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Parents and Families Weekend is hosted in the fall semester. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding this event. If you have additional questions, please contact the Penn State Parents Program at 814-863-1313.

Save the date: October 11 - 13, 2019

FAQs: Parents & Families Weekend

Why isn’t there a home football game?

We want to plan a weekend that focuses on you and your student's Penn State experience. The crowds and other activities during a football weekend would prevent us from hosting many of the events that families enjoy each year. There would also not be enough lodging and accommodations for both families and football fans. If an away game is scheduled, we will host a tailgate watch party in the HUB.

Should we bring other family members?

Yes, everyone is welcome. Family-friendly events will be marked with a paw print on the schedule. This will help you select activities that may be enjoyable and appropriate for younger children. Keep in mind that Penn State is a large campus and you will be doing a lot of walking.

I can’t find a hotel. What should I do?

On busy weekends such as Parents & Families Weekend, football games, and graduation, many, if not all, of our local hotels sell out. If you do not have a place to stay, you may want to think outside the box (outside of State College). Bellefonte, Lewistown, and Altoona are within 15-45 minutes from campus. There are also several non-traditional options in the area including Airbnb, StateCations, and Rent Like a Champion that offer private homes for rent. The Central PA Visitor’s Bureau may be helpful in finding a place for your family.

When is the 2019 Parents & Families Weekend?

October 11 - 13, 2019

When does registration begin?

Registration typically begins in August. We will notify families by email of the exact date by June 2019.


What happens during Parents & Families Weekend?

Parents & Families Weekend is more than a campus tour. With over 80 events, planning your visit is key. We will begin posting events in August and will be added throughout the fall.

Favorite events include United in Song: An Acapella Concert, family tailgate in the HUB-Robeson Center, pumpkin festival at the Arboretum, campus bus tours, Beaver Stadium tours, Old Main open house, housing fair, Astrofest, academic college events, and so much more.

Where can we eat during Parents & Families Weekend?

We recommend planning at least one meal in your student’s favorite dining commons. Penn State typically offers a $7.00 meal deals and all you can eat buffets in many of our locations throughout the weekend.

Downtown State College and the surrounding areas offer a wide variety of wonderful restaurants.

You won’t want to leave without getting ice cream at the Berkey Creamery.

Will my student have classes on Friday of Parents and Families Weekend?

Yes, the University does not cancel classes for Parents & Families Weekend. However, you are welcome to enjoy the campus and any scheduled activities while they are in class.

“ What I enjoyed the very most was the free time to see my child in his new environment. I have a new sense of calmness with seeing that he adjusted very well. ”
Penn State Parent, Fall 2017
Penn State Student Affairs
Penn State Parents Program