Family Weekend Schedule

Celebrate the Forty Acres at Family Weekend on Friday-Sunday, April 19-21, 2024

We hope you and your Longhorn enjoy celebrating campus life and all that UT has to offer. The weekend schedule is divided into two sections:

  • Celebrating Campus includes Family Weekend events and Additional Activities On and Around the Forty Acres
  • Celebrating The Arts & Nature includes UT galleries, museums, tours, student exhibits and wildflowers 

Picking Up Your Family Weekend Lanyards* and Printed Schedule*

You (or your student with their UT ID) can pick up your Family Weekend registration materials the week of the event. Times and locations to be specified closer to the date.

Family Weekend lanyards are necessary to access Family Weekend events and can be picked up along with a printed schedule of events that includes a campus map as well as a QR code for easy access to the Family Weekend website details.


 

Family Weekend T-Shirts

The University Co-op has commemorative 2024 Family Weekend t-shirts available for purchase so you can show your Longhorn pride in style.

Buy yours now online or in-store during Family Weekend. Available for a limited time.

If you are a Four-Year supporting member in Texas Parents Association, please contact our office for additional directions on applying your Co-op discount.


Family Weekend 2024 Schedule of Events

 
All Celebrating Campus and Additional Activities On and Around the Forty Acres are complimentary unless denoted by $. Schedule is subject to change.

Family Weekend Welcome Reception

Friday, April 19 | 5-7 p.m. | Grand Ballroom, AT&T Hotel and Conference Center (ATT; 1900 University Avenue)

This come-and-go event brings the Forty Acres to you in one place. Enjoy Longhorn Lemonade and Cookies as we kick off a great weekend full of activities and fun. Visit with leadership, faculty, staff and student leaders from undergraduate Colleges and Schools, the Division of Student Affairs, campus departments and programs. Be sure to wear your burnt orange best as you get in a Burnt Orange State-of-Mind for an exciting weekend of campus life!

*Please be sure to RSVP for this complimentary event when registering to assist us in getting an accurate count.


Recreational Sports Access

Friday, April 19 | Gregory Gym (GRE)
Check website for hours of operation

Enjoy complimentary access to Gregory Gym and all other RecSports facilities* by showing your Family Weekend lanyard at entry.  

*Family Weekend access includes facilities only. It does not include access to additional services or programs such as towels or fitness classes. 


Texas One Stop Open House

Friday, April 19 | 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. | Main Building (MAI) 1, (Ground Floor of UT Tower)

Located in the heart of campus, stop by and learn how Texas One Stop (TOS) supports students’ financial aid, student billing, registration and student record needs throughout the academic year. Present your Family Weekend lanyard to receive a special Family Weekend give-away!


UT Libraries Open House

Friday, April 19 | 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. | Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL), Entry Level

The UT Libraries invites Longhorn families to visit the Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL) to take a self-guided library tour (using your own mobile device), snap a family photo at our pop-up selfie studio and experience newly renovated spaces like our Scholars Lab! PCL is The University of Texas at Austin's flagship research library serving campus scholars with deep collections, research expertise and innovative spaces to facilitate study, instruction and research.


Sanger Learning Center Open House

Friday, April 19 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Beauford H. Jester Center (JES), Room A315

The Sanger Learning Center (SLC) is UT's biggest academic support center and we empower over 10,000 students each year to achieve their academic goals. We have resources to help students in all majors and all years and all of our services are always free. Come join us in one of our spaces to learn more about how we can help your Longhorn achieve their goals!


Orange & White Carnival

Friday, April 19 | 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. | Outside Gregory Gym (GRE)

Gear up for the big game with this special event from the Office of the Dean of Students! Get ready for carnival games galore, food fit for a champion, groove-worthy tunes and epic giveaways. Come hungry, leave happy and get pumped for UT's Orange and White Spring Football Game on Saturday, April 20. See you there, Longhorns!


Recreational Sports Open House

Friday, April 19 | 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. | Gregory Gym (GRE)

Serving the campus community since 1916, RecSports offers a variety of programs and services for Longhorns to move, play, explore, and grow on the Forty Acres and beyond. Stop by Gregory Gym for a guided facility tour and learn more about our newest spaces, including Functional Training, Powerlifting, and the Golf+ Simulator.


Bowling with University Unions

Friday, April 19 | Noon-8 p.m. | Texas Union Underground (UNB) 1.120

Put a new spin on an old sport with complimentary glow-in-the-dark bowling on campus!

