Family Weekend at Duke

From the office of New Student and Family Programs, thank you for attending Family Weekend! It was amazing to welcome all the families that were able to join us on campus this month.

Stay tuned for updates about Family Weekend 2023 early next year!

Family Weekend 2022 Schedule

Find FAQs below the schedule tabs!

Thursday, October 13, 2022 - Early Arrival

Explore Duke Gardens (9:00am – 5:00pm) 

Stop by the information desk in the Doris Duke Center or the Gothic Gate kiosk to pick up a map, get a family scavenger hunt, learn what's in bloom, ask your questions and more! A digital version of our map is also available on the Duke Gardens website. 

420 Anderson St. 

Nasher Museum Access (10:00AM-9:00PM) 

In addition to the Highlights Tours - Nasher will be open to the public during normal operating hours. Admission is free - courtesy of Jennifer McCracken New and Jason New. 

Nasher Museum of Art, 2001 Campus Dr

RecFest (4:30pm-7:30pm)

Don't miss Recreation & Physical Education's biggest event of the year! This FREE carnival-style event on K-Ville features food from local restaurants, vendor exhibits, games, and great music. Duke Recreation & Physical Education encourages persons with disabilities to participate in all programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about accessibility, please contact Nathan McKinnis at ndm8@duke.edu

K-Ville, West Campus

Hospitality Desk & Box Office Open (5:00pm-7:00pm)

Stop by to pick up a Family Weekend brochure, ask questions, and exchange or purchase additional tickets (pending availability). Those who did not register online may do so here. Hospitality and Box Office hours will also be offered Friday, October 14 from 9:00am to 5:00pm and Saturday, October 15 from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

Schaefer Mall (top floor), Bryan Center, West Campus 

Rec & P.E. Facility Access (all day)

Duke students and their families are welcome to utilize Wilson and Brodie Recreation Centers over Family Weekend! Daily Guest Passes are available for all visitors at $10 per person per day and can be purchased at either recreation center at the time of visit (no cash sales). Family that are also Alumni are welcome to utilize their 5 free visits over the course of their visit for themselves or additional guests and can view instructions here. Taishoff and Brodie Aquatics Centers will be unavailable. View the Rec & P.E. website for Facility Hours over the course of the weekend. Please review our Operating Policies ahead of your visit and note age requirements for access to certain areas of our facilities. Participants must be at minimum 10 years of age to access all facilities.

Wilson Recreation Center, West Campus & Brodie Recreation Center, East Campus

Friday, October 14, 2022

Hospitality Desk & Box Office Open (9:00am-5:00pm)

Stop by to pick up a Family Weekend brochure, ask questions, and exchange or purchase additional tickets (pending availability). Those who did not register online may do so here. Hospitality and Box Office hours will also be offered Saturday, October 15 from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

Schaefer Mall (top floor), Bryan Center, West Campus

Explore Duke Gardens (9:00am – 5:00pm) 

Stop by the information desk in the Doris Duke Center or the Gothic Gate kiosk to pick up a map, get a family scavenger hunt, learn what's in bloom, ask your questions and more! A digital version of our map is also available on the Duke Gardens website. 

420 Anderson St. 

Wilkinson Building Art Collection: A Celebration of Creativity in Engineering  (9:00am-5:00pm) 

Take a stroll through Duke Engineering’s new Wilkinson Building for a self-guided tour of original art inspired by the imagination of engineering minds.  Among the featured artists you will discover are Duke BME graduate Mikael Owunna E’12, internationally lauded installation artist Luke Jerram, Durham activist Saba Taj, and former Duke art professor Vernon Pratt.  In addition to the art on display, the Wilkinson Building offers striking architecture and spaces. Designed to serve as a high-tech hub for teaching, learning, and research, it features state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories as well as unique views of Duke Chapel, the medical center, and historic West campus, a one-of-a-kind media wall, and even a hologram to display 3D design models. We invite you to explore. More can be found at  https://pratt.duke.edu/about/campus/facilities/wilkinson-building and https://art.pratt.duke.edu/. 

Wilkinson Building, West Campus 

Student Visual Arts Display- “From the Soul” (9:00AM-5:00PM)  

In the words of Henri Matisse, ‘creativity takes courage.’ From song and dance to visual arts, comedy, and improv, the student creators of Duke are not afraid. These showcases are a demonstration of the artistic energy flowing through our campus, and we look forward to sharing the power of our art with you. This visual arts display sponsored by duARTS.  

The Landing, Bryan Center, West Campus 

Duke Gardens Walking Tour (10:00am)* 

This event required pre-registration. For those families who registered, confirmation was sent by GardensEducation@duke.edu. Please contact Duke Gardens with questions: GardensEducation@duke.edu or 919-668-1707.

420 Anderson St. 

Welcome to Duke Libraries (10:00am-1:00pm)

Stop by the table in Sperling Lobby to visit the Duke University Libraries, one of the best research library systems in the country. Staff will be on hand to greet families and answer questions. Stop by for a self-guided tour and other giveaways, and check out our newest library exhibits.

