2018 Pitt Family Weekend

Friday, October 26 – Saturday, October 27

Friday, October 26, 2018


1-8 pm- Family Weekend Check In

William Pitt Union, Ballroom


1-2:30 pm- Therapy Dogs, hosted by the Western PA Humane Society

William Pitt Union, Bigelow Porch

Each semester, some of Pitt's 4-legged friends stop by for a weekly visit. They decided to come by for Family Weekend as well! Come say hello to Western PA Humane Society volunteers and their therapy dogs.


1-3 pm- Baking Demonstration, hosted by Quick Zone

Outside of Market Central in Litchfield Towers

Come join the Oakland Bakery for a cookie and cupcake decorating demonstration.  Samples will be given away!


4:00-6:00 pm- Career Development Open House

William Pitt Union (Second Floor)

Curious about Pitt’s Internship Guarantee?  Wondering what career resources are available to your Pitt student? Stop by the Career Center to meet the team, visit our Career Closet of professional attire, learn about the employers that recruit at Pitt, and take a tour of our center!  For more information, contact


4:00-5:00 pm- College of Business Administration Open House

Sennott Square, Tafel Center for Student Success (Second Floor)

The College of Business Administration is hosting an Open House to welcome you and your Pitt Business student to Family Weekend! Please drop by for a casual chat with members of our academic advising, career development and international programs teams. Refreshments are provided. Please RSVP here.


4:30-6:30 pm- University Library System Open House, hosted by Hillman Library

Hillman Library, Ground Floor

The University Library System welcomes families for an open house event showcasing the library’s involvement in student success.  This event will allow you to explore current technologies and areas of the library including the Digital Scholarship Commons and to learn how the library is involved with academic student work.  Displays from Archives and Special Collections will also highlight student use of collections unique to Pitt’s libraries.  Light refreshments will be provided.


6:00-8:00 pm- Over 21 Event: Special Exhibit, "Silence Of The Lambs" Cage

Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum

Join Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Trust, Inc., as we present a replica of The Silence of the Lambs cage, created by Hundred Acres Manor, complete with actors bringing to life the iconic roles from the Academy Award winning movie in the very room the scene was shot! Actor, professor, and author W. Stephen Coleman, the original Sgt. Pembry in the film, will be on site to talk to guests.

•FREE Halloween themed face painting by Face Paint Pittsburgh
•Scary stories by Storyteller and Duquesne University professor, Thomas White
•Tarot card readings by Suzanne Bishop:10-minute reading for $10
•Psychic Readings by Medium Dr. Debbie:15-minute reading for $25
•Howard Bender of Dynamic Illustrations & Caricatures will draw you as your favorite
Halloween character for $10 in black and white or $20 in color
•Seasonal Snacks (while supplies last) courtesy of The Church Brew Works
•Full Cash Bar featuring The Silence of the Lambs and Halloween themed signature cocktails

More information at


6:00-8:00 pm- Pitt Family Weekend Shabbat at Hillel JUC
Hillel JUC Building, 4607 Forbes Ave.

Please join us for 6:00pm services and/or 7:00pm Friday Night Dinner at the Hillel JUC Building. Open to ALL students and families!


6:30-8:30 pm- Family Weekend Welcome Reception, hosted by the Division of Student Affairs

William Pitt Union, Assembly Room

A special welcome from Vice Provost and Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner, featuring door prizes and refreshments.


Meet at Pitt 7:10 pm- Shostakovich Cello Concerto - Pittsburgh Symphony

**SOLD OUT!! Please contact PITT ARTS at 412.624.4498 to be added to the Wait List.**

Heinz Hall

PITT ARTS is sponsoring two amazing FREE offerings Family Weekend 2018 for Pitt families and their students! To sign up for these programs call PITT ARTS at 412-624-4498. Space is limited.  You transport with us, enjoy great free tickets, and dinner or a dessert reception with a chance to meet the artists. Pitt families, make sure you only sign up for programs you can and will attend. Pitt student MUST attend.


Pablo Heras-Casado, Conductor
Maximilian Hornung, Cello

Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol, Opus 34
Shostakovich: Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major for Cello and Orchestra, Opus 107
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Opus 13, "Winter Dreams"

Passion. Depth. Flair. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra dives into the lush melodies of Russia’s most famous composers.  Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado brings a distinctly Spanish flavor to Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio espagnol, while also exploring Tchaikovsky’s folkloric Symphony No. 1 “Winter Dreams.”  This weekend also sees the return of cellist phenom, Maximilian Hornung, who brings his technical brilliance to the forefront as he performs Shostakovich’s fiery Cello Concerto No. 1.



**SOLD OUT!!**

Alumni Hall, Ballroom 

Where are our smartest of smart families out there?  Come find out at ThinkFast! Trivia!  The winning family will receive $200! ThinkFast® is the standard, and by far the most awarded interactive program ever with the various college voting entities since it’s inception in 1995. The program’s immense success is due to the concept of wirelessly connecting an entire audience to the game, and basically making all those attending into contestants in our totally interactive game.

Saturday, October 27, 2018


William Pitt Union, Ballroom (Main Floor)

If you arrive for the weekend on Saturday, welcome to the Weekend. This is your first stop! Pick up your Family Weekend registration items: wristbands, event tickets, updated schedule and of course your Spirit Pack! Student or parent photo ID required. Not all family members need to be present to check-in.


11:00 am- 1:00 pm- Family Bingo, hosted by First Year Experience

William Pitt Union, Assembly Room

Bring the whole family for unique rounds of Bingo and a variety of great prizes.  Hosted by our First Year Mentors, come compete for local prizes, and some "interesting" ones along the way.  You bring the family, we'll bring the fun!


