2018 Schedule of Events

Friday, Oct. 5

2 - 6:30 p.m. l Check-In, Registration & Information l ZipAssist, Simmons Hall Lobby

Stop by any time between 2-6:30 pm to check-in, get your wristbands and UA Family Weekend Information! Best place to park: North Campus Parking Deck/Lot 26; GPS address to Simmons Hall, located directly next to the parking deck: 277 East Buchtel Avenue, Akron, OH.

 

2 - 8:30 p.m. | Esports Opening Day Celebration | Coleman Common and InfoCision Stadium

Come and join us for an afternoon of engagement! Want to play, watch or learn about gaming and esports at UA? We have you covered!

 

3 – 9 p.m. l Get Fit & Have Fun! l Rec Center

Experience one of UA students' favorite parts of campus! Everything from the cardiovascular and strength training equipment floor, leisure pool, basketball courts, and walking/jogging track will be available for you to enjoy throughout the day. Best place to park: Lot 43 or Athletics Fieldhouse Parking Lot 10. GPS address: 382 Carroll St, Akron, OH.

Free, waiver required, family members MUST be accompanied by their University of Akron student. 

 

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. l UA History Tour l Simmons Hall

Come learn about UA’s rich history and traditions that began over 140 years ago! The tour comprises of an outdoor walk through campus, providing a history of the university, and general information about The University of Akron. Best place to park: North Campus Parking Deck/Lot 26. GPS address to Simmons Hall, located directly next to the parking deck: 277 East Buchtel Avenue, Akron, OH.

 

5 – 8 p.m. | Brew With A Roo at Thirsty Dog! | Sponsored by: ZipAssist, Athletics, & the Alumni Association

Stop by a local favorite, Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., for a cold brew and camaraderie with fellow parents, family members, UA staff, and alumni. Take your commemorative pint glass and enjoy our Family Weekend & Homecoming special, any pint for $5! Best place to park: north or south side of the Thirsty Dog building. For overflow parking - street parking across from 529 Grant, lot on McCoylot on Corner of Grant and McCoy. GPS Address: 529 Grant Street, Akron, OH.

Please note that the 529 Brewery Tasting Room is CASH ONLY.

 
6 – 8 p.m. l Family Fun Carnival sponsored by ZipAssist & ZPN l Rec Center

Join us in for a Friday night party in our award winning Student Recreation and Wellness Center! We’ll have giant inflatables, corn hole, kan-jam, spikeball, music and more! Best place to park: Lot 43 or Athletics Fieldhouse Parking Lot 10. GPS address: 382 Carroll St, Akron

Free, waiver required, family members MUST be accompanied by their UA student.

 

7 – 8 p.m. | Trivia | Student Union, room 335

Test your knowledge about UA in a fast-paced trivia game! Compete against other families and try to win some UA prizes. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Best place to park: Shrank Deck/Lot 37 or Exchange Deck/Lot 39.  GPS Address: 382 Carroll Street, Akron, OH.

 

8 – 10 p.m. | Movie Night sponsored by ZPN | Student Union Gardner Theatre

Gather your crew and enjoy the great new blockbuster, Incredibles 2! Popcorn and light refreshments will be provided.  Best place to park: Shrank Deck/Lot 37 or Exchange Deck/Lot 39.  GPS Address: 382 Carroll Street, Akron, OH.

 

Saturday, Oct. 6

8 a.m. | UA 5K

This mostly flat, fast course takes 2 loops around our beautiful campus ending on the grass of Summa Field! Everyone is invited to participate, whether you are trying to set a PR or just out for some fun. For more details, including registration visit our UA Homecoming 5K page.

 

8 – 10 a.m. l Breakfast of Champions sponsored by PNC Bank l ZipAssist, Simmons Hall Lobby 

Get your Saturday morning started off right by joining us for a free breakfast filled with bagels, donuts, coffee, and more! PNC Bank will be in attendance and will be providing information to students and families on everything you need to know about your bank on campus. Best place to park: North Campus Parking Deck/Lot 26. GPS address to Simmons Hall, located directly next to the parking deck: 277 East Buchtel Avenue, Akron, OH.

 

8 a.m. – noon l Check-In, Registration & Information l ZipAssist, Simmons Hall Lobby 

Stop by any time between 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. to check-in, get your wristbands and information or ask questions! Best place to park: North Campus Parking Deck/Lot 26. GPS address to Simmons Hall, located directly next to the parking deck: 277 East Buchtel Avenue, Akron, OH.

 

9 – 11 a.m. l Breakfast & Blankets Service Project l Student Union Lounge by Starbucks

Join serveAkron, UA’s volunteer office on campus, for breakfast snacks and the opportunity to give back to the local Akron community!  This drop-in service project will provide you and your favorite Zip the opportunity to create t-shirt pillows or assemble a blanket! All supplies and breakfast is provided…all items created will be donated to shelters near campus. Free, sponsored by serveAkron. Best place to park: Shrank Deck/Lot 37 or Exchange Deck/Lot 39.  GPS Address: 382 Carroll Street, Akron, OH.

 

9 a.m. – 9 p.m. l Get Fit & Have Fun! l Rec Center

Experience one of UA students' favorite parts of campus! Everything from the cardiovascular and strength training equipment floor, leisure pool, basketball courts, and walking/jogging track will be available for you to enjoy throughout the day. Best place to park: Lot 43 or Athletics Fieldhouse Parking Lot 10. GPS address: 382 Carroll St, Akron, OH.

