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Family Weekend at EIU


2021 Family Weekend Activities
*Please note - masks are required for all guests during all indoor activities throughout the weekend*

Friday, September 17, 2021

Family Weekend Check-In (Mask required)

  • 3-7 p.m.
  • Bookstore Lobby, MLK Jr. Union

Fun and Games with the Residence Hall Association

  • 4-7 p.m.
  • South Quad

Family Bingo (Mask required)

  • 7-9 p.m.
  • McAfee Gym - South

Rock 'N' Bowl (Mask required)

  • 7-10 p.m.
  • University Lanes, MLK Jr. Union

Wind Symphony and Concert Band (Mask required)

  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center
  • $6 Admission

Jazz Showcase Concert (Mask required)

  • 7:30 p.m.
  • The Theatre, Doudna Fine Arts Center
  • Free

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Family Weekend Check-In (Mask required)

  • 8:30am-12pm
  • Bookstore Lobby, MLK Jr. Union

Family Breakfast with President Glassman (Mask required)

  • 9-11 a.m.
  • Grand Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union

Trackless Train Rides

  • 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Library Quad

Family Fun Fest

  • 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Library Quad

Adventure EIU

  • 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Old Main
  • Teams of 4 people will find clues, take selfies, collect medallions, solve trivia and complete challenges. First team to finish will get internet fame and adoration. All participants will receive a commemorative EIU medallion. Go to to register by Wednesday, Sept. 15 (4 .p.m).

Family Weekend Tailgate and Tent City

  • 2 p.m.
  • Outside O'Brien Stadium

EIU Panther Football vs. Illinois State - 109th Mid-America Classic

  • 6 p.m. Kickoff
  • O'Brien Stadium
  • Purchase tickets here.

Big Screen Movie - Raya and the Last Dragon

  • 7-9 p.m.
  • Library Quad (Rain Location - Grand Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union)

Make Your Own Sundae Bar

  • 7-9 p.m.
  • Library Quad (Rain Location - University Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union)

Family Bowling (Mask required)

  • 7-10 p.m.
  • University Lanes, MLK Jr. Union

Other Weekend Opportunities

Family Dessert Recipe Contest

University Housing and Dining is hosting a Family Dessert Recipe Contest that will feature the winning dessert on the lunch menu at all open residential dining centers on Saturday, Sept. 18! Submit your recipe to by Friday, Sept. 10.

University Bookstore Hours of Operation
Friday:       8am to 8pm
Saturday:  8am to 8pm
Sunday:     10am to 2pm

Java B&B
Friday, Sept. 17th: 7:30-5:00
Saturday, Sept. 18th: 7:30-1:00

Charleston Farmers Market
825 18th Street, 7am-11am

Walking Tour of Charleston Square Renewal
September 18
To register, please call (217)581-5114

Past Family Weekend Photos

If your family participated in the 2019 photo shoot in front of the Castle, your pictures can be found here.

If you joined us for Family Weekend 2018 and had your photo taken at Old Main, you can find your photos here.

Related Pages

Contact Information

Family Programs

600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-6435

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