Parents & Families

Family Weekend

Family Weekend 2021 will be held Friday, October 15 – Sunday, October 17. 

Registration is currently closed but will reopen on site this weekend. Please visit the Check-In and Registration Table in the Bryan Center at the times below. Short-term parking will be available in the Bryan Center surface lot while families register or pick up their Family Weekend materials, including their parking pass.

The Family Weekend Check-In and Registration Table will be open:

  • Thursday, October 14, 5:00pm-7:00pm
  • Friday, October 15, 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Saturday, October 16, 9:00am-1:00pm

View the Family Weekend brochure online. Physical copies will also be available at the Check-In & Registration Table in the Bryan Center.

Any in-person visitors will be expected to adhere to campus COVID-19 policies for their safety and the safety of the Duke community.


Duke Family Weekend 2021 logo - Oct 15-17

What is Family Weekend?

Family Weekend is an informative, engaging and important yearly tradition! Over the course of the Weekend, Duke welcomes parents and families to visit campus in order to interact with the organizations, people and places that have become so important to your student.

While we expect the fall will look much more like what we are accustomed to, all plans are still subject to change at any time based on public health guidance.

This year, we look forward to topical and interesting programs by staff, presentations from faculty, and interactions with special members of the student community.

When is Family Weekend?

Family Weekend 2021 will be held October 15 - 17. 

How do I register for Family Weekend?

Registration is temporarily closed. It will reopen on-site beginning Thursday. Families can visit the Check-In and Registration Table in the Bryan Center: 

  • Thursday, October 14, 5:00pm-7:00pm
  • Friday, October 15, 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Saturday, October 16, 9:00am-1:00pm

All registrant/attendee specific edits or ticket exchanges (pending availability) can also be made on-site.  

Does Family Weekend coincide with a home football game? 

Each year we collaborate with Athletics and other stakeholders across campus with the hopes of hosting Family Weekend during a home football game weekend. Unfortunately, this year we were not able to do so. During the limited window between fall break and Thanksgiving, there is only one home football game. This year Homecoming will occur that weekend.  

We hope you will join us for the Football Viewing Party in Wallace Wade Stadium! Watch Duke take on Virginia on the jumbotron. Kickoff is at 12:30pm on Saturday, and the stadium will open at noon. No tickets are required for this free event. Concessions will be available for purchase. Please note that masks are required.

Why should I attend Family Weekend?

In addition to the opportunity to experience programs, discussions, concerts, performances and more from members throughout the Duke community, attending Family Weekend also provides a wonderful chance for you to spend quality time with your student. Not only does it strengthen your relationship, but it can also provide your son or daughter with the opportunity to bridge the gap between their lives both on and away from campus.

What is the format of Family Weekend?

While we anticipate welcoming families to campus for this weekend, COVID-19 conditions could change this at any time. 

Family Weekend typically includes three days of programming and opportunities for you to engage with your student. Family Weekend is designed in a conference format where you choose which sessions to attend. Each day has many activities—too many for one person—so you’ll pick what feels most relevant to you and exciting for your family.

Friday is the busiest. Programming starts mid-morning and continues into the evening. Your student will have a regular class schedule this day, so the events are more intentionally geared towards parents and visiting family members. More programming is offered on Saturday with more opportunities to attend events alongside your student. Sunday is the lightest, with most activities wrapping up by midday. 

What should I do if I have additional questions about Family Weekend?

Please do not hesitate to give us a call at (919) 684-2577 or email us at if you have questions regarding the weekend's activities.