Family Weekend 2017 Schedule 

We  encourage all Family Weekend Participants to download the Pitt Family Weekend 2017 guide on your mobile device through the Guidebook App. By using Guidebook you will have the most up-to-date schedule of Family Weekend events. Click here to download Pitt Family Weekend 2017 Guide.


Family Weekend Schedule At-A-Glance

Friday, October 27, 2017

1 - 2:30 p.m., Western PA Humane Society Therapy Dogs, William Pitt Union Patio

Come say hello to Western PA Humane Society volunteers and their therapy dogs.


1 - 3 p.m., Baking Demonstration, Quick Zone Outside of Market Central in Litchfield Towers

Join the Oakland Bakery for a cookie and cupcake decorating demonstration.


1 - 5 p.m., Sip and Serve, William Pitt Union Lower Lounge

Join the Office of Parent and Family Resources and PittServes to relax and enjoy refreshments while giving back!


3 - 4 p.m., Bringing the World to Pitt, William Pitt Union 

Enjoy live performances by student groups and learn about our 50+ international academic programs on campus.


4 - 6 p.m., Career Development and Placement Assistance Open House, William Pitt Union, Second Floor 

Stop by the Office of Career Development & Placement Assistance (CDPA) to meet the team, help your student discover their passions, and prepare for life after Pitt.


4:30 - 6:30 p.m., University Library System Open House, Hillman Library, Ground Floor

The University Library System welcomes families for an open house event showcasing the library’s involvement in student success.


6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Family Weekend Welcome Reception, William Pitt Union, Assembly Room 

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


7 p.m., Pitt Men's Soccer Game, Ambrose Urbanic Field at the Peterson Sports Complex 

Join us in honoring the seniors for Senior Night in our final regular season home match against Virginia Tech Hokies. Free admission for those with Family Weekend wristband.


7 p.m., Beethoven Eroica with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Heinz Hall  

Living composer Macmillan has a special commission in honor of conductor Manfred Honeck’s 10th year with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Families and their Pitt students will join Pitt Arts for a dessert reception at Heinz Hall after the concert. SOLD OUT! 


8 p.m., Family Weekend Concert, Heinz Memorial Chapel 

Enjoy lively music and familiar school spirit songs you already know by this award-winning Pittsburgh ensemble. Free Admission!


9 - 11 p.m., Live Trivia!, O'Hara Student Center, Ballroom

Come join the Office of First Year Experience for a fun and exciting evening of Live Trivia! All students and families are welcome.  Free refreshments will be available.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

8 - 10 a.m., Games at the New Sports Dome, The Pitt Sports Dome Complex

Students, families, and friends are welcome to tour the new Sports Dome and play sports and tailgate games. 


11 a.m. - Noon, Harry Potter DIY with Pitt Project Potter, Hillman Library, Cup and Chaucer

Join our Harry Potter Crash Course Program! Make mandrakes in Herbology, wands in Wizard 101, owls in Transfiguration and enjoy recess with some refreshing butterbeer!  


Noon - 1:30 p.m., Book Signing with Ron Donoughe, University Store on Fifth, Fifth Avenue entrance 

Come learn about Pittsburgh and all its neighborhoods with author Ron Donoughe. Mr. Donoughe will present his book, be available for discussion, and sign your copy at The University Store on Fifth.


Noon - 4 p.m., Center for Creativity Open House, University Store on Fifth, Downstairs 

Visit The Center for Creativity's hands-on space, where students explore and engage with creativity in forms including painting, sculpting, writing, music, and more.


4 - 6 p.m., Meet Your Panther Central Family, Panther Central, Litchfield Towers

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. 


6 p.m., Dracula: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre 

A more recent classic, Ben Stevenson’s “Dracula” with a Franz Liszt score, is just in time for Halloween. Dinner will be provided before the show. SOLD OUT! 


9 - 11 p.m., Family Bingo, O'Hara Student Center, Ballroom 

Bring the whole family for unique rounds of Bingo and a variety of great prizes. Sponsored by the Office of First Year Experience!



Pitt vs. Virginia Football Game, Saturday, October 28, 2017

**Game time is determined based on television scheduling and may be as early as 11 a.m. or as late as 8:00 p.m. Game time is released at least 1 week before the game. 


