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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.

Click the links below to view the schedule for each day of Parents and Families Weekend. The schedule is subject to change, and events may continue to be added. Events may be cancelled as we continue to monitor the Delta variant.  Some events require advance registration and a fee. These are marked with an "$" and/or an "R". Events without this designation are free to attend and/or do not require an additional registration.  Most events are first come, first served and some may sell out/reach capacity quickly.

Information Tables at the HUB-Robeson Center

Visit the information tables in the HUB-Robeson Center for schedules, maps, and general information about Parents and Families Weekend activities. (Check in is recommended, but not required).

  • Friday, October 8, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (First-floor lobby)
  • Saturday, October 9, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (First-floor lobby) and 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Lower Level, outside of Bookstore)
  • Sunday, October 10, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (First-floor lobby)

Family Pride Packs may be picked up in Room 134 of the HUB during the above hours on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, please stop by the information table. 

$ = Events require a ticket purchase or fee

R = A reservation is requested or required

Hop-on/Hop-off Campus Trolley Service: Saturday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

The Penn State Parents Program will provide free trolley service around campus to on Saturday from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm pm. Trolleys will run approximately every 15-20 minutes. Stops will be marked with a Parents and Families Weekend sign. Trolleys will be available on a first come, first served basis. Masks are required. 

Signature Events

From Berkey Creamery Ice Cream to Beaver Stadium, signature events highlight Penn State traditions. These are popular events that may fill up or sell out quickly. The daily schedule below includes additional events that are hosted throughout the weekend. 

Penn State All-Sports Museum Beaver Stadium Tours ($,R) - SOLD OUT

  • Beaver Stadium, All-Sports Museum/Team Tunnel Entrance
  • Friday: Tours begin at 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:30 pm, 5:00 pm
  • Saturday: Tours begin at 8:00 am, 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:30 pm
  • Sunday: Tours begin at 8:00 am, 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 12:30 pm
  • Tickets required. This event sells out very quickly.  
  • Beaver Stadium tours hosted by the Penn State All-Sports Museum include the media room, home locker room, tunnel and field, as well as recruiting and club areas. Beaver Stadium tours hosted by the Penn State All-Sports Museum include the media room, home locker room, tunnel and field, as well as recruiting and club areas.
  • Tickets: $15 for Penn State students, seniors, and museum friends; all other tickets are $20 for adults; children under 3 are free.  Walk-up tickets are rare, but if they are available the day of the event, they will be $25/person.
  • Tickets can be ordered for the public starting at 12:00 pm (EST) on August 24 tickets is https://am.ticketmaster.com/pennstate/. Tickets will be mobile and there is a limit of 4 tickets per transaction. All tickets will be first come first served and are non-refundable.
  • The stadium bag policy will be in place. All proceeds benefit the All-Sports Museum’s collections and public programs. For information: asmevents@psu.edu or by calling 814-865-0044.(Tour last around 75 minutes). 

Parents and Families Ice Cream Social

  • HUB-Robeson Center, Ground Floor (near Jamba Juice)
  • Friday: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Come for the ice cream and stay for the fun. Meet members of the Penn State Parents Council, enjoy complimentary Berkey Creamery Ice Cream, and pick up a Parents and Families Weekend schedule of events.  Show your Penn State pride at the family photo booth. Enjoy high-energy performances by Penn State student groups. Enjoy high-energy performances by Penn State student groups including: Caliente, Dark Storm, Island Fever, K-Pop, and RAM Squad.

Parents & Families Welcome Breakfast Reception

  • HUB-Robeson Center, Alumni Hall
  • Saturday: 9:00 am – 9:45 am
  • Parents and Families Weekend official kick-off event includes a continental breakfast, a student music ensemble, and an opportunity to meet Penn State staff and members of the Parents Council. We will provide event updates and announcements during the welcome.

Weekend Brunch in the Residence Halls ($)

  • North Food District, East Food District, Pollock Commons, South Food District, & West Food District
  • Saturday & Sunday: 10:30 am – 2:00 pm
  • Join your student for our most popular meal--Weekend Brunch! We'll be adding some additional menu features and special events throughout the weekend. Brunch is specially priced at $8.00 per person, credit card only.

Family Pictures at the Nittany Lion Shrine

  • Corner of Burrowes and Curtin Road
  • Saturday & Sunday: Time TBA
  • Participate in a time-honored Penn State tradition. Gather your family and join our student photographer for a photo at the Nittany Lion Shrine. Photos will be available for purchase on-line approximately one week after the event. In the event of inclement weather, please check with the Parents & Families Weekend information table in the HUB-Robeson Center for more information.

Penn State vs. Iowa Football Party 

  • HUB-Robeson Center, Alumni Hall
  • Time: Doors open 30 minutes prior to kick-off 
  • Wear blue and white and join other Penn State families to cheer on the Nittany Lion football team as they play Iowa! The game will be shown on the big screen in the HUB. Enjoy light refreshments, special entertainment, and be prepared to compete in family games during breaks and half-time (Hint: Wear your Penn State colors, practice your We Are chant, and brush up on your Penn State trivia).

Housing Fair

  • HUB-Robeson Center, Alumni Hall
  • Sunday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Explore on- and off-campus living options at the housing fair. Students, parents, families, and friends can meet with campus housing staff, local landlords and property managers, and government and community representatives in one, convenient location. The fair is free and filled with swag and giveaways! This is a no-pressure event. It is an opportunity to ask questions and learn about available options, not a place for students to sign leases or feel any pressure to do so.

