The Chronicle's guide to spending Family Weekend at Duke

Whether you are cheering on the Blue Devils in Cameron Indoor Stadium, exploring the Nasher Museum of Art or immersing in the vibrant arts scene, there's something for everyone to do this Family Weekend from Nov. 3 to Nov. 5.


With Countdown to Craziness finished and no football games scheduled for the weekend, there are still many other opportunities for students and families to cheer on Duke.

On Friday, Duke volleyball will face off against Wake Forest at 6:30 p.m. in Cameron Indoor Stadium. On Sunday, they will play against Virginia Tech at 1 p.m.

On Saturday, the Duke women's basketball team will play an exhibition game against Wingate University at 1 p.m., also in Cameron Indoor Stadium. 


If your family is looking to explore modern art, Duke's Nasher Museum of Art is hosting its "New at the Nasher" tours. Tours are available on Friday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.

In honor of Family Weekend, the Duke Lemur Center is hosting special self-guided tours throughout the weekend. Families can discover the center's conservation efforts, learn about lemurs and connect with nature on Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tickets are on sale for a special Family Weekend rate of $12.

Educational events

On Friday from 10 to 11 a.m., families interested in Duke’s academic resources can join representatives from the Office of Undergraduate Education’s Division of Student Success and the Pratt School of Engineering at Penn Pavilion, where they will be sharing services offered to students to ensure their academic and personal well-being. 

On Friday from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Reynold’s Theater, the Office of Climate and Sustainability will be hosting “Hungry for Change: Ending Food Waste” with guest speaker Jasmine Crowe-Houston, founder and chief executive officer of Goodr.

Student performance showcases and the arts

On Friday at 8 p.m. in the Baldwin Auditorium, Duke Arts will be hosting a Family Weekend Concert featuring the Duke Jazz Ensemble, saxophonist Gregory Tardy and trumpeter Derrick Gardner. 

Performances by Duke Chorale, Duke Symphony Orchestra and Duke Wind Symphony will be held on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Baldwin Auditorium.

For those more attuned to the arts, check out the Wilkinson Building Art Collection, where art created by engineering students will be on display. The collection is open on Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Movie screenings

Students and their families can attend a free movie screening hosted by Freewater Presentations and Duke University Union either on Friday at 7 p.m., or on Saturday at 10 p.m. Both screenings will be in the Griffith Film Theater at the Bryan Center.

Lara Kendall

Lara Kendall is a Trinity first-year and a staff reporter for the news department.   


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