From trolley tours to student performances, make the most of family weekend with these activities

From student performance showcases to lecture series by distinguished faculty at Duke, Family Weekend holds a variety of opportunities for students and their families to experience Duke’s campus life from Oct. 14 to Oct. 16. 

Early bird activities

On Thursday, families who arrive early can enjoy a family scavenger hunt exploring the Duke Gardens or tour the Nasher Museum. Recreation & Physical Education will be hosting a free carnival-style event, Recfest, on K-ville from 4:30-7:30 pm with food, games and music. 


While Countdown to Craziness will not be held during Family Weekend this year, there are many other events for students and families to cheer on Duke. The Duke-UNC football game will be on Saturday at 8 p.m. with the Club Blue Devil Tailgate beginning at 5 p.m.

On Friday, Duke volleyball will play against Georgia Tech at 6:30 p.m. in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Men’s soccer will play against Notre Dame at 7 p.m. in Koskinen Stadium. 

On Sunday, Duke volleyball will play against Clemson University at 1 p.m. in Cameron Indoor Stadium. 

“Student for a Day” lecture series 

On Friday at 10:30 a.m. in Penn Pavilion, Kathie Amato, a senior lecturing fellow at Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship, as well as the Master of Engineering Management program at the Pratt School of Engineering, will discuss ways in which innovation and entrepreneurship are key to the Duke experience and the interdisciplinary opportunities offered at Duke. 

At 2 p.m. in Penn Pavilion, Dr. Mohamed Noor, professor of biology and interim dean of Arts & Sciences, will be giving a presentation on using science-fiction depictions to learn real-world evolution concepts. 

Arts performances and showcases

On Friday at 8 p.m., the Duke Jazz/Djembe Ensemble will be performing in the Baldwin Auditorium. Performances by the Duke Chorale, Duke Symphony Orchestra and Duke Wind Symphony will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. in the Baldwin Auditorium. 

Student performance showcases featuring various dance, comedy, improv and acapella groups will be held on Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. in Page Auditorium. 

The Student Visual Arts Display will be at the Landing in the Bryan Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday


From self-guided tours through the Wilkinson Building Art Collection and Lemur Center to guided trolley tours in the Duke Gardens, families can explore a variety of top campus locations. 

Movie screenings 

If your family is looking for a night to sit back and relax, Freewater Presentations and Duke University Union are showing free movie screenings in the Griffith Theater in the Bryan Center. 

On Friday, Bending the Arc will be screened at 7 p.m. followed by Monsters University at 10 p.m. On Saturday, Top Gun: Maverick will be screened at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Amy Guan | Senior Editor

Amy Guan is a Pratt senior and a senior editor of The Chronicle's 119th volume.


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