The History of Family Weekend at the University of Arizona
Mom’s and Dad’s Day, Parent’s Day, and now Family Weekend is a rich University of Arizona tradition that began in 1929. What started as a few families coming to visit their children has become thousands of family members joining the University of Arizona campus.
For families, Family Weekend gives them a glimpse of their student’s life at the University of Arizona and a chance to spend quality time with their student around campus. For students, Family Weekend is filled with food, fun and a chance to show off their school to their loved ones. This event has been overseen by several different student organizations, including Mortar Board, Blue Key, Bobcats, University Activities Board, and the Associated Students of the University of Arizona.
Family Weekend took a two year break during WWII, deciding to devote all University activity towards war efforts, making 2017 the 85th anniversary of Family Weekend. Over the years, families have experienced teas, dance recitals, cultural fairs, sporting events, tours of the campus facilities and dorms, casino nights, tailgating, and football games. These traditions continue today, sharing pride for the University of Arizona, allowing families to envelop themselves in Tucson culture, and learning what it means to be a true Wildcat.
We hope you will join us on campus this October and experience the fun that has kept Family Weekend a success since 1929!