United in Song: A Celebration of Penn State A Cappella

  • HUB-Robeson Center, Freeman Auditorium
  • Sunday: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Join us for a special a cappella concert featuring our Penn State student groups. This event is hosted by the Penn State Parents Program Family Ambassadors. Enjoy these groups: Blue In The Face, Coda Conduct, None Of The Above, Shades Of Blue, Singing Lions, and The Statesmen.
Friday, October 8

Note: Scroll down to see information about athletic events. Details will be added as times and ticket information becomes available. 

    Lion Chariot Pedicab Tours ($, R) - Limited availability remaining 

    • University Park Campus (tours start at the front entrance of the HUB)
    • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    • Relax and see Penn State aboard your private Lion Chariot!  Tours cover much of campus in about an hour. Allow our chariot guides to tell the Penn State story in a fun, entertaining way. Chariots seat 2-3 persons, depending on size. Advanced reservations required (same day reservations possible if availability).  Rates begin at $75. Reservations: vamoslion@gmail.com or (814) 404-2782.

    Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic--Tour and Free Screenings

    • Donald H. Ford Building, Room 110
    • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Participants will learn more about the services offered from our on-campus speech, language, and hearing clinic including a tour of the facility and free hearing and voice screenings.

    School of Visual Arts Scholarship Recipient Exhibition

    • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    • Zoller Gallery located in Visual Arts Building 

    Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity Open House

    • HUB-Robeson Center, Room LL011 (lower level)
    • 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    • The Center will be open on Friday October 8th for Parents and Families to visit, grab a small treat, some Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity promotional materials, and talk to staff.

    Penn State All-Sports Museum Beaver Stadium Tours ($,R) - SOLD OUT

    • Beaver Stadium, All-Sports Museum/Team Tunnel Entrance
    • Tours will begin at 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:30 pm, 5:00 pm
    • Beaver Stadium tours hosted by the Penn State All-Sports Museum include the media room, home locker room, tunnel and field, as well as recruiting and club areas. Beaver Stadium tours hosted by the Penn State All-Sports Museum include the media room, home locker room, tunnel and field, as well as recruiting and club areas.
    • Tickets: $15 for Penn State students, seniors, and museum friends; all other tickets are $20 for adults; children under 3 are free.  Walk-up tickets are rare, but if they are available the day of the event, they will be $25/person. Walk-up tickets are rare, but if they are available the day of the event, they will be $25/person.
    • Tickets can be ordered for the public starting at 12:00 pm (EST) on August 24 tickets is https://am.ticketmaster.com/pennstate/. Tickets will be mobile and there is a limit of 4 tickets per transaction.  All tickets will be first come first served and are non-refundable.
    • The stadium bag policy will be in place. All proceeds benefit the All-Sports Museum’s collections and public programs. For information: asmevents@psu.edu or by calling 814-865-0044.(Tour last around 75 minutes). 

    College of Education Advising and Certification Center Open House

    • Chambers Building, Room 228
    • 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • Visit the Advising and Certification Center in the College of Education. Chat with your student's academic advisor, tour our student-centered suite, and enjoy some coffee, tea and treats in our conference room. All family members are welcome.

    College of Agricultural Sciences Meet & Greet

    • Agricultural Science and Industry Building, Room 110
    • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm  
    • Join us for an Ag Hill scavenger hunt and light refreshments!

    Eberly College of Science Open House

    • Ritenour Building, 1st Floor Reception Area
    • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm 
    • Explore the many ways science educational experiences are enhanced, with new opportunities in and beyond the classroom. Engage with the science community of faculty, staff, and students. Light refreshments will be served.

    President’s Office Open House

    • Old Main, Room 201
    • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm 
    • Visit the President’s Office suite in Old Main. Lion Ambassadors will guide you through while you enjoy the beauty, history, and tradition of Old Main, including the famed frescoes in the Rotunda. Guests can access Old Main through the main entrance, facing Old Main Lawn.

    College of Engineering Presentation: Inspiring Change, Impacting Tomorrow

    • Virtual Event: https://psu.zoom.us/j/99513700952
    • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm 
    • Join Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion, Dr. Tonya Peeples, Assistant Dean for Academic Support and Global Programs, Assistant Dean, Dr. Christine Masters, and two student leaders for a panel that will discuss how the college empowers students to find their inspiration and prepare to make an impact in the world through curricular and co-curricular experiences such as study abroad, cooperative education, and undergraduate research.

    The Write Steps for the Future: Writing Tutoring at Penn State Learning

    • Boucke Building, Room 220A
    • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm 
    • No matter a student’s major, writing clearly and effectively is a valuable skill for the future. To aid in building these skills, Penn State Learning offers one-on-one writing tutoring free of charge. By listening to student concerns and asking questions, tutors can help break through writing blocks for students to express themselves for multiple purposes, including class assignments, scholarship and fellowship writing, creative writing, and professional materials. Stop by to meet our writing tutors and to learn about becoming a writing tutor at Penn State! For information: https://pennstatelearning.psu.edu/tutoring/writing.

    Air Force ROTC Parent Update

    • Wagner Building
    • 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    • Join Colonel Lawrence B. Havird, Detachment Commander, and get an update on the happenings in the Air Force ROTC program.

    An Overview of Penn State THON, the World's Largest Student Run Philanthropy (Virtual Event)

    • 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    • Zoom Link: https://psu.zoom.us/j/93218798842
    • Join us to learn more about Penn State THON, the World's Largest Student Run Philanthropy as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary year. Hear from some of THON's student leaders about why they THON, the impact the organization has had on them, and what it's like to be a student leader at Penn State.

