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Tentative Family Weekend 2016 Schedule of Events

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CHECK THIS PAGE FREQUENTLY - WE WILL BE ADDING NEW EVENTS TO THE SCHEDULE

Please note: There is no need to register to attend Family Weekend--simply attend any of the free activities listed or purchase tickets to paid activities you would like to attend.

Thursday, September 29

Family Weekend Central:
2:00pm - 5:00pm • Mackenzie-Merket Alumni Center
This is your destination for kicking off Family Weekend and your place to pick up your schedule, get your pre-ordered official Family Weekend t-shirts, meet other parents, find out what's happening over the weekend, and get your questions answered.  You can also make a donation to the Family Weekend Service Project - The Career Closet.

Texas Tech Parents Association Tailgate
5:00pm • West Commuter Lot
Tickets required. For more information about this event, please visit www.texastechparents.org or contact parents@texastechparents.org.

Financial Aid and SGA Tailgate
3:00pm - 5:00pm • West Hall Lawn
Free food and drinks.  Financial Aid staff will be on hand with information about the early FAFSA deadline for 2017/2018.  For more information about this event, please contact Student Financial Aid at 806-742-3681.

Texas Tech Football vs. Kansas
7:30pm* • Jones AT&T Stadium

Purchase your tickets online at the Texas Tech Athletics TICKETING SITE. Promo Code is FAMILY16. $25.00 per ticket (TTU students will need tickets to sit next to you in Family Weekend seating. Otherwise, students will sit in the student section free with their TTU ID). Tickets are not mailed--you will print your tickets at home or pick them up at the will call desk. For questions about football ticket orders and ADA seating, please contact the Athletic Ticket Office at 806-742-4412.

FOOTBALL PARKING INFORMATION: http://redraiderclub.com/rrc-benefits/parking/football

*time subject to change

Friday, September 30

Family Weekend Central:
Noon - 5:30pm • Mackenzie-Merket Alumni Center
This is your destination for kicking off Family Weekend and your place to pick up your schedule, get your pre-ordered official Family Weekend t-shirts, meet other parents, find out what's happening over the weekend, and get your questions answered. You can also make a donation to the Family Weekend Service Project - The Career Closet.

Athletic Tours and Photo Ops
10:00 am and 3:00 pm • Meet at Gate 1 at the southwest corner of Jones AT&T Stadium.
FREE. For questions about this event, contact parents@texastechparents.org.

Author Reading and Book Signing
3:00 - 4:00 pm • Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Student Union Building
Tiffany Roberts Kristynik, the author of Good Night, Red Raiders will do a reading in the Bookstore from 3-4 and sign copies of the book that will be for sale in the store before the event.  Tiffany is a 2003 graduate of Texas Tech University where she majored in Animal Science. While there, she was active in many agriculture organizations and a member of the 2003 National Championship Meat Judging Team.  The book is a children's book about the Traditions of the Tech Campus and takes them on trip around campus saying good night to them. For questions about this event, please contact the Barnes and Noble Bookstore at (806) 742-3816.

Family Weekend Ice Cream Social
4:00pm - 5:00pm • Student Union Courtyard
Enjoy FREE ice cream with your student and visit with other families attending Family Weekend. While supplies last. For questions about this event, contact parent@ttu.eduor call 806-742-3630.

Study Abroad Open House
5:30pm - 7:30pm • International Cultural Center, 601 Indiana Ave.
There will be a panel of parents, students, faculty and staff to provide information about studying abroad while achieving academic credit at Texas Tech. Light snacks will be provided.  For more information about this event, please contact Study Abroad at 806-742-3667.

Student Leisure Pool Family Hours
5:00PM - 8:00pm • Student Leisure Pool - FREE with pass available at Family Weekend Central; students use Texas Tech ID

Saturday, October 1

Family Weekend Central:
8:00am - Noon • Urbanovsky Park (Rain-out location: Livestock Arena)
Pick up your schedule and pre-ordered official Family Weekend t-shirts.

Family Weekend Fun Run/Walk
9:00am - 10:00am • Urbanovsky Park (weather permitting)
Get active with the whole family! Run or walk around the Urbanovsky Park 1-mile track. We will have obstacles, activities, and inflatables around the track for the whole family to enjoy.

Family Weekend Picnic in the Park
11:00am - 2:00pm • Urbanovsky Park (rain-out location: Livestock Arena)
Enjoy an afternoon of FREE activities, including live music by Zoe Carter, Texas Tech Spirit Squads, the Masked Rider, Raider Red, visits from the Texas Tech Women's Soccer Team and Volleyball Team, a Family Weekend Photo Booth, inflatables, sand volleyball, balloon artist, and more!

Burgers and hot dogs ($10 per person - TTU students need tickets for this catered event). Order your food tickets HERE. While supplies last. Tickets ordered through Friday, September 16th will be mailed. Tickets ordered after that date may be picked up at Family Weekend Central. Order deadline is Wednesday, September 28th. No Refunds.

