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Parent & Family Weekend

Parent & Family Weekend is a fall tradition at Boise State where we invite new and returning parents to join us on-campus for a weekend full of events and activities. Parent & Family Weekend will be hosted the same weekend as Homecoming from October 7-9, which means more events and excitement!

Some events during the weekend are available for purchase. You can browse those options with the button below.

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Parent & Family Weekend Schedule

This year, Parent & Family Weekend will take place the same weekend as Homecoming. That means more events and fun!
Friday, October 7 - Saturday, October 8
Time: 10:00am-6:00pm (Friday); 11:00am-6:00pm (Saturday)
Welcome Station
Have questions? Need help understanding what the weekend entails? Want to purchase a ticket to a specific event? Come to the Welcome Station and we'll be there to help!
Student Union Building (SUB) Atrium
Friday, October 7 - Saturday, October 8
Time: 6:00am-10:00pm MT (Friday); 10:00am-8:00pm MT (Saturday)
Campus Recreation Access
Visiting families will be able to access the Boise State Campus Recreation Center for free during Parent & Family Weekend. Be sure to show the Parent & Family Weekend pass (digital or physical)!
Campus Recreation Center
Friday, October 7
Time: 11:00am-1:00pm MT
Paint & Dip
Join a local artist for a step-by-step paint demonstration. This is great for the entire family and you'll leave with a one-of-a-kind momento. (Limited availability)
$20 + tax
Jordan D Ballroom, 2nd Floor of the Student Union Building (SUB)
Friday, October 7
Time: 12:00-3:30pm MT (Drop-In)
The Keith and Catherine Stein Luminary
The Stein Luminary is an all-digital museum space with touch-activated glass walls, 26K-lumen projectors, and 7.1 digital surround sound, producing a range of immersive, interactive, and sensory experiences. All are welcome during 12:00-3:30pm!
1st Floor of the Center for Visual Arts
Friday, October 7
Time: 1:00-3:00pm MT
Succulent Potting Bar
Students and families can stop by and plant a small succulent. Grab a quality moment and a little memory to take home.
$15 per plant
Student Union Building (SUB) Patio
Friday, October 7
Time: 1:00-4:00pm MT
Tie-Dye in Albertsons Library with the MakerLab
Visit our innovative makerspace and create memories with your family! Free tote bags will be provided to tie-dye. You will also be able to explore other library resources like our video production suite. No registration required.
MakerLab, 2nd Floor of the Albertsons Library
Friday, October 7
Time: 2:00-5:00pm MT
Tell Us How It's Going!
Families and students can connect with student services professionals. Tell us how the first few weeks at Boise State are going!
RSVP preferred
Student Union Building Atrium
Friday, October 7
Time: 3:00-4:00pm MT
Family Cycle Class
Want to get in some movement before game day? Join the Campus Recreation Center for a cycle fitness class! No registration required.
Campus Recreation Center
Friday, October 7
Time: 3:00-5:00pm MT
Paint & Dip
Join a local artist for a step-by-step paint demonstration. This is great for the entire family and you'll leave with a one-of-a-kind momento. (Limited availability)
$20 + tax
Jordan D Ballroom, 2nd Floor of the Student Union Building (SUB)
Friday, October 7
Time: 4:00-5:30pm MT
Honors College Parent & Family Mixer
Honors College faculty, staff, and alumni are hosting a student and parent social mixer at the Honors College Courtyard. Light refreshments and drinks will be provided.
Honors College Courtyard
Friday, October 7
Time: 6:00pm MT
Homecoming Parade
Check out the parade floats and Boise State spirit from students, university departments, and the campus community! The parade will run along Cesar Chavez Ln.
Along Cesar Chavez Ln.
Friday, October 7
Time: Following the Homecoming Parade
Homecoming Pep Rally
Following the parade, we will celebrate Bronco Nation with our Homecoming Pep Rally in front of the Allen Nobel Hall of Fame.
Allen Nobel Hall of Fame Plaza
Saturday, October 8
Time: 5:00-7:00pm MT
Alumni + Parent & Family Tailgate
Join us for fun prior to the game on the DeChevrieux Field with other parents and alumni. Food and alcohol for purchase, games and give-aways!
Ford Tailgate Zone in DeCheverieux Field
Saturday, October 8
Time: 4:30-7:30pm MT
Dry Tailgate for Students & Families
The Office of the Dean of Students is proud to host their annual Dry Tailgate for students and families. There will be lawn games, food, and opportunities to connect with others.
Taylor Residence Hall Lawn
Saturday, October 8
Time: 7:45pm MT
Boise State Broncos v Fresno State Bulldogs
Bring your Bronco spirit to Albertsons Stadium to cheer on Boise State against Fresno State! Discounted tickets available for parents and families. (Limited availability)
Albertsons Stadium
Saturday, October 8
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm MT
Parent & Family Weekend Food Drive
The Boise State Campus Food Pantry is hosting a food drive and will be open to receive any donations at this time. Please note that at our Welcome Station we will also have a donation bin.
Campus Food Pantry, Campus School Suite 103
Saturday, October 8
Time: 4:00-6:00pm MT
Succulent Potting Workshop
Learn how to plant and grow succulents like a pro! Each person will leave with a 3 plant succulent garden. (Limited availability)
$25 + tax
Quad
Sunday, October 9
Time: 10:00-11:30am MT
Touch the Turf
Get on the Blue for a family photo! Meet at the Allen Nobel Hall of Fame.
Albertsons Stadium
Sunday, October 9
Time: 4:00-7:00pm
JCPenney Suit-Up
Boise State Career Services has partnered with JCPenney to provide discounts for career clothing. Coupons will be available at the JCPenney Boise location for an extra 30% discount for Boise State students.
JCPenney at the Boise Towne Square Mall

Not sure where to go? Use our digital campus map!

Let us know that you want to connect with key resources during Parent & Family Weekend

Tell us how it's going rsvp

On Friday, October 7 from 2:00-5:00pm Mountain Time, we will have professionals from resource and support offices at Boise State available to connect with you and your student. We’d love to hear how the first few weeks have gone! Whether your student’s thriving or they need some guidance, let us know how it’s going.

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Visiting for Parent & Family Weekend?

The weekend’s events will begin on a Friday, October 7 and wrap by Sunday, October 9 early afternoon for those planning travel.

Parent & Family Weekend Discounts

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Lodging

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Explore Boise

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Homecoming Events

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