Family Weekend: October 30-November 1

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* Redeem your ticket package on Saturday, October 31st from 10AM-12PM at the Island Federal Credit Union Arena Lobby*

What is Family Weekend?
We invite all family members to take part in Family Weekend, a traditional event that occurs in the Fall Semester.  Family members connect with their students for a chance to experience a bit of student life at Stony Brook University.  Join us for a weekend of fun-filled activities and entertainment for the entire family!

Family members have the opportunity to attend lectures presented by select faculty, become members-for-the day of some of our student groups, enjoy a tailgate barbeque, and support our Stony Brook Seawolves at the football game!

Family Weekend provides a great opportunity for family members to connect with one another, and become familiar with university faculty and staff.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Day of Ticket Sales 

We will have a limited amount of tickets available for purchase on Saturday, October 31st during Check-in from 10-12PM in the Island Federal Credit Union Arena Lobby. 

* Please note that all sales are final and non-refundable and tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis*

Day of tickets include faculty seminars, workshops/activities, barbeque, and football game: 

Adult tickets: $35

SBU Students: $12

Youth (ages 6-17): $35

Child (ages 5 and under): Free


Parking Information

Be sure to park in the Administration Building Parking Garage! Our staff will greet you at our red tent, provide maps, and guide you to check-in starting at 10AM!

Campus Maps are also available online at Please also see the map below:





Family Weekend Schedule
Stay tuned for the 2015 schedule! Below is the at-a-glance schedule for Family Weekend 2015. 


Friday, October 30
Event Location

 Family Night Welcome Reception

Sponsored by the Alumni Association and Parent Fund

Hilton Garden Inn



Men's Soccer Game

Free Admission

Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium

Women's Volleyball Game

Free Admission

Pritchard Gymnasium

The Past and Future Habitability of Mars

Free Admission

Earth and Space Sciences Building, Lecture Room 001 (ground floor)

Come join the Astronomy Program as they present their research on the Habitability of Mars! More information available here.


Solid Soul

Additional ticket purchase required*

Staller Center

Hear the legendary Gospel singer Mavis Staples with the wonderfully expressive Joan Osborn for a great night of soul songs. Learn more here.



Student Activities Center Auditorium 
Saturday, October 31
Event Location
9:00am-11:00am Early Bird Activities 

Arena Lobby

For early arrivers: Take part in various activities before formal programs begin. Activities include a guided tour around campus highlighting the nature and architecture of Stony Brook and tours of the Hawrys Campus Recreation Center. For more details and times, please visit the Information Desk in the Arena Lobby.


Family Weekend


Island Federal Credit Union Arena Lobby

Retrieve your Family Weekend tickets and free giveaways. Indulge in face painting and wolfie tattoos while capturing your special moments at our photo booth! 


11:00am Pre-game and Fall Festivities 

Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium Parking Lot

11:15am Wolfie's Walk for Families 

Arena Steps

12:00pm Football Game

Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium

Come cheer on our SBU Seawolves! This will be a televised game.

3:30pm-6:00pm Activities/Workshops

Wang Center Main Lobby

Attend activities/workshops of your choice! This includes: arts and craft activities, a Campus Resource Fair, and student group/faculty workshops. 


Tailgate BBQ 

Included in your Family Weekend ticket purchase*

Pritchard Gymnasium



Murder Mystery Dessert Reception

*Tickets are SOLD OUT*

Student Activities Center 

Enjoy an interactive evening of decadent desserts, laughter, drama, and intrigue as you are entertained by a team of actors guaranteed to knock you dead at our Murder Mystery Dinner.


Family Movie Night: Hocus Pocus

Free Admission

Join us in watching a Halloween classic!

Sunday, November 1



All Day

Celtic Quest Fishing

Ticket purchase available online*

Port Jefferson Marina, Port Jefferson, NY 11777

Spend the day fishing with your family in beautiful Port Jefferson! Ticket purchase available online. Use coupon Code SBUFAMILY for 20% off each ticket!



Union Commons Brunch

$9.99 per person*

Union Commons

Enjoy an afternoon brunch with your students before exploring the area or heading on home. Choose from a variety of options for one all-inclusive price. Ticket purchase available on-site; cash, credit, meal points, and Wolfie Wallet are all accepted forms of payment.

1:00pm- 8:00pm

 Whisper Vineyards

Ticket purchase available on-site. Discounts and specials redeemable with Family Weekend Wristbands*

485 Edgewood Ave, St.James, NY 11780

Come and sample some of Long Island's finest wines right in our backyard. Visit for special rates including half off on a second wine tasting, second glass of wine, and 20% off any bottles purchased for home. 


Nelson Illusions

Ticket purchase available on-site*

Staller Center

Audiences will be entertained, stunned, and wondering "how did they do that?" It's a magic show not for the squeamish! 


Hotel Accommodations

*General reminder about hotel accommodations: rates and availability is limited and subject to change*

The Hilton Garden Inn is booked to capacity. Please be sure to explore other lodging alternatives.

Please visit their website to call or book online here

The Holiday Inn Express at Stony Brook has reserved rooms from October 30 to November 1st for families attending Family Weekend. The rate is $129.00 per night. Please utilize the block code "FWK" when registering.

Please visit their website to call or book online here

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Contact the Student Orientation & Family Programs office for questions regarding Family Weekend.  Call us at 631-632-6710 or email us at