Carnegie Mellon University

Family Weekend brings together undergraduate and graduate students, families and friends for several days to experience the vibrancy of the Carnegie Mellon campus.

The weekend offers more than 60 events! Follow these simple steps to take part in the Family Weekend festivities:

Step 1:
Online registration has now closed. Onsite registration will be available at the Check In and Welcome Area on Friday and Saturday.

Step 2:
RSVP or purchase tickets to special events.

Step 3:
Attend events of interest. Most Family Weekend events are open to all guests first come, first served. The full schedule is available in the Events at Carnegie Mellon App available for download via iTunes or Google Play.

Family Weekend Schedule Overview

Friday, October 11

Noon–10 p.m.: Campus events and sessions 
3-6 p.m.: Check-In and Welcome Area open 
2–4 p.m.: First-Year House Communities Housefellow Office Hours
4:30–6 p.m.: President’s Welcome Reception
Evening: Dinner on your own, student performances and entertainment

Saturday, October 12

7:15 a.m.–midnight: Campus events and sessions
8 a.m.–3 p.m.: Check-In and Welcome Area open
8:30–10 a.m.:
 Grab and Go Breakfast
10:30 a.m.–1:45 p.m.: Academic meetings and events
3–6 p.m.: The Festival on Scotty Saturday 
Evening: Dinner on your own, student performances and entertainment

Sunday, October 13

10 a.m.–9:30 p.m.: Campus events and religious services

Family Weekend President’s Welcome Reception

Friday, October 11
4:30 – 6 p.m.
Simmons Auditorium, Tepper Building

Join President Farnam Jahanian and members of the University Leadership Council as we welcome parents and family members to campus. Refreshments will be provided.

Academic Sessions

Saturday, October 12
10:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Various academic buildings

Families and students will have the opportunity to meet and engage with faculty and staff, deans, and advisors of their particular colleges. Please check the full schedule online or on the CMU Events App for specific times and locations.

The Festival on Scotty Saturday

Saturday, October 12
3 - 6 p.m.
Legacy Plaza, Merson Courtyard, East/West Walkway, and The Cut

Scotty Saturday is a day where the CMU community comes together to celebrate their Carnegie Mellon pride through a series of events during Family Weekend, including a showcase of student talent, spirited activities, student groups, free food, and CMU swag! Wear your most spirited Carnegie Mellon gear on this day to show your school spirit!

First-Year Residential House Receptions

Sunday, October 13
10 - 11:30 a.m.
Residential communities

Join us at welcome receptions for family, friends and students. Spend time with residents in your student’s house community, meet with your student's housfellow and enjoy light refreshments.

Family Weekend RSVP or Ticketed Events

BXA Workshop: The Future of Justice

Friday, October 11
1:30 – 3 p.m.
Danforth Conference Room, Cohon Center

Juliacks (BHA 2008) makes transmedia fictions about social-cultural issues that are disseminated on an international scale. Students and guests are invited to contribute Transversal Scepters, a hybrid documentary project about the past, present and future of justice. In the workshop, participants will use techniques from design thinking, creative writing, performance and more as a means to devise alternative visions of justice for the future.

Please RSVP here.

FrIDeATe

Friday, October 11
6 - 7:30 p.m.

IDeATe Studio A, Hunt Library 106B

Join the students, faculty, and staff of IDeATe at their monthly FrIDeATe get-together, which will include refreshments, 2019-20 IDeATe student-designed t-shirts, and a quick performance by the students in the IDeATe class Robotics for Creative Practice.

Please RSVP here.

Diwali Mela '19

Friday, October 11
6 – 11 p.m.
Rangos Ballroom, Cohon Center

Join CMU's OM and Mayur SASA to celebrate Navrathri, the Hindu festival of nine nights! Show off your Garbha moves, delight in an Indian Navrathri-special buffet, participate in booths, and enjoy our guest DJ who will keep the festivities going through the night.

Tickets will be sold both at the door and beforehand. Ticket covers event as well as food and can be purchased online.

