Parents and families of Rutgers New Brunswick students are invited to share in Rutgers traditions during Parents and Family Weekend held October 7-9, 2022.

  • Some events require advanced ticket purchase or reservation. Space is limited for these events and many fill up/sell out VERY quickly.
  • There are select virtual events to accommodate families who cannot join us in-person.
  • Check this page often for the schedule of events, updates, and additions starting September 6.
  • You will have to register your vehicle EACH DAY if you are parking on campus. More information regarding registering your vehicle can be found under “Parking and Hotels” below.
  • Stay connected with Parent & Family Program events by signing up for our email newsletter and liking us on Facebook.

We are excited to welcome you and your family to the New Brunswick campus for Parents and Family Weekend!

Schedule of Events

9th Annual Unger-DeBlasio Cup
Rutgers Golf Course
8:45 am
Fee: Varies

The Unger-DeBlasio Cup is a golf outing hosted by the Rutgers Women’s Golf program. The event is a morning round of golf and afternoon luncheon celebrating 45 years of Rutgers Women’s Golf. REGISTER HERE

Geology Museum
85 Somerset Street, 2ndFloor
10:00 am-4:00 pm
Free Admission

Visit the historic Rutgers Geology Museum, celebrating its 150th anniversary this year! During Parent & Family Weekend, the Museum will have arts & crafts and educational activities set up for visitors to enjoy. Activities will focus on Manny the Mastodon, dinosaurs, and New Jersey fossils & minerals! The event is free for all and no reservations are required. Click here to register your vehicle.


Cook’s Market @ Rutgers Gardens
130 Log Cabin Road, New Brunswick
11:00 am-3:00 pm
Free Admission

Features more than 20 vendors, including the Rutgers Gardens Student Farm, which demonstrates land stewardship by practicing sustainable growing practices and providing our communities with quality, nutritious food. Click here to learn more.


Rutgers Gardens Tour
130 Log Cabin Road
10:00 am  & 1:00 pm
Free Admission, Registration Needed

Join us for a tour of Rutgers Gardens, the official botanic garden of Rutgers University! Home to annual display gardens, unique plant collections, and the university’s organically managed student farm, Rutgers Gardens is a true gem of the New Brunswick campus. REGISTERATION FULL.

Ask Us Anything:
Career Resources and Services for Students
11:00 am-1:00 pm

Join our virtual Ask Us Anything Zoom room, where you will meet Office of Career Exploration and Success staff members who can answer any questions about the resources and services we offer to students and alumni. ENTER ZOOM ROOM HERE.


 Alumni Open House @ Van Nest Hall
19 College Ave
2:00 pm-4:00 pm
Free Admission


Alumni and their families are invited to stop by the Alumni House for light refreshments and to tour the first floor of historic Van Nest Hall.


Parent and Family Tailgate
SHI Stadium
5:00 pm-7:00 pm
Fee: $55 and up

Get ready to root for our Scarlet Knights while enjoying an all new tailgate experience. Our Ticket +Tailgate Package includes discounted game tickets, access to our tent and all you can eat buffet, and front seats at the Rutgers Boardwalk with games, carnival rides, and more. Already have game tickets? You can still join the fun and just purchase Tailgate Tickets. SOLD OUT.


Rutgers Football vs Nebraska Game
SHI Stadium
Kickoff: 7:00 pm
Fee: $25 and up
Rutgers football’s matchup against Nebraska will be the “Blackout Game,” presented by RWJBarnabas Health. The Scarlet Knights are set to suit up in all-black uniforms with black helmets and fans are also encouraged to wear black. Students in attendance will receive the t-shirt for free. There are a limited number of tickets available through this promotion, so don’t wait! PURCHASE TICKETS HERE


Game Watch Party
George Street, Downtown New Brunswick
Kickoff: 7:00 pm
Various Locations

Watch our Scarlet Knights take on Nebraska without the crowd! View the game on big screens from a spot on George Street in downtown New Brunswick.


Shabbat Experience
Rutgers Hillel, 70 College Avenue
7:00 pm
$18/person (free w/RU Student ID)

Come join the Rutgers Hillel Jewish community for a delicious and celebratory Shabbat dinner! Optional Conservative, Reform and Orthodox prayer services are at 7pm, or you can just come for dinner. Meat, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options will be available. Registration required. PURCHASE TICKETS HEREAccess a special room rate at the Hyatt, before September 7, by CLICKING HERE.


Late Knight Bingo
Douglass Student Center, Multi-Purpose Room (NEW LOCATION)
9:00pm – 11:00pm
Free Admission, Registration Required

After the game, play bingo and experience one of Late Knight’s traditional offerings! Each student and registered family member will receive 1 bingo board to play for a variety of prizes including Rutgers swag! Check in at 9pm and grab your seat. Games start at 9:30PM. Light refreshments will be offered. Click here to register your vehicle. REGISTRATION FULL.

