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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.


Check 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. 

There are 3 check-in dates available for Family Weekend in the Gatton Student Center: 

  • Wednesday, September 21, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Grand Ballroom Coat Check)
  • Thursday, September 22, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Grand Ballroom Coat Check)
  • Friday, September 23, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. (top of the social staircase)

Learn more about Check-in

Frequently Asked Questions

You may have some questions about Family Weekend, so check out our FAQs page for helpful tips and answers. 

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Family Weekend Events

Friday, September 23


Saturday, September 24


Sunday, September 25


Guide to Football Game Day

Get ready to cheer the Cats to victory against the Northern Illinois University Huskies! If heading to the game, don’t forget to download your tickets to your mobile device before you arrive at Kroger Field. Wi-Fi in and near the stadium can be slower during large events. All the latest game day information can be found at Kroger Field has a clear bag policy. Review the policy before you go at

Game Day Parking

Parking at Kroger Field is reserved for season ticket holders with permits. Other parking options can be viewed at Students who park in the Kroger Field parking lots (Red, Blue, Orange, Greg Page Overflow Lot, and the Soccer/Softball Complex Lots), in the Sports Center Garage (PS #7), or in the Sports Center Lots must move their vehicles before 7 a.m. on the days of home football games. Students who park in the Kroger Field Green Lot must relocate prior to 10 p.m. the night before home football games.

Game Day Shuttles

Lextran, Lexington’s public bus service, offers low-cost shuttles on game day from FIVE campus stops as well as three downtown stops. Complete details, including route maps, parking information and schedules, can be viewed at

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.

Register Your Family for Family Weekend

Family Weekend registration now open! Please note that UK students must be registered for Family Weekend to attend.

Late registration will be available beginning September 7 through 4 p.m. on September 23, for $65 per person.

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Purchase UK vs. N. Illinois Football Tickets

Reserved Family Weekend football tickets have sold out. However, you can purchase single-game football tickets on (pending availability). Students can purchase student and guest tickets through UK Athletics Student Tickets website.

Family Weekend registrants will have the opportunity to purchase football tickets (pending availability) for the UK vs. N. Illinois football game using a special link to a Family Weekend football ticketing website. You will receive the link to purchase 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 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.  

Purchase Family Weekend Football Tickets

Family Weekend football tickets available through your registration confirmation link have almost sold out! But, don't to worry, yet. There are still football tickets available through for the UK vs. N. Illinois football game. Learn more at

Non-registrants can purchase single-game tickets through 

Purchase Single-Game Tickets

2022 Cat Chat Live: Family Weekend

Learn important information, tips, and tricks to help make your Family Weekend experience great!

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.