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Family Weekend

It's never too early to start making plans for Family Weekend 2018. Spend an unforgettable weekend with your Carolina family, Oct. 5-7 and enjoy fellowship, football and so much more!

Carolina's ultimate family fundays will be here before you can say, "Go Gamecocks!" Til then, you can get a head start on your Family Weekend planning by saving the date and securing your accommodations for the weekend today. Take a look at everything you and your entire family can be a part of at Family Weekend 2018.

Online registration is required. To register, families must purchase a student package, as well as a family member package for each individual planning to attend Family Weekend. There are two package options for students and two package options for family members. Registration will close Sept. 17 at 4 p.m.

Student Packages

  • Package 1 — includes access to all Family Weekend events: $25
  • Package 2 — includes access to all Family Weekend events + ticket to sit with family at football game: $80

Family Packages

  • Package 1 — includes access to all Family Weekend events: $75
  • Package 2 — includes access to all Family Weekend events + ticket to football game: $130

Your Family Weekend wristband, which you will receive at check-in, serves as your admission ticket to all Family Weekend signature events. Be sure to wear your wristband to all events or you will be denied admission. Family members under the age of 2 will be admitted to Family Weekend events free of charge (no package purchase necessary). In Williams-Brice Stadium, every person, regardless of age, must have a ticket to the event.


Signature Family Weekend Events

4  Thursday, October 4

Express Check-In

When: Thursday, October 4, from 4 – 6 p.m.
Where: Russell House University Union

Want an even faster check-in experience? Pick up your Family Weekend materials before the crowd arrives on Friday. Your student can also pick up your materials as long as they have their CarolinaCard (student ID) and a copy of your confirmation email.

5  Friday, October 5

Family Weekend Check-In

When: FridayOctober 5, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Russell House University Union

All registered Family Weekend participants should check in to pick up their materials, including the Guide to Family Weekend, Family Weekend wristbands, football tickets and other goodies. Either you or your student can pick up your materials during check-in on Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you’ll be arriving after 5 p.m., you may check in on Friday evening from 8 to 10 p.m. during Rock the Roost at the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center.

Family Weekend Resource Fair

When: FridayOctober 5, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Russell House University Union

While you’re checking in for Family Weekend, visit with representatives from key university offices. Registered for the Family Weekend 5K Run/Walk? Pick up your race packet!

Family Weekend Educational Sessions

When: FridayOctober 5, from 1 – 4 p.m.
Where: Russell House University Union

Learn more about your student’s life at Carolina by attending one of our many educational sessions. In previous years sessions have been hosted by:

  • First Lady, Patricia Moore-Pastides
  • Off-Campus Living & Neighborhood Relations
  • Study Abroad Office
  • Student Success Center
  • University 101 Programs
  • Career Center
  • University Advising Center
  • Student Research Opportunities

This year’s educational sessions will be available later this summer.

Family Weekend Off-Campus Housing Expo

When: FridayOctober 5, from 2 – 4 p.m.
Where: Greene Street (in front of Russell House University Union)

Connect with area apartment communities and learn more about the off-campus housing search at the Off-Campus Housing Expo. You will be able to meet representatives from student apartment communities and have your questions answered by Community Ambassadors and staff from Off-Campus Living & Neighborhood Relations.

President’s Welcome Reception

When: FridayOctober 5, from 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Where: Historic Horseshoe

Stop by the President’s Welcome Reception to meet Carolina’s “first family,” Dr. Harris Pastides and Ms. Patricia Moore-Pastides, as they officially welcome you to Family Weekend 2018! Visit the beautiful historic Horseshoe while enjoying a few hors d’oeuvres at this drop-in reception.

Rock the Roost

When: FridayOctober 5, from 8 – 11 p.m.
Where: Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center

Join us for sips and snacks featuring Cocky’s favorite comforts while we dance to the rockin’ sounds of Eddie Bush and The Mayhem.

