Family Weekend Schedule of Events

Join us, October 21 - 23, for the 9th Annual Family Weekend, a campus-wide event created just for families!

You're invited to spend time with your student and learn more about the UC San Diego experience. Prepare for tons of Triton fun and a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with your student!

2016 Schedule

Click on the tabs below for brief highlights of the 2016 Schedule of Events. Activities are subject to change. Please note that exams and other student acitivities may conflict with Family Weekend. Be sure to discuss plans for attending Family Weekend with your student before starting the registration process.

For specific details, download the program booklet. A copy of the program booklet will be available at the time of check-in.

Pre-Weekend Options

Arriving early? Family Weekend officially begins Friday night. Below are some ways to enjoy the campus.                               

UCSD 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!

Fall Vendor Fair | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Library Walk
The UC San Diego Vendor Fair is a tri-annual on-campus event open to local vendors selling various merchandise and products. The Vendor Fair brings in crafters, boutiques, and commercial exhibits to showcase a variety of items including clothing, jewelry, phone accessories, beauty products, sunglasses, shoes, artwork, and much more! Located in the middle of campus on Library Walk, the Vendor Fair offers the opportunity to purchase an assortment of goods and learn about local companies.

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. 

iCafé | 12 – 1:15 p.m. 
Institute of the Americas Courtyard
Join the International Center for a Peruvian inspired lunch and entertainment. Only $5, cash only. Cost of lunch is not inlcuded in the Family Weekend registration; you will pay at the location. Follow walking directional signs from Ridgewalk and International Lane to the courtyard inside the Institute of the Americas. 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 will be available at

Visit Financial Aid and Scholarships Office | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Student Services Center Third Floor
Get all your finance questions answered with drop-in appointments at the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office on the third floor of the Student Services Center.

Self-Guided Campus Tours including the Stuart Collections
Visit the 18 Stuart Collections 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 display is closed during this time. 

Friday, October 21

Check-in | 3 - 8 p.m.
Price Center East Foyer
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.

One-of-a-Kind Campus Tour | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Triton Center, Student Services Center

A Sweet Start Welcome Reception | 7 - 8 p.m.
Price Center East Ballroom

Triton Family Comedy Nite! | 8–10 p.m.

Price Center West Ballroom

Saturday, October 22

Check-in | 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Price Center East Foyer
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.

A Continental Breakfast of Tritons | 8–10 a.m.
Multipurpose Room, Student Services Center (near Town Square)

Triton Ed Sessions | 8:30 – 10:15 a.m. 
Session 1 from 8:30 – 9:15 
 & Session 2 from 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Various Locations

Session 1 (8:30-9:15) will include:

  • The Truths About Med School
  • Cute or Creepy? Cybersafety and UCSD
  • Building Blocks of Career Development
  • Meet, Draw and Have Fun with Parent & Family Programs

Session 2 (9:30-10:15) will include:

  • Free Money! It's Real and Financial Aid and Scholarships can help you!
  • Beyond UC San Diego Borders: Studying Abroad
  • Meet, Draw and Have Fun with Parent & Family Programs

Simultaneous Exhibitions:

  • Undergraduate Research Showcase
  • Ongoing One Stop Triton Resource Expo
    • Be sure to visit Athletics table to pick up tickets to the Sunday Oct. 23 noon UCSD Men's Water Polo match.

UCSD Recreation Presents Cardio Hip Hop Wacky Pants Zumba | 9 –9:30 a.m.
Town Square (by Student Services Center)
UCSD Campus Police Present Self Defense | 9:30 –10 a.m. 
Town Square (by Student Services Center)

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

Climb Time | Between 1:30–4 p.m.
Outback Adventures Climbing Center

Zipline and Family Challenge with Outback Adventures | Between 1:30–4 p.m.
UCSD Challenge Course, Grove Reserve near Spanos Track

UCSD Family Dinner on your own | 4 - 7 p.m.
Before our biggest event at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, this time is set aside for families to grab dinner on their own either in La Jolla, CA or near Balboa Park, the science center's location.

UCSD Night at Balboa Park (Reuben H. Fleet Science Center) | 7 – 11 p.m.
The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center will remain open exclusively for our Triton Families! Relish in this educational space, great for all ages. And, enjoy the traveling exhibit, “The Art of the Brick,” featuring classic and new works of art brought to life through Lego. Beverages and desserts from the delicious French Gourmet will be served. Transportation will be provided for those who register for a space.

Map of Balboa Park (PDF)
| Map of Balboa (interactive)

Sunday, October 23

Community Service for Project Linus | 9 - 11 a.m.
Multipurpose Room, Student Services Center

Farewell Brunch and Family of the Year Award | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Price Center East Ballroom
Celebrate the Family of the Year with great food and a chance to win prizes. The 2016 Family of the Year recipient will be acknowledged during this time. 

UCSD Men's Water Polo | 12 p.m. (approx. 2 hours)
Canyonview Pool (near Warren College)
Cheer on our men's water polo athletes in a match versus UC Irvine. Pick up tickets from the Athletics table at the Resource Fair Saturday, Oct. 22 at 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Places of Worship Near UC San Diego Thornton Hospital
San Diego Area
Should you be looking for a place to worship, there are a variety of services to consider. Click "services" to learn more.

Throughout the weekend

UC San Diego Bookstore
Price Center West
  • Friday – 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Saturday – 12 - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday – Closed

Special promotions for Family Weekend - Pick up your coupons at the check-in tables

UC San Diego Recreation Facilities
Various Locations
Enjoy access to all campus recreation facilities. This includes RIMAC (weight room, cardio equipment, racquetball/squash courts, locker rooms, etc.), the Canyonview Aquatic Center (two outdoor 50-meter pools), tennis courts, Main Gym complex, and track.

Visit for facilities’ hours of operation.

UCSD Recreation’s Mission Bay Aquatic Center (MBAC) | Friday‐Sunday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
1001 Santa Clara Place, San Diego, CA 92109
Free stand-up paddle board or kayak rental is granted with your Family Weekend badge at UCSD Recreation’s Mission Bay Aquatic Center.

Questions about the MBAC? Please call (858) 488‐1000.

Triton Outfitters
Interested in purchasing your very own Triton Family swag? Place an order today and pick-up your items during Family Weekend. 

To view a complete Family Weekend 2016 schedule of events with full details, please download the PDF version. This document will be updated with the latest details periodically.


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

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