Panther Pre-Game Tailgate Party,  3 hours prior to kick off, Art Rooney Avenue

Features live music, food, cash bar, interactive games for the whole family and much more.


Panther Prowl, 2 hours 15 m prior to Kick-Off, General Robinson Street

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


Band Pregame Concert, Directly following the Panthers Prowl, People's Gate A East and West near the river

Join the Pitt Marching Band for an exciting pregame concert outside Heinz Field. 


March to Victory, 1 hour prior to Kick-Off, General Robinson Street

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


Pitt Football Pre-Game Show, 30 minutes prior to Kick-Off, Heinz Field

Get to your seats early to enjoy the Pitt March Band's entrance to the field and pregame performance.


Pitt vs. Virginia Football Game, Heinz Field 


Family Weekend Special Discounts

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1 Schenley Drive

From seasonal flower shows to special exhibits, something's always blooming at Phipps! Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (in Oakland, just across from Shenley Park), a historic steel and glass Victorian greenhouse, has been inviting visitors to explore the beauty and mysteries of plants since 1893. A walk through the Conservatory takes about 90 minutes.

  • Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily
  • Pay admission at the door: Special Daily Admission $5.50 per person. Rate valid October 27 - 28, 2017, only with Family Weekend Registration wristband received at check-in. (Regular rates of $11.95 - 17.97 per person applies without Family Weekend wristband.) Pitt students with ID and children under 2 are FREE!


Cathedral of Learning Nationality Room Tours, Cathedral of Learning; begin at Gift Center on first floor

The Nationality Rooms  are located on the first and third floor of the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning. The rooms were designed to represent the culture of various ethnic groups that settled in Allegheny County, are supported by these cultural groups and governments, and double as University classrooms. 

  • Hours: Saturday, 11 - 12 p.m., 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Pay admission at the Door: $3 per adult and Pitt student with Family Weekend wristband, $2 per youth (6-18 year). Rate is for Family Weekend only. Guest will pay their admission upon arrival at the Nationality Rooms Information and Gift Center.


Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, 4400 Forbes Avenue 

The distinguished permanent collection of more than 35,000 objects at the Carnegie Museum of Art features a broad spectrum of visual arts, from painting and sculpture to film, video, and digital imagery. Under the same roof, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History invites visitors to explore the history of the earth and experience the excitement of scientific discovery. The museums are across Forbes Avenue from the Cathedral of Learning.

  • Hours: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
  • Special Daily Admission: $5.98 per person (includes both museums).  Rate valid October 27-28th, 2017, only with Family Weekend Registration wristband received at check-in (regular rate of $11.95–19.95 per person applies without Family Weekend wristband.) Pitt students with ID and children under 2 are FREE.


Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum, 4141 Fifth Avenue

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum is the nation's only military museum dedicated to honoring the men and women of all branches of service - the citizen as well as the professional soldier. Exhibits include military artifacts and personal mementos, a 2,300 guest concert hall, a classic ballroom, the Gettysburg Room, and the Hall of Valor, which pays tribute to American heroes.

  • Hours: Friday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Pay Admission At the Door: Special daily admission $5 per person. Rate valid October 27 and October 28, 2017, only with Family Weekend Registration wristband received at check-in (the regular rate of $10 per adult age 14-54 applies without a Family Weekend wristband). Pitt students with ID and children under 5 are FREE.
  • FREE Admission is offered to military members serving on active duty and in the Guard and Reserve, to those veterans who have served and retired military, and to families and their guest if the family has an immediate family member serving in our current conflicts.


Pittsburgh Panther Team Store, Peterson Event Center

20 % off your entire purchase at the Panthers Team Store. Not valid on previous purchases and cannot be combined with any other offer. Valid 10/27/17 & 10/28/17.

  • Hours: Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.  


The University Stores 

Special offers are available at each location in celebration of Pitt Families!

  • The University Store on Fifth, 4000 Fifth Avenue 
    • Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Maggie & Stella's Pop Up Store, University Store on Fifth 
    • Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • The Pitt Shop, 3959 Forbes Avenue 
    • Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Thriftsburgh Spooky Central Shop, O'Hara Student Center
    • Friday & Saturday, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.