Carnegie Mellon University

Family Weekend at CMU

Family Weekend is October 8-9, 2021.

Family Weekend brings together undergraduate and graduate students, families and friends to experience the vibrancy of the Carnegie Mellon campus and surrounding community. Family Weekend 2021 will offer more than 50 different sessions including academic programming, exhibits, student performances, varsity athletic competitions and special events. 

Pre-registration is required.

Schedule Overview

Friday, October 8

  • Afternoon: Check-In opens
  • Evening: Scotch’n’Soda Benefit Cabaret, Noche Latina, Residential Education Meet and Greet

Saturday, October 9

  • Morning: Donut Dash, Campus Tours, President's Address
  • Afternoon: Chili Cook-Off, Breakout Sessions, Meet the Colleges, Scotty Saturday
  • Evening: AcaPittsburgh, CMU Football vs. Westminster

Featured & Ticketed Events

CMU will host the President's Welcome to provide family members with an opportunity to hear from university leadership about life on campus and highlights of campus culture. To help shape the conversation, attendees are able to submit questions for university leadership (submit by October 4). 

Several events throughout the weekend require additional tickets. Ticketing information and event details can be found at CarnegieMellonTicketsTicketed events include:

  • Scotch’n’Soda Benefit Cabaret
  • AB Films Family Weekend movie 
  • AcaPittsburgh

COVID-19 Mitigation Requirements

In accordance with Carnegie Mellon’s COVID-19 mitigation policies, all parents and family members attending Family Weekend 2021 are required to be either fully vaccinated or, if not fully vaccinated, must have received a negative COVID-19 test result within three days of arrival to campus. All parents and family members will be required to adhere to all COVID-19 mitigation requirements including, but not limited to, the use of a facial covering at all times while on campus. Family members enjoying a meal on campus should eat outdoors.


Parking is available for an hourly fee in the East Campus Garage on Friday, October 8, until 5 p.m. After 5 p.m. on Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday, free parking is available in the East Campus Garage, Morewood Parking Lot, GATF Parking Lot and Zebina Way Parking Lot. Additional parking is available in the Gates Garage and the Collaborative Innovation Center Garage for an hourly fee. See the Parking and Transportation Services website for more details and an interactive map of campus.

Please note: Due to Buggy practice, there will be no parking and road closures on Tech Street, Frew Street, and Schenley Drive from 5-9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Vehicles parked in those areas will be towed. 


If you have any additional questions about Family Weekend, please reach out to