* NOTE IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BOWLING: Due to the popularity of bowling in the Union Underground and the limited number of lanes, access will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis for one game per family with a maximum of six bowlers per family. Family Weekend lanyard will be required to redeem.


Alienware Longhorn Esports Arena Access

Friday, April 19 | Noon-8 p.m. | Texas Union Underground (UNB) 1.120

Family Weekend attendees are invited to tour the new Alienware Longhorn Esports Arena. Tours and complimentary play time will be available for anyone with your Family Weekend lanyard.

*Access to the Alienware Longhorn Esports Arena is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Startup City Limits

Friday, April 19 | 1-5 p.m. | Robert B. Rowling Hall (RRH)

Startup City Limits is an entrepreneurial showcase and conference from The Harkey Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at McCombs School of Business that unites hundreds of Longhorns, alumni, Austin businesses and investors. Activities and experiences include engaging keynote speakers, informative panels, interactive installations, photo booths, robots, raffles, Austin and Longhorn brands and giveaways. Advance registration preferred here.


Texas Global Open House

Friday, April 19 | 2-4 p.m. | 2400 Nueces (N24)

UT Austin is proud to be one of the top universities for students studying abroad! Please join Texas Global at their newly- renovated office to elearn more about how Education Abroad can enhance your student's Longhorn experience.


Texas Hillel Open House

Friday, April 19 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 2105 San Antonio Street (enter on 21st Street)

Texas Hillel is the social, cultural and religious center for Jewish students at UT. Texas Hillel invites you to relax with family and friends, meet the Hillel team, tour the building and enjoy light refreshments. Please RSVP directly to Helaine Wolf (hwolf@texashillel.org) by Tuesday, April 16.


University Co-op Presents: Longhorn Friday Happy Hour on the Drag

Friday, April 19 | 3-5 p.m. | 2246 Guadalupe Street

Hang out in store before all the Friday evening activities on campus and gear up for the Orange-White game on Saturday! Free drinks from Miller Coors for those 21 and older.


UFCU University Branch Welcome Stop 

Friday, April 19 | 3-5 p.m. | 2244 Guadalupe Street (next door to the Co-op)

Stop by for a visit, we’ve loved serving Longhorns for 88 years!


Texas Exes Class Ring Celebration

Friday, April 19 | 4:30 p.m. | UT Tower Main Mall

For Class Ring recipients, there’s no better place to put up their first Hook ‘em with their class ring than in the heart of campus with the Tower in the background! Family and friends are invited to join ring recipients for the Ring Celebration program. The Ring Celebration is an awesome event, regardless if your Longhorn is getting their ring or not, you’re welcome to join in the celebration. No RSVP is required for guests of ring recipients.


Longhorn Loteria

Friday, April 19 | 7-9 p.m. | Carothers Residence Hall 2nd Floor Study Lounge (CRD)

Join University Housing and Dining (UHD) for a game of Loteria! Like Bingo, this traditional game of chance is played using a deck of cards that feature images rather than numbers. Prizes will be awarded to every winner, and there will be a quick lesson on how to play at the beginning of the event.


Longhornchella

Friday, April 19 | 7-9 p.m. | North Area Quad Courtyard (in-between AND, BLD and CRD)

Longhornchella” will showcase student musician performances in the Quad Courtyard. Attendees can enjoy free street tacos, beignets, face painting, good vibes, and giveaways! Come experience a family-friendly music festival hosted by the University Residence Hall Association, University Housing and Dining, Afterglow ATX, and UTalent! 


 

 
All Celebrating Campus and Additional Activities On and Around the Forty Acres are complimentary unless denoted by $. Schedule is subject to change.

Recreational Sports Access

Saturday, April 20 and Sunday April 21 | Gregory Gym (GRE) 
Check website for hours of operation

Enjoy complimentary access to Gregory Gym and all other RecSports facilities* by showing your Family Weekend lanyard at entry.  

*Family Weekend access includes facilities only. It does not include access to additional services or programs such as towels or fitness classes.


Texas Football Orange-White Game

Saturday, April 20 | 1 p.m. Kick-off | Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium at Campbell-Williams Field (STD)
Free Admission

Texas Athletics is proud to announce the Texas Football Orange-White Game presented by Texas One Fund will be held Saturday, April 20, at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium at Campbell-Williams Field. The Orange-White Game will provide the first glimpse for fans to see the Longhorns in action before the 2024 season. Fans can look forward to a full game-day experience including Bevo Blvd., beginning at 9 a.m. Stadium gates open at 11 a.m. Admission to the game is FREE!