Scotch'n'Soda Presents The 12th Annual Benefit Cabaret

Friday, October 11
8 - 9 p.m.

McConomy Auditorium, Cohon Center

Rock and roll has a history of breaking the norm and pushing boundaries, while musical theatre prides itself as an industry that creates an inclusive space for anyone labeled as a “misfit.” The 12th Annual Benefit Cabaret will focus on the intersection of these two genres - the rock musical - and will explore the themes of identity and defining its place in society. The Cabaret is raising money for the Alumni Theatre Company.

Tickets can be purchased online.

The School of Drama Presents "Tiger at the Gates"

Friday, October 11
8 - 10 p.m.

Philip Chosky Theater, Purnell Center for the Arts

Jean Giradoux / Translated by Christopher Fry / Directed by Gary Logan

Originally entitled The Trojan War Will Not Take Place, Tiger at the Gates is ultimately a play about peace, not war. It asks the question: Are we worthy, of attaining peace?

Tickets can be purchased online.


Weekend Movie: "Toy Story 4"

Friday, October 11
10 p.m - Midnight

McConomy Auditorium, Cohon Center

The film is free for students with a CMU ID and $3 for families and guests.

Tickets are available outside the theater 30 minutes before show time.

This film is sponsored by Activities Board Film.


Mellon College of Science (MCS) Reception

Saturday, October 12
10:30 a.m. - Noon
Doherty Hall 2315

MCS faculty, advisors and staff invite students and family members to attend a presentation about the class of 2023 and opportunities for students. Get to know instructors and departmental advisors in first-year MCS courses. Upperclass MCS students will share their advice for maximizing the student experience. Refreshments will be served.

College of Fine Arts Family Brunch

Saturday, October 12
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Great Hall, College of Fine Arts

This casual brunch is a chance for College of Fine Arts families to meet each other, talk with faculty and staff, and learn more about their student’s academic programs.

Please RSVP by Oct. 4 to Daniella Staudacher, Assistant Director of Development, at 412.268.4045 or by emailing dstaudac@andrew.cmu.edu

The School of Drama Presents "Tiger at the Gates"

Saturday, October 12
2 - 4 p.m. & 8 - 10 p.m.

Philip Chosky Theater, Purnell Center for the Arts

Jean Giradoux / Translated by Christopher Fry / Directed by Gary Logan

Originally entitled The Trojan War Will Not Take Place, Tiger at the Gates is ultimately a play about peace, not war. It asks the question: Are we worthy, of attaining peace?

Tickets can be purchased online.

Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble

Saturday, October 12
4 - 6 p.m.

Kresge Theatre, College of Fine Arts

The Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble utilizes a flexible instrumentation of winds, brass and percussion to perform repertoire from standard concert band works to contemporary compositions of various instrumental combinations. Tickets are required for this free event. 

Please register online.

Weekend Movie: "Toy Story 4"

Saturday, October 12
1 - 3 p.m., 
7 - 9 p.m., & 10 p.m - Midnight
McConomy Auditorium, Cohon Center

The film is free for students with a CMU ID and $3 for families and guests.

Tickets are available outside the theater 30 minutes before show time.

This film is sponsored by Activities Board Film.


VERTIGO: A Capella Concert

Saturday, October 12
7 - 10 p.m.
Rangos Ballroom, Cohon Center

The nationally renowned CMU a cappella group, The Originals, will host four incredible groups from universities across the country. Enjoy a professionally produced concert full of diverse, innovative, and entertaining a cappella music during The Originals' fourth annual fall concert, VERTIGO!

Tickets can be purchased online.

CMU Philharmonic Concert

Sunday, October 13
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Carnegie Music Hall

Carl Topilow, Conductor / Phoebe Robertson, flute

COST:
$10 Regular Admission
$5 Senior Citizen (65+) Admission
All students, along with CMU/Pitt faculty and staff, are free w/ valid ID.

Purchase tickets online.

Strauss Don Juan
Mozart Concerto No. 1 in G Major, K. 313
Stravinsky Petrushka (1947 version)