    Rosemarie Fiore Exhibition Tour and Demonstration

    • HUB-Robeson Center, HUB Gallery
    • 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    • Visit the HUB Gallery for a student led in-depth tour and demonstration of art made from fireworks by artist Rosemarie Fiore. Earlier this semester Fiore performed on the HUB Lawn to create the murals hanging above Starbucks in the HUB-Robeson Center. This event is for parents, students and art enthusiasts looking to experience something new. Free for all, we work to expand access to the arts through cross-disciplinary and discovery-based processes.

    Build your resilience toolbox: Learn about skills & resources to support your well-being and success at Penn State

    • Location TBD
    • 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    • From eating well to getting enough sleep to reducing stress, we help students develop healthy behaviors that will last a lifetime. Health Promotion and Wellness (HPW) helps students get healthy and stay healthy. In this session you will learn about free services, workshops, and other resources to support student well-being and academic success. The session will include a mindfulness-based practice that we typically share with students to help reduce stress, improve focus, and cultivate resilience.

    Parents and Families Ice Cream Social

    • HUB-Robeson Center, Ground Floor (near Jamba Juice)
    • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Come for the ice cream and stay for the fun. Meet members of the Penn State Parents Council, enjoy complimentary Berkey Creamery Ice Cream, and pick up a Parents and Families Weekend schedule of events.  Show your Penn State pride at the family photo booth. Enjoy high-energy performances by Penn State student groups including: Caliente, Dark Storm, Island Fever, K-Pop, and RAM Squad.

    Parents & Families Shabbat

    • Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, Room 118
    • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Penn State Hillel is hosting student-led Shabbat services and dinner for the students and families of Penn State. Please join us at 6:00 pm for services, followed by a home-style dinner. We look forward to seeing you there! No RSVP needed, all are welcome.

    Penn State Debates: Should colleges pay student-athletes?

    • Location: TBD 
    • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    • The Penn State Speech & Debate Society presents civil discourse on the question of paying college athletes.

    School of Music Symphonic Wind Ensemble Concert

    Haunted Valley: Campus Ghost Tours

    • 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    • Tours will begin at Hintz Alumni Center
    • Visit “Haunted Valley: Campus Ghost Tours” to learn more about our University and its haunting past. Lion Ambassadors will guide guests through tales of Penn State’s eerie past, enlightening attendees with legends of spooky areas on campus and the ghosts that inhabit them. Tours will begin every 15-20 minutes and last approximately 30 minutes. No registration needed. For information: 800-548-5466 (11:00 am - 3:00 pm on the day of the event).

    Penn State Centre State Production of "Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" 

    • Playhouse Theatre
    • 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm 
    • Tony Award-winning play based on the novel by Mark Haddon
    • For information: arts.psu.edu/events

    School of Music Symphonic Band Concert 

    Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics: 

    Penn State Women's Volleyball vs Nebraska ($, R)

    Penn State Women's Soccer vs. Maryland: Homecoming Game

    • Jeffrey Field 
    • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    • Tickets are free! Parking is $5.50 ahead of time or $10 at the gate. It will be carnival themed with food trucks, games, prizes and more! Bring all your friends and family!  For information: 1-800-Nittany.  

    Penn State Men's Hockey vs Canisius ($, R)

    • Pegula Ice Arena
    • Livestream on Big Ten Network Plus
    • Time: TBD
    • The men's hockey team hosts Canisius College at Pegula Ice Arena! Come show off your Penn State pride, cheer on the Nittany Lions and experience a Penn State sporting event! Single game tickets will go on sale Wednesday, September 22nd. 
    • For tickets: ticketmaster.com

    Penn State Women's Hockey vs Holy Cross ($, R)

    Saturday, October 9

    Note: Scroll down to see information about athletic events. Details will be added as times and ticket information becomes available. 

    Schreyer Honors College Morning Mix and Mingle with Dean Mather (R)

    • Schreyer Courtyard (adjacent to Atherton Hall)
    • 8:00 am – 8:45 am
    • Join Dean Patrick Mather, Schreyer Honors College staff, and parents and families of other Schreyer Scholars for this intimate morning session. RSVP requested.
    • Please RSVP for this event 

    Penn State All-Sports Museum Beaver Stadium Tours ($, R) - SOLD OUT

    • Beaver Stadium, All-Sports Museum/Team Tunnel Entrance
    • Tours will begin at 8:00 am, 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:30 pm
    • Beaver Stadium tours hosted by the Penn State All-Sports Museum include the media room, home locker room, tunnel and field, as well as recruiting and club areas. Beaver Stadium tours hosted by the Penn State All-Sports Museum include the media room, home locker room, tunnel and field, as well as recruiting and club areas.
    • Tickets: $15 for Penn State students, seniors, and museum friends; all other tickets are $20 for adults; children under 3 are free.  Walk-up tickets are rare, but if they are available the day of the event, they will be $25/person. Walk-up tickets are rare, but if they are available the day of the event, they will be $25/person.
    • Tickets can be ordered for the public starting at 12:00 pm (EST) on August 24 tickets is https://am.ticketmaster.com/pennstate/. Tickets will be mobile and there is a limit of 4 tickets per transaction. All tickets will be first come first served and are non-refundable.
    • The stadium bag policy will be in place. All proceeds benefit the All-Sports Museum’s collections and public programs. For information: asmevents@psu.edu or by calling 814-865-0044.(Tour last around 75 minutes). 