Bowling with University Unions

Saturday, April 20 | Noon-8 p.m. | Texas Union Underground (UNB) 1.120

Put a new spin on an old sport with complimentary glow-in-the-dark bowling on campus!

* NOTE IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BOWLING: Due to the popularity of bowling in the Union Underground and the limited number of lanes, access will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis for one game per family with a maximum of six bowlers per family. Family Weekend lanyard will be required to redeem.


Alienware Longhorn Esports Arena Access

Saturday, April 20 | Noon-8 p.m. | Texas Union Underground (UNB)

Family Weekend attendees are invited to tour the new Alienware Longhorn Esports Arena. Tours and complimentary play time will be available for anyone with your Family Weekend lanyard.


2024 Honors Day Program

Saturday, April 20 | 6:00 p.m. | Moody Center (2001 Robert Dedman Drive)

Honors Day recognizes the accomplishments of the highest achieving students at The University of Texas at Austin — those who, by meeting competitive criteria, have earned their distinction as College Scholars or Distinguished College Scholars.

The deepest purpose of the university is to unlock the potential of our students.  Honors Day is an opportunity to celebrate those students who not only reached their potential but surpassed it — elevating themselves to the very highest levels of academic accomplishment.

Student honorees and their guests gather to celebrate their achievements at a university-wide ceremony.  Hosted by President Hartzell, the ceremony takes place at the Moody Center on the UT Austin campus. 


Shawn Pander

Saturday, April 20 | 7:00 p.m. Doors | 7:30 p.m. Show | Cactus Cafe

A Folk, R&B/Soul, singer-songwriter, Pander's songs and stories sound so immediate it seems he’s living every line for the first time as you listen.

Seating in the Cactus Cafe is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 


 
Events vary from free to ticketed admittance and are listed alphabetically. Celebrating Arts and Nature events are complimentary unless denoted by $. Schedule is subject to change.

Art Galleries at Black Studies (AGBS)

Friday, April 19 | Noon-5 p.m. | Idea Lab, Gordon-White Building (GWB) 2.204 
Friday, April 19, Noon-5 pm. | Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | The Christian-Green Gallery, Beauford H. Jester Center (JES) 2nd floor, A232 
Free admission.

Art Galleries at Black Studies at The University of Texas at Austin (AGBS) is the sole on-campus entity dedicated to showcasing the art of Africa and the African Diaspora. Art Galleries at Black Studies is comprised of two principal galleries- Christian-Green Gallery and The Idea Lab- and six project spaces. AGBS is open to all, free of charge and is committed to fostering feelings of ownership of art and visual culture in a wide range of audiences.
 


Blanton Museum of Art $

Friday, April 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. | Sunday, April 21, 1-5 p.m. | Blanton Museum of Art (BMA) 
Reduced Admission: Parents $12 and students free when wearing your Family Weekend lanyard

The Blanton showcases art across centuries and continents, from pre-Colombian works to abstract expressionism to film/video. Don't miss the iconic (and selfie favorite) "Austin" by Ellsworth Kelly!
 


Butler Opera Center: The Queen of Spades $

Friday, April 19, 7:30-10:30 p.m. | Sunday, April 21, 4 p.m. | Performing Arts Center (PAC) McCullough Theatre, 2375 Robert Deadman Dr 
Admissions: Starting at $10

Tickets: https://butlerschoolofmusic.thundertix.com/events/215309


Butler School of Music: Longhorn Concert Bands

Sunday, April 21 | 4-6 p.m. | Bates Recital Hall, Music Building/Recital Hall (MRH)


Butler School of Music: New Music Ensemble

Saturday, April 20 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Bates Recital Hall, Music Building/Recital Hall (MRH)


Butler School of Music: Sandy Yamamoto Violin Studio Recital

Sunday, April 21 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Music Building/Recital Hall (MRH) 2.614


Butler School of Music: Saxophone Ensemble

Friday, April 19 | 7:30 p.m. | Bates Recital Hall, Music Building/Recital Hall (MRH)


COFA Theatre and Dance: Romeo y Juliet $

Friday, April 19, 7:30 p.m. | Sunday, April 21, 2 p.m. | Oscar G. Brockett Theatre, F. Loren Winship Drama Building (WIN)
Admissions: Starting at $10

Tickets: https://tadticketing.thundertix.com/events/211932


Docent-led Walking Tour of the Public Art Collection

Friday, April 19 | 2 p.m. | 24th Street and Speedway, Monochrome for Austin (under the canoes) 
Free admission

Join Landmarks for a complimentary, guided tour of the award-winning public art collection on campus. Tours are a fun and informative way to learn about popular trends in modern and contemporary art while enjoying the beauty of main campus.

