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Family Weekend

We look forward to welcoming you to campus for Family Weekend 2022! We will host a range of in-person events this fall for you and your student between October 7-9. We'll also have exciting opportunities to connect online throughout the week. Wherever you are this fall, we welcome you to join us!

*More events are being added daily!* Details may change.

Registration

Registration is now open - click here!
There are no fees to register. All family members, guests and friends are welcome. We sent an email witlh helpful reminders and a link to your parking pass on October 3. If you or your student are unable to find that email, you access the event reminders and parking pass here.

Food Drive

Help us to stock The Market, AU's Food Pantry. We will be collecting nonperishable food items at check-in.

Campus Gear

Families - sign up for the AU Campus Store newsletter and receive 10% off your first purchase! Details online, click below.

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DC Tourism

Find great ways to explore DC through the official tourism site of Washington, DC.

DC Tourism

Family Weekend 2022 New events and details are added daily
Date Time Session Name Location Session Description Sponsors
Self-Guided Top of the Town: Tenleytown Heritage Trail Tenleytown Take a leisurely walk through a neighborhood rooted in deep family ties that also boasts unique contributions to DC and national history. Tenleytown Heritage Trail
Self-Guided AU's Outdoor Trail AU Main Campus Hit the trail and enjoy American University's beautiful campus, an accredited arboretum. Outdoor Trail
Family Perk AU Fitness Center Pass Jacobs and Cassell Fitness Centers Families and guests who register for Family Weekend are invited to use our rec facilties during the weekend for free! Registration details coming soon. AU RecFit
Local Attractions Hamilton Kennedy Center The final weekend to see Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit, Hamiliton. This is NOT an AU sponsored event. Purchase tickets directly from the Kennedy Center to avoid fraud. Dates and times vary, show closes 10/9. Purchase tickets directly
Local Attractions The Office Experience 1020 G Street NW The world of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company comes to life with set re-creations, costumes and props. Dates and times vary. This is NOT an AU sponsored event, purchase tickets directly from the event host. Purchase tickets directly
10/6: 6:00 PM Grace: President Obama and Ten Days in the Battle for America Consitution Hall Arriving early? Join us! The Sine Institute welcomes 2020 Sine Fellow and former chief speechwriter for President Barack Obama, Cody Keenan, for a discussion of his book: "Grace: President Obama and Ten Days in the Battle for America." Sine Institute
10/7: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Family Weekend Check-in Mary Graydon Center Rms 126-128 Check-in and check out details for the weekend! We ask all in person Family Weekend guests to register in advance. Family Weekend
10/7: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM AU Campus Store hours Campus Store Sign up for the AU Campus Store mailing list and get 10% off your first purchase! See website for details. AU Campus Store
10/7: 11:00 - 4:00 PM Fall Exhibitions at the American University Museum Katzen Arts Center at American University Fall exhibitions feature a contemporary ceramic group exhibition, portraits from the Corcoran Legacy Collection, work by local artists, and more. AU Museum
10/7: 12:30 - 1:30 PM WAMU Tour Meet at Info Desk Mary Graydon Center at 12 PM (noon) Tour WAMU 88.5, Washington D.C.'s NPR Station. Tour provides visitors with a fun and educational behind-the-scenes look at how a public radio station operates. The tour will include a visit to the WAMU’s radio production studios, performance spaces, and work areas. Space is limited, sign up at Family Weekend check-in. WAMU
10/7: 1:00 PM Muslim Juma Prayers Kay Spiritual Life Center Lounge
10/7: 2:00 - 3:00 PM WAMU Tour Meet at Info Desk Mary Graydon Center at 1:30 PM Tour WAMU 88.5, Washington D.C.'s NPR Station. Tour provides visitors with a fun and educational behind-the-scenes look at how a public radio station operates. The tour will include a visit to the WAMU’s radio production studios, performance spaces, and work areas. Space is limited, sign up at Family Weekend check-in. WAMU