    Parents & Families Welcome Breakfast Reception

    • HUB-Robeson Center, Alumni Hall
    • 9:00 am – 9:45 am
    • Parents and Families Weekend official kick-off event includes a continental breakfast, a student music ensemble, and an opportunity to meet Penn State staff and members of the Parents Council. We will provide event updates and announcements during the welcome. No reservation is needed.

    Lion Chariot Pedicab Tours ($, R) - Limited availability remaining 

    • University Park Campus (tours start at the front entrance of the HUB)
    • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    • Relax and see Penn State aboard your private Lion Chariot!  Tours cover much of campus in about an hour. Allow our chariot guides to tell the Penn State story in a fun, entertaining way. Chariots seat 2-3 persons, depending on size. Advanced reservations required (same day reservations possible if availability).  Rates begin at $75. Reservations: vamoslion@gmail.com or (814) 404-2782.

    AAUW Used Book Sale

    • 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
    • Snider Agricultural Arena
    • The State College branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will hold its 59th annual used book sale October 9-12 in the Snider Agricultural Arena.  More than 150,000 books will be available for purchase. The books are sorted into 30 different categories, including arts, biography, children, collectors, fiction, history, hobbies, humor and pop culture, literature, mystery, science and engineering, sports, travel, and more. Textbooks are limited to books that are less than five years old. Credit cards accepted and free parking is available.
    • The book sale is the result of generous donations of books from the community. AAUW State College members have worked over the past year to prepare the books for the four-day sale. Sale profits support scholarships for undergraduate returning adult women students and grants for community projects and programs that reflect AAUW's mission to advance equity for women and girls. Learn more about the sale at https://aauwstatecollege.org/used_book_sale_centre_county/.

    Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) Open House

    • Grange Building Lobby
    • 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    • Come and visit us to meet student leaders and academic advisers and get to know a little more about the Division of Undergraduate Studies.

    Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications: From Campus to Careers

    • Carnegie Cinema, Room 113
    • 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    • The Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications invites you to attend the presentation by the college’s Internships and Career Services Office. Together, we will explore the 3-C approach to helping students transition from student to professional. This session will also include an optional tour of the new Bellisario Media Center.

    College of Earth & Mineral Sciences Open House

    • Deike Building, Ryan Family Student Center, Room 14
    • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Find out what makes this small college unique. Meet the Ryan Family Student Center team and explore our newly renovated space. Refreshments will be served.

    College of Information Sciences and Technology Parents and Families Open House

    • Westgate Building
    • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Meet and greet with faculty followed by brief talks by faculty leaders on Social and Organizational Informatics; Human Computer Interaction; Security and Privacy and Data Sciences and a panel session with members of the IST Academic Services staff.

    Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing: Transforming Lives and Health Around the World

    • Nursing Sciences Building, Ground Floor (near Simulation Lab)
    • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Join the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing as we shine a light on our students, faculty, and staff. We will host a tour of our state-of-the-art simulation lab and have activities that cover the hot topics of sustainability, wellness, and social justice.

    HHD Meet & Greet--and Something Sweet

    • BBH Patio (beside the HUB Lawn)
    • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Meet faculty, members of the administrative team, staff, and current students in the College of Health and Human Development under the tent on the Biobehavioral Health Building patio. While you sample what HHD has to offer among our academic departments and majors, we'll be serving up a Penn State tradition--stickies and Creamery ice cream.

    Tour of the Nutritional Sciences Foods Lab

    • Henderson Building, Room 7
    • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Tour the lab used by Nutritional Sciences students for course Nutr320 – Science and Methods of Food Preparation.

    Smeal College of Business Open House

    • Business Building, Atrium
    • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Join the Smeal College of Business for an open house.  There will be presentation sessions hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Education and the opportunity to speak and ask questions to Smeal leadership and current students.

    Get Involved at Penn State Information Table

    • HUB-Robeson Center, First Floor Main Lobby
    • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    • Visit the Get Involved Information Table to learn how you can become involved at Penn State. Current Penn State Parents Council members will be on hand to answer your questions about various opportunities for involvement and why they chose to join. For more information about family involvement opportunities, please visit the Get Involved webpage. Applications available for the Parents Council in October.

    Get Involved as a Penn State Student: Apply to Become a Family Ambassador

    • HUB-Robeson Center, First Floor, Main Lobby
    • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Family Ambassadors are undergraduate students who serve as student liaisons between the Parents Program office and Penn State parents and families, assist in routine office tasks, and assist with key parent and family programming throughout the year. Visit the table to learn more. Applications available online in October.

    Breazeale Nuclear Reactor Virtual Event

    • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (Exact time TBD)
    • Virtual Event: Link posted soon
    • The Penn State Radiation Science and Engineering Center (RSEC) was established in 1990 to manage Penn State’s comprehensive nuclear research facilities. The RSEC uses neutrons, gamma rays and various nuclear techniques to understand the past, explore the present and develop innovative technologies for the future. Visit the only research reactor facility in Pennsylvania and observe an operating nuclear reactor. Learn about radiation, nuclear energy, radioactive isotope production, space radiation, and other research projects. 

    THON Information Table

    • HUB-Robeson Center, Gingher Lounge (top of stairs in main lobby area, First Floor)
    • 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • The THON Raffle is THON’s largest alternative fundraiser, with the proceeds going directly to Four Diamonds.  Prizes include a Dell Tablet, speakers, Nike Backpacks, autographed sports items, and more!  Tickets are $5, cash only and will be sold during this time.  Stop by the table to buy tickets or learn more about THON!

