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 um.getinvolved@maine.edu

Friday:

Check In | 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Meet us at the Info Booth of the Memorial Union to pick up your welcome goodies, collect your parking pass, and meet our team!

Relaxation Station | 2 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Stop by the Union to unwind, decompress, snag a turn in the massage chairs, and grab some coffee or snacks before heading back out into our events!

Recreation Center Drop In | 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. 
Drop by the Recreation Center to check out all their services, get your workout in, or see what your students can use all year round!

Friday Night Socials | 5 p.m.
Join different campus partners around campus to connect with families that share similar identities to yours! Socials include:

  • LGBTQ+
  • Multicultural
  • First Generation Students
  • with more to come!

*Painting & Sip | 7 p.m.
Join with your student for a fun and creative way to connect! Tickets are available for purchase for the first 100 seats. Tickets may be bought by clicking on this link. Your ticket ($20) will include all your supplies (canvas, brushes, paint, water, etc) as well as the dedicated instruction from the artist and their team! We will provide snacks to munch on. Beer/wine/soda and other snacks will be available for purchase at this event! 

Chats by the Campfire | 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Grab a s’mores kit, find your nearest haybale and just relax with your family. This is a great opportunity to catch up with your student after a long day of travel.

Late Night Trivia | 9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Test out your trivia knowledge at our Late Night at the U program: Trivia! Pub food and drinks will be available if you desire. Late Night at the U is our weekly series for students to get involved. Typically events happen Wednesday – Saturday. 

*Planetarium Shows | Various times
Step into space with these various astronomy shows! Information can be found at: astro.umaine.edu/

Saturday:

Check In | 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Meet us at the Info Booth of the Memorial Union to pick up your welcome goodies, collect your parking pass, and meet our team!

Relaxation Station | 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Stop by the Union to unwind, decompress, snag a turn in the massage chairs, and grab some coffee or snacks before heading back out into our events!

Local Farmers Market | 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hang with the locals in the Steam plant Lot for a faculty and staff favorite, the Orono Farmers Market!

Bookstore Sale | 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Bookstore will be specially open on this Saturday just for Family and Friends Weekend! hint hint… your parking pass includes a coupon to the bookstore!

Family Block Party| 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Join us on the mall for events and activities geared towards all ages in your family! Activities you can expect:

  • *Food Trucks
    • Wild Cow Creamery
    • Red Barn
    • Little Red Snack Shack
    • Wanderlust
    • with more to come!
  • Street Performers
    • Chainsaw artist
    • Student performance groups
    • Local bands
  • Family Fun
    • Interactive Games
    • Speed caricature artist
    • Axe Throwing
    • Family Corn Hole Tournament
  • Service Project
    • Create dog toys with the Bodwell Center!

Small Business Saturday | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Shop around at our small businesses (made up of students, faculty, and staff members). If you are a student or staff member interested in being a vendor, please contact Benjamin Evans.

*UMaine vs Villanova | 1 p.m.

Come cheer on your Black Bear football team as they take on the Villanova Wildcats at Alfond Stadium!  All who register for Family and Friends Weekend are eligible to purchase discounted tickets to the game for just $10 each!  The game starts at 1 p.m. and tailgating begins at 10 a.m.  More information about the team is available at goblackbears.com.  Don’t miss out on your chance to save big and be part of a great game day atmosphere!  
 
Orchard Trip | Time TBD
Let us take you to a local orchard for all your pumpkin, apple, cider, and donut needs! The trip is on us, FCFS.

Paddle Fest | Time TBD
Snag a board and paddle on the Stillwater River with Maine Bound Adventure Center.

*Lobster Bake | 3 – 6 p.m.
Who comes to Maine without trying lobster?? More information to come about registering for this experience.

Magician | 8 p.m.
Join us for a family friendly yet hilarious Magician: Trent James! Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

*Planetarium Shows | Various times
Step into space with these various astronomy shows! Information can be found at: astro.umaine.edu/

Recreation Center Drop In | 5 a.m. – 10 p.m. 
Drop by the Recreation Center to check out all their services, get your workout in, or see what your students can use all year round!

Sunday:

*Move Your Phi’t | 9 a.m.
5k and fun run hosted by Alpha Phi. Sign up link to come.

Educational Sessions | Time TBD
We know most students and families did not get the traditional orientation experience. Join some of our campus partners to ask your burning questions and learn what their office has to offer!

  • Financial Aid
  • Study Abroad
  • Clubs and Organizations
  • Career Center

Farewell Breakfast | On your own!
Grab breakfast (or maybe lunch depending on when your student wakes up) in a dining hall of their choosing as a way to wish them farewell!

Open Skate | Time TBD
Grab a free pair of ice skates and slip onto the ice in the famous Alfond Arena

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 um.getinvolved@maine.edu

We would love to have as many options as possible!

Local Accommodations

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

Orono

Bangor

Milford

Thank you to our sponsors...

A big Black Bear thank you to our many sponsors who made previous Family and Friends Weekends possible!

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!).

What’s included:

  • 2 Family and Friends t-shirts!
  • 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!

Register TODAY!
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