10/7: 2:00 - 3:00 PM Self-Defense Workshop Don Myers Technology and Innovation Building, Public Safety Training Rm, Terrace Level Class is taught by a certified instructor. No previous experience required, but masks are! Space is limited, please arrive early.
10/7: 2:00 - 4:00 PM Student Photography Exhibit Mary Graydon Center 247 Featuring work by students in our new CAS/SOC joint major in photography Photograpy Major
10/7: 2:00 - 4:00 PM Ukranian Art Fair Second floor Mary Graydon Center Features art prints from AU students and Ukranian artists, with 100% of proceeds going to United Help Ukraine.
10/7: 2:00 - 4:00 PM Design and Build Lab Tours Don Myers Technology and Innovation Building 101 The Design and Build Lab (DaBL) is a digital fabrication / rapid prototyping / experimentation space. Come check it out! Masks required. Design and Build Lab
10/7: 2:00 - 4:00 PM Passport to the Archives Bender Library 3rd Floor Come explore treasures from the American University Archives and Special Collections and make your own button with images from our Japanese woodblock print collection. Complete your passport by finding the cat, the chopsticks, and eight other images hiding in our collections and win yourself some Library swag! University Library
10/7: 2:30 - 3:30 PM Campus Tour Meet at Info Desk Mary Graydon Center at 2:15 PM Tour the campus with an AU Ambassador.
10/7: 2:30 PM Arboretum Tour Meet at Bender Library Join our Grounds Operations team on a guided Arboretum tour. Tours typically last 60 minutes. If you are unable to attend in-person, we have a virtual option as well. AU Arboretum Tour
10/7: 3:00 - 4:00 PM Campus Tour Meet at Info Desk Mary Graydon Center at 2:45 PM Tour the campus with an AU Ambassador.
10/7: 4:00 - 6:00 PM Family Mix and Mingle Mary Graydon Center, Rooms 126-128 Relax and mingle with other families and campus administrators over mocktails and lite reception fare. Office of Campus Life
10/7: 4:00 - 6:00 PM School of International Service Open House School of International Service Atrium An opportunity for families of students in the School of International Service to meet the Dean, faculty and SIS staff. School of International Service
10/7: 4:30 - 6:30 PM School of Public Affairs Open House Kerwin Hall An opportunity for families of students in the School of Public Affairs to meet the Dean, faculty and SPA staff. School of Public Affairs
10/7: 6:00 - 7:00 PM Does 'Abbott Elementary' Get it Right? online Abbott Elementary, an Emmy Award-winning television show, is bringing national attention to long-term challenges that plague schools, educators, and education policymakers. Come and enjoy a conversation with AU School of Education faculty experts about whether or not the show is getting it right. Register
10/7: 6:00 PM Family Shabbat and Dinner Kay Spiritual Life Center/McDowell Formal Lounge Jewish families are invited to join for services beginning at 6 pm in Kay Spiritual Life Center followed by dinner at 7:30 pm in McDowell Formal Lounge. AU Hillel
10/7: 6:30 - 7:30 PM Midterms 2022: Expecting the Unexpected Kerwin Hall 1 AU Sine Institute of Policy & Politics Executive Director, Amy Dacey is in discussion with POLITICO's Anita Kumar, Jonathan Martin & Zolan Kanno-Youngs, The New York Times. Moderated by Betsy Fischer Martin, Executive Director of the Women & Politics Institute. RSVP directly
10/7: 7:00 PM Movie Night Amphitheatre Outdoor screenings of Minions: Rise of Gru at 7pm followed by Jurassic World: Dominion with snacks, photo fun, games and prizes.
10/7: 7:00 PM SASA Presents Jalwa! Mary Graydon Center Tavern Experience South Asian culture through performances, fashion shows, food, dancing, and more. Jalwa! has long been a Family Weekend hit! South Asian Student Association
10/8: 9:00 - 11:30 AM Family Weekend Check-in Bender Arena Lobby Check-in and check out details for the weekend! We ask all in-person Family Weekend guests to register in advance.
10/8: 9:00 AM President's Welcome Bender Arena As part of Family Weekend, this event provides an opportunity for President Burwell to speak to AU families, alumni, and students. Campus representatives will be on hand to answer your questions. This session will be recorded. New Student and Family Programs
10/8: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM AU Campus Store hours Campus Store Sign up for the AU Campus Store mailing list and get 10% off your first purchase! See website for details. AU Campus Store
10/8: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Fall Exhibitions at the American University Museum Katzen Arts Center at American University Fall exhibitions feature a contemporary ceramic group exhibition, portraits from the Corcoran Legacy Collection, work by local artists, and more.
