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Parents' Weekend

November 3 & 4, 2017

Florida State University
Parents' Weekend 2017: November 3 & 4

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Program & Activities


The following list is from last year's Parents' Weekend. Check back this summer for an updated list for Parents' Weekend 2017.

Friday, September 30

Time Event Place Description
8:30am - 10:30am FSU Dance Open House Montgomery Hall Please join FSU Dance for coffee, tours of its performance, studio and technical spaces in Montgomery Hall and an opportunity to view studio courses in action. Do not miss this opportunity to get to know FSU's Top 10 Dance program and visit Montgomery Hall, which was rededicated in 2005 after a major renovation to transform FSU's historic and beloved gym and indoor pool into the home of FSU Dance and the FSU Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography.
10:00am - 8:00pm Paint-a-Pot Oglesby Union Art Center For good family fun come to the Art Center on Friday, September 30th and Saturday, October 1st and paint a pot, a cup, or plate. Your creative piece of art will be ready for you to pick up the following day.
10:00am - 9:00pm Parents' Weekend Bowling Special Oglesby Union Crenshaw Lanes Enjoy bowling and billiards on Friday for all Parents' Weekend registrants, including children! Just use your passes included in your ticket envelope!
10:00am - 8:00pm Check-in & Registration Oglesby Union Krentzman Lounge If you pre-registered, your tickets and tote bag will be available for you to pick up in Krentzman Lounge. Krentzman Lounge is located above Chili's Restaurant. Walk-up registration will also be open.
12:00pm - 4:00pm Silent Auction Art Gallery, Krentzman Lounge, Oglesby Student Union

FSU Family Connection would like to invite you to participate in the 5th Annual Garnet and Gold Fall Auction! This event is a silent auction during Parents' Weekend 2016 where you will have the opportunity to bid on prizes for you and your student!

The auction will take place on Friday, September 30th from 12pm-4pm in the Art Gallery located in Krentzman Lounge in Oglesby Student Union. Auction items include special deals at local shops and restaurants, leisure and recreational packages, themed gift baskets, signed FSU memorabilia and much, much more!

We hope that you take advantage of this exciting opportunity to show your school spirit and support the FSU Family Fund! We can't wait to see you there!

9:00am - 4:00pm Museum of Fine Arts Exhibits Museum of Fine Arts Exhibits
530 West Call Street, Room 250

Judy Chicago's Birth Project: Born Again. See a number of exhibition units with textiles; a series of preparatory drawings done by Chicago to develop imagery for the textiles; as well as a series of Birth Project images re-created by Chicago in print form.

The Museum of Fine Arts hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm and Saturday–Sunday, 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Admission to the Museum is free.

10:00am - 3:00pm FSU Heritage Museum Werkmeister Reading Room in Dodd Hall
641 University Way

Please visit the beautiful, historical and interesting Heritage Museum. This is the first time the Museum has been opened for Parents' Weekend in years. For more information, please visit:

12:00pm; 1:00pm; 2:00pm & 3:00pm Planetarium Tour & Movie Richards Building, Pat Thomas Planetarium, 108

"Black Holes takes you on a journey through one of the most awe-inspiring mysteries in the universe: a black hole. Where do they come from? Where do they go? How do we find them? Is there one on Earth's horizon? We invite you to join us in exploring Black Holes." Run Time: Approximately 39 minutes.

2:00pm - 9:00pm Photo Postcards Crenshaw Lanes lobby Have your picture taken as a memory to take home with you from Parents' Weekend!
2:00pm - 4:00pm College of Nursing Tours College of Nursing The College of Nursing's Student Leadership Council will be hosting tours of the College and feature our state of the art Simulation Center. We will be doing the tours between 2:00pm and 4:00pm on Friday, September 30th.
3:00pm - 4:00pm Family Mixer University Housing University Housing and the Inter-Residence Hall Council (IRHC) will be hosting a mixer for residential students and their families on Friday, September 30th, 3 — 4pm, in the Askew Student Life Center lobby. University Housing staff and student leaders will be available to answer questions, share information, and showcase involvement opportunities while living on campus.
5:00pm - 9:00pm Flavors of Florida Social/Dinner (ticket required) Oglesby Union Click here to view the dinner menu.