6  Saturday, October 6

Family Weekend 5K Run/Walk

When: Saturday, October 6 at 8 a.m. (rain or shine)
Where: Solomon Blatt P.E. Center, Wheat Street

Run or walk the 5K course for fun with your family! Pre-registered participants can pick up their packets on Friday at Family Weekend check-in or from 8 to 10 p.m. at Rock the Roost. On-site registration begins on Saturday at 6:30 a.m. and ends at 7:15 a.m. Pre-registered participants who cross the finish line are guaranteed a Family Weekend 5K t-shirt. Dress for a hot, humid South Carolina day! Pre-registration ends Oct. 1 at 4 p.m.  

Pre-Register »

Family Weekend Check-In

When: SaturdayOctober 5, from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Where: Russell House University Union

All registered Family Weekend participants should check in to pick up their materials, including the Guide to Family Weekend, schedule of events, nametags, tickets and other fun items.

Family Weekend Tailgate Party

When: Saturday, October 5, Time TBD (2.5 hours before kickoff)
 Corner of Bluff and National Guard Roads (entrance is on National Guard Road)

Get excited for the football game against Missouri at this traditional, Southern tailgate party! Visit with Cocky, Cocky’s parents and the cheerleaders, and listen to live music from the Carolina Marching Band. Enjoy tailgate food like barbecue, hot dogs, chicken fingers and more! Plenty of food and drinks will be available.

Please refer to the Football Fan Guide for gameday and parking information, or take the shuttle to the game. (Walking directions from the shuttle drop-off point to the Tailgate Party will be provided. Please keep in mind that the walk from the shuttle drop-off to the Tailgate Party is approximately 1.1 miles.) Make sure to wear your Family Weekend wristband (and drink tickets, if applicable) and football game tickets. All guests, including Carolina students, must have their Family Weekend wristband to enter the Tailgate Party. This event is subject to change based on weather conditions.

South Carolina vs. Missouri Football Game

When: Saturday, October 5, Time TBD
Williams-Brice Stadium

Enjoy Carolina football as the Gamecocks take on the Missouri Tigers! Make sure to take your tickets for the game, and enter the stadium at the correct gate. Be in your seats at least 20 minutes before kickoff to experience the best entrance in college football! Please note: To provide a safer environment and more expedited entry for fans, Gamecock Athletics implemented a clear bag policy beginning with the 2016-2017 season for all ticketed athletic events that limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into the venues. Please read this policy so you are prepared for gameday.

University Family Weekend Events

View the university events calendar for other campus activities, lectures and programs that will be available during Family Weekend.  Check back weekly for updates and new events hosted by additional offices and departments. The schedule is also available on the Parent & Family Programs mobile app.


Create a Gameplan for UofSC vs. Mizzou

For many Carolina families, Family Weekend is the perfect warm-up for the South Carolina vs. Missouri football game. Get all the details about gameday traditions, spectator conduct and more when visiting one of the SEC's best gameday environments: Williams-Brice Stadium. Don't forget to visit the official Family Weekend Tailgate that starts 2.5 hours before kickoff, too!

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Gameday Information

Find out everything there is to know about events at Williams-Brice Stadium from Pregame Traditions to Lost and Found.


Shuttle Service

The Gameday Shuttle Service can get you to and from university athletic events from several locations around campus. 

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Clear Bag Policy

To provide a safer environment and more expedited entry for fans, University of South Carolina Athletics has established a clear bag policy that limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into the stadium.

Thank you to Stadium Suites, for being “Family Friends” of the Office of Parent & Family Programs and their support of Family Weekend.

Other Campus Events

Parents Weekend - Check-In

Friday, Oct. 5, 2018

Location: Russell House Ballroom

The Luise E. Peake Music & Culture Colloquium

Friday, Oct. 5, 2018

Location: School of Music 232

Family Weekend - Off-Campus Housing Expo

Friday, Oct. 5, 2018

Location: RHUU Greene Street

College of Information and Communications Family Weekend Welcome Event

Friday, Oct. 5, 2018

Location: See event description for more details.

View the Calendar