Sperling Lobby, Perkins Library, West Campus

Nasher Museum Access (10:00AM-5:00PM) 

In addition to the Highlights Tours - Nasher will be open to the public during normal operating hours. Admission is free - courtesy of Jennifer McCracken New and Jason New. 

Nasher Museum of Art, 2001 Campus Dr 

Student for a Day Lecture 1 - Duke Students Change the World: Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Impact (10:30am-11:30am)

Dr. Kathie Amato will discuss the ways in which innovation and entrepreneurship are key to the Duke experience. Duke students are among the brightest thinkers and doers of tomorrow, poised to solve the complex environmental, health, and social challenges facing the world. To do this, they will need to be bold in the face of uncertainty. They will need to become skilled and thoughtful agents of change, able to overcome obstacles with courage and resilience. They will need to be innovators with strong entrepreneurial spirit. Attend this session where we will explore how innovation and entrepreneurship are taught at Duke. In addition to seeing a lecture drawn directly from our Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship undergraduate curriculum, you will have the opportunity learn about the exciting range of interdisciplinary opportunities Duke provides in innovation and entrepreneurship. 

Event 1, Penn Pavilion, West Campus 

Cultivating Academic Success(10:45am-11:45am)

Come learn about the resources that Duke offers to support students in making the most of their undergraduate experience.  Colleagues from the Office of Undergraduate Education’s Division of Student Success and the Pratt School of Engineering will provide an overview of services provided for academic coaching, well-being and advising.

Event 2, Penn Pavilion, West Campus

Duke Gardens Trolley Tours (11:00am)* 

Take a tour of Duke Gardens on a trolley (golf cart), led by a volunteer docent who will introduce you to highlights and history of Duke Gardens. $60 per tour; available for 1-5 passengers per tour. Registration required at least 7 days in advance; click here. 

420 Anderson St. 

The Library Presents Duke Moms and Dads: Matt Moog, CEO of Chicago Public Media (11:00am-12:00pm)

Join the Duke University Libraries as we hear from Duke parent Matt Moog, Chief Executive Officer of Chicago Public Media. As CEO, Moog oversees operations of WBEZ, one of the largest and most respected NPR stations in the country and home to such popular shows as “This American Life” and “Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me.” Earlier this year, Chicago Public Media acquired the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper, bringing together two of Chicago's best-known media brands in an effort to boost to local journalism. Prior to leading Chicago Public Media, Moog was the founder and CEO of several innovative technology companies. Fun fact: He is also the son of Robert Moog, the electronic music pioneer who invented the first commercial synthesizer. Moog and his wife, Lucy, are the parents of Eli, a first-year student at Duke, who will introduce his dad for this session.

Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room, Rubenstein Library, West Campus

A Moment of Mindfulness (11:00am-12:00pm)

Developed right here at Duke, Koru Mindfulness is an evidence-based program specifically designed to help manage stress and reduce anxiety. Join staff from Duke’s wellness promotion office to experience four skills that help calm and focus the mind. Families will have the opportunity to follow in the steps of over 1000 Duke students who have been trained through Koru. This session will end with time for questions and a tour of our award-winning facility.

Room 148/149, Student Wellness Center, West Campus

Health Professions Advising Information Session (11:00AM-12:00PM) 

The Office of Health Professions Advising works with Trinity and Pratt students pursuing careers in healthcare.  In this session we will talk about how we work with students so that they get the best out of their Duke education while preparing for health careers.  We will share trends and data from Duke students and leave time for your questions. 

Garden Level, Penn Pavilion, West Campus 

DukeEngage: The Inside Story (11:45am-12:45pm)

DukeEngage provides fully-funded opportunities that enable Duke undergraduates and faculty to collaborate with organizations across the globe to address critical social issues. During an immersive summer of civic engagement, students work with communities on a variety of local issues while developing an understanding of their role in affecting social change and gaining a more nuanced perspective of self, purpose, and place in the world. In this session families will learn more about DukeEngage from faculty and past participants.

Event 1, Penn Pavilion, West Campus

Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Life and Legacy of Dr. Paul Farmer (12:00pm-1:00pm) 

In coordination with the Duke Common Experience summer film selection, Bending the Arc, the Duke Global Health Institute invites you to join this panel of alumni, friends, and global health experts to speak to the life and legacy of the late Dr. Paul Farmer. Dr. Farmer, a Duke alumnus and former Trustee, devoted his life to addressing global health disparities in locations across the globe. Learn about his life and legacy and how Duke is continuing to address those disparities. Panelists include: 

  • Dr. Chris Beyrer, the new Director of the Global Health Institute  
  • Dr. Bailor Barrier, the Executive Director of Partners in Health Sierra Leone 
  • Dr. Adia Benton, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Northwestern University  
  • Jade Tso '19, Medical Student at UC Davis, American Medical Women’s Association Global Health Fellow

Attendees are encouraged to watch Bending the Arc in connection with this session. The film will be screened on Friday evening of Family Weekend. All are welcome! 

