Family Weekend FAQ

  • When is Family Weekend?
    October 11–13, 2019.
  • Why should I register for Family Weekend?
    Family Weekend is an independent and self-supported event for Binghamton University families, provided by Parent and Family Programs and the Division of Student Affairs. We expect families to register if they would like to take part in the University planned festivities. The registration fee enables us to provide several events during Family Weekend at no additional cost to participants, including Friday night bonfire, refreshments at several events throughout the weekend, parking, keynote speaker, A Cappella show, reduced rate for comedy show, athletic events and more. The registration fee also covers the cost of Family Weekend publications and scheduling App, postage, online registration and onsite registration services, registration materials, facility rentals, staff and service fees, and access to discounted athletic event tickets.
  • Why is important to PRE-register for Family Weekend prior to Sept. 27?

    Pre-registration closes at midnight on Friday, Sept. 27.

    When you pre-register, it allows us to plan for your arrival. It also provides one less thing you have to worry about when you get here to campus for the weekend. Our Parent and Family Programs office and student volunteers spend weeks preparing for the weekend, when close to 5,000 visitors will be coming to campus. When we have a better sense of who is coming, we can manage a lot of the details ahead of time. If you choose to participate in on-site registration either Friday or Saturday of Family Weekend, we ask for your patience. You may possibly wait in line as we process payment. In addition, some of the events may be sold out.

  • Do I need to check in when I come to campus?
    Yes. Come to the Family Weekend Welcome Center at Old Union Hall in The Union to check in. We will have a Family Weekend stadium bag for your family full of goodies, as well as your Family Weekend wristband that gives you and your family access to the events throughout the weekend. At check-in, you will also receive any tickets you ordered when you registered (lunch tickets, athletic event and/or comedy show tickets). You can also check in from noon–2 p.m. at the Events Center concourse.
  • What time is check-in for Family Weekend?

    When you get to campus, make sure your first stop is our Family Weekend Welcome Center located in The Union. Here you will check in, receive your Binghamton swag bag full of goodies and each of your family members will receive an official Family Weekend wristband. We ask you to wear this throughout the weekend. It helps us to know who is registered and is granted free entry to many of the special events.

    Family Weekend Welcome Center Hours:

    You can check in at any of these times and at either location.

    • Friday, Oct. 11 from 7–9 p.m., Old Union Hall, University Union
    • Saturday, Oct. 12 from 8 a.m.–4 p.m., Old Union Hall, University Union
    • Saturday, Oct. 12 from noon–2 p.m., Events Center concourse
  • Why can I only enter one name in my registration?
    We only require one name per family registration. However, we do ask you to tell us how many guests will be attending with you (including your student) so we have a better idea of how many guests to accommodate that weekend.
  • Are there any other fees involved with Family Weekend?

    If you would like to participate in the Family Weekend Lunch and Baxter’s Spirit Celebration on Saturday, October 12 from noon–2 p.m. at the Events Center, the cost is $12 per person (make sure to include your Binghamton student in your numbers when you purchase tickets). There is also a $5 per person fee to purchase tickets to the Comedy Show Saturday evening.

    If you would like to participate in the Running with the Goats Fun Run/ Walk on Sunday morning, October 13, there is a fee involved with that as well. You can register for this event here.

  • Are Family Weekend activities Friday through Sunday?
    Yes. Family Weekend activities begin on Friday, most in the afternoon and early evening. On Saturday, programs begin at 9:30 a.m. with our University Welcome and keynote speaker. Back by popular demand and highly recommended by Binghamton parents is Jessica Lahey, educator, speaker and writer discussing key points in her best-selling book The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go so their Children Will Succeed. If you live more than three hours away, we recommend that you come to Binghamton on Friday so you’ll be able to take full advantage of events starting Saturday morning. A detailed list of Family Weekend activities can be found on the Family Weekend schedule.
  • Where can I see the schedule for Family Weekend?

    You can view the schedule here on our website. Please note: We are also working on making the schedule accessible to you on your mobile device through an App called Guidebook (blue G icon). Further instructions about this will be posted soon.

  • What is being served for the Family Weekend lunch?

    Family Weekend lunch will take place on Saturday, from noon– 2 p.m. in the Events Center as part of the Baxter’s Spirit Celebration. Lunch tickets are $12 per person. Because it is a catered event, you will also need to purchase a ticket for your student. We will be introducing our newest Bearcats and their families to the traditional Binghamton spiedie!

    You will have a choice of Lupo’s chicken spiedie sandwich, Lupo’s pork sausage sandwich, or gluten-free, vegan black bean quinoa burgers with fresh pico de gallo and mango ketchup.

    All will be served with fresh NYS corn cobbette, freshly baked chocolate chip cookie or gluten free brownie, a bottled beverage and your choice of fresh fruit salad or Mediterranean pasta salad.

    For those families who keep kosher, both Hillel and Chabad will be serving meals during Family Weekend. Details on days and times can be found on the Family Weekend schedule. In addition, the kosher section at C4 Dining Hall will also be open during its regular hours.

  • Will there be a Family Weekend Comedy Show?

    Yes! We will be hosting a comedy show on Saturday evening on campus for registered families and their student(s). Tickets are $5 per person and seating is general admission. Register for the comedy show when you register for Family Weekend. Because space is limited to 1,250 people, we ask families to only purchase tickets if they plan to attend; if you purchase a ticket but don’t show up, your registration will lock others out of participating.

    If you purchased tickets to the Second City Improv Comedy show on Saturday night, you will be given your tickets when you check in at the Family Weekend Welcome Center. The show is general admission at the Events Center (rear half). Show begins at 9:30 p.m., doors open at 8:30 p.m. No pets are permitted inside the Events Center. A concession cart will be available for snacks and drinks.

    If you purchased tickets and are now unable to attend, we will be issuing refunds up until Sept. 27.  After that date, we will no longer be issuing refunds.

  • Are dogs allowed?
    We know our students love to see their pet(s) from home, and we know that many of our local hotels are dog-friendly. However, we do ask that you please respect the University building policies so our staff is not put in the position to ask you (and your pet) to leave. We love dogs, but some campus facilities, like the Events Center, Anderson Center and residence halls, do not permit pets. Please make sure to check the Family Weekend schedule to see locations of events prior to bringing your dog to campus. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
  • How do I park on campus during Family Weekend?

    Please take a minute to  print out your parking pass. Display this pass on your dashboard while you are on campus during Family Weekend.

  • If my plans have changed, can I receive a refund?

    We will be accepting requests and issuing refunds up until midnight on September 27, 2019. Please email us at with your request by that date.

  • Will there be a Division 1 sporting event during Family Weekend?
    Enjoy our Bearcat women’s softball team vs. Onondaga Community College from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. on Saturday down at the Softball Stadium, Bearcat Sports Complex. There are also a lot of our club sports games your family can enjoy to cheer on our Bearcats! Please check out the games and times in the Family Weekend schedule.
  • Binghamton is a tobacco-free campus.
    This includes and is not limited to all buildings and structures, sidewalks, parking lots, walkways, attached parking structures and University-owned, operated or leased vehicles. University community members are encouraged to respect neighbors of the University. Tobacco is defined as all tobacco and tobacco-derived products intended for human consumption, including but not limited to cigarettes, electronic nicotine delivery systems (vaping), juuls, cigars, hookah-smoked products, clove cigarettes, bidis, kreteks, smokeless tobacco and snus.