UNH Family Weekend

family weekend

Join us for Family Weekend 2023

Friday Sept. 29 - Sunday Oct. 1*

Visit your student at UNH and celebrate being part of the Wildcat Family! Family Weekend is a wonderful chance to explore campus and experience more of life at UNH through student performances, demonstrations, family friendly programming, and many sporting events.

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for information on parking, tickets, and other Family Weekend information

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Family Weekend Check-in

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Memorial Union Building (MUB), second floor

Arriving on Friday? Feel free to stop by our Family Weekend Check-in table.
Please note Check-in on Saturday will be in a different location as reflected below.

Women’s Field Hockey

2:00 PM
Memorial Field

The action begins from Memorial Field in the heart of campus as the UNH field hockey team, led by Hall of Fame head coach Robin Balducci, welcomes the Bryant Bulldogs to campus for an America East showdown. Admission is free!

Men’s Soccer

6:00 PM
Wildcat Stadium

Watch UNH’s four-time defending American East Champion Men’s Soccer Team in their match against UAlbany. No tickets needed.

Comedian Juston McKinney

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Memorial Union Building (MUB)- Granite State Room

UNH’s Parents Council is excited to welcome comedian and NH native Juston McKinney for a night of laughter and fun to kick off Family Weekend.

Please note: Space is limited to the first 600 attendees, doors open at 6:45 PM

comedian Juston McKinney live on stage

With multiple appearances on “The Tonight Show”, one-hour specials on “Comedy Central”, and“Amazon Prime”, including “Parentally Challenged” and “On Mid-Life Support”, Juston is at the top of his game. He just released his 5th stand-up special, “On the Bright Side”, currently streaming on his YouTube channel.

Juston was born in Portsmouth, NH and grew up living on the border of New Hampshire andMaine. In the late 1990’s after spending seven years as a Deputy Sheriff in rural Maine, he traded his gun for a microphone and moved to NYC to pursue a career in comedy. He quickly became a regular at Comic Strip Live, Stand-Up New York, Dangerfield’s, Gotham, Caroline’s on Broadway and the New York Times called him, “Destined for stardom.” 

Juston has starred in numerous Comedy Central shows including his half-hour Comedy CentralPresents and his one-hour special “Juston McKinney-A Middle-Class Hole”. He has multiple appearances on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien as well as a ShowtimeSpecial with Rob Gronkowski. He has also appeared twice at Denis Leary’s, Comics Come Home at the TD Garden. His TV & movie credits include; The King of Queens,100 Centre Street, TheZoo Keeper and Here Comes the Boom. 

He currently lives in New Hampshire with his wife, kids and dogs and when he’s not dadding, he is touring theaters and clubs all over the country. 


Family Weekend Check-in

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Hamilton Smith

Stop by our Welcome area to check-in, pick-up a Family Weekend gift, enter prize giveaways, and meet members of Parent Council.

Family Photos

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Hamilton Smith

Take home a photo of you and your students at our Booth-less photobooth.

Woodsmen Demonstration

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
“Fishbowl Lawn” in front of Scott Hall

Watch a demonstration of traditional chopping and sawing skills from UNH’s own Woodsmen team!

Health Sciences Simulation Center Tour

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Health Sciences Simulation Center, 25 Colovos Rd

Visit the Health Sciences Simulation Center to see our fully-equipped simulation labs that mimic hospital, clinic, primary care and other health care settings. See how UNH students in Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Health Sciences and others benefit from the experience of practicing in a clinical setting with real equipment and technology.

Tour Dimond Library

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Dimond Library
Stop by Dimond Library to explore one of UNH’s most treasured spaces. Self-guided tour pamphlets are available at the front desk. The Special Collections & Archives are offering drop-in hours to learn about UNH’s Collections from 4:00-6:00PM

Tour Paul College - CANCELLED

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Paul College
Tours will meet at the front entrance or Paul College.

UNH Aerial Dance

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Hamel Recreation Center
Watch a performance by the UNH Aerial Dancers from the UNH Dance Company

UNH Museum of Art

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Paul Creative Arts Center 
To learn more about the current exhibitions, visit the Museum’s website.

Pumpkin Painting

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Memorial Union Building: Granite State Room

A family weekend favorite, come paint a wooden pumpkin cut out to hang on the door of your home or your student’s room.

Men’s Football

3:00 PM
Wildcat Stadium

Check out the nationally-ranked and defending CAA champion UNH football team as it takes on the Towson Tigers at Wildcat Stadium. Get your tickets and parking passes at UNHWildcats.com/Tickets

Special Collections & Archives Drop-in

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Dimond Library
Dimond Library’s Special Collections & Archives are offering drop-in hours to learn about UNH’s Collections.

Post-game Dinner

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Join your fellow Wildcat Families for our dinner event. Dinner will include a performance from UNH Acapella group Alabaster Blue!

Ticket sales for the post-game Dinner have closed. We are unable to sell tickets at the door.


7:00 PM
Memorial Union Building (MUB)- Granite State Room

Everyone loves BINGO, especially Wildcats! Co-sponsored by the UNH Campus Activity Board.


Pancake Breakfast

9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Finish out your family weekend with a pancake breakfast co-hosted by Parents Council and UNH Athletics. Special guest appearance from UNH Mascots Wild-E and Gnarlz!

Ticket sales for the Pancake Breakfast have closed. We are unable to sell tickets at the door.

Women’s Hockey

2:00 PM
Whittemore Center at Key Auto Group Complex

The UNH women’s hockey team plays its home opener in the Whittemore Center at Key Auto Group Complex in a 2 o’clock showdown against Saint Michael’s. Tickets are available at UNHWildcats.com/Tickets