Free, waiver required, family members MUST be accompanied by their University of Akron student. 

 

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. | Morning Yoga | Rec Center

Start your Saturday off with a relaxing yoga session in our state-of-the-art Student Recreation & Wellness Center! Just show your wristband at the door to enjoy this FREE class! Best place to park: Lot 43 or Athletics Fieldhouse Parking Lot 10. GPS address: 382 Carroll St, Akron

Free, waiver required, family members MUST be accompanied by their University of Akron student.

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Peace, Love, and UA! | Simmons Hall, second floor lounge

Show your Akron pride and tie-dye an “I love UA shirt.” The proceeds will benefit an emergency grant awarded to students who are experiencing financial hardships. Best place to park: North Campus Parking Deck/Lot 26. GPS address to Simmons Hall, located directly next to the parking deck: 277 East Buchtel Avenue, Akron, OH.

Cost is $10 per shirt.

 

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Bingo | Student Union room 314

Come join us for a fun afternoon of music, BINGO, and prizes! Best place to park: North Campus Parking Deck/Lot 26. GPS address to Simmons Hall, located directly next to the parking deck: 277 East Buchtel Avenue, Akron, OH.

 

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Family Fall pARTy | Bierce Library, 177A

Fall is here and who doesn’t love crafting! Join us for a family fun pARTy and learn about the Makerstudio on campus. Paint pumpkins, make a UA button/magnet, drink some apple cider, and watch a 3-D printer in use! Best place to park: North Campus Parking Deck/Lot 26. GPS address to Simmons Hall, located directly next to the parking deck: 277 East Buchtel Avenue, Akron, OH.

**pumpkins are limited one per family and are on a first come, first serve basis.

 

Noon - 3 p.m. | Alumni and Family Pre-Game Party | Lot 10 Behind Field House

Hello UA alumni and family members! Join us for our pre-game party event as we celebrate with a DJ, cookout food, spirit station, bar, and a fun party atmosphere!

The alumni and family package
For $12 you receive a game ticket, food voucher, and UA pennant.

 

1:30 - 3:30 p.m. | Zips Fest presented by Summa Health | Stile Athletics Field House

Featuring inflatable games, prizes, balloon art, face painting, photo opportunities, kid’s music, and more, Zips Fest has something for Akron fans of all ages! The party officially begins two hours prior to kick-off, and incorporates some great Akron traditions, including the Football team arriving as soon as we open! Best place to park: Lot 1 – Parking will be available for $10 in Lot 1, however alternative parking options can be purchased in advance through the ticket office by calling or texting 888-99-AKRON.

2 - 3 p.m. | Moving off-campus Q&A | Bierce Library EXL Center – Room 164

There is a lot to consider when your student decides to move off-campus. From lease agreements, rights as a tenant, security deposits, and more…we want YOU to serve as an informed student or parent! Join experts from the Law School's Civil Practice Clinic to have your questions answered and hear tips for ensuring the process of living off-campus is a smooth one.

 

2 – 8 p.m. | Brew With A Roo at Thirsty Dog! | Sponsored by: ZipAssist, Athletics, and the Alumni Association

Stop by a local favorite, Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., for a cold brew and camaraderie with fellow parents, family members, UA staff, and alumni. Take your commemorative pint glass and enjoy our Family Weekend & Homecoming special, any pint for $5! Best place to park: north or south side of the Thirsty Dog building. For overflow parking - street parking across from 529 Grant, lot on McCoylot on Corner of Grant and McCoy. GPS Address: 529 Grant Street, Akron, OH.

Please note that the 529 Brewery Tasting Room is CASH ONLY.

 

3 p.m. - Midnight l Game Room: Bowling & Billiards l Student Union Game room

Enjoy 8 bowling lanes and 13 billiard tables in the Student Union Game room! Free. Show wristband at door of Game Room. Best place to park: Shrank Deck/Lot 37 or Exchange Deck/Lot 39. GPS Address: 382 Carroll Street, Akron, OH.

 

3:30 p.m. l Homecoming Football: Akron Zips v. Miami University l InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field

Join us to cheer on the Akron Zips football team as they play Miami University in UA’s official Homecoming game! Best place to park: Stadium Lot 6 or Spicer/Exchange Lot 9.
   

7 – 9 p.m. l Cosmic Bowling l Student Union Game Room

Come down to the Student Union Game Room (1st floor) for two special hours of Cosmic Bowling reserved just for those visiting for Family Weekend. Free. Guests must show wrist bands at door of Game Room. Best place to park: Shrank Deck/Lot 37 or Exchange Deck/Lot 39. GPS Address: 382 Carroll Street, Akron, OH.

 

8 – 10 p.m. | Movie Night sponsored by ZPN | Student Union Gardner Theatre

Gather your crew and enjoy the great new blockbuster, Incredibles 2! Popcorn and light refreshments will be provided.  Best place to park: Shrank Deck/Lot 37 or Exchange Deck/Lot 39.  GPS Address: 382 Carroll Street, Akron, OH.

 

Sunday, Oct. 7

8:30 – 10:30 a.m. l Pancake Breakfast with Zippy and Involvement Fair l Rob's Café

End your weekend with a delicious pancake breakfast with Zippy in our UA Dining Hall, Robs! Pay at the door, Dining Meal Plan or $1 per person with coupon (receive at check-in)! Best place to park: North Campus Parking Deck/Lot 26 and walk across Buchtel Avenue