Family Weekend 2020

General Info

Family Weekend 2020 is September 25-27

Stay tuned for more information to come in Summer 2020!

2020 Family Weekend Events

2019 Family Weekend Honored Family 

On Saturday, November 16th, the Frohwein/Parsons family will be recognized as the recipients of the University of Iowa's Family Spirit Award during the Iowa-Minnesota football game. The award recognizes a Hawkeye family—spanning at least three generations—that supports the University of Iowa, and personally or professionally contributes toward bettering the state of Iowa and its communities.


Click here for the story for our 2019 honored family

*Please note that you need to purchase football tickets separately 

Family Weekend T-Shirt

The Family Weekend 2020 t-shirt will be available at the door of any event during Family Weekend.*

*While supplies last


Is it too late to purchase Family Weekend tickets?

Although the Family Weekend packages are no longer available for purchase, you can still purchase individual event tickets at the door of each event while supplies last.

Will you mail our Family Weekend event tickets?

The tickets that are included in the non-refundable $80 registration fee will need to be picked up in person either by you or your UI student at the Registration Check-in on Friday, November 15th from 10AM - 6PM at the Iowa Memorial Union Welcome Center, or at any of the events over the weekend. Details about the Registrant Check-in will be updated on the website, as the weekend approaches. If you ordered additional tickets or Family Weekend t-shirts, these should also be picked up at this time.

What else is there to do during Family Weekend?
  • The UI Athletics Hall of Fame has three floors of Hawkeye memories, from National Championship trophies to the Orange Bowl to Nile Kinnick's Heisman trophy. Admission is free. The Hall of Fame is open 8am - 6pm on November 15th, 10am - 6pm on November 16th, and Noon - 5pm on November 17th. A must-see for any fan of Hawkeye sports! Locate at 2425 Prairie Meadow Drive, Iowa City, IA.
  • UI Museum of Natural History has more than 18,000 square feet of permanent exhibits throughout MacBride Hall - right on the UI campus! Exhibits include Mammal Hall, the Hageboeck Hall of Birds, the Biosphere Discovery Hub, Iowa Hall, and the Diversity of Life Exhibits. Hours are 10am - 5pm on November 15-16, and 1pm - 5pm on November 17. Tour guides will be on hand for walk-in tours and scavenger hunts and other hands-on activities will be available!
  • The UI Museum of Art is located on the third floor of the Iowa Memorial Union. Tours should be booked in advance at the University of Iowa Museum of Art website, but walk-in hours are available. Hours are 10am - 5pm on November 15, and Noon - 5pm on November 16-17.
Does Family Weekend have hotel rooms blocked for the families of new students?

Yes, Family Weekend has a block of rooms at the Hampton Inn in Coralville. To ensure the discounted rate and availability, rooms will need to be booked by Saturday, October 5, 2019.

For additional information regarding hotel availability, please call 319.337.6592 or 800.283.6592 to contact the Coralville Convention & Visitor's Bureau.

Travel & Lodging

Directions to the Iowa Memorial Union
Visit the Iowa Memorial Union Website

From I-80:

  1. Take exit #244 and turn south on Dubuque Street
  2. Follow Dubuque Street south to Market Street
  3. Turn right onto Market Street
  4. Follow Market Street to Madison Street
  5. Turn left onto Madison Street
  6. Follow Madison Street to Jefferson Street
  7. Turn right to enter the Iowa Memorial Union parking area

From US 6:

  1. Follow US 6 to Iowa Avenue
  2. Turn east onto Iowa Avenue
  3. Follow Iowa Avenue to Madison Street
  4. Turn left onto Madison Street
  5. Follow Madison Street to Jefferson Street


  • Iowa Memorial Union Ramp on Madison Street across from the IMU.

  • North Hall Ramp on Madison Street north of the IMU.

  • Metered street parking is also available around the IMU and downtown.

  • Football Parking (Please note: Traffic around Kinnick Stadium is very congested and parking is limited. We suggest parking in the Hancher Auditorium parking lot and using the free football charter bus to the stadium. Bus service starts 9 a.m.)

Where can I stay? 

If you would like to explore other lodging options, you can call the Iowa City/Coralville Convention and Visitors Bureau at 319-337-6592 or 800-283-6592 or visit their website ( and click on their lodging page for updated information regarding hotel availability. Some Iowa City and Coralville hotels require a two-night stay on football weekends, and the room rates are typically higher than on non-football game weekends.