Family Weekend Schedule of Events

Join us October 19 - 21! Bring the family and prepare for tons of Triton fun and a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with your student.

To familiarize yourself with what Family Weekend entails, click on the tabs below for brief highlights of last year's Family Weekend October 20 - 22, 2017. Family Weekend presents three signature events for each day of the weekend with a welcome reception on Friday night, evening event on Saturday, and the closing brunch on Sunday. The rest of the weekend includes many offerings to engage with the campus and learn about several resources. 

The 2018 schedule of events will be available by mid August.

Friday, October 20

Check-in & Support the Triton Pantry | 3 - 8 p.m.
Price Center East Foyer
Check-In is reserved for Weekend Package Holders. The Triton Pantry can use your help! Bring any of the following items; cereal, peanut butter, jam, mac & cheese, pasta, breakfast bars, oatmeal, cooking oil, and/or rice.

Triton Welcome Reception | 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Price Center East Ballroom

Whodunit Mystery Show | 8 - 10 p.m.

Price Center West Ballroom

Saturday, October 21

Check-in & Support the Triton Pantry | 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Price Center East Foyer
Check-In is reserved for Saturday Package Holders. The Triton Pantry can use your help! Bring any of the following items; cereal, peanut butter, jam, mac & cheese, pasta, breakfast bars, oatmeal, cooking oil, and/or rice.

Breakfast with Triton Student-Researchers | 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Multipurpose Room, Student Services Center (near Town Square)

Triton Ed Sessions | 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. 
Various Locations
Choose one session or divide and conquer:

  • Health Beat: Preparing for Med School and other Health Professions
  • The Game of Life: Support Your Student's Career Development
  • Free Money! It's Real and Financial Aid and Scholarships can help you!
  • Where in the World is UC San Diego? Studying Abroad
  • Lil' Tritons of UC San Diego: Helping Siblings get into UCSD 

College (Re)Connections | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
At your student's College
Join your student’s college for an afternoon of guest speakers, student performances, entertainment, lunch and more. Meet the staff that help make this large university feel like a closed-knit community. On the registration, you must indicate you will attend this event by selecting your student's assigned college.

Wellness Fair & Activities | 1 – 4 p.m.
Multipurpose Room, Student Services Center (near Town Square)
The Wellness Fair features a variety of hands-on activities such as massage chairs, health safety demonstration, nutritionist health snack demonstration and more.

Wellness Activities: Climb Time, Pool Time and Community Service | 1 – 4 p.m.
Head out to the Canyonview Aquatic Center for our indoor rock wall, private jacuzzi area, or even trying your hand (or feet) at log rolling. Or help make blankets for the children at local San Diego hospitals.

Pre-Game Masters Family Dinner | 4 - 6 p.m.
Price Center
Each person will receive a Triton Cash Card with a value of $12 at the time of check-in. Grab dinner inside the Price Center before heading to the Fleet Science Center. This casual dining setting will showcase the expanded Price Center, including its history, resources, and art murals.  Participants with advance bus reservations should plan to line up on Rupertus Lane at 5:45 p.m. for shuttle service to the Fleet Science Center.

Game Masters at the Fleet Science Center | 7 – 10 p.m.
1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Game On!  Bring your gaming spirit to this exclusive Family Weekend ONLY celebration at the Fleet Science Center in the beautiful Balboa Park. Play over 100 video games from the early arcade days to modern masterpieces. Enjoy food, music, and festivities at a night to remember. Enjoy what Balboa Park offers by downloading the map.

Sunday, October 22

Farewell Brunch and Family of the Year Award | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Price Center West Ballroom
Join us for a delicious brunch before heading home and for the acknowledgement of the family recipient of the Family of the Year Award.  

Additional Weekend Activities

Got time for more “gaming” around!?! Here are other happenings throughout the weekend.
The following events are exclusive to Family Weekend and will be occurring all weekend. Some of the events have their own reservation platform while others are open and accessible. Make sure you wear your All Access Family Weekend Button to illustrate you are a participant of Family Weekend. 


iCafé | 12 – 1:15 p.m. 
Great Hall (at the ERC Campus)
Join the International Center for an Ethiopian-inspired lunch and entertainment. Only $5, cash only. Cost of lunch is not included in the Family Weekend registration; you will pay at the location. For details, visit 

Crash a Course
Experience what it’s like to be a UC San Diego student and sit in on a class. A list of available classes is available at 

Architecture Tours: Salk Institute for Biological Studies
10010 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037
The Salk Institute continues to be acclaimed by architecture critics as one of the world’s boldest structures. Completed in 1965 and now designated a historical site, the Institute fulfills founder Dr. Jonas Salk’s vision of a facility with open, unobstructed laboratory interiors set in a dramatic location that inspires creativity among its researchers ( Tours are weekdays and $15 per person; $10 for students with ID, seniors and Military; and free to children 12 and under. For tour information and to make a reservation, email Salk tours at or (858) 453-4100, x1287, weekdays 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


UC San Diego Bookstore | Friday,  8 a.m. ‐ 6 p.m. | Saturday, 12 ‐ 5 p.m.
Price Center West
Go home with Triton gear to show off your Triton pride. Shop at the Bookstore with your special Family Weekend Bookstore Coupons found in your welcome bag.

UC San Diego Recreation’s Mission Bay Aquatic Center | 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
1001 Santa Clara Place, San Diego, CA 92109
Take a short trip down to Mission Bay, San Diego’s aquatic playground for a free rental of a stand up paddle board or kayak. The rental includes a short orientation. No prior experience is required!

Infinity Cube | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Birch Aquarium at Scripps is launching Infinity Cube, a new, immersive art installation that explores bioluminescence by combining glowing creatures with world-class science, high-tech projection and an original soundscape ( General Admission is $18.50 and $14 for children ages 3-17. For more information email or call (858) 534-3474.

Walk the Block | 1:00 – 5:30 p.m. with a start time of 2:00 p.m.
Geisel Library (Check-in near Warren Mall)
For free, Family Weekend participants can join in the 3rd Annual Walk the Block Party benefiting the Triton Food Pantry. For more information and to register, visit Walk the Block.

Triton Campus Tours 
Never taken a tour of campus? Sign up for the regularly scheduled tours that occur on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information about times and to sign up, visit

Campus Recreation Facilities | See link for hours 
Various Locations 
Enjoy access to all campus recreation facilities during Family Weekend. Visit for facilities hours of operation. 

Self-Guided Campus Tour of the Stuart Collections
Visit the 19 Stuart Collections, with the newly added The Wind Garden, sporadically placed on campus with each telling a story. Learn more at Click on the Map tab to see the suggested routes. Please note the Fallen Star is closed during Family Weekend.

This year's details to Family Weekend will be available in mid August 2018.


For more information contact the Parents' Helpline at (858) 534-7273, or email