Menu: Hamburger or two hot dogs, chips, sodas, cookies - serving from 11:30am to 1:30pm (vegetarian and gluten-free options available). For questions about this event, contact parent@ttu.edu or call 806-742-3630.

Texas Tech Parents Association 60th Anniversary Celebration
6:00pm - 8:00pm • Red Raider Ballroom
Dinner and Family Entertainment, Awards & Prizes, Silent Auction and Guest Appearances. A fun evening for the whole family. Dress is casual. Five $200 gift certificate door prizes! $25 per person (TTU students need tickets for this catered event). For questions about this event, contact parents@texastechparents.org.

Order tickets HERE.

Texas Tech Student Rec Center and Leisure Pool
Rec Center Hours on Saturday are from 8:00am - 10:00pm. The Student Leisure Pool's Family Hours on Saturday are from 10:00am to 2:00pm. FREE with pass available at Family Weekend Central

Campus and Community Events and Attractions

South Plains Fair - September 23 - October 1st. Carnival rides, music, food, and games. $9 for adults, $5 for children 2-12. For more information about this event, visit http://southplainsfair.com/ or contact info@southplainsfair.com

Museum of Texas Tech University
4th Street and Indiana Avenue (free parking), 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, FREE Admission

National Ranching Heritage Center - Experience the real West at this 27-acre museum and outdoor historical park established to preserve and interpret ranching history. The 44,000-square-foot museum has seven galleries that feature permanent as well as temporary exhibits of art, photography and artifacts that capture historical and contemporary Western life. The center's 19-acre historical park contains 49 historical structures chronologically arranged along a 1.5 mile walking trail to exhibit the evolution of ranch life from the 1780s to the 1950s. The structures include a half-dugout, log cabin, train depot, bunkhouse, one-room schoolhouse, Four Sixes barn, windmills, and authentically restored and furnished homes relocated from prominent ranches. The entrance to the center dramatically features 19 life-size bronze Longhorn steers, each weighing 750 pounds, strung out to resemble a walking herd commemorating the Texas trail drive era of the 1860s to the 1880s. The center is free to the public and wheelchair and stroller accessible. Nearly 60,000 visitors from throughout the world visit the center each year.

Thursday to Saturday (Sept. 29 – Oct 1)
10am to 5pm, Historical Park closes at 4pm

Sunday, Oct 2
1pm to 5pm, Historical Park closes at 4pm

Southwest Collections/Special Collections Library - Visit the Southwest Collections building which is centrally located on campus and houses many treasures. (15th & Detroit, northwest of the Main Library)

The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library  is made up of several distinct collections and archives which are represented to the public by over twenty permanent and special exhibits:

  • Dirk West's Sports Cartoons – Southwest Collection Archives
  • Texas Tech University: Then and Now – University Archives (Formby Room)
  • Walt Whitman Exhibit – Rare Books Collection
  • Legends of West Texas Music – Crossroads Music Archive
  • Ro Wauer's Photographs Celebrate National Parks – James Sowell Collection
  • 1688 Coronelli Globe

The Vietnam Archive (www.vietnam.ttu.edu) also has 2 exhibits on display.

  • The Vietnam Conflict: A Living Memorial & The Story of the Montagnards

During Family Weekend, the SWC building is open to the public 8:00am-5:00pm Thursday & Friday (Sept. 29 & 30) and 9:00am-1:00pm Saturday (Oct. 1).  For more information, visit http://swco.ttu.edu/

Texas Tech Landmark Arts Gallery
In the Texas Tech Art Building at 18th and Flint Ave, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, FREE Admission

The Maize - open September 17 - November 11th. Tues. - Fri. 6-9PM, 10AM - 9PM Saturday, 2PM-9PM Sunday.  Get "lost" in the corn maze, take a hayride, enjoy onsite concessions. Admission $10 (age 4 and under free).  At'l Do Farms - 6323 FM 1294.  See map.  For more information about this activity, visit http://www.atldofarms.com/index.php. 

Cactus Theatre Presents Ralna English - Friday, September 30th, 7:30pm. Cactus Theatre, 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue. Gospel music singer and former Texas Tech student. Tickets start at $20. For more information about this event, visit cactustheater.com or call 806-762-3233.

Komen Race for the Cure - Saturday, October 1st.  Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Ln. For more information about this event, visit the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Lubbock Area website.

Lubbock Downtown Farmer's Market - 19th Street and Buddy Holly Avenue.  9:00 a.m. until vendor sellout.  Fresh, locally grown produce and crafts from local vendors.  For more information about this event, visit http://lubbockdowntownfarmersmarket.com.

 

Check out Visit Lubbock for shopping, restaurants, events, and attractions to enjoy while you are here for Family Weekend!

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