    Weekend Brunch in the Residence Halls ($)

    • North Food District, East Food District, Pollock Commons, South Food District, & West Food District
    • 10:30 am – 2:00 pm
    • Join your student for our most popular meal--Weekend Brunch! We'll be adding some additional menu features and special events throughout the weekend. Brunch is specially priced at $8.00 per person, credit card only.

    Liberal Arts Student Showcase and Resource Fair

    • Sparks Building
    • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Discover and learn about opportunities and support services available to students in the College of the Liberal Arts. Current students will showcase their accomplishments, network with faculty and staff who oversee offices and provide resources to promote engagement, and enjoy small giveaways.

    Tours of Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science

    • Walker Building, Room 606
    • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Student members of the Campus Weather Service will provide tours of the Joel N. Myers Weather Center and Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science TV Studio, where the popular show Weather World is recorded.

    A Mad Scientist’s Lair: Physics Lecture Demonstration & Magic Show

    • Osmond Lab, Room 119
    • Show 1: 11:00 am – 11:45 am
    • Show 2: 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
    • A fast-paced and exciting show, featuring Penn State Society of Physics Students (SPS) members using Physics special effects and demonstrations. Parents, students, and children of all ages are encouraged to attend and stay after the show to participate in some of the hands-on activities. 

    Housing Beyond Your First-Year

    • Sessions will be begin at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:00 pm (sessions will be one-hour)
    • Thomas Building, Room 100
    • Join us for a discussion about housing for the 2022-2023 academic year: learn about on-campus housing options and how students can request to LiveOn, and how to navigate off-campus housing market.

    Student Engagement Space Open House

    • HUB-Robeson Center, Engagement Space (Room 112)
    • 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    • Visit the Engagement Space in the HUB! Learn more about how you can "Find Your Why" and "Start Your Journey" at Penn State. Student Engagement Network interns will be available to answer questions and provide guidance on the value of being engaged outside of the classroom, from internships, research and travel, to student clubs, volunteerism, and events. Get a sneak peak of the all new Engagement App- coming 2022!

    Discover the Palmer Museum of Art

    • 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • The Palmer Museum of Art offers a full day of drop-in programs to inspire reflection and creativity while showcasing the world-class collections, exhibitions, and resources at Penn State’s art museum. Enjoy brief gallery talks, tours, in-gallery experiences, and creative art activities related to exhibitions on view. Visiting families will enjoy the original exhibition "Global Asias: Contemporary Asian and Asian American Art from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation" before it travels across the country to a number of other venues. Meet museum staff, graduate assistants, interns, and volunteers as we share all there is to love about the Palmer.

    Door Decoration Name Tag for Your Student

    • 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • Pollock Commons, Pollock Residence Hall Area                
    • Creative way for you to be a part of your student’s Penn State experience! Residence Life invites you to stop by one of our tables to decorate a door tag and/or leave a thinking of you message for your student(s). We will have a variety of cut outs and crafting supplies available to surprise your on campus residential student with a decoration(s) for their room door. This is also mid semester and we understand that your student could benefit from this encouragement from their family and friends. You can take your decorations with you to give directly to your student or if your student lives on campus, leave with Residence Life staff at the table and we will distribute to their RA to pass along.

     Campus Recreation IM Building Tours

    • Intramural (IM) Building
    • 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    • Enjoy a guided tour of the IM Building with your Penn State student. The IM Building offers an incredible amount of fitness opportunities for students including climbing equipment, basketball and volleyball courts, and so much more. 

    Let's Talk Money: A Financial Literacy Panel

    • Business Building, Room 208
    • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm 
    • Penn State's Sokolov-Miller Family Financial and Life Skills Center is hosting an interactive panel to discuss the importance of financial literacy in college and raise awareness of resources available to students. Our Financial Literacy Ambassadors will discuss free resources offered by the Center, navigating finances in college and post-graduation, maximizing the college experience while minimizing student loan debt, and their own tips for achieving financial wellness. Panelists will take questions from students and their parents and families.

    Residential Community Scavenger Hunt

    • Pollock Commons, Pollock Residence Hall Area
    • 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm 
    • Join Residence Life to gather and complete your list of items that will take you on a journey through our residential areas across campus. You can work independently or in small groups as you unravel what it means to be part of a residential community at Penn State! Along the way you will interact with various activities and staff and have the opportunity to use social media to post images and messages about your experience. As you approach each destination on your journey look for the Trolley Stops signage as you will be traveling the path of Penn State’s trolley.

    Building a Model Fraternity and Sorority Experience - Here and Nationwide

    • HUB-Robeson Center, Room 302
    • 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Penn State is investing in fraternity and sorority life to build a safe, transformative, and extraordinary fraternity and sorority experience. We will demonstrate Penn State’s transformation of the fraternity and sorority community and our standing as a nationwide leader. The presentation will present changes to the fraternity and sorority community, current initiatives, data showing progress, and highlight Penn State’s national leadership role. Finally, the presentation will offer strategic ways parents can become involved in fraternity and sorority life. Our aim is to create healthy, life-changing, and lifesaving fraternities and sororities. The session will be led by Chris Jefferson, director of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Dr. Stevan Veldkamp, Executive Director Timothy J. Piazza Center for Fraternity and Sorority Research and Reform.

    Family Pictures at the Nittany Lion Shrine

    • Corner of Burrowes and Curtin Road
    • 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 
    • Participate in a time-honored Penn State tradition. Gather your family and join our student photographer for a photo at the Nittany Lion Shrine. Photos will be available for purchase on-line approximately one week after the event. In the event of inclement weather, please check the Penn State Go App (Parents and Families Weekend) or check with the Parents & Families Weekend information table in the HUB-Robeson Center for more information.

