10 Things To Do For Binghamton University Family Weekend

Posted by Madeline Loiaconi on September 21, 2021

Family Weekend, one of my favorites here at Binghamton, is quickly approaching. With an event at every corner, there is endless fun to be had, whether you’re celebrating with family or friends. Between student performances and free food at festivals, Family Weekend is a must-attend event. Here are ten things you can do this weekend.

Attend a soccer game

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Kick off Family Weekend with a soccer game! Whether you’re a soccer fan or have never seen a game, watching the Bearcats take on rivals Stony Brook at home is always fun to cheer for. If you haven’t already reserved tickets, show your Family Weekend wristband at the Events Center box office to get your free tickets to the match.

Join the Family Weekend welcome

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Meet other Binghamton families and President Harvey Stenger at the official Family Weekend opening, held Saturday morning in the Watters Theater. Guest speaker and New York Times bestseller Julie Lythcott-Haims will discuss her insights on overparenting. She will be signing her book after the event!

Have fun at the Family Fun Bonfire

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Start the season off right with s’mores, donuts and apple cider Friday night at the C4 firepit. This event, sponsored by Fraternity and Sorority Life, is a perfect way to spend time with friends and family while cozying into fall.

Explore the Library Special Exhibitions

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Going to the library doesn’t sound like the typical weekend activity, however, that changes with the collection of cool items located in Bartle Library! With three Special Collection exhibits, including "Diamond in the Rough: A Look Back at the University's Inaugural Year, 1946-47" and "Link Collections Exhibit Wall," these pieces of history are one of a kind. Make sure you check out the "New Acquisitions in Special Collections" with items from the 1800s including a woodblock used for printing two leaves of a Japanese novel, viewable until 5 p.m. on Friday.

Go punk at the Art Museum

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The Binghamton University Art Museum is pleased to share their fall exhibition, “Now form a band” A punk exhibition in 3 chords. Located in the Fine Arts Building, this exhibition features highlights of Andrew Krivine's collection of punk ephemera.

Eat a Bearcat Spirit Lunch

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What’s better than a picnic-style lunch with your family? Enjoy student performances and eat delicious food at Baxter’s Spirit Celebration. Make sure to get a famous spiedie while in Binghamton, cooked by the infamous Lupo family.

Get your photo taken

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Does it seem like you can never get a nice photo with your family? Throughout the weekend, you can get a free family portrait taken by a professional photographer with a Binghamton University backdrop. Make sure not to miss this opportunity.

Rep your community

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Have some community pride at Residential Celebrations all day Saturday! Whether that means eating Dunkin at Hinman, or celebrating fall at College-in-the-Woods, there are a variety of events to attend. As a past Dickinson resident for two years, I definitely have a bias towards Dickinson Day, filled with fun sports and performances. 

Watch an absolutely a capella student performance

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Come experience another can’t-miss Family Weekend tradition as members of Binghamton's a cappella groups come together to give one spectacular show where you can live out your Pitch Perfect fantasy.

Run (or walk) for the goats!

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Saving my favorite for last, I can’t wait to attend the 9th Annual Running with the Goats event. Not only is this a fun, unique event welcome to all skill levels and strollers, but this event also raises funds to purchase Galla goats for the Maasai, an impoverished tribe in Kenya. Have fun on a run while contributing to the cause. Pre-register here.

For more fun events, check out the full schedule online!

Madeline Loiaconi is a junior at Binghamton Univseristy, majoring in English literature and creative writing and cinema. On campus, she is a member of the Alpha Phi Omega Community Service Fraternity and a content creator on Binghamton's TikTok account. 

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