University of Delaware


Parents and Family Weekend is Friday, October 7 through Sunday, October 9, 2016.

The Friday night comedy show with Wayne Brady is sold out. Tickets are still on sale for the Family Fest Tailgate, football game and Sunday brunch. Please visit the Ticket Sales & Information page to make your purchase.

Please join us for this special weekend on the University of Delaware Newark campus. Events include:

  • NEW this year – “Major Mania” on Friday from 2:30 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. in the Trabant University Center multi-purpose rooms
  • The Friday Night Comedy Show featuring Wayne Brady – live at the Bob Carpenter Center
  • NEW this year – “Student Life Café” on Saturday from 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. on the patio of the Perkins Student Center
  • Family Fest Tailgate – food, fun and festivities for the whole family
  • NEW this year – UD Associate in Arts Program (AAP) students, families, faculty and staff are invited to join AAP group seating at the Family Fest Tailgate and purchase group tickets for the football game (see the ticket sales & information page for details)
  • UD Football – cheer on the Blue Hens as they take on the University of Maine

In addition to information about these events, you’ll find lots of information on our website about college and department events, programs, tours and more. Additional events will be published on this website as they are confirmed. Please check back often for updates. 

For nearby places to stay, visit our lodging page. Hotels in the area fill quickly for this weekend, so don’t delay in making your reservations. For information about restaurants, events, and activities in the area, visit the City of Newark Visitors Page and the Greater Newark Delaware website.

Parking is available throughout the weekend at the special rate of $5 per day in the Visitors’ Center lot, the Trabant University Center garage, the Perkins Student Center garage, and the Center for the Arts garage, as well as in numerous parking lots across campus.

In addition, complimentary parking is available in lots 3, 54, and 55 located at the corner of Wyoming Road and South Chapel Street and in lot 6 on Laird Campus, slightly north of the Christiana West Tower. Complimentary parking is also available at the Bob Carpenter Center on Friday evening for the comedy show and on STAR Campus on Saturday. Fees are charged for parking at the stadium on Saturday.  Parking maps are available on the Parking and Transportation website. A map of campus may be found here.

For information about tailgating at the football game, please read Parking and Tailgating Information.

Special PFW Shuttle buses will run continuous loops from the Smith overpass and Perkins Student Center to the Bob Carpenter Center on Saturday beginning at 12:30 p.m. and running until 1 hour after the football game ends, approximately 8:30 p.m. Visit the UD Shuttle Schedule for the regular shuttle schedule.

Tickets are on sale now. Please note that refunds are not issued. Most events do not require tickets but do require an RSVP to the host department. Please refer to specific event details for more information. Please note that there is no general registration process or fee for Parents and Family Weekend.

For special accommodations during Parents and Family Weekend for the comedy show, Family Fest Tailgate or Sunday Brunch, please email For special accommodations for the football game, please call 302-831-2257. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended in 2008, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the University of Delaware is committed to providing equal access for students, employees and visitors with disabilities. The Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) provides reasonable accommodations and ensures equal access to University programs and services.


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