     

    Penn State Centre Stage Production of "Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" 

    • 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Matinee) 
    • Playhouse Theatre (in person, purchase tickets here
    • Tony Award-winning play based on the novel by Mark Haddon 
    • For information: arts.psu.edu/events 

    Multicultural Resource Center Virtual Open House

    • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • Zoom: https://psu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5KaX824rSz-kfbpn87Wjgw
    • Students and families are invited to participate in an interactive virtual presentation by the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) counselors to learn about our services. MRC provides individual college counseling and educational services for undergraduate students who self-identify as African/Black American, Hispanic/Latinx American, Asian/Pacific Islander/Desi American, and/or American Indian. MRC counselors work with students on a variety of topics to help them succeed and graduate from Penn State. For information, equity.psu.edu/mrc/ or 814-865-1773.

    Student Residence Hall Leadership: How can my student benefit

    • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • Location: 110 Business Building
    • The Resident Assistant or residence hall student government leader are two of the leadership positions we will be talking about. You will learn about the RA selection process, the RA position itself, and what it means to lead students in the Residence Hall student government. We will explore how the positions helped former leaders to succeed in their positions today. Alumni student leaders will join us to talk about their experience and skills they learned while being a student leader in the residence halls.

      School of Music Choral Collage

      • Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, Worship Hall
      • 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
      • More than 200 students will perform in six Penn State choirs including Concert Choir, Essence of Joy, Glee Club, Oriana Singers, University Choir, and Vocal Dimensions singing a variety of music from the Renaissance through Jazz, and a massed rendition of the Alma Mater.

      Penn State Centre Stage Production of "Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" 

      • 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm 
      • Playhouse Theatre (in person, purchase tickets here
      • Tony Award-winning play based on the novel by Mark Haddon. 
      • For information: arts.psu.edu/events 

        Penn State vs. Iowa Football Game-Watch Party

        • HUB-Robeson Center, Alumni Hall
        • Time: Doors open 30 minutes prior to kick-off (TBA)
        • Wear blue and white and join other Penn State families to cheer on the Nittany Lion football team as they play Iowa! The game will be shown on the big screen in the HUB. Enjoy light refreshments, special entertainment, and be prepared to compete in family games during breaks and half-time (Hint: Wear your Penn State colors, practice your We Are chant, and brush up on your Penn State trivia).

        Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics:

        Penn State Women’s Field Hockey vs. Bucknell University

        • Penn State Field Hockey Complex
        • 2:00 pm 
        • The women’s field hockey team hosts Bucknell University! Come show off your Penn State pride! For information: 1-800-NITTANY.

        Penn State Men's Hockey vs Canisius ($, R)

        • Pegula Ice Arena
        • Livestream on Big Ten Network Plus
        • Time: TBD
        • The men's hockey team hosts Canisius College at Pegula Ice Arena! Come show off your Penn State pride, cheer on the Nittany Lions and experience a Penn State sporting event! Single game tickets will go on sale Wednesday, September 22nd. 
        • For tickets: ticketmaster.com

        Penn State Women's Hockey vs Holy Cross ($, R)

        Penn State Women's Volleyball vs Northwestern ($, R)

        Sunday, October 10

        Note: Scroll down to see information about athletic events. Details will be added as times and ticket information becomes available. 

        Penn State All-Sports Museum Beaver Stadium Tours - SOLD OUT

        • Beaver Stadium, All-Sports Museum/Team Tunnel Entrance
        • Tours will begin at 8:00 am, 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 12:30 pm
        • Beaver Stadium tours hosted by the Penn State All-Sports Museum include the media room, home locker room, tunnel and field, as well as recruiting and club areas. Beaver Stadium tours hosted by the Penn State All-Sports Museum include the media room, home locker room, tunnel and field, as well as recruiting and club areas.
        • Tickets: $15 for Penn State students, seniors, and museum friends; all other tickets are $20 for adults; children under 3 are free.  Walk-up tickets are rare, but if they are available the day of the event, they will be $25/person. Walk-up tickets are rare, but if they are available the day of the event, they will be $25/person.
        • Tickets can be ordered for the public starting at 12:00 pm (EST) on August 24 tickets is https://am.ticketmaster.com/pennstate/. Tickets will be mobile and there is a limit of 4 tickets per transaction.  All tickets will be first come first served and are non-refundable.
        • The stadium bag policy will be in place. All proceeds benefit the All-Sports Museum’s collections and public programs. For information: asmevents@psu.edu or by calling 814-865-0044.(Tour last around 75 minutes).

        Lion Chariot Pedicab Tours - limited availability remaining 

        • University Park Campus (tours start at the front entrance of the HUB)
        • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
        • Relax and see Penn State aboard your private Lion Chariot!  Tours cover much of campus in about an hour. Allow our chariot guides to tell the Penn State story in a fun, entertaining way. Chariots seat 2-3 persons, depending on size. Advanced reservations required (same day reservations possible if availability).  Rates begin at $75. Reservations: vamoslion@gmail.com or (814) 404-2782.

