Family and Friends Weekend is an annual event that brings hundreds of families to the University of Maine to reconnect with their Black Bear! This event is for families of all sizes, dynamics, and class years. 

We anticipate welcoming families to campus for this weekend; however, COVID-19 conditions could change this at any time.

Ensuring the health and safety of the UMaine and Orono communities, as well as our UMaine families, is paramount. Any in-person visitors will be expected to adhere to campus COVID-19 policies for their safety and the safety of our Black Bears.

Save the date for our Family and Friends Weekend: September 24-26, 2021!!!

The official schedule will be released in late Summer! A sample schedule can be found below. Note: these events should happen, they just are waiting for official times and sponsors!


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?

See the registration above!

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. 


Local Accommodations

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

Black Bear Inn and Conference Center
4 Godfrey Dr, Orono, ME 04473

University Inn Academic Suites
5 College Ave, Orono, ME 04473

Hampton Inn
261 Haskell Rd, Bangor ME, 04401

Quality Inn at Bangor Mall
750 Hogan Rd, Bangor ME, 04401


Register here for Family and Friends Weekend! Registration is FREE! We need to know how many family members are coming so we can best plan for our weekend to be as engaging as possible!

Family Weekend Registration

  • *This will be our main form of contact moving forward.
  • Please let us know how many people (including your student) will be attending Family Weekend!
    These come from our sample schedule (this is not a full list):
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Last Modified June 9, 2021