Can’t join the docent-guided tour? Use your smartphone all weekend to access self-guided tours of select outdoor works of art, audio guides, artist videos, Spotify playlists and more. Open the Landmarks Mobile App, https://landmarks.oncell.com/en/index.html

NOTE IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THE DOCENT-LED TOUR: The tour will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees must show their Family Weekend lanyard to participate. Plan to arrive no later than ten minutes prior to the tour start time as the tour will leave promptly as scheduled.


Keep Austin Beautiful Day

Saturday, April 20 | Various times and locations
Free admission.

Each April, Keep Austin Beautiful mobilizes thousands of volunteers for an incredible day of community service throughout the Greater Austin Area in honor of Earth Month. In 2023, over 2,200 volunteers participated in cleanups throughout all ten city council districts, removing litter and restoring beloved green spaces and waterways. Volunteer with your Longhorn!


Landmarks: The Color Inside

Friday, April 19, Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21 | Prior to sunset, approximately 7:30 p.m. | William C. Powers, Jr. Student Activity Center (WCP)
Free admission.

James Turrell's The Color Inside is open daily and offers a quiet, contemplative space away from the bustle of campus. To access the garden rooftop, take the south elevator in the WCP building to the third floor. If you find reservations have closed for this very popular event, in-person standby seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve and learn more about viewing the skyspace, go here.


Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center $

Friday, April 19, Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (last admittance at 4 p.m.) | 4801 La Crosse Ave. 
Reduced Admission: 50% 4 tickets and free for UT students, faculty and staff with their UT ID. Guests can reserve tickets online a week in advance and use the discount code UTFAMILY. Walk-up tickets are available with your Family Weekend lanyard.

Just twenty minutes southwest of the Forty Acres, The University of Texas at Austin's Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is a must see. Spend time wandering the trails, strolling through the gardens or admiring the spring wildflowers as our first lady would have wanted. For those with green thumbs, remember to check out the Spring Native Plant Sale until 1 p.m. and get gardening help from the experts!


The LBJ Presidential Library $

Friday, April 19, Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (last admittance at 4 p.m.) | 2313 Red River Street (LBJ) 
Admission: Adults $16, Seniors (62+) $12, Youth (13-18) $6 and UT Students free with UT ID 
Tickets can be purchased in advance online: https://buy.acmeticketing.com/events/321/list.

The LBJ Presidential Library showcases the life and legacy of President and Mrs. Johnson and is one of only 13 Presidential Libraries nationwide administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.
See the two temporary exhibits: The LBJ Presidential Library and the Bruce Springsteen Archives & Center for American Music announce the debut of the exhibition Music America: Iconic Objects from America's Music History. Music America chronicles the story of American music through instruments, hand-written original lyrics, books, photographs, costumes and other objects from major artists performing in all walks of American music in different decades and portrays the story of those artists who contributed to it. Youth Protests: America has a long history of young people making their voices heard in creative ways. This exhibit will look at how young people advocate for themselves from labor strikes during the early Industrial Revolution to today.


Painter Hall Telescope Public Viewings

Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 | 8:30-10:30 p.m. | Painter Hall (PAI) 
Free admission.

WEATHER PERMITTING. UT's Department of Astronomy hosts public telescope viewings with Painter Hall's 9-inch refracting telescope on Friday and Saturday nights.


Texas Performing Arts: The Glenn Miller Orchestra $

Sunday, April 21 | 3 p.m. | Bass Concert Hall 
Tickets can be purchased here. There is an eight (8) ticket limit per customer.


Texas Science and Natural History Museum $

Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Sunday, April 21, 1-5 p.m. | 2400 Trinity Street  
Admission: Adults $10; UT Students free with UT ID 

Texas Science and Natural History Museum tells the story of life in the natural world in Texas from the formation of our planet, through the age of the dinosaurs and into the current era. The 85-year old museum, located in a beautiful Art Deco buidling, reopened in September 2023 after extensive renovations and with exciting new exhibits. Stop by during Family Weekend and discover your place in the natural world!
 


Visual Arts Center (VAC)

Saturday, April 20 | Noon-5 p.m. | Art Building (ART) 1st floor  
Accessible via entrances on Trinity Street and San Jacinto Boulevard 
Free admission

The VAC is a 13,000 square foot gallery located in the College of Fine Arts that serves as a platform for artists, curators and educators to experiment, test ideas and take risks. Stop in during Family Weekend to view the culminating work of over 100 students graduating this year with degrees in Art and Design.