        AAUW Used Book Sale

        • 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
        • Snider Agricultural Arena
        • The State College branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will hold its 59th annual used book sale October 9-12 in the Snider Agricultural Arena.  More than 150,000 books will be available for purchase. The books are sorted into 30 different categories, including arts, biography, children, collectors, fiction, history, hobbies, humor and pop culture, literature, mystery, science and engineering, sports, travel, and more. Textbooks are limited to books that are less than five years old. Credit cards accepted and free parking is available.
        • The book sale is the result of generous donations of books from the community. AAUW State College members have worked over the past year to prepare the books for the four-day sale. Sale profits support scholarships for undergraduate returning adult women students and grants for community projects and programs that reflect AAUW's mission to advance equity for women and girls. Learn more about the sale at https://aauwstatecollege.org/used_book_sale_centre_county/.

          Family Pictures at the Nittany Lion Shrine

          • Corner of Burrowes and Curtin Road
          • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm 
          • Participate in a time-honored Penn State tradition. Gather your family and join our professional student photographer for a photo at the Nittany Lion Shrine. Photos will be available for purchased on-line approximately one week after the event. In the event of inclement weather, please check with the Parents & Families Weekend information table in the HUB-Robeson Center for more information.

          Housing Fair

          • HUB-Robeson Center, Alumni Hall
          • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
          • Explore your on- and off-campus living options at the housing fair. Students, parents, families, and friends can meet with campus housing staff, local landlords and property managers, and government and community representatives in one location. The fair is free and filled with swag and giveaways! It is an opportunity to ask questions and learn about available options, not a place for students to sign leases or feel any pressure to do so.

          Jewish Family Brunch

          • Findlay Commons, Private Dining Room (East Halls)
          • 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
          • Get together with other Jewish parents and families to meet each other and see the kosher dining option available to all students on campus. An RSVP was requested, but not required. This is a free event. Please email sht107@psu.edu to register for this event.

          Weekend Brunch in the Residence Halls ($)

          • North Food District, East Food District, Pollock Commons, South Food District, & West Food District
          • 10:30 am – 2:00 pm
          • Join your student for our most popular meal--Weekend Brunch! We'll be adding some additional menu features and special events throughout the weekend. Brunch is specially priced at $8.00 per person, credit card only.

          United in Song: A Celebration of Penn State A Cappella

          • HUB-Robeson Center, Freeman Auditorium
          • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
          • Join us for a special a cappella concert featuring our Penn State student groups. This event is hosted by the Penn State Parents Program Family Ambassadors. Enjoy these groups: Blue In The Face, Coda Conduct, None Of The Above, Shades Of Blue, Singing Lions, and The Statesmen. 

          THON 5K Presented by PNC

          • Bryce Jordan Center
          • 11:00 am – 2:00 pm (registration opens at 8:00 am)
          • THON 5K Presented by PNC supports THON’s yearlong effort to raise funds and awareness in support of our Four Diamonds Families through Penn State Health Children's Hospital. The event is open to all student volunteers, general supporters, stakeholders, families, and the Penn State community. If you cannot make it in person, we will also be offering a Virtual 5K experience and livestream as well for those not located in State College! For information: specialevents@thon.org.

          Study Abroad 101 for Parents & Families

            • Thomas Building, Room 100
            • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm 
            • Join Education Abroad Staff and returned study abroad students as they provide an overview of education abroad programs at Penn State, the steps to study abroad, and resources for students interested in studying abroad. A question-and-answer session will follow.

            Career Services: Succeeding at Penn State (hybrid event)

            • Bank of America Career Services Building
            • 11:00 am – 11:30 am
            • Guests may also participate virtually via Zoom: https://psu.zoom.us/j/98026868333
            • Join Career Services staff for a tour of the Bank of America Career Services Center while learning about a variety of career services programs and resources. Travel through the Bank of America Career Services Center to learn more.

            Survive and Thrive in Large Lecture Classes with Guided Study Groups

            • Boucke Building, Room 220A
            • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
            • Penn State Learning’s Guided Study Groups (GSGs) Program helps undergraduates in select large lecture courses find academic success—our research predicts as much as a third of letter course grade increase by attending as few as four sessions! In this interactive session, GSG leaders will share how they establish welcoming, collaborative, small group learning environments outside of class. In these drop-in, voluntary sessions, students review course material, prepare for exams, and enhance their problem-solving and study strategies. Like all Penn State Learning services and resources, guided study groups are free to enrolled students, instructor-approved, and conveniently located on campus.

            Counseling & Psychological Services: Virtual Information Table

            • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm 
            • Zoom: https://psu.zoom.us/j/94632816141
            • CAPS staff will be available to provide information about student mental health services at Penn State.

            Pattee & Paterno Libraries Open House

            • Pattee Library, Collaboration Commons Multipurpose Room (Room W043, ground floor West Pattee Library)
            • 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
            • Wondering what a 21st century library looks like? Visit Pattee and Paterno Library and explore! Families can take a guided tour of our facilities, including the newly renovated Collaboration Commons and Central Atrium, and learn about the services and resources we have available to your student. No registration is required. Guests can walk in for the library tours anytime between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Tours will be provided on first-come, first-served basis. Unable to make it in person? Use the Libraries’ webpage and try your hand at solving our online escape room! https://sites.google.com/view/psulibrariesescape/home

            Building Relationships, Building Skills: Math Peer Tutoring at Penn State

            • Sparks Building, Room 7
            • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
            • Penn State Learning offers math peer tutoring FREE of charge for all undergraduate students. Your student's tuition pays for this free service, and we offer tutoring for Math 004 through Math 251 by fellow undergraduate students. Come by 7 Sparks to meet a math peer tutor as well as discuss how math peer tutoring works with the Math Learning Communities Coordinator. We will also be on hand to discuss job opportunities for students who have gone through at least Math 141 and want to give back to their student community in the form of becoming a math peer tutor. For information: https://pennstatelearning.psu.edu/tutoring/mathematics.

