof of your Parents and Families Weekend registration and sign a waiver. For more information: 814-867-1600.
Museums, Galleries, and Places of Interest
Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery
- Deike Building (ground floor)
- Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery utilizes our diverse collections of rocks and minerals, scientific instruments and tools, and industrial art to create unique exhibits. Our gallery includes fluorescent minerals, flexible sandstone, fossils, sculptures, paintings, meteorites, mine safety lamps, tools, and a large historic geological relief map of Pennsylvania.
Frost Entomological Museum
- Headhouse III, 160 Curtain Road
- Friday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Saturday Open House: 10:00am - 12:00pm
The Frost Entomological Museum is Penn State’s hub for insect biodiversity. Learn about insects and their place in the world, as well as the various research programs and activities currently taking place in the Department of Entomology.
- HUB-Robeson Center
- Daily: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Bringing contemporary art experiences to the Penn State Community, HUB-Robeson Galleries value the transformative power of art and artists. Visit exhibitions in HUB Gallery, Art Alley, Exhibition Cases, and public projects throughout the HUB-Robeson Center to experience something new.
Matson Museum of Anthropology
- 208 Carpenter Building (Between the Nittany Lion Shrine and the Nittany Parking Deck)
- Friday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Matson Museum of Anthropology asks the question: WHO ARE WE? The Museum’s galleries seek to address this question by sharing the global human experience with the broader Penn State community. Our biological history, ancestral creativity, and contemporary diversity are all on display.
Palmer Museum of Art
- Curtin Road
- Friday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Sunday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State is the largest art museum collection between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and has world-class objects, programs, and outreach. The free-admission museum is a welcoming, inclusive, and vibrant arts experience offering meaningful dialogue about today’s most potent ideas and pressing concerns. For 50 years, it has continued to be a vital and accessible cultural resource for Penn State’s students, faculty, and scholars, as well as for all visitors to and from the entire central Pennsylvania region.
Check out our fall exhibitions: The Art of Remembering: A Selection of Gifts from 1974–2020; Looking at Who We Are: The Palmer at Fifty; and Designed for the Future: The New Palmer Museum of Art at the Arboretum.
Penn State All-Sports Museum
- Beaver Stadium
- Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Through rare archival images and artifacts, the Penn State All-Sports Museum presents inspirational stories from almost 150 years of Penn State men’s and women’s sports history and heritage that have produced 80 national championships across 34 varsity sports. New this year is our special exhibit “I Am a Penn Stater,” detailing our student-athletes’ involvement during World War II.
Penn State (PAC) Herbarium
- 10 Whitmore Lab
- Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The PAC Herbarium represents one of the oldest natural history collections on campus. With over 100,000 dried plant specimens and seeds, the PAC is the third largest herbarium in Pennsylvania and the only research herbarium in the central part of the Commonwealth. The PAC supports research, teaching, and outreach for faculty, staff, and students including research support, class projects, tours, workshops, and plant identification.
Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center
- 3400 Discovery Rd., Petersburg, PA 16669
- Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Shaver’s Creek — Penn State’s nature center — offers students hands-on experiences learning in, and about, the natural world. Bolster your well-being by enjoying our visitor center, hiking trails, interpretive exhibits, and live animals.
The Arboretum at Penn State
- Corner of Park Ave. and Bigler Rd.
- Open from dawn until dusk
The Arboretum at Penn State strives to be a place of beauty and renewal, a venue for the arts, and a pathway to discovery and enrichment.
- Join us for the Pumpkin Festival:
- Friday: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
- Saturday: 3:00pm – 9:00pm
- Experience hundreds of illuminated jack-o’-lanterns, fall garden displays, live music, food, and fun at the Arboretum at Penn State’s Pumpkin Festival! Admission is free.
The Penn State Radiation Science and Engineering Center
- Breazeale Reactor Building off of Bigler Rd., near the Academic Projects Building
- Saturday Open House: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Radiation Science and Engineering Center houses the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor, which holds license R-2: the longest continuously operating nuclear reactor license in the United States. The RSEC uses neutrons and gamma rays to understand the past, explore the present, and develop innovative technologies for the future.