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New Student and Family Programs

Welcome Fresno State Families!

Family Weekend - October 14-16, 2022

Family Weekend returns to Fresno State! We hope you can join us to celebrate Fresno State and all your student's accomplishments at the university. In a weekend devoted to student families and supporters, we hope you are able to take some time to explore the Fresno State community. Catch up with your student, tour the campus, and enjoy all Fresno State has to offer.

Families can register for Family Weekend using the form below. Participating family members over the age of 10 must each register separately although your Fresno State student can participate free of charge with a registered family member. Tickets to the football game can be purchased as well but all attendees over the age of 2 must have their own football ticket.


You can view the current Family Weekend schedule below. Check back in the coming weeks as we add more events and activities to the Family Weekend schdule!


You can register for Family Weekend by filling out the online reservation form or by filling out the pdf below. The completed pdf can be emailed to

          Online Form

          Fillable pdf


Payment for Family Weekend can be madeusing one of the methods below.


Check or Cash, preferably check, can be brought to the Office of New Student and Family Programs office in the Joyal Administration Building, room 131. 

Checks should be made out to Dog Days and Family Weekend placed on the memo line.


Check or Cash, preferably check, can be mailed to the Office of New Student and Family Programs office address below.

  • Dog Days
  • 5150 N Maple Ave M/S JA62
  • Fresno, CA 93740-8026

Checks should be made out to Dog Days and Family Weekend placed on the memo line


Online payments can be made through PayPal using the information or link below.

PayPal Link


  • Staff at the Red Booth
    Family Weekend volunteers in front of the Joyal Administration Red Booth
  • Staff and Spirit Squad during Family Weekend
    Family Weekend staff and cheerleaders during Family Weekend
  • Family enjoying the tailgate
    A Fresno State family enjoying the Family Weekend tailgate
  • Staff at tailgate
    Family Weekend staff during the tailgate
  • Sunday Brunch
    Families enjoying the Family Weekend Sunday brunch
  • Family Weekend family picture
    Family taking a picture with TimeOut


Friday, October 14

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Family Weekend Welcome Booth and Check-In

Stop by the Joyal Administration Building to pick up your Family Weekend materials including your t-shirt. We'll be in the New Student and Family Programs Office in Joyal 131 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Kennel Bookstore 

Stop by the Kennel Bookstore on campus or the Kennel Marketplace in Campus Pointe to be entered in the Family Weekend raffle. Fill out a raffle ticket and grab some gear for your student and the game! Show off your Bulldog Spirit!

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Phebe Conley Art Gallery

Make your may to the Conley Art Building on campus to enjoy the Interwoven art show exhibiting the work of graduate students on-campus

11:00 a.m. - Margie Wright Diamond

Join us as we cheer on our women's softabll team as they take on the Stanislaus State Warriors! The Margie Wright Diamond is located on the northwest corner of campus and will be the location of our tailgate on Saturday.

4:00 p.m. - Fresno State Planetarium

Join us for a show at the Fresno State Poanetarium located on-campus near the intersection of Maple Ave and San Ramon Ave. Come early as seating is limited to the first 70 people.

CANCELLED - Unfortunately due to illness our Paint n Sip had to be cancelled. We will reschedule to our Spring Family Day and everyone who had a reservation will have their reservation honored for that event. We apologize for the bad news.

5:30 p.m. - Smittcamp Alumni House

Join us for an event of painting with the Student Affairs resident artist. A little bit of paint, a little bit of Fresno State wine, and some hors d'oeuvres, sounds like a relaxing evening. Limited to 25 participants.