Event 2, Penn Pavilion, West Campus 

Duke Gardens Trolley Tours (1:00pm)* 

Take a tour of Duke Gardens on a trolley (golf cart), led by a volunteer docent who will introduce you to highlights and history of Duke Gardens. $60 per tour; available for 1-5 passengers per tour. Registration required at least 7 days in advance; click here. 

420 Anderson St. 

Family Weekend Jumu'ah (1:00pm-1:30pm)

All are welcome to join Muslim students, staff, and faculty for the CML’s weekly Jumu’ah (Friday prayer) service. Jumu'ah is a weekly communal religious service for Muslims which features a sermon and a congregational prayer. Chairs are available in the back of the room for guests to quietly listen and observe prayers as well as for those who would like to pray sitting. Stay after until 2:00pm for refreshments and socializing among attendees. 

McClendon Tower 5 (Fifth Floor), West Campus 

The Future is Bright: An Address from Student Affairs (1:00pm-1:45pm)

Join Vice Provost McMahon as she shares updates about QuadEx, campus life, the student experience, and what exciting new opportunities await your students while they are here at Duke. Session presenter: Mary Pat McMahon, Vice Provost/Vice President for Student Affairs 

Event 1, Penn Pavilion, West Campus

Duke Gardens Walking Tour (2:00pm)* 

This event required pre-registration. For those families who registered, confirmation was sent by GardensEducation@duke.edu. Please contact Duke Gardens with questions: GardensEducation@duke.edu or 919-668-1707.

420 Anderson St. 

An Introduction to Wellness at Duke (2:00pm-3:00pm)

Over the past decade, and even more so throughout the pandemic, the terms wellness, well-being, and self-care have become embedded into our daily lives. But what do these terms mean? Come join this experiential session to see how Duke defines wellness and to hear about the health and wellness resources available for your child. This session will end with time for questions and a tour of our award-winning facility.

Room 148/149, Student Wellness Center, West Campus

Academic Advising at Duke (2:00pm-3:00pm)

Come learn about the Academic Advising Center’s (AAC) unique advising program and experience first-hand how we guide students toward an academic path that responds to their individual interests and goals, as well as how we help them choose wisely among the many opportunities that Duke affords undergraduates. 

Event 2, Penn Pavilion, West Campus

Student for a Day Lecture 2 - Using Science-Fiction Depictions to Learn Real-World Evolution Concepts (2:00pm-3:00pm) 

Have you ever wondered why most alien life depicted on Star Trek strongly resembles us Earthlings (besides the use of human actors)? Come explore the possibility of humanoid or other forms of life on other planets with Dr. Mohamed Noor, Professor of Biology and Interim Dean of Arts & Sciences. Drawing on relevant scenes from the series as well as real science, Noor presents evidence for the existence of a common ancestor for life on Earth, and clarifies misconceptions about evolutionary biology. He explains some basic evolutionary principles and uses these real-world principles to evaluate three hypotheses posed in various Star Trek series for why there are so many humanoids. 

Garden Level, Penn Pavilion, West Campus 

Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy Open House (2:00pm-4:00pm) 

Meet our Director and former FDA Commissioner Dr. Mark McClellan. Members of our faculty and staff will be available to provide an overview of the Center’s research and educational initiatives and help students learn how to get involved with health policy on campus. This event is open to all Duke students and their family members. 

Margolis Suite, JB Duke Hotel, West Campus 

WRITING MATTERS: Drop By and Chat at the Thompson Writing Program Table (2:00pm-5:00pm)

Families and students are invited to drop by the Thompson Writing Program table and learn more about how all writers can thrive at Duke and make their voices heard. What can writing accomplish? What have you accomplished through your writing? What have been your favorite/least favorite experiences as a writer? What makes writing hard? When and how do you write?

Schaefer Mall, Bryan Center, West Campus

Career Everywhere (for Everyone): Integrating Career Readiness Through the Entire Duke Experience (2:15pm-3:00pm)

This session will connect families with some of the staff at the Duke Career Center who will share about the career everywhere philosophy, Duke's career development process; the competencies that students will build during their time at Duke; resources and tools that your Blue Devil can access; and how you can partner with the Career Center to help develop your student's career readiness. This is a great precursor event to the “Leveraging the Forever Duke Network” session and alumni panel.

Event 1, Penn Pavilion, West Campus

Global Education Office – Information Table (2:30pm-5:00pm) 

Swing by to talk with professional staff from the Global Education Office about your specific study abroad/study away questions. 

Schaefer Mall, Bryan Center, West Campus 

Leveraging the Forever Duke Network: How, When, and Why to Connect with Alumni (3:15pm-4:00pm)

All Duke students and their families are invited to hear from a diverse panel of recent Duke graduates representing different majors and career paths. These alumni, together with staff from Duke Alumni Engagement & Development, will share information and answer questions about how students can connect with alumni and how these connections can enrich their time at Duke and support their future career paths. The session is open to all students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional) and family members. Submit your questions here ahead of time:  https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_805womf6PdL2ThI.