12:00 pm- Pop Up Show, hosted by The University Store on Fifth

Towers Patio

As a tribute to our historic family weekend, the University Store on Fifth is celebrating with a Pop up Shop on the Litchfield Towers Patio to showcase all of the Pitt memorabilia and game day swag that make Panther pride such a timeless piece of our lives. Additionally, for all who plan to ride the shuttle down to Heinz field, be on the lookout for the PITT PARTY BUS powered by the University Stores!!!!


12:00-4:00 pm- The Center For Creativity: The Workshop Open House

University Store on Fifth, Downstairs

Visit Pitt’s unique Center for Creativity Open House where you can explore a space called “The Workshop”.  Flex your creative muscles by trying a musical instrument, experimenting with a 3-D pen, or making your own art!  Staff will be on hand to show you around and answer questions.


4:00-6:00 pm- Meet Your Panther Central Family

Panther Central, Lichtfield Towers Lobby

Panther Central is your go-to place for all essentials of daily living, from transportation to housing to finding a good meal.  Our staff is dedicated to providing friendly, courteous service to current and prospective students, faculty and staff 24/7.  We are eager to meet all of our Pitt families and we welcome you to stop by our office to simply say hello or to ask us any questions that you may have about housing, dining, your Panther Card, or general questions regarding life on campus!  Light refreshments will be served for all of our guests.


Meet at Pitt 5:50 pm- Mozart in Motion- Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre with the PBT Orchestra **SOLD OUT**
Benedum Center

PITT ARTS is sponsoring two amazing FREE offerings Family Weekend 2018 for Pitt families and their students! To sign up for these programs call PITT ARTS at 412-624-4498. Space is limited.  You transport with us, enjoy great free tickets, and dinner or a dessert reception with a chance to meet the artists. Pitt families, make sure you only sign up for programs you can and will attend. Pitt student MUST attend.

Comic. Classic. Dramatic. Experience Mozart’s music as muse for three works by dance icons George Balanchine and Jiří Kylián. Balanchine considered Mozart’s Divertimento No. 15 one of the finest ever written, and he named this majestic neoclassical ballet after its spirited score. Kylián’s  Sechs Tänze, set to Mozart’s Six German Dances, is a comedic clash of the classical and contemporary, sophisticated and absurd, peppered with powdered wigs and dry wit. By contrast, Kylián’s profound Petite Mort juxtaposes the slow movements of two Mozart piano concertos with powerful dancing that integrates baroque dresses, fencing foils and black silks to striking effect.


6:00-11:00 pm- Haunt The O'Hara, sponsored by the O'Hara Student Center Students

O'Hara Student Center

It's the weekend before Halloween, did you think we would forget to add a Haunted House?? The dead will exact their vengeance in our O'Hara Student Center! Come dressed in your favorite ghoulish best (not required) and be prepared to get scared! Plenty of refreshments and treats will bewitch your appetites. And for our little ones, we will have candy for them, in case they aren't going to get enough the following week!

It will be a haunting experience you will not forget.....


7:00 pm- Pitt Men’s Soccer vs. Notre Dame

Abrose Urbanic Field at the Peterson Sports Complex (Oakland)

Come cheer on the Panthers as they take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish!  Gates open at 6 pm.  Free Admission with Family Weekend wristband, For more info contact Joe Lassi at


9:00 pm- Mentalist Craig Karges (ADD ON EVENT, ADDITIONAL TICKET REQUIRED)

**SOLD OUT!!**

Alumni Hall, Ballroom 

Craig Karges is truly extraordinary! The “extraordinist” is an award-winning entertainer, a nationally recognized speaker and an author. Karges has made over five thousand appearances in 22 countries on four continents and in all fifty states.

Craig Karges combines the art of magic with the science of psychology and the power of intuition to create the impression that nothing is impossible. Tables float, minds are read, metal bends and your imagination is challenged because you won’t believe your eyes! Dennis Miller, comedian and media personality, put it this way after seeing Karges perform, “This weirds me out!” Skeptical? The extraordinist offers $100,000, payable to charity, if anyone can prove he uses stooges or confederates from the audience to accomplish his demonstrations.





12:30 pm- Panthers Fan Zone

Art Rooney Avenue

The Panthers Pregame Party features live music, food for purchase, cash bar, interactive games for the whole family and much more.


1:15 pm- Panther Prowl

General Robinson Street

Join the Pitt Marching Band and Cheer and Dance Teams as we welcome the team’s arrival on the North Shore as they head into Heinz Field before the game.


… Following Panthers Prowl- PreGame Band Concert

Between People’s Gate A East and West

Join the Pitt Marching Band in between People’s Gate A East and West near the river for an exciting pregame concert outside Heinz Field.


1:30–3:30 pm- Family Weekend Tailgate, sponsored by Parent and Family Resources (ADD ON EVENT, ADDITIONAL TICKET REQUIRED)

**SOLD OUT!!**

Outside Jerome Bettis’ 36 Grille, North Shore Drive

Join us for a new tradition, the Family Weekend Tailgate, as we get ready to take down the Blue Devils! Catering provided by Moe’s Grill, this event comes complete with full media package so you won’t miss any action from other football games going on all over the country. The perfect location to get you ready for the game!


2:30 pm- March To Victory

General Robinson Street

Follow the Pitt Marching Band, Cheer and Dance teams as they lead the parade down General Robinson Street into Heinz Field.


3:00 pm- Pitt Football PreGame Show

Heinz Field

Get to your seats early to enjoy the Pitt Marching Band’s entrance to the field and pregame performance.  Football game ticket required.


3:30 pm- Pitt Football vs. Duke

Heinz Field