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Welcome Fresno State Families!

Family Weekend - October 27-29, 2023

Family Weekend returns to Fresno State! Reservations for Family Weekend will be available starting on Tuesday, September 5, 2023.

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 and pay for Family Weekend by visiting the eMarket website. Family Weekend reservations including football tickets will close at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 23rd.



Payment for Family Weekend can be made using 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 Fresno State 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 Fresno State and Family Weekend placed on the memo line


Online payments can be made through the eMarket using a credit or debit card.


  • 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 27

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 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. - 4:00 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 Student Art Show exhibiting the work of graduate students on-campus

1:00 p.m. - Meet in front of the Joyal Administration Building

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

5:00 p.m. - Viticulture and Enology Building

Learn about our Fresno State wine from the Viticulture program and have a little wine tasting while we’re at it.

5:30pm - Peters Educational Center Auditorium in the Student Recreation Center

Cineculture is in-person movies screenings to promote cultural awareness through film.

The film being shown is Orca. Based on a true story, Orca by Iranian director Sahar Mosayebi follows the tribulations of Elham Asghari, a young divorced Iranian woman who survives a horrific assault by her estranged husband. Trying to rebuild her life, she finds solace in the water and becomes an amazing endurance swimmer.


6:00 p.m. - Save Mart Center

Make your way to the Save Mart Center as the Women's Basketball team takes on La Verne. 

  • 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 28

8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Peters Business Building, Rm 131

Do you have an artistic side? Join us for a mosaic art class with a Central Valley artist. Limited to the first 40 people who sign up. Participants will pick up their completed masterpiece at the Sunday Brunch.

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

11:00 a.m. - The Edge: Pluto and Beyond

Join us at the Planetarium on-campus to watch The Edge.


Beyond the orbit of Neptune there is a mysterious “third realm” of the Solar System which remains almost entirely unexplored. This realm is the likely home to many thousands of small, icy worlds of which Pluto is the most famous member. Discovered in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh, Pluto remained a mystery until it was visited by the New Horizons spacecraft in 2015. Desite its demotion to dwarf planet status, Pluto remains one of the most interesting worlds of the solar system with five moons, mountains 10,000 feet tall, and a possible underground ocean of liquid water!

12:00 p.m. - University Dining Hall

Does your student live on-campus in the dorms? You can join them for lunch on Saturday, October 28th for a free meal. Experience Fresno State dorm food at it's finest. Grab a bite and experience the University Dining Hall.

12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Tomas Casademunt

The M Street Gallery located in downtown Fresno is holding an exhibit to showcase artwork Tomas Casademunt. This interaction of art and culture is a great experience for Family Weekend attendees.

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Farm Market Tour

Great chance to pick up those Fresno State goodies from the Farm Market. They’ll be free Fresno State ice cream and wine tasting.

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 UNLV

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 Runnin Rebels 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 29

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.

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.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. 

Anyone who participated in the Saturday Mosaic class will be able to pick up their grouted masterpiece during the brunch.


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 23-27 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 27th. Parking is normally relaxed on the weekend at Fresno State except for football. Parking is relaxed on Friday evenings after 4:00pm.

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

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Special Accommodations

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