Family & Friends Weekend

Fall 2019

September 20th – 22nd

Family and Friends Weekend has been a celebrated tradition at the University of Maine for many years. For many of our students, this special weekend is the first opportunity to visit with family and friends since Maine Hello. Within the first month of the semester, your UMaine student has started to create their college experience. This exciting weekend presents an important opportunity for families and friends to share firsthand in their student’s UMaine experience.

To demonstrate how your students have become involved on campus, we have partnered up with various departments and groups on campus to provide an event filled weekend with fun, food, entertainment, and more! There will be numerous opportunities also exist to interact with UMaine staff, and to take part in the diverse recreational activities the campus has to offer.

We know that our students look forward to showing off the campus and sharing their achievements with their loved ones. Please accept our invitation and join us for this year’s Family and Friends Weekend. We look forward to your visit!

Mark your calendars and book your hotel! Our local accommodations will begin filling up during the summer!


Family & Friends Weekend Registration

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Schedule of Events

    • Official schedule to be released at a later date.
    • Friday
      • Check In (2-7 p.m.) – Memorial Union
      • Trivia (8-10 p.m.) – Memorial Union
      • LL Bean Pop Up Shop (all day) – University Mall
    • Saturday
      • Check In (8-11 a.m.) – Memorial Union
      • Move Your Phi’t 5k (9 a.m.) – Details TBA
      • Carnival and Petting Zoo (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.) – University Mall
        • Local food trucks will be on campus serving lunch!
      • Paddle Fest – Hosted by Maine Bound Adventure Center (Time TBD) – Steam Plant Lot
      • Lobster Bake (5-7 p.m.) – Wells Conference Center
        • Tickets are available using this link.
      • Magician Farrell Dillon (8 p.m.) – Hauck Auditorium
      • Movie TBD (Time TBD) – North Pod Memorial Union
    • Sunday
      • Jazz Brunch (8-10 a.m.) – Wells Conference Center
        • Tickets are available using this link.
    • Emera Planetarium will be running shows all weekend long!
      • Friday, September 20

        7 pm – After Dark

        9 pm Rhianna (Music Program)

      • Saturday, September 21

        10 am – Black Holes

        11: 30 am – Habitat Earth

        1 pm – Explore!

        2:30 pm – Faster than Light

        4:00 pm – Dream to Fly

      • Sunday, Sept 2211 am – Out There:The Quest for Extrasolar Worlds12:30 pm – Incoming!

        2 pm – Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda

        3:30 pm – Phantom of the Universe

      • Tickets can be purchased at: 

    • Interested in purchasing tickets for the Lobster Bake or Jazz Brunch? Use this link!

Local Hotels:


University Inn & Suites

Black Bear Inn


Country Inn at the Mall

Hampton Inn

Hilton Garden Inn

Courtyard Marriott

Days Inn

Comfort Inn

Residence Inn

Fairfield Inn


Milford Motel on the River


University Bookstore Hours:
1st Floor, Memorial Union

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Looking for our Family and Friends Gear but don’t have cash/check? Swing by the bookstore for the same great prices!

Maps of Campus:

Interactive Campus Map