President Thrasher will be attending dinner at 6:00 pm and will be stopping at tables and visiting with parents and students.
5:30pm - 9:00pm Entertainment Oglesby Union -
6:00pm and 9:00pm Circus Performances (ticket required) Jack Haskin Circus Complex

The circus performances for Parents' weekend represent the best of our spring and summer performances. Taking traditional circus themes and presenting them with a modern flair is what makes this FSU Circus performance different from any circus show we have done before.

6:00pm - 1:35am Movies & Events at the ASLC Askew Student Life Center 6:00pm – Final Fridays Gaming Social in the Cyber Café.

6:30pm – Finding Dory (2016) in the Main Theater. 97 min – PG rated

9:00pm – Finding Dory (2016) in the Main Theater. 97 min – PG rated

11:30pm – Doors open for Westworld (1973) in the Phantom Theater.
88 min – PG rated

12:00am – Show begins for Westworld (1973) in the Phantom Theater.
88 min – PG rated
8:00pm From Tallahassee to the Real Alaska featuring Ken Waldman Club Downunder

Doors 8:00pm | Show 9:00pm

Ken Waldman, Frank Lindamood, Chuck Levy, Dan Wally Baker, and Corn Potato String Band.

Alaskan Fiddling Poet, Ken Waldman, brings a roots music variety show to launch Parents' Weekend at FSU. Waldman, who has six full-length poetry collections, a memoir, and nine CDs that combine Appalachian string-band music with original poetry, specializes in assembling big talents for one-of-a-kind shows. Here, he's joined by a trio of wild multi-instrumentalists from Michigan and Alabama – The Corn Potato String Band; a pair of percussive dancers (and musicians) from New Orleans – Dan Wally Baker and Emolyn Liden; Gainesville fiddle and banjo champ – Chuck Levy; and local treasure – Frank Lindamood.

The Austin Chronicle says of Waldman's shows: "Always recommended." According to the Denver Post, "Renegade Americana."

Everybody tours internationally. Tonight they're congregating in Tallahassee. Expect an evening of fun, inspiration, and surprises, including special guests and impromptu collaborations.

9:00pm - 2:00am Cosmic Bowling & Billiards Crenshaw Lanes

Cosmic Bowling and Billiards? $10 a lane plus $1.50 for shoes

Billiards $4 per hour per table

Saturday, October 1

Time Event Place Description
7:00am - 7:30am 5K Fun Run & Walk Late Registration Oglesby Union  
8:00am - 9:30am 5K Fun Run & Walk Parents, Students and Community Florida State University campus

For those of you who are joining us for this event for the first time, the 5K Fun Run/walk will begin at 8AM. We encourage you to come to the Oglesby Union Green at the Oglesby Union by 7:00 AM to complete your registration. The race will begin near Integration Statue and will start out heading east on Legacy Walk. Our award classifications are listed on the waiver form. The course will take you through the hilly, picturesque campus of FSU, past many of our popular landmarks. Thank you for participating in our popular Fun Run, be safe and have fun!

Start: Integration Statue on Woodward Plaza

Finish: The beginning of Legacy Walk South at Woodward Plaza

Course: Hilly 3.1 mile run through the FSU campus

Competition Categories

There will be a female and a male winner for each age category. After the tabulation and verification of race results, plaques will be presented to the first and second male and female finishers, and medallions to all third place finishers in all Age Categories. Thank you for your participation and GOOD LUCK!

Age Categories:

  • 14 & Under
  • 15–25
  • 26–39
  • 40–54
  • 55–64
  • 65+

8:30am - 12:00pm Seminole Tailgate Party (ticket required) Oglesby Union Green Click here to view the Brunch menu.
8:30am - 12:00pm Entertainment Oglesby Union Courtyard -
11:00am - 7:00pm Paint-a-Pot Oglesby Union Art Center For good family fun come to the Art Center on Friday, September 30th and Saturday, October 1st and paint a pot, a cup, or plate. Your creative piece of art will be ready for you to pick up the following day.
2 hrs. before kickoff Marching Chiefs Skull Session Dick Howser Baseball Stadium Come join the Marching Chiefs for their pre-game concert known as Skull Session. Features include musical selections by every section in the band and a complete run through of the halftime show performed in stand-still "concert" formation. Get psyched up for the game and hear the "world renowned" Marching Chiefs as you've never heard them before!
3:30pm Kickoff - FSU vs. North Carolina Doak Campbell Stadium Football tickets for the game must be purchased through FSU Athletics.