Event 1, Penn Pavilion, West Campus

Student Conduct and Community Standards (3:30pm-4:30pm)

Join members of the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (OSCCS) to learn about how your student can get involved in the work to uphold the Duke Community Standard, what happens if your student receives notice from the OSCCS, and how to support your student through the conduct process.

Garden Level, Penn Pavilion, West Campus

Focus Program Family Q & A (3:30pm-4:30pm)

Please join the Focus Program Directors for a question-and-answer session. Focus directors will present briefly on their programs and attendees will have the opportunity to engage directly with them. Refreshments will be served.   

Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room, Rubenstein Library, West Campus 

Global Education Opportunities (4:00pm-5:00pm)

In this session, professional staff from the Global Education Office will share advice on planning an international study abroad or U.S.-based study away experience that will earn credit toward the Duke degree. Session topics include choosing a program, transferring course credits, covering costs, and using your financial aid. There will also be an information table staffed by Global Education Office professionals who can answer your study abroad/study away questions on the top floor of the Bryan Center from 2:30-5:00pm.

Griffith Auditorium, Bryan Center, West Campus 

The President’s Welcome (5:00pm-5:30pm)

Join President Price as he welcomes Duke families back to campus and takes your questions.

Page Auditorium, West Campus

Fun, Food, and Friendship with the Duke International Student Center (5:00pm-7:00pm)

The Duke International Student Center invites students and their families for food and fun on Friday, October 14, 2022 at 5 p.m. Explore, engage, and network with students and families from around the world and get to know your fellow Blue Devils during Family Weekend!

Location: Blue Light Apartments, 1605 Erwin Rd. Durham, NC

Kabbalat Shabbat Service & Dinner with Jewish Life at Duke (6:00pm-8:00pm) *

Join Jewish Life at Duke to experience a Duke Shabbat! We start at 6:00pm with a pluralistic Kabbalat Shabbat Service led by Rabbi Elana Friedman and students, followed by a kosher Shabbat dinner at ~7:00pm. Come for all or part of the evening. Kabbalat Shabbat Service is free for all. Dinner is FREE for Duke students and $18 for non-students, but both should register to attend. The event is hosted by Jewish Life at Duke. Tickets for dinner are available for purchase through the Family Weekend online registration site.

Freeman Center, 1415 Faber Street

Duke Volleyball vs. Georgia Tech (6:30pm)

All students and families are welcome to this event. Tickets are not required.

Cameron Indoor Stadium, West Campus

Duke Men's Soccer vs. Notre Dame (7:00pm) *

Families will be able to purchase tickets through an exclusive Family Weekend Athletics link after registering for Family Weekend online. Tickets will also be available at the gate.

Koskinen Stadium, West Campus

Bending the Arc (7:00PM) 

Freewater Presentations and Duke University Union present a FREE film for Duke students and families. The feature film will be  Bending the Arc (2017).  

Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, West Campus 

Music Department Concert: Duke Jazz/Djembe Ensemble (8:00pm) *

Join us for an annual Family Weekend concert. The Duke Djembe Ensemble is directed by Bradley Simmons. John V. Brown, director of the Duke Jazz Ensemble, and associate director Evan Roberson welcome special guest Stefon Harris, percussionist. General admission tickets are $10. Students receive two free tickets with ID. Tickets are available for purchase through the Family Weekend online registration site.

Baldwin Auditorium, East Campus

Student Performance Showcase 1 - “From the Soul” (8:00pm) *

In the words of Henri Matisse, ‘creativity takes courage.’ From song and dance to visual arts, comedy, and improv, the student creators of Duke are not afraid. These showcases are a demonstration of the artistic energy flowing through our campus, and we look forward to sharing the power of our art with you. This showcase is sponsored by duARTS, and Friday performers include Defining Movement, Speak of the Devil, Devils En Pointe, Duke University Stand-Up Troupe, Pureun, Nicole Hunter, Out of the Blue, Duke Club Ballroom Dance, The Pitchforks, Momentum, Deja Blue, Duke Swing, Inside Joke, Something Borrowed Something Blue, and Street Medicine. Tickets are $15 each, and are available for purchase through the Family Weekend online registration site.  A stationary display of visual arts will also occur in the Bryan Center Landing throughout the weekend.  

Page Auditorium, West Campus

Monsters University (10:00pm) 

Freewater Presentations and Duke University Union present a FREE film for Duke students and families. The feature film will be Monsters University (2013).  

Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, West Campus 

Rec & P.E. Facility Access (all day)

Duke students and their families are welcome to utilize Wilson and Brodie Recreation Centers over Family Weekend! Daily Guest Passes are available for all visitors at $10 per person per day and can be purchased at either recreation center at the time of visit (no cash sales). Family that are also Alumni are welcome to utilize their 5 free visits over the course of their visit for themselves or additional guests and can view instructions here. Taishoff and Brodie Aquatics Centers will be unavailable. View the Rec & P.E. website for Facility Hours over the course of the weekend. Please review our Operating Policies ahead of your visit and note age requirements for access to certain areas of our facilities. Participants must be at minimum 10 years of age to access all facilities.

