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The UK Parent and Family Association, part of the Office for Student Success, invites our undergraduate students and their guests to Family Weekend, September 23-25, 2022. Family Weekend is a great time to enjoy campus life with your Wildcat, learn about amazing programs and traditions, and make special memories! The Parent and Family Association and other campus partners host three days of events for students and their guests during Family Weekend, including a welcome reception, tent party, A Taste of the Kentucky Doughnut Trail, and more! Your family will not want to miss out on this incredible UK tradition! 

Thank you to those of you who completed the 2021 Family Weekend survey. We read through your feedback and are excited to integrate many of your ideas into plans for Family Weekend 2022. Your feedback indicated a desire for an easier registration and check-in process and more programming options throughout the weekend. With that input in mind, as well as feedback from the UK Parent Advisory Council and benchmarking information from other SEC schools, the Parent and Family Association has decided to make a few changes to our registration pricing and check-in process in 2022.

Register for Family Weekend

Registration for Family Weekend will be easier than ever and will be open July 5 – September 6, 2022. Instead of having to pick and choose which events your family would like to pay to attend, this year current University of Kentucky students and guests (ages 3+) can register for $55 per person to attend all Family Weekend events hosted by the Parent and Family Association.  Please note that UK students planning to attend Family Weekend must be registered and pay the $55 fee.

Registration for Family Weekend will include: 

  • Entry to all signature events (Family Weekend Welcome Reception, Family Weekend Tent Party, A Taste of the Kentucky Doughnut Trail) 

  • Meals at all signature events (3 meals total) 

  • Entry to many other Family Weekend events throughout the weekend (food may be included) 

  • Exclusive 2022 Family Weekend t-shirt that will be distributed only at the Family Weekend Tent Party 

Late registration will be available September 7 – 23 until 4 p.m. ET for $65 per person (age 3+).  

If you have any problems registering online, please contact the Student Involvement Ticket Office at 859-257-TICS.

Want to know more about the Family Weekend registration pricing structure? Check out our Family Weekend FAQs.

Purchase UK vs. N. Illinois Football Tickets

Family Weekend registrants will have the opportunity to purchase discounted football tickets for the UK vs. N. Illinois football game using a special link exclusive Family Weekend football ticketing website. You will receive the link to purchase discounted Family Weekend football tickets in a confirmation email after you have registered for Family Weekend. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact the Parent and Family Association team at or give us a call at 859-257-2752.

Please note that current UK students who would like to sit with their guests will need to purchase a discounted student ticket seated with their party, even if your student has purchased a student season-pass. 

If your family is not planning to register for Family Weekend but would like to attend the football game, you can purchase full-price single-game football tickets beginning July 11 on There are no refunds or exchanges on football ticket purchases.  

 For questions about football ticketing, please contact UK Athletics at or 859-257-1818, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. ET.  


Checking in for Family Weekend

All registrants must check in for Family Weekend to receive important schedule information, event entry wristbands, and other swag items. If you do not think you will arrive to campus in time for check-in, send your student by to pick up your Family Weekend Check-in packet during one of the three check-in dates and times. Early check-in will be offered on Wednesday and Thursday prior to Family Weekend to allow for shorter lines.

Registrants must wear Family Weekend event wristbands for entry to all Parent and Family Association-hosted events. T-shirts will not be given out during check-in. They will be available only during the Family Weekend Tent Party. 

Family Weekend Events

We have a lot going on during Family Weekend for you to experience! Information about Family Weekend events can be found on our events page

The Parent and Family Association will host a number of events, including these signature Family Weekend events:

  • Welcome Reception, Friday, September 23, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Tent Party: Bluegrass Biscuit Bash, Saturday, September 24, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • A Taste of the Kentucky Doughnut Trail, Sunday, September 25, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

The complete Family Weekend schedule will be available in August on our events page.

Family Weekend Checklist

Prepare for Family Weekend by completing all items on our Family Weekend Checklist: 

  • Mark September 23-25, 2022 on your calendar!! Family Weekend events typically begin on Friday afternoon/evening and end on Sunday afternoon. 

  • Follow @UKParents on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to receive timely updates on Family Weekend events and ticketing.  

  • Ask your student if they would like your family to participate in Family Weekend. 

  • Book your hotel rooms early. Hotels tend to fill up quickly during home football game weekends. 

  • Register for Family Weekend

  • If you want to cheer on the Cats in Kroger Field, purchase UK football tickets for Saturday, September 24. UK Athletics typically begins selling Family Weekend football tickets in mid-July. More information coming soon!

  • Participate in Cat Chat Live on Wednesday, September 14, 12:15 p.m. ET to learn fun Family Weekend tips and get updates about the schedule. 

For questions not answered in the FAQs, email Nicki or Nancy, the Parent and Family Association team, at or give us a call at 859-257-2752, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.