            Building Relationships, Building Skills: Language Tutoring at Penn State

            • Boucke Building, Room 220A
            • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
            • Did you know Penn State Learning offers language tutoring FREE of charge? That’s right! Whether a student is taking Spanish 001 online or a 200-level Japanese course, there is a tutor available to help them hone their speaking, writing, and listening skills in a foreign language. Come by Boucke 220 to meet the peer language tutors representing seven language courses, as well as to learn more about how tutoring helps students and the job opportunities available to successful language students. For information: https://pennstatelearning.psu.edu/languages.

            Fraternity and Sorority Life Parents Information Session

            • HUB-Robeson Center, Freeman Auditorium
            • 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
            • This presentation will help parents understand how their students can prepare to become a member of the Fraternity and Sorority Life community, how to support their student throughout the recruitment and intake process, understand expectations of membership, and learn about the housing options for members.

            Explore the Palmer Museum of Art 

            • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
            • Explore the Palmer Museum of Art and discover the world-class collections, exhibitions, and resources at Penn State's art museum. 

             

            School of Music "Dimensions in Jazz" Concert 

            • 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm  
            • School of Music Recital Hall
            • Concert featuring jazz ensembles in the School of Music 
            • For information: arts.psu.edu/events 

            Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics:

            Penn State Men’s Soccer vs. Michigan

            • Jeffrey Field
            • 2:00 pm
            • More details to come; Call 1-800-NITTANY for more information

            Penn State Women’s Play Day Lacrosse Tournament

            • Game times: 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm
            • Panzer Stadium
            • Details to be provided: Call 1-800-NITTANY for more information 
            Virtual & Hybrid Events

            For families who are unable to make to Happy Valley for Parents and Families Weekend, we offer you the opportunity to participate virtually by "attending" these events. All times listed at EDT.

            Friday, October 8: 

            An Overview of Penn State THON, the World's Largest Student Run Philanthropy (Virtual Event)

            • 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
            • Zoom Link: https://psu.zoom.us/j/93218798842
            • Join us to learn more about Penn State THON, the World's Largest Student Run Philanthropy as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary year. Hear from some of THON's student leaders about why they THON, the impact the organization has had on them, and what it's like to be a student leader at Penn State.

            Student Pop-up Performances

            • Link: To be added the week of October 4
            • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
            • Enjoy high-energy performances by Penn State student groups including: Caliente, Dark Storm, Island Fever, K-Pop, and RAM Squad.

            Saturday, October 9: 

            Parents & Families Weekend Welcome

            • Link: To be added the week of October 4
            • 9:00 am – 9:45 am
            • Parents and Families Weekend official kick-off event includes a student music ensemble and the official welcome for the event. 

            Breazeale Nuclear Reactor Virtual Event

            • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (Exact time TBD)
            • Virtual Event: Link posted soon
            • The Penn State Radiation Science and Engineering Center (RSEC) was established in 1990 to manage Penn State’s comprehensive nuclear research facilities. The RSEC uses neutrons, gamma rays and various nuclear techniques to understand the past, explore the present and develop innovative technologies for the future. Visit the only research reactor facility in Pennsylvania and observe an operating nuclear reactor. Learn about radiation, nuclear energy, radioactive isotope production, space radiation, and other research projects. 

            Multicultural Resource Center Virtual Open House

            • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
            • Zoom: https://psu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5KaX824rSz-kfbpn87Wjgw
            • Students and families are invited to participate in an interactive virtual presentation by the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) counselors to learn about our services. MRC provides individual college counseling and educational services for undergraduate students who self-identify as African/Black American, Hispanic/Latinx American, Asian/Pacific Islander/Desi American, and/or American Indian. MRC counselors work with students on a variety of topics to help them succeed and graduate from Penn State. For information, equity.psu.edu/mrc/ or 814-865-1773.

            Sunday, October 10:

            United in Song: A Celebration of Penn State A Cappella

            • Link: To be added the week of October 4
            • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
            • Join us for a special a cappella concert featuring our Penn State student groups. This event is hosted by the Penn State Parents Program Family Ambassadors 

            Career Services: Succeeding at Penn State (hybrid event)

            • 11:00 am – 11:30 am
            • Zoom link: https://psu.zoom.us/j/98026868333
            • Join Career Services staff for a tour of the Bank of America Career Services Center while learning about a variety of career services programs and resources. Travel through the Bank of America Career Services Center to learn more.

            Counseling & Psychological Services: Virtual Information Table

            • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm 
            • Zoom: https://psu.zoom.us/j/94632816141
            • CAPS staff will be available to provide information about student mental health services at Penn State.

            Pattee & Paterno Libraries Online Escape Room

            Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics: Visit https://gopsusports.com/ to see what events will be televised in your area or live-streamed. 

            Penn State's Arboretum
            The Arboretum at Penn State's H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens
            Corner of Park Ave. and Bigler Road | Open from Dusk to Dawn 

            Stroll through the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens which contain more than 1,100 species and cultivars of plants. A family-favorite is Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden which offers many “nature play” activities and educational opportunities for children, including animal sculptures, a gigantic kaleidoscope, and a limestone cave. New in 2021 is our three-acre Pollinator and Bird Garden which features a beautiful tapestry of hills, ponds, structures, and gardens, and unique educational elements such as a bird blind and a beehive observation pavilion.
            The Arboretum at Penn State's H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens
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            Penn State Parents Program