Wilson Recreation Center, West Campus & Brodie Recreation Center, East Campus

*Ticketed events – Families must obtain a ticket from the Family Weekend registration site unless a different ticketing process is otherwise noted. Additional fees may apply.

Saturday, October 15, 2022

Hospitality Desk & Box Office Open (9:00am-1:00pm)

Stop by to pick up a Family Weekend brochure, ask questions, and exchange or purchase additional tickets (pending availability). Those who did not register online may do so here.

Schaefer Mall (top floor), Bryan Center, West Campus 

Student Visual Arts Display- “From the Soul” (9:00AM-4:00PM)  

In the words of Henri Matisse, ‘creativity takes courage.’ From song and dance to visual arts, comedy, and improv, the student creators of Duke are not afraid. These showcases are a demonstration of the artistic energy flowing through our campus, and we look forward to sharing the power of our art with you. This visual arts display sponsored by duARTS.  

The Landing, Bryan Center, West Campus 

Explore Duke Gardens (9:00am – 5:00pm) 

Stop by the information desk in the Doris Duke Center or the Gothic Gate kiosk to pick up a map, get a family scavenger hunt, learn what's in bloom, ask your questions and more! A digital version of our map is also available on the Duke Gardens website. 

420 Anderson St. 

Nasher Museum Access (10:00AM-5:00PM) 

In addition to the Highlights Tours - Nasher will be open to the public during normal operating hours. Admission is free - courtesy of Jennifer McCracken New and Jason New. 

Nasher Museum of Art, 2001 Campus Dr 

Focus Program Symposium (10:00am-11:30am)

Join the Focus Program faculty and students for a glimpse of interesting projects and topics from their seminars and clusters.  Each cluster will host a table with materials and information on their research topics. Experience what students are learning this year in Duke’s unique living/learning community.  

Brodie Gym, East Campus

Lemur Center Self-Guided Tour 1 (10:00am-12:00pm) *

Come visit the lemurs in a relaxed, open format event specially organized for Duke Family Weekend! You can walk through the tour path at your own pace, with staff and volunteers stationed all around to chat with you about the lemurs and answer any of your questions. There’s no need to arrive right at the start of this event – as long as you arrive at least 45 minutes before it ends, you will have plenty of time to see the lemurs. Please note that this is a ticketed event with limited spots available. Masks are still required indoors at the Lemur Center. This outdoor event will be cancelled in the case of heavy rain or thunderstorms, and you will be notified with as much notice as possible. Tickets are a special Family Weekend rate of $12 each. Children under 2 are free and do not need to register. Please register by completing the Family Weekend online registration system.  

Duke Lemur Center, 3705 Erwin Rd

Pratt Family Weekend Seminar (10:00am-11:00am)

The future of engineering is design. Every Duke Engineering student gets their hands busy with real-world design starting their freshmen year and ends with every senior completing a Capstone Design Project in their major focused on producing actual engineering products — from custom parts for an autonomous underwater vehicle to devices for local clients with disabilities. Join us to hear how design has impacted the educational experience as we talk to professors and their students about their design projects. 

Schiciano Auditorium, Fitzpatrick Building, West Campus

DukeLIFE Brunch (10:00am-12:00pm)

Join DukeLIFE for brunch and meet the team that supports students from first-generation and highly-aided backgrounds. We will review the major milestones in your student’s college career to help you cheer them on during each pivotal moment in their Duke journey. There is no cost for this event, and an RSVP is not required.

Abele Residential Quad, West Campus

Trinity College: Dean’s Reception for Students and Families (Time: 10:30AM-11:30AM)

Trinity College undergraduates and their families are invited to meet Dean Mohamed Noor and Trinity administrative deans, department chairs, and faculty for conversation about undergraduate classes and programs. Refreshments will be available.

Abele Academic Quad, West Campus

New at the Nasher Tours 1 (11:00AM) 

Explore new exhibitions and works in the Nasher Museum collection with insights from gallery guides. Tours will last approximately one hour. The expanded tour schedule for Family Weekend includes Saturday, October 15 at 11AM and 1PM; as well as a public tour on Sunday, October 16 at 2PM. No reservation is required, but tour size is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. There is no admission cost or charge for the tour. For visitor information and details about exhibitions on view, please visit nasher.duke.edu. 

Nasher Museum of Art, 2001 Campus Dr 

Pratt Family Weekend Cookout (11:00am-1:00pm) *

Come meet and mingle with Pratt School of Engineering faculty, staff, students, and families while enjoying a delicious lunch that features a Durham staple, Bullocks BBQ!  The cost is $20 for anyone 12 and older, $10 for Duke students and guest 5-11 years old, and free for children under 4. Tickets can be purchased via the Family Weekend Registration system or on-site. 

Fitzpatrick Building (FCIEMAS) Atrium and Harrington Quad, West Campus 

New at the Nasher Tours 2 (1:00PM) 

Explore new exhibitions and works in the Nasher Museum collection with insights from gallery guides. Tours will last approximately one hour. The expanded tour schedule for Family Weekend includes Saturday, October 15 at 11AM and 1PM; as well as a public tour on Sunday, October 16 at 2PM. No reservation is required, but tour size is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. There is no admission cost or charge for the tour. For visitor information and details about exhibitions on view, please visit nasher.duke.edu. 

