Full Schedule of Events

Friday, October 1 – Connect with Campus

We’re delighted to be hosting Family Weekend in-person for 2021. Scroll down for ways to learn, socialize and celebrate!

Welcome & Check-in

A WFU parent pins a U.S. map to show what state they traveled from at Family Weekend Friday, October 1

9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Benson University Center, Room 401

Your first stop of the weekend! Visit the fourth floor of Benson to check...

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stArt Gallery

Visit the StArt.dt Gallery at Wake Downtown to see Photography by Danielle Fliegel

Open 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wake Downtown

The stArt Gallery provides local university students with an opportunity to gain...

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Wake Urban Legends Tour

A black and white photo shows Wait Chapel shrouded in mist Friday, October 1 Tours at 11:00 AM, 1:00 and 3:00 PM
Meet at Carswell Hall

Sorry, this event is full.

Is there a Presidential Bunker under...

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Art Tour: Student Union Collection of Contemporary Art

Friday, October 1 Tours at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM
Meet in Hanes Gallery, Scales Fine Arts Center

Sorry, this event is full.

Tour...

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Deacon Family Festival

Students throw footballs at a target on Manchester Plaza Friday, October 1 12:00 - 6:00 PM
Manchester Plaza

Join us at the Deacon Family Festival as we kick off Family Weekend! There will be a ton of...

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Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Front of Reynolda House Museum of Art with a fountain and gardens in the foreground Friday, October 1 12:30 - 3:30 PM (Museum closes at 4:30 PM)
Reynolda House Museum of American Art

This event is sold out.

Tour the historic...

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Reynolda Gardens: Director Tour

Asters bloom at Reynolda Gardens Friday, October 1 Tours at 1:00 & 3:00 PM
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Getting Connected at Wake: Involvement, Engagement & Leadership Session

Students invite potential new members during the fall Involvement Fair at WFU Friday, October 1 1:00 PM
Pugh Auditorium, Benson University Center

Attend this session to learn about the 200+ opportunities to get engaged at...

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Tours of the Physics Department

Students learning in a physics lab Friday, October 1 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Olin Physical Laboratory

Tour will include a look at lecture halls and laboratory spaces along with a short...

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Health and Exercise Science Open House

An HES student helps a client Friday, October 1 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
HES Lobby of Worrell Professional Center

Meet faculty and learn more about majors and course offerings in the...

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ResilientWake for Families

A WFU family poses for a photo together Friday, October 1 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM
Benson University Center, Room 410

Sorry, this event is full.

If you’ve made it to Wake Forest...

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Sociology Department Open House

Kirby Hall, Home of the Department of Sociology at WFU

1:00 - 3:00 PM
Sociology Department, Ground Floor, Kirby Hall

Visit the Sociology Department, meet faculty and learn more about...

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Office of Personal and Career Development Open House

Office of Personal and Career Development Logo

1:00 - 3:00 PM
Reynolda Hall 230

Interested in learning more about how the OPCD can help your student find an internship? Take...

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Reynolda House: Voyage of Life Curator Tour

Voyage of Life exhibit at Reynolda House Friday, October 1 2:00 PM (Museum closes at 4:30 PM)

Reynolda House Museum of American Art
Meet at the main entrance of the Museum. Parking is...

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Faculty Lecture: The Psychology of Mis/Disinformation Online

Two student computers show information found in online search. Friday, October 1

2:00-2:50 PM
Pugh Auditorium, Benson University Center

Sorry, this event is full.

Why do people seem to hang on to their...

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Not the Library You Remember! ZSR Library Tours

ZSR Library interior photo shows colorful hangings and students studying below Friday, October 1

3:00 - 5:00 PM
ZSR Library Atrium (meet on the center stairs)

Tours every 20 minutes

Join us for a fast, fun tour that...

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Special Collections & Archives (SCA) Open House

A row of rare books in the ZSR Library Special Collections & Archives Friday, October 1

3:00 - 5:00 PM
Room 625, ZSR Library (Reynolds Wing, 6th Floor)

Come to SCA and see some of our rarest and most unique items on...

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Department of Classics and Department of Education Open Houses

Parents meet Dean Adam Goldstein Friday, October 1 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Various Locations

Meet faculty and learn about course offerings in these departments found in Tribble... Read More »


Undergraduate Research Day

A student presents her research to parents Friday, October 1 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Clinical Research Center (next to Truist Field and the Indoor Tennis Center.) Shuttle transportation will be... Read More »


Intercultural Center Open House

WFU Intercultural Center Logo Friday, October 1 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Benson University Center, 346

Stop by the Intercultural Center (IC) to meet the staff and learn about the various...

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CLASS - Center for Learning, Access, and Student Success Open House

The Learning Assistance center will soon become CLASS - the Center for Learning, Access, and Student Success

3:00 - 5:00 PM
Reynolda Hall 118

Come Celebrate 35 Years of Service and Our New Name

Come to CLASS and learn about the robust...

