Texas Tech University

Family Weekend and Family Visit Days

Parents and family members enjoy a weekend of fun during the annual Family Weekend

Family Weekend 2018 was September 28-29, 2018.  A tradition at Texas Tech since 1936, Family Weekend is a wonderful time to visit campus and reconnect with your student! The Texas Tech campus is beautiful in the fall, and there are many activities for families to enjoy during the weekend.  We will post the date for Family Weekend 2019 here and in the Parent & Family eNewsletter in Spring 2019.

Future Family Weekend and Family Visit Day dates will be published here and in the Parent & Family eNewsletter


Family Visit Day at the Carol of Lights 


November 30th


Family Day at the Carol of Lights will be November 30, 2018. Come participate in one of Texas Tech's most beloved traditions as we light up the campus for the holiday season. Hear performances by Texas Tech choirs and other musical ensembles and see the Saddle Tramps, High Riders, and the Masked Rider lead a lighted processional around Memorial Circle.



Carol of Lights Schedule:

  • 6:30 p.m. - Carrillon Concert before the Carol of Lights
  • 7:00 p.m. - Carol of Lights begins

Map showing Carol of Lights area  

For more information, including the details of activities and parking recommendations, visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/housing/caroloflights/ 


Other Campus and Community Events:

TTU School of Theatre and Dance presents "Elephant's Graveyard" - Thursday, November 29 - Sunday, December 2.  Showtimes 7:30 pm on Thursday - Saturday and 2:00 pm on Sunday.  Texas Tech Equestrian Center, 5712 County Rd 1500.  Tickets $15 for adults, $5 for TTU students. For more information, click here

18th Annual High and Dry Photography Exhibit Opening Reception - Friday, November 30, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  International Cultural Center on campus (601 Indiana Ave.).  For more information, click here.

Art Ride Lubbock -  Saturday, December 1st, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  Ride from the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts through the Depot District and then to the Texas Tech Campus to experience art venues along the way.  For more information, visit https://www.visitlubbock.org/event/artride-lbk/?instance_id=50352

Lubbock Symphony Orchestra presents Handel's Messiah - Saturday, December 1st, 7:00 p.m. Tickets from $15-$50.  For more information and to purchase tickets, click HERE.

For more things to do in Lubbock during the holiday season visit https://christmasinlubbock.com/  and https://www.visitlubbock.org/ for a complete list of accommodations, dining, shopping, and events in Lubbock.


History of Family Weekend


Parent of the Year Award

Started in 2013, the Parent of the Year Award is a more recent tradition added to Family Weekend. Students have the opportunity to nominate their parent, guardian, or grandparent who has impacted the student's life significantly, both personally and academically. This is a chance for Texas Tech to recognize the parents who contribute to the success of our students. The award is presented to the winners during Family Weekend on the field of the Jones AT&T Stadium.


View 2018 Texas Tech Parent/Grandparent of the Year Winners 

View 2017 Texas Tech Parent/Grandparent of the Year Winners

View 2016 Texas Tech Parent/Grandparent of the Year Winners

View 2015 Texas Tech Parent of the Year Winners

View 2014 Texas Tech Parent of the Year Winners

View 2013 Texas Tech Parent of the Year Winners

Watch our video on What to Expect for Family Weekend and Family Visit Days:



Lubbock Area Restaurants:

Looking for a place to take your Red Raider out to dinner? Visit Lubbock has a list of restaurants you can browse.  Click HERE and then select "Dining" from the left menu