Nasher Museum of Art, 2001 Campus Dr 

Student Performance Showcase 2 - “From the Soul”(2:00pm) *

In the words of Henri Matisse, ‘creativity takes courage.’ From song and dance to visual arts, comedy, and improv, the student creators of Duke are not afraid. These showcases are a demonstration of the artistic energy flowing through our campus, and we look forward to sharing the power of our art with you. This showcase is sponsored by duARTS, and Saturday performers include Defining Movement, Duke University Stand-Up Troupe, Nicole Hunter, Out of the Blue, Duke Club Ballroom Dance, The Pitchforks, Dhamaka, Inside Joke, and Street Medicine.  Tickets are $15 each, and are available for purchase through the Family Weekend online registration site. A stationary display of visual arts will also occur in the Bryan Center Landing throughout the weekend. 

Page Auditorium, West Campus

Bean Pie & Sip Chai with the CML (2:00pm-3:30pm)

Students and families visiting for Family Weekend are invited to stop by the Center for Muslim Life to drink Somali chai, eat bean pie (a Black American Muslim staple) and meet staff at an open house at our new center in Few Quad on West Campus.

Center for Muslim Life, 420 Chapel Drive, Few GG, West Campus

Lemur Center Self-Guided Tour 2 (3:00pm-5:00pm) *

Come visit the lemurs in a relaxed, open format event specially organized for Duke Family Weekend! You can walk through the tour path at your own pace, with staff and volunteers stationed all around to chat with you about the lemurs and answer any of your questions. There’s no need to arrive right at the start of this event – as long as you arrive at least 45 minutes before it ends, you will have plenty of time to see the lemurs. Please note that this is a ticketed event with limited spots available. Masks are still required indoors at the Lemur Center. This outdoor event will be cancelled in the case of heavy rain or thunderstorms, and you will be notified with as much notice as possible. Tickets are a special Family Weekend rate of $12 each. Children under 2 are free and do not need to register. Please register by completing the Family Weekend online registration system.  

Duke Lemur Center, 3705 Erwin Rd

Club Blue Devil Tailgate (5:00PM-8:00PM) 

Come and join fans and families at Club Blue Devil. Right in the middle of all the pregame activity, this is the perfect spot for families to see the team walk, listen to the pregame radio show live, and enjoy barbecue sandwiches, chicken wings, beer, wine and Coke products. No tickets are necessary to enter Club Blue Devil, and you can pay for food & drink via credit card on site. Plan on making this part of your weekend plans for Parents & Family Weekend prior to the Duke-UNC football game!  

Morton Plaza (next to K-Ville) outside of Cameron Indoor Stadium 

Music Department Concert: Duke Chorale, Duke Symphony Orchestra, & Duke Wind Symphony (6:00pm) *

This Family Weekend Concert showcases three of the Department of Music’s largest ensembles: the Duke Chorale, directed by Allan Friedman; the Duke Symphony Orchestra, directed by Harry Davidson; and the Duke Wind Symphony, directed by Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant. General admission tickets are $10. Students receive two free tickets with ID. Tickets are available for purchase through the Family Weekend online registration system. 

Baldwin Auditorium, East Campus 

HSA Navaratri (6:00-8:00pm)

Duke Hindu Students Association (HSA) invites all Duke families to join us for a celebration of Navaratri. Come for puja, speeches, and performances, plus a catered dinner from Lime and Lemon! The main event will run from 6:00-8:00pm, with Garba following immediately after. 

Fitzpatrick Center Schiciano and Atrium, Fitzpatrick Building, West Campus 

Top Gun: Maverick (7:00PM) 

Freewater Presentations and Duke University Union present a FREE film for Duke students and families. The feature film will be  Top Gun: Maverick (2022).  

Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, West Campus 

Duke Football vs. North Carolina (8:00PM) *

Support the Duke Football team in their match against ACC rival University of North Carolina. Game time may be announced up to six-days prior to the event. Tickets may be purchased through the Family Weekend online registration system at a discounted rate starting at $20. Families will be able to purchase tickets through an exclusive Family Weekend Athletics link after registering for Family Weekend online. Please note that the free ticket available to each student is for seating in the student sections. We encourage families who would like to sit with their Duke student to purchase an additional ticket for their student.

Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium, West Campus 

Top Gun: Maverick (10:00PM) 

Freewater Presentations and Duke University Union present a FREE film for Duke students and families. The feature film will be  Top Gun: Maverick (2022).  

Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, West Campus 

Rec & P.E. Facility Access (all day)

Duke students and their families are welcome to utilize Wilson and Brodie Recreation Centers over Family Weekend! Daily Guest Passes are available for all visitors at $10 per person per day and can be purchased at either recreation center at the time of visit (no cash sales). Family that are also Alumni are welcome to utilize their 5 free visits over the course of their visit for themselves or additional guests and can view instructions here. Taishoff and Brodie Aquatics Centers will be unavailable. View the Rec & P.E. website for Facility Hours over the course of the weekend. Please review our Operating Policies ahead of your visit and note age requirements for access to certain areas of our facilities. Participants must be at minimum 10 years of age to access all facilities.