10/8: 12:00 - 2:00 PM Change Can't Wait Festival Eric A. Friedheim Quadrangle Celebrate the AU community that elevates, inspires, and leads change every day. Join us for lunch and entertainment, and explore how the Change Can't Wait campaign is positively impacting our campus, community, and world.
10/8: 2:00 PM Women's Soccer Home Game Reeves Field - Free Admission Come cheer on the Women's Soccer Team as they take on Boston University. Go Eagles!! Arrive early for the best seats! FREE Fanfest for students with Robeks Smoothies & New Blue Crew T-Shirts if they haven't yet gotten theirs AU Athletics
10/8: 2:00 - 3:00 PM Gallery Talk: Kallos Katzen Arts Center Artist Maria Karametou and Curator Nancy Sausser will discuss the exhibition Kallos. Kallos, Greek for “beauty,” continues Karametou’s exploration of identity. This was first sparked by her own personal history of migration and displacement, inspiring her to create highly original pieces that also resonate on a universal level. Space is limited - please register for this event to reserve your space. AU Museum
10/8: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Forest Hike from AU to Fletcher's Cove & Picnic on the Potomac Starting Point: SIS Entrance, by Davenport Lounge Join Biology professor Rebecca Hazen for a hike from AU to Fletcher's Cove through arms of the National Forest and enjoy snacks on the banks of the Potomac. Wear comfortable clothing. Restrooms and vending are at Fletcher's Cove. Younger siblings are welcome if they are comfortable with long hikes. Co-Sponsored by AU CORE. Sign Up Here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJIRNL98DvpjF04GjqVOBYCx4cTsMFxImq1JDtBpVaXeSn0Q/viewform?usp=sf_link Department of Biology, CAS
10/8: 3:00 PM Sustainability at AU Tour Meet at School of International Service near Davenport Coffee Lounge Join Office of Sustainability staff on a guided campus tour of AU's green buildings, vegetated roofs, green energy systems, and more. Tours typically last 75 minutes. Sustainability at AU
10/8 3:00 - 4:00 PM What's the Buzz? Mary Graydon Center 247 The AU Beekeeping Society will be on hand to show off our beautiful and productive beehives! There will be honey from the hives available for tasting.
10/8: 5:00 PM Gospel Choir Kay Spiritual Life Center
10/8: 7:00 PM Peaceful Transitions of Power: Protecting our Democracy Bender Arena President Sylvia Burwell will host a panel discussion with Joshua Bolten, chief of staff for President George W. Bush, John Podesta, chief of staff for President Bill Clinton, and David Marchick, dean of the Kogod School of Business and author of The Peaceful Transfer of Power: An Oral History of America's Presidential Transitions. This session will be recorded. Event details (Your Family Weekend registration includes this event)
10/9: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM AU Campus Store hours Campus Store Sign up for the AU Campus Store mailing list and get 10% off your first purchase! See website for details. AU Campus Store
10/9: 10:00 - 11:30 AM A Cappella Showcase & Farewell Amphitheatre Enjoy coffee, light breakfast and listen to the sounds of AU’s student a cappella groups during this Family Weekend grand finale! Office of Campus Life
10/9: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Fall Exhibitions at the American University Museum Katzen Arts Center at American University Fall exhibitions feature a contemporary ceramic group exhibition, portraits from the Corcoran Legacy Collection, work by local artists, and more. AU Museum
10/9: 12:00 PM Roman Catholic Mass Kay Spiritual Life Center Join the AUCatholic Community for mass AUCatholic
10/9: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Building the Sukkot MGC Bridge (near the Campus Store) Join AU Hillel to build the Sukkot AU Hillel
10/9: 1:00 PM Washington Commanders vs. Tennessee FedEx Field Washington Commander's football team plays Tennessee Titans. This is NOT an AU sponsored event, purchase tickets directly from the Washington Commanders. Purchase tickets directly
10/9: 2:00 PM DC United vs. Cincinnati Audi Field DC United men's soccer plays Cincinnati. This is NOT an AU sponsored event, purchase tickets directly from DC United. Purchase tickets directly
10/9: 7:00 PM Sunday Night Church Kay Spiritual Life Center The Office of the University Chaplain hosts the Protestant Christian Sunday night church service