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 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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The Lobster Bake and Jazz Brunch Tickets are sold out, starting on September 3rd. If you would like to join the waitlist, please email

Schedule of Events

    • Friday
      • Check In (2-7 p.m.) – Memorial Union
      • First Year Convocation (4-5 p.m.) – Hauck Auditorium
      • Trivia (8-10 p.m.) – Memorial Union Pub
      • LL Bean Pop Up Shop (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) – University Mall
    • Saturday
      • Check In (8-11 a.m.) – Memorial Union
      • Move Your Phi’t 5k (9 a.m.) – $15/student or $20/non-student
      • Carnival and Petting Zoo (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.) – University Mall
        • Local ice cream food truck will be slinging scoops!
      • Hirundo Wildlife Refuge Fall Fest (off campus)
      • Men’s Club Rugby game (1 p.m.) Lengyel Field
      • Paddle Fest – Hosted by Maine Bound Adventure Center (12-4 p.m.) – Steam Plant Lot
      • LL Bean Pop Up Shop (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) – University Mall
      • UMaine Bookstore Tent Sale (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) – University Mall
      • Lobster Bake (5-7 p.m.) – Wells Conference Center
      • Magician Farrell Dillon (8 p.m.) – Hauck Auditorium
    • Sunday
      • Jazz Brunch (8-10 a.m.) – Wells Conference Center
    • 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 22
        11 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: 

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