We are pleased to offer a variety of virtual offerings for a safe and fun Family Weekend experience.

General Info

Family Weekend 2020 is September 25-27

Family Weekend 2020 will be held in a virtual format. The weekend's events will be free of charge. Merchandise will be available for purchase at the Iowa Hawk Shop located on the ground floor of the Iowa Memorial Union, or online at hawkshop.com.

Stay Informed

Our events will all be published through our Facebook account and on our website. We will also have them published in UI Events Calendar and Engage.

2020 Family Weekend Events

Weekend Timeline

Friday, September 25: Magic Night IN

We are excited to announce that we have teamed up with celebrity magician Daniel Martin to bring you an all-new Magic Night IN, streaming LIVE to you! Daniel is going to pull back the curtain and teach you some of his most incredible pieces of magic, magic that you’ve seen done on TV, plus he will perform some special never before seen magic just for you in the process. The magic he is going to share with you is not only awesome but really easy to learn and uses items most of you have lying around your place!  Plus, you will be able to ask him questions and be part of the magic while he performs and teaches us! So check out the supplies that you need to gather up before we go live with Daniel for this fun and special night just for us on Friday!

When? Friday, September 25th at 7 p.m. CDT

Where? IowaMagic.Online

Saturday, September 26: Hawkeye Trivia and Family Weekend Escape Room by UI Dance Marathon

Hawkeye Trivia:

Join us and test your knowledge on all things Hawkeye in our Family Weekend trivia event! You'll be surprised by what you do (or don't) know! There will be two rounds,  so make sure to bring your "A" game and Hawkeye Spirit! Hawk Shop gift cards will be awarded to the top 5 winners of each round.

When? Saturday, September 26th at 2 p.m. CDT

Where? Click Here 

Escape Room by Dance Marathon:

Follow Me is a brain boggling and mind-blowing adventure where an Escape Room meets True Detective. Can you put the clues of this escape room together and finish before the time runs out?  Buckle up, it’s going to be a fast ride!

When? Saturday, September 26th at 8:30-9:30 p.m. CDT

Where? Click Here

Families should try to log on together if possible so they can stay together. We know that in some cases this may not be possible but we are happy to work out an alternate solution with you through the contact below if needed. Additionally, it is important to arrive promptly at 8:30 pm. We will be locking the meeting at 8:35 pm and will be unable to open it after that time. If you have any questions, concerns, or if you need assistance, please contact dm-event@uiowa.edu.


Sunday, September 27: Hawkeye Bingo

BINGO!! Four corners, stamp, classic line, or Hawkeye H, there are many ways to win! Join us virtually as we play bingo and have the chance to win a Family Weekend gift bag. We will be rewarding gift bags for an hour and a half!  

When? Sunday, September 27th at 2 p.m. CDT

Where? Click Here


Other Events Being Hosted

Campus Tour Videos

Checkout campus from your home! Walking and driving tour videos can be found here.

Hawkeye home cooking with Chef Barry Greenberg

Follow along to make a delicious dish with an award-winning chef!


Find a list of ingredients and instructions for all of the Family Weekend recipes below!

Family Weekend Recipes

Family Weekend Scavenger Hunt!

With our specially curated list of hints, explore campus and win some prizes! Check  our set of hints here!


Merchandise will be available for purchase at the Iowa Hawk Shop located on the ground floor of the Iowa Memorial Union, or online at hawkshop.com

From today until October 7, you can use the coupon code FAMILY2020 for a 25% discount on online orders from the Hawk Shop!


Is it too late to purchase Family Weekend tickets?

Family Weekend 2020 will be free for students and families; however, there will be merchandise available for purchase.


Family Spirit Award

The 2020 recipients of the University of Iowa Family Spirit Award are the Kitty (Kathleen) and Jody (Joseph IV) Buckwalter Family of Iowa City. For four generations and more than 100 years, the Buckwalter Family has benefited from, contributed to, and advocated for the University of Iowa, and 30 family members have at least one degree from Iowa.

Says Kitty and Jody Buckwalter: “The University of Iowa has enriched the lives of our family for more than a century. Our family members benefited from generations of dedicated, inspirational University of Iowa teachers who challenged their students to think critically, develop their abilities, pursue lifelong learning, and use their knowledge and skills to contribute to the health and wellbeing of others. On behalf of the past and present enthusiastic steadfast Hawkeyes of our family, we are grateful and honored to receive the University of Iowa Family Spirit Award.”

The Buckwalter Family will be formally recognized as the 2020 recipients in the spring. For more information, please visit foriowa.org/family-spirit/.

Jody and Kitty Buckwalter with the next two generations of their family: From left to right,  Marty Potash (00BS, 07MD, 12F) and Sissy (Buckwalter) Potash (07MD, 07F, 12R); Kitty (71BSN, 76MA) and Jody (Joseph IV) (69BA, 72MS, 74MD, 79R) Buckwalter; Jody (Joseph V) (05PhD, 16R) Buckwalter and Allie Hart, Ivan Andújar Segura and Abigail Buckwalter; and Kitty and Jody’s seven grandchildren.