Wilson Recreation Center, West Campus & Brodie Recreation Center, East Campus

*Ticketed events – Families must obtain a ticket from the Family Weekend registration site unless a different ticketing process is otherwise noted. Additional fees may apply.

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Duke Catholic Center Mass & Brunch (8:30am)

The Duke Catholic Center cordially invites all Duke families to Mass & Brunch. Mass will be followed by a complimentary brunch at 9:30am.

Goodson Chapel, Divinity School, West Campus

Morning Yoga (9:00am)

Enjoy the fresh air with Crystal during relaxing Morning Yoga. All levels are welcome for a meditation-filled way to start your day. Fifty mats will be provided for this event, but we encourage patrons to still bring their own. Please try to arrive 15 minutes early to meet and set up your mat. This event is weather permitting. 

Gazebo Quad, East Campus

Explore Duke Gardens (9:00am – 5:00pm) 

Stop by the information desk in the Doris Duke Center or the Gothic Gate kiosk to pick up a map, get a family scavenger hunt, learn what's in bloom, ask your questions and more! A digital version of our map is also available on the Duke Gardens website. 

420 Anderson St. 

Rec & P.E. Facility Access (all day) 

Duke students and their families are welcome to utilize Wilson and Brodie Recreation Centers over Family Weekend! Daily Guest Passes are available for all visitors at $10 per person per day and can be purchased at either recreation center at the time of visit (no cash sales). Family that are also Alumni are welcome to utilize their 5 free visits over the course of their visit for themselves or additional guests and can view instructions here. Taishoff and Brodie Aquatics Centers will be unavailable. View the Rec & P.E. website for Facility Hours over the course of the weekend. Please review our Operating Policies ahead of your visit and note age requirements for access to certain areas of our facilities. Participants must be at minimum 10 years of age to access all facilities. 

Wilson Recreation Center, West Campus & Brodie Recreation Center, East Campus 

Marketplace Family Weekend Brunch (10:00am-2:00pm) *

First-year students and their families are invited to a special Sunday Brunch. Students do not need tickets, but they will be expected to use a meal plan swipe for entrance. Tickets for family members are sold per hour-long seating block. Tickets can be purchased using the Family Weekend online registration system or on-site (pending availability) for 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, or 1:00pm. 

East Union, East Campus

Students and Families: Sing with the Duke Choir (10:00am-12:00pm)

The Duke Chapel Choir invites all Duke students, parents, and families to sing with the Chapel Choir in the Chapel’s ecumenical worship service on Sunday, October 16. A brief rehearsal will be held at 10:00am in the Chapel, followed by the service at 11:00am. To participate, please RSVP to chapelmusic@duke.edu. Families may continue to RSVP Friday and Saturday during Family Weekend.

Duke Chapel, West Campus 

Coffee and Pastries with Duke Chapel Ministry Team (10:00am-10:30am)

The Chapel Ministry Team will be offering light refreshments on the Chapel quad from 10-10:30am, before Sunday morning worship at 11am. Come to eat, connect, and learn more about Duke Chapel's ongoing initiatives in worship leadership, student fellowship, community service, and interreligious engagement. For more information, contact Bruce Puckett, Assistant Dean of Duke Chapel, bruce.puckett@duke.edu.

Chapel Quad, West Campus 

Bagel Brunch with Jewish Life at Duke (10:00am-12:00pm) *

Students and their families are invited to join Jewish Life at Duke for a delicious bagel brunch. Visit the Freeman Center for Jewish Life, the home of Jewish Life at Duke and the Rubenstein-Silvers Hillel, meet fellow families and the JLD staff, and nosh on a kosher brunch as you wrap up your visit to Duke. The event is FREE for Duke students and $10 for non-students, but both should register to attend. Hosted by Jewish Life at Duke. Please register by completing the Family Weekend online registration system.

Freeman Center, 1415 Faber Street

 Lemur Center Self-Guided Tour 3 (10:00am-12:00pm) *

Come visit the lemurs in a relaxed, open format event specially organized for Duke Family Weekend! You can walk through the tour path at your own pace, with staff and volunteers stationed all around to chat with you about the lemurs and answer any of your questions. There’s no need to arrive right at the start of this event – as long as you arrive at least 45 minutes before it ends, you will have plenty of time to see the lemurs. Please note that this is a ticketed event with limited spots available. Masks are still required indoors at the Lemur Center. This outdoor event will be cancelled in the case of heavy rain or thunderstorms, and you will be notified with as much notice as possible. Tickets are a special Family Weekend rate of $12 each. Children under 2 are free and do not need to register. Please register by completing the Family Weekend online registration system.  

Duke Lemur Center, 3705 Erwin Rd

Duke Catholic Center Mass & Brunch (10:30am)

The Duke Catholic Center cordially invites all Duke families to Mass & Brunch. Mass will be followed by a complimentary brunch at 11:30am.  

