2019 Family Weekend

The beginning of school is hectic—turning in paperwork, adjusting to new schedules, moving into residence halls. There’s not a lot of time to enjoy some quality family time. 

But once students have had a chance to settle in, it’s a great time for families to come back and visit, explore campus and make some memories. And we invite you to do just that at 2019 Family Weekend from Sept. 20 – 22.

Join us for some family fun!

Tentative Schedule


2-5 p.m.

Car Wash Fundraiser - sponsored by the Black Student Union
River Lot

6 p.m.

Paint and Chip - sponsored by the Frontloading Committee
Performance Center


7:30 p.m.

Family Glow Cookout - sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations and Student Alumni Ambassadors
Kara Alumni House



 8 a.m.

Registration / Free T-Shirts
Free t-shirts to the first 300 people to check-in to the Information Desk of the Natali Student Center. You also will receive Pumpkin Patch and Bookstore coupons.

8:30 - 10 a.m.

Free Family Breakfast
Gold Rush, Natali Student Center
A coupon for the free breakfast will be given at registration.

8:30 a.m.

Bookstore Opens
Natali Student Center

Other Food Options

Chick-fil-A | 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. 
Modeco | 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Fire | 4 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Vulcan Express | 10:30 a.m. - midnight

10 a.m.

Choir Performance
Rotunda, Natali Student Center

10 a.m.

Family Yoga

Register now

10 a.m.

Free Guest Passes to the Recreation Center
Herron Recreation and Fitness Center
Family members must be 16 years or older to participate.

10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Guided Kayaking
15 Kayaks are available per session.

Register now

Please complete the online waiver prior to attending the event.

10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Movie: Aladdin (2019)
Vulcan Theater, Natali Student Center

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Yard Games
The Quad

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Fun Events
In and around the Natali Student Center
Events include Build-a-Buddy, family-friendly games and more.

11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Pumpkin Patch, Painting and Special Events - sponsored by SAI
SAI Farm
(Vulcan Flyer service each hour to and from the farm.) A limited number of pumpkin coupons will be available at the information desk in Natali Student Center at registration, first come first serve.

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Kids Zone, Ice Cream Truck and Tailgate Picnic
Roadman Park
Kids Zone will include inflatables, a caricature artist and face paintings. FREE food will be available at the Tailgate Picnic.


BINGO, sponsored by University Housing
Performance Center, Natali Student Center

Noon - 4 p.m.

14th Annual Family Field Day - the student chapter of The Wildlife Society
Outside Frich Hall
Activities will focus on wildlife and nature

1 p.m.

Vulcans Football Game
Adamson Stadium
Kids under 12 and PennWest California students will be admitted free.



Noon - 6 p.m.

Relay for Life
Adamson Stadium

Directions and Parking
Free Parking will be available for families in Lot 4 (River Lot).

Support the PennWest California Campus Closet

The Campus Closet will offer free professional and business casual wardrobe options to prepare students for professional experiences such as interviews, internships, job shadows, career fairs, networking events, conferences, field experiences, presentations and class assignments.

Accepted clothing


  • Full suits (men’s and women’s) - black, navy, grey and brown
  • Sport coats - black, navy, grey and brown
  • Women’s blouses, skirts, dress pants, shirts and dresses
  • Women’s dress shirts, skirts, pants and dresses
  • Men’s dress shirts, polo shirts, dress pants and khaki pants
  • Men’s ties and bow ties
  • Men’s and women’s belts
  • Men’s and women’s shoes
  • Jewelry, makeup and personal hygiene products
  • Purses, padfolios and briefcases
  • Winter dress coats and accessories (hats, gloves, scarves)
Criteria to donate

  • All items must be newly laundered and dry-cleaned; preferably on hangers
  • No stains, tears, rips, missing buttons or broken zippers
  • Clothes must be free of mildew and cigarette smell
  • Shoes must be intact - no broken heels or soles
  • Makeup and hygiene products must be unopened
  • Earrings must have backs to them and necklaces/bracelets must have clasps that work