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School of Business Undergraduate Program Open House & Reception

WFU Schools of Business Open House during Family Weekend Friday, October 1 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Farrell Hall Terrace

Join the families of current and future business school students to meet faculty and staff...

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Lam Museum of Anthropology Open House

Day of the Dead figurines at the WFU Museum of Anthropology Friday, October 1

3:00-5:00 PM
Palmer Hall

Join us at the Museum's new home in Palmer Hall to explore student-curated exhibitions and meet the...

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Guided Family Climb and Dine at Pilot Mountain

The knob of Pilot Mountain with fall color and a blue sky

3:30 - 7:00 PM
Meet at Outdoor Pursuits, Wellbeing Center

Sorry, this event is full.

Celebrate Family Weekend together and...

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Saturday, October 2 – Choose Your Adventure!

Many families will choose to participate in Football Game Day activities, but your Family Weekend visit offers a variety of other opportunities in our local area!

Things to Do Around Campus

Wake Urban Legends Tour

A black and white photo shows Wait Chapel shrouded in mist Saturday, October 2 Saturday Tour at 9:00 AM
Meet at Carswell Hall

Sorry, this event is full.

Is there a Presidential Bunker under the quad? Who...

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Welcome & Check-in: Saturday Edition

A parent and a student browse giveaway items at the registration area in Benson University Center during Family Weekend Saturday, October 2 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Benson University Center, Room 401

On Saturday morning, our registration area will be open for families to...

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Donuts with the Daily Deac

Meet Daily Deac author Betsy Chapman on Saturday morning 9:00 - 10:00 AM
Manchester Plaza Dining Tent

Sorry, due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been cancelled.

Ever wish...

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Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Front of Reynolda House Museum of Art with a fountain and gardens in the foreground Saturday, October 2 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Reynolda House Museum of American Art

This event is sold out.

Tour the historic house museum, permanent...

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Reynolda House: Wellness Walking Tour

Trees are reflected in still water at Lake Katherine, Reynolda Gardens Saturday, October 2 9:30 AM
Reynolda House Museum, Meet at Gazebo on the Museum front lawn, connected by sidewalk to parking Lot A

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Build Your Own Terrarium!

A succulent terrarium with moss and a stone Saturday, October 2

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Manchester Plaza

What makes a place feel like home other than your very own plant? Come by after the game...

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Demon Deacon Football versus Louisville

Demon Deacons Football vs Louisville - WFU Students cheer on the Demon Decons with gold pompoms Saturday, October 2

12:30 PM
Truist Field

Come cheer for the Demon Deacons as they take on Louisville! Tickets in our Family Weekend ticket block...

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Student Union Presents Family Movie Night: Cruella

Cruella Movie Poster shows Emma Stone as Cruella Saturday, October 2

8:00 PM
Pugh Auditorium, Benson University Center

This event does not require pre-registration.

Back to Saturday schedule

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Things to Do in Winston-Salem and the Piedmont Triad

Carolina Classic Fair

Colorful signs advertise the wide variety of deep fried foods at the Carolina Classic Fair Saturday, October 2

Sunday – Friday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Winston-Salem Fairgrounds

Need some food and fun before...

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Outdoor Activities

Kids enjoy a waterfall at Stone Mountain State Park Saturday, October 2

October is the perfect time to enjoy all that NC has to offer in terms of outdoor activities.
Here are some ideas:

  • Go for...
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Food & Drink

Outdoor diners in downtown Winston Salem Saturday, October 2

Winston-Salem has some seriously great food!
Here are some ideas:

The Basics: You can't go wrong with this list!

The...

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Day Trip Ideas

Welcome sign at NC Zoo in Asheboro Saturday, October 2

There are many great day trips within a 60-90 minute drive from Winston-Salem.
Here are some ideas:

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Cultural Activities

A stone wall at Old Salem, a Moravian village in Winston-Salem, NC Saturday, October 2

Find out why Winston-Salem is known as the "City of Arts and Innovation"!
Here are some ideas:

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Fun and Games

A ride spins at the Carolina Classic Fair in Winston-Salem, NC Saturday, October 2

Ready to relax and play a game together?
Here are some ideas:

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Sunday, October 3 – Farewell Breakfast

As the weekend draws to a close, we’ll offer a few more opportunities for fellowship and photos.

Farewell Breakfast

WFU family enjoying a picnic Sunday, October 3 9:00 - 10:00 AM
10:00 - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Manchester Plaza

This event is now full.

Join us on Manchester Plaza for...

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Family Weekend Sunday Morning Worship

A gathering in front of Wait Chapel Sunday, October 3

Wait Chapel, 10 a.m.
Preacher: Dean Jonathan Lee Walton
Choir under the direction of Professor Christopher Gilliam, Director of...

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Catholic Mass

Family Weekend 2021 Catholic Mass will be held at 11:30am on Sunday, October 3 in Brendle Recital Hall, Scales Fine Arts Center Sunday, October 3

Brendle Recital Hall, Scales Fine Arts Center, 11:30 a.m.

To be followed by an Open House in the Catholic Community Lounge in...

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