Family and Friends Weekend is an annual event that brings thousands of family members to the University of Maine to reconnect with their Black Bear! This event is for families of all sizes, dynamics, and class years. It is the University’s time to celebrate the fall season in New England, honor our traditions, and enjoy the company of students and their families, faculty and staff, alumni, and members of the extended Black Bear community.

On behalf of the University of Maine please join us for a very special weekend. Friday, join us for on-campus entertainment, time to live in the shoes of your student. Saturday, enjoy on- and off-campus activities and meet some of our faculty and staff. Show support and encouragement by attending our fall athletic games (including UMaine as we take on Villanova), go on campus tours, and visit our annual Block Party celebration! Sunday, attend some new and old traditions including a farewell Breakfast, educational sessions and tours, vendors, and more!

Save the date for our Family and Friends Weekend: September 30 – October 2.

The schedule is below. Registration is live and will redirect you to another page.

See below for the direct link to purchase football tickets. If you use choose to instead use athletics website, use promo code FFW22

Do you need to reach someone about Family and Friends Weekend? Reach out to our team at

A full text version of our schedule is available by clicking on this link!

Off Campus Experiences

Meet our Saturday Food Trucks!

Do you know of a Food Truck in Maine that we should invite? Let us know at

We would love to have as many options as possible!

The Pink Waffle

Local Accommodations

Below are a few local accommodations, certainly not all of them!




Thank you to our sponsors...

A big Black Bear thank you to our many sponsors who have made this year possible! Click on their picture to learn more about what they offer!


Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend Family and Friends Weekend?

Anyone you call family (parents, siblings, that aunt who pinches your cheeks every time she sees you, your neighbor down the street who shovels your driveway when it snows, I think you get the picture) is invited! If they are your family, we want them to attend!

How do I register for Family and Friends Weekend?

Registration link and details coming soon.

Why should I attend Family and Friends Weekend?

In addition to the additional programming and opportunity to explore our campus, Family and Friends Weekend is an excellent opportunity to connect to your Black Bear in their home away from home. It can be an opportunity to bridge the gap between their lives both on and away from campus.

What is the format of Family and Friends Weekend?

Family and Friends Weekend typically includes three days of programming and opportunities for you to engage with your student. Family Weekend is designed so you can choose how many events or opportunities you want to participate in. Each day has many activities—too many for one person—so you’ll pick what feels most relevant to you and exciting for your family.

If you are up for traveling on Friday, we will have nighttime entertainment and a chance to check in. Saturday is the busiest. Programming starts mid-morning and continues into the evening. Sunday is the lightest, with most activities wrapping up by midday. 

Registration Package

This year to expand and reimagine our Family and Friends Weekend experiences, there will be a small registration fee for all attendees. This added cost will help to create an unforgettable experience for your family! More details are below and to the right (no need to count your student as one of your members for the pricing!). The original registration period has now past. All September registrations are $25 and include the following:

What’s included:

  • Family and Friends Weekend swag including buttons, water bottle stickers, and more!
  • Discount on Football Game tickets 
  • Entry to all non-ticketed events (everything in the schedule without a *)
  • Bookstore coupon
  • Discount coupons to local businesses
  • Food options throughout the weekend such as at the socials
  • and more!

Registration is now closed. To informally register and let us know you are coming, please fill out this google form: