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  • Grab Food/Coffee On CampusWaiting on your student to get out of class or looking for a place to meet up with your student? Check out all the amazing dining options JMU has to offer! Explore Coffee Shops/Restaurants »
  • Visit the JMU bookstoreCheck the website for hours »
  • Visit the Edith J. Carrier ArboretumThe Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, a woodland sanctuary on the James Madison University campus, is a public urban garden and forested greenspace that preserves native plant species, provides opportunities for research, and promotes knowledge of the botanical and natural world for people of all ages. More information »
  • Visit the Duke Hall Gallery of Fine ArtMore information »
  • Visit the Madison Art Collection & Lisanby Museum - For the 2020-21 academic year, the Madison Art Collection focused on a complete inventory of its objects and a digitization of collection records to increase accessibility. In this video, interns reflect on their experiences and share their most memorable moments, favorite objects and more! More information »

Events and activities are added as they are made available - stay tuned!


Friday, October 8

2:30 - 6 PM
General Education Student Conference
 (Rose Library / Festival Conference and Student Center)
Meet inspirational professors and learn more about the JMU General Education Program while experiencing outstanding student work in subjects from the natural sciences, humanities, and the social sciences. Some of the most creative, exciting and noteworthy work produced by students in General Education classes will be presented. Multiple conference sessions are available, so you are welcome to attend multiple sessions or just one. 


4 - 6 PM
College of Business Learning Complex Open House and Tours
(Hartman Hall)
Join College of Business faculty, staff, and students for an Open House and Tours of the new CoB Learning Complex. Tours will begin in Hartman Hall every 15 minutes starting at 4 pm. Stop by to see the new space and have a refreshment! No pre-registration required.  


6 - 8 PM
Family Game Night at X-Labs
 (Lakeview Hall, Free)
Join us at JMU X-Labs for interactive games, extra-large board games, mason jar etching, DIY t-shirts and lots of fun for the whole family! Like our Pop-Up classes, there will be a make-and-take for each participant while supplies last. Family members of all ages welcome. 


6 - 10 PM
University Recreation Family Hours
(UREC and UPARK)
Families are welcome and encouraged to avail themselves of the wide assortment of UREC and UPARK’s facilities and amenities. Please be sure to bring a photo ID, and students must accompany family members.


7 PM
Friday Night Flights
(Bridgeforth Stadium)
JMU Nation, the Duke Club's premier event of the fall is right around the corner! Join us for Friday Night Flights presented by W.M. Jordan on the field under the lights of Bridgeforth Stadium. Join us for a beer and wine tasting at 7pm.

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Saturday, October 9

8:30 AM - 11 AM
Honors College Family Breakfast and Open House
 (Hillcrest)
Honors will host a Family Breakfast at Hillcrest; by invitation only for students and families of Honors.

Want to know what it’s like being an Honors student? Join us for our virtual event "Hillcrest Declassified," Monday, October 11 at Noon on Honors Facebook (@JMUHonors)


8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
SOLD OUT - Family Weekend Canoe Trip
(Meet at UREC Adventure Center)
Includes the equipment, leaders, transportation and snacks | dress in layers in clothes than can get wet (just in case) and wear shoes with straps that can get wet (no flip-flops) | please bring a small backpack, 2 liters of water, sunblock and a hat | $20 per person, internet processing fees may apply

Enjoy the beauty of the valley as we canoe on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. Paddle “Lake Shenandoah,” a flat-water-section in northeastern Rockingham County about 30 minutes from JMU. Basic canoeing and safety instruction will be covered. All you need to bring are your paddling clothes and shoes. We will be back before the football game kickoff. Students can register themselves and their families through the JMU Ticket Office at www.jmutickets.com or (540) 568-3853. Please register for ticketed events by October 1, 2021. Contact UREC's Assistant Director for Adventure & TEAM Programs with questions.


8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
SOLD OUT - Family Weekend Hike (Meet at UREC Adventure Center)
Includes leaders, transportation and snacks | dress in layers and wear closed toed shoes, and a rain jacket is always a good idea | please bring a small backpack, 2 liters of water, sunblock and a hat | $25 per person, internet processing fees may apply

We will meet at UREC then travel to the border of West Virginia for a scenic hike to the historic High Knob fire tower. This moderate 3-mile round-trip trail hike includes some uphill hiking. Your efforts will be rewarded with a 360-degree view of the Allegheny and Blue Ridge mountains from the top of a fire tower. Students can register themselves and their families through the JMU Ticket Office at www.jmutickets.com or (540) 568-3853. Please register for ticketed events by October 1, 2021. Contact UREC's Assistant Director for Adventure & TEAM Programs with questions. 


9 AM - 10 PM
University Recreation Family Hours
(UREC and UPARK)
Families are welcome and encouraged to avail themselves of the wide assortment of UREC and UPARK’s facilities and amenities. Please be sure to bring a photo ID, and students must accompany family members.


10 AM - Noon
SOLD OUT - Family Weekend Downtown Bike Ride
(Meet at UREC Adventure Center)
Includes leaders and adult sized bikes only | Helmets (provided) required | $10 per person, internet processing fees may apply

We will meet at UREC then ride a short distance to the Harrisonburg Farmers’ Market where you can purchase great local breakfast items. After enjoying the Farmers’ Market, you are welcome to explore downtown before riding back as a group to UREC. Students can register themselves and their families through the JMU Ticket Office at www.jmutickets.com or (540) 568-3853. Please register for ticketed events by October 1, 2021. Contact UREC's Assistant Director for Adventure & TEAM Programs with questions.


10 AM - 2 PM
Family Weekend Picnic On Hanson Field

10:00am - 2:00pm. Reservations required. $15 plus tax, children (6-12 years) $8, 5 and under free (JMU students free with meal plan)

  • House Smoked Pulled Pork (with rolls, sauce)
  • Chili Station: traditional beef chili, white bean vegetarian chili, cheese, onions, sour cream,jalapenos, corn chips, tortilla chips and hot sauce
  • Hot Dog Station: beef & vegan hot dogs, cheese sauce, sauerkraut, onions, pickles, relish, jalapenos, traditional condiments
  • Grilled Chicken with Valley BBQ Sauce
  • Seasonal Salad: mixed baby greens, shaved carrots, cranberries, sliced red onions, feta cheese, maple balsamic vinaigrette
  • Fall Harvest Pasta Salad: roasted squash, spinach, cherry tomatoes, red pepper pesto (nut-free)
  • Purple and Gold Potato Salad
  • Vegetable Crudité
  • Assorted Craveworthy Cookies & Paw Print Blondies
  • Spiced Cider, Iced Tea, Lemonade & Water Stations

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10 AM - 1:30 PM
JMU Family Photobooth
 (Hanson Field, Free)
Visit the JMU Family Photobooth to take a fun photo with your JMU Family and pick up some free purple and gold beads and pom-poms!


10 AM - Noon
Honors College Saturday Scholar
(Madison Union 404)
A guest speaker will provide an interesting/educational lecture for families and students.


2 PM - 6 PM
Open Climbing
(UREC, Free)
No registration necessary. If you want to add a challenge to your Family Weekend, then look no further. Immediate family members are welcome to join us for an afternoon of fun in UREC’s Adventure Center, complete with a freestanding climbing tower and expansive bouldering wall. We will cover all you need to know for your first climb. Students will need to bring their JACard. Contact UREC's Assistant Director for Adventure & TEAM Programs with questions.


11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
University Outpost FanZone
 (Godwin Patio, Free)
The FanZone is a family focused pre-game festival that features inflatable games, a bounce house, face-painting (courtesy of the JMU Cheerleaders!), music, the Dog Walk, and much more. The FanZone opens two and a half hours prior to kickoff and remains open until 30 minutes before game time. Come out and show your Madison spirit while having fun with the whole family.


2 PM Kickoff
JMU Dukes Football vs. Villanova
(Bridgeforth Stadium/Zane Showker Field, students free with reservation and JACard)
Join us for our annual Family Weekend football game as your Dukes host Villanova! Click here to purchase season tickets or call (540) 568-3853. (If you wish to sit with your student during the game, enter their student ID # when prompted.)

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4 - 8 PM
D-Hall
Fan Favorites

No reservations required. $14.25 (plus tax if purchased at the door), kids 5 and under free (JMU students free with meal plan)

All-you-care-to-eat dining stations include:

  • Meatloaf Sub with Cheddar, Caramelized Onions, Spicy BBQ Sauce
  • Tailgate Burger topped with caramelized onions, bacon, BBQ sauce, Pickles, Potato Chips finished with Baked Beans
  • Loaded Cheese Fries
  • Slow smoked BBQ ribs with three cheese macaroni and baked beans
  • Smoked Brisket with Cilantro Rice and Chipotle Black Beans
  • Shredded Brisket Nacho Bar
  • Schmitter Sandwich- Roast Beef, Salami, American Cheese, Schmitter Sauce
  • Chili Fritos Cheddar Pizza
  • Cheese and Pepperoni Pizza
  • Vegan Chili Dog or Bowls assorted vegan toppings
  • Buffalo Rotisserie Chicken with Roasted Potato Wedges and Corn on the Cob
  • Tailgate Pasta Salad with Salami, Olives, Tomatoes, Mozzarella Cheese and Roasted Red peppers
  • Grilled and Fried Chicken Sandwiches with sides
  • Create your own Stir-fry!
  • Assorted Gourmet Desserts

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4:30 - 8 PM
E-Hall Fantastic Feast

Reservations required - no walk ins. Early seating 4:30-6:00pm, late seating from 6:15-8:00pm. $24 plus tax, children (6-12 years) $14, 5 and under free (JMU students free with meal plan)

All-you-care-to-eat dining stations include:

  • Hot Snow Crab Legs with drawn butter
  • Carving Station Top Round served with au Jus and assorted gourmet condiments, Local Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes & Glazed Baby Carrots
  • Seared Salmon with a lemon dill cream sauce with Wild Mushroom Risotto & Roasted Asparagus
  • Southwest Quinoa Bowl
  • Cocktail Shrimp with assorted sauces and condiments
  • Spinach Salad with pancetta, strawberries, gorgonzola and a champagne vinaigrette
  • Smoked Salmon
  • Maple Bourbon Glazed Tofu served with riced cauliflower and roasted root vegetable blend
  • Roasted Pumpkin and Sage Soup
  • Artisan Cheeses, Charcuterie, Crudité & Flat Breads
  • Shish Tawook served with Jeweled Rice, Roasted Vegetables & Grilled Naan Bread
  • Assorted Gourmet Desserts

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7 PM
JMU Men's Soccer vs. William & Mary
(Sentara Park, Harrisonburg, Free admission)
Grab your whole family to cheer on the Dukes at Sentara Park!


Sunday, October 10

9:30 - 11:30 AM
Study Abroad Reception
(D-Hall, Hall of Presidents, Free)
This is a drop-in event where students, parents, family, and friends will be able to meet with the Study Abroad Staff, Global Dukes (study abroad alums), and Semester Program Directors to talk about our 90+ JMU study abroad programs. Breakfast items and coffee will be available. All are invited!


11 AM - 6 PM
University Recreation Family Hours
(UREC and UPARK)
Families are welcome and encouraged to avail themselves of the wide assortment of UREC and UPARK’s facilities and amenities. Please be sure to bring a photo ID, and students must accompany family members.


Hours Vary By Location
Family Brunch at E-Hall or D-Hall
($10/person | No tickets necessary)
Choose from a selection of breakfast and lunch items. If your student has a meal plan, there is no additional charge. They just punch their JACard at the door as usual. And even better, if they have FLEX or Dining Dollars, they can pay for your meal.


 

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