  • Photo Booth
    Pictures from the Photo Booth
  • Wine Tasting
    Families wine tasting at the Farm market
  • Ice Cream
    Enjoying some Fresno State Ice Cream at the Farm Market
Saturday, October 15

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Family Weekend Welcome Booth and Check-In

Stop by the Joyal Administration Building to pick up your Family Weekend materials including your t-shirt. We'll be in the New Student and Family Programs Office in Joyal 131 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Rec Center Open House

Stop by the Student Recreation Center to work out. Family Weekend attendees will be able to utilize the gym facilities and get your heart racing. The Rec Center is located on the southeast part of the campus next to the Save Mart Center

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Mexibulous

The Fresno State Graduate Art Studies Gallery located in downtown Fresno is holding an exhibit to showcase artwork from Oaxaca, Mexico. This interaction of art and culture is a great experience for Family Weekend attendees.

11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Fall Festival

The Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market is holding their annual fall festival and plant sale. 

11:00 a.m. - Women's Equestrian vs Auburn

Join us at the Student Horse Center on campus as the Women's Equestrian team takes on Auburn. A great way to experience another side of Fresno State athletics.

11:00 a.m. - Women's Volleyball vs Wyoming

Make your way to the Save Mart Center as the Women's Volleyball team takes on Wyoming. 

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Campus Tour

Join us for a campus tour to see some of the best kept secrets at Fresno State including the new Resnick Student Union.

3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Family Weekend Check-In

Stop by Margie Wright Stadium to pick up your Family Weekend materials. We'll be right outside the softball stadium where the tailgate will take place. 

4:30 p.m - 7:00 p.m. - Family Weekend Tailgate

Good food, good company, good music, and a bunch of good people. Stop by the Family Weekend tailgate fill up on food and drink before heading out to the game. The tailgate will take place at the Margie Wright Softball Stadium on the concourse. Located near the intersection of Cedar and Barstow, we're close to the football stadium when it's time to cheer for the Dogs!

7:00 p.m. - Fresno State football vs San Jose State

Join us in the Family Weekend section as we cheer on the football team. Versus a very old rival, the Bulldogs will take on the Spartans in this Mountain West matchup. Go Dogs!

Everyone over the age of 2 will need to purchase their own football ticket to attend. 

  • Family Photo
    Picture time with Time Out
  • Family Photo 2
    Time Out is a local celebrity
  • Family Photo 3
    Time Out and Victor E getting some love.
Sunday, October 16

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Family Weekend Check-In

Stop by the Smittcamp Alumni House to pick up your Family Weekend materials including your t-shirt if you haven't already. We'll be inside the Smittcamp Alumni House where brunch will take place.

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Sunday Brunch - Smittcamp Alumni House

Join us for a relaxed Sunday Brunch. After a late night of football a little breakfast is just what the doctor ordered. No mimosas but there will be raffle prizes and the Spirit Squad will be present for pictures. 

We'll also be conducting a small service project on-site to benefit the Fresno Community

12:00 p.m. - Women's Soccer vs Utah State

Looking for one last opportunity to cheer on the Dogs? Women's soccer will be taking place at the soccer stadium on campus. Go Dogs!

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market Tour

Join us at the Farm Market for an event exclusive to Family Weekend attendees. A little ice cream and a little wine tasting to end the weekend on a high note.

2:30 p.m. - Behind the Scenes Tour

Safety on campus is a top priority. Join us for a behind the scenes look at the Police department on campus and all they do to keep the campus safe. Due to space limitations this will be limited to 15 people.


For those of you coming from out of town we will also be adding information about other events going on in the Fresno community. It will be a fun filled weekend in Fresno in case you'd like to check out other things going on off-campus. Here are some other things to keep in mind when planning your visit. 


October 10 - 15th is Homecoming Week at Fresno State. There will be several student events happening during the week so the campus will have a little more energy than normal.

You can visit the Homecoming website for more information. 


Registered families will receive a parking permit code to use for events taking place on Friday, October 14th. Parking is normally relaxed on the weekend at Fresno State except for football.

Be prepared for a little traffic and a separate fee to park unless you arrive early.

Campus Map

Special Accommodations

Does anyone in your group need special accommodations? Contact our office at or call 559-278-4885.