Playing 4 Petway Golf Outing
Rutgers Golf Course
7:00 am Registration/9:00 am Shotgun
Fee: Varies

Sandra Petway, the first black female coach at Rutgers University, started the Track & Field program in the early 1970’s. Sandee, to her friends, was hit head on in July, 2021, and broke her neck at C5/6, leaving her paralyzed from the neck down. She has limited mobility in her upper body and is presently in a motorized chair. The outing profits are intended to supplement the daily living expenses for her continued care. Event held in conjunction with Rutgers’ 50th anniversary of the Title IX celebration of its female letterwinners. REGISTER HERE.


Parent and Family Welcome Reception
Zimmerli Art Museum

9:00 – 10:30 am
Free Admission, Registration Required

Join university leadership at the Parents & Families Weekend official kick-off. The event includes a continental breakfast, student performances, and an opportunity to connect with Rutgers staff and other parents. Event updates and university announcements will also be shared. Space is limited so act fast! Click here to register your vehicle for parking in Lots 1,11, or 16. REGISTRATION FULL


Experience the Honors College
5 Seminary Place, Honors College Druskin Lounge
10:30 am- 12:00 pm
Free Admission, Registration Required

All Honors College students and their families are invited to participate in a fun afternoon of curiosity, knowledge, and purpose. Enjoy light refreshments while attending engaging activities with students, staff, and faculty. Space will be on a first come, first served basis. REGISTRATION FULL (to be added to the waitlist email:


Study Abroad 101 
Livingston Student Center 
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Free Admission, Registration Required

Learn all you need to know about studying abroad from Rutgers Global including how to pay for it.  Registration required. REGISTER HERE


Field Hockey Game
Bauer Track and Field Complex
12 pm

vs Northwestern. Honoring alumni, female letterwinners, as well as an Honorary Captain throughout the game.


Hub City Food Truck Festival
Boyd Park, Rt 18 North, New Brunswick
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Free Admission

The City’s 2nd annual Hub City Food Truck Festival will have games, music, inflatables, and of course … yummy eats! The first 300 attendees will receive a free Hub City Food Truck Festival T-shirt or tote bag. We hope to see you there! Learn More.


Wine Tasting with the R Family Council
Alumni House at Van Nest Hall
3:00 – 6:00 pm

Enjoy a selection of 4 wines and refreshments while learning about the R Family Council. Professionals from Unionville Vineyards will be on hand to present and discuss the wines. Current R Family Council members will be on hand to share why they chose to join and talk about various opportunities for parent involvement. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE


Family Feud
College Ave Student Center, MPR
6:00-7:30 pm
Free Admission, Registration Required

A Parent and Family Weekend tradition! Teams of 4 compete for prizes, socialize with other families and have fun! Food and drinks will be provided.  Does your family have what it takes to win the Feud? SOLD OUT


Forgotten Champions Premiere
New Brunswick Performing Arts Center
6:30 pm- 9:00 pm

On Saturday, October 8, 2022, Forgotten Champions will premiere at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center at a very special event which will include a star-studded panel discussion. A limited number of tickets will be made available to the public. Watch here and follow us on Twitter @ForgottenChamp1 for further information. WATCH THE TRAILER.


New Jersey Film Festival
Voorhees Hall, 71 Hamilton St
7:00 pm
$15/per program

The 41st Bi-Annual Festival will be hybrid- with all the films available virtually via Video on Demand for 24 hours on their show date. Each ticket or Festival Pass purchased is good for both the virtual and the in-person screenings. Films being feature on this day – Saving Strays – Michelle Dragun (New Brunswick, New Jersey); Frontier – Tymofii Biniukov (Kyiv, Ukraine); Rebuilt from Broken Glass – Larry Hanover (Voorhees, New Jersey)  Learn more


Cultural Expressions of Human Emotion
Nicholas Music Center/Live Stream
7:30 PM
$15 public/$10 alumni/$5 student

The Rutgers Wind Ensemble performs works that answer the question “Why the Arts?” The program includes John Corigliano’s “The Red Violin Chaconne,” featuring Elena Chernova-Davis on violin; David Maslanka’s “Tears”; John Mackey’s “Songs from the End of the World”; and Michael Daughterty’s “Bells for Stokowski.”  Also available to view via Livestream. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE.


Stargazing Tours
Schommer Astronomical Observatory
8-8:45 pm; 8:45-9 pm
Free Admission, Registration Required

Gaze at the planets and stars through the observatory’s 20-inch optical telescope. Will cancel if cloudy. REGISTRATION FULL.

Cook Animal Farm Tours
65 Sheepfold Lane, New Brunswick
11:00 am-12:00pm
Free Admission, Registration Required


The NJAES Animal Care Program and the Department of Animal Sciences welcomes visitors to join us on a guided tour of the Rutgers farm. Visitors will have an opportunity to see and engage with sheep, goats, pigs, horses, cattle and chickens on the Rutgers Farm. There will be opportunities for visitors to ask questions about the different species and how they are cared for. Visitors can park in the open parking lot across from the Round House. Please do not park in front of any barn doors or on the grass. REGISTRATION FULL


Brunch @ ROC (Rutgers Oasis Church)
100 College Ave
11:30 am
Free Admission

Stop by for brunch and fellowship before the optional noon service. Learn More.


George Street
12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Free Admission

Experience one of New