Goodson Chapel, Divinity School, West Campus

Duke Chapel Sunday Morning Worship Service (11:00am)

Duke Chapel has a long—and living—tradition of faithful preaching and inspiring sacred music. You are invited to be a part of it at this ecumenical Christian worship service. Hear a sermon from Chapel Dean Luke A. Powery, singing by the Chapel Choir, and music from the Chapel’s organs. Please check the chapel.duke.edu website for more information about current Duke Chapel visitor protocols.

Duke Chapel, West Campus

Nasher Museum Access (12:00PM-5:00PM) 

In addition to the Highlights Tours - Nasher will be open to the public during normal operating hours. Admission is free - courtesy of Jennifer McCracken New and Jason New. 

Nasher Museum of Art, 2001 Campus Dr 

Duke Volleyball vs. Clemson (1:00pm)

All students and families are welcome to this event. Tickets are not required.

Cameron Indoor Stadium, West Campus

New at the Nasher Tours 3 (1:00PM) 

Explore new exhibitions and works in the Nasher Museum collection with insights from gallery guides. Tours will last approximately one hour. The expanded tour schedule for Family Weekend includes Saturday, October 15 at 11AM and 1PM; as well as a public tour on Sunday, October 16 at 2PM. No reservation is required, but tour size is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. There is no admission cost or charge for the tour. For visitor information and details about exhibitions on view, please visit nasher.duke.edu. 

Nasher Museum of Art, 2001 Campus Dr 

Duke Motorsport Vehicle Demonstration (2:00pm) 

Duke Motorsport is one of the most prominent clubs under the Pratt School of Engineering here at Duke. Every year we compete in various formula races and competitions and build a car from scratch for it. This year at Family Weekend, parents, families, and students alike can visit our very own garage to get a first-hand look into how and where we build our cars and most importantly will be able to view a vehicle demonstration of a car that we have built. We hope to see you all there!

Duke Motorsport Garage, Hudson Hall, West Campus 

Lemur Center Self-Guided Tour 4 (3:00pm-5:00pm) *

Come visit the lemurs in a relaxed, open format event specially organized for Duke Family Weekend! You can walk through the tour path at your own pace, with staff and volunteers stationed all around to chat with you about the lemurs and answer any of your questions. There’s no need to arrive right at the start of this event – as long as you arrive at least 45 minutes before it ends, you will have plenty of time to see the lemurs. Please note that this is a ticketed event with limited spots available. Masks are still required indoors at the Lemur Center. This outdoor event will be cancelled in the case of heavy rain or thunderstorms, and you will be notified with as much notice as possible. Tickets are a special Family Weekend rate of $12 each. Children under 2 are free and do not need to register. Please register by completing the Family Weekend online registration system.  

Duke Lemur Center, 3705 Erwin Rd

Duke Catholic Center Mass (8:00pm)

The Duke Catholic Center cordially invites all Duke families to Mass.

Goodson Chapel, Divinity School, West Campus

*Ticketed events – Families must obtain a ticket from the Family Weekend registration site unless a different ticketing process is otherwise noted. Additional fees may apply.

Family Weekend FAQs

Family Weekend is an informative, engaging, and important yearly tradition! Over the course of the Weekend, Duke welcomes parents and families to visit campus in order to interact with the organizations, people, and places that have become so important to your student.

Each year, we look forward to topical and interesting programs by staff, presentations from faculty, and interactions with special members of the student community.

Family Weekend 2022 was held Friday, October 14 through Sunday, October 16. Family Weekend 2023 dates will be announced February-March 2023.

Family Weekend 2022 Registration is closed! Registration for Family Weekend will be launched in the late summer. The registration link will be posted to this page and shared with current Duke families through New Student and Family Programs emails. 

Each year we collaborate with Athletics and other stakeholders across campus with the hopes of hosting Family Weekend during a home football game weekend. Tickets will be available for purchase through the Family Weekend registration process.

Countdown to Craziness is run by Duke Athletics and is separate from Family Weekend. While it sometimes falls during Family Weekend, this year it unfortunately does not.

In addition to the opportunity to experience programs, discussions, concerts, performances, and more from members throughout the Duke community, attending Family Weekend also provides a wonderful chance for you to spend quality time with your student. Not only does it strengthen your relationship, but it can also provide your son or daughter with the opportunity to bridge the gap between their lives both on and away from campus.

Family Weekend typically includes three days of programming and opportunities for you to engage with your student. Family Weekend is designed in a conference format where you choose which sessions to attend. Each day has many activities—too many for one person—so you’ll pick what feels most relevant to you and exciting for your family.

Friday is the busiest. Programming starts mid-morning and continues into the evening. Your student will have a regular class schedule this day, so the events are more intentionally geared towards parents and visiting family members. More programming is offered on Saturday with more opportunities to attend events alongside your student. Sunday is the lightest, with most activities wrapping up by midday. 

Please do not hesitate to give us a call at 919-684-3511 or email us at familyprograms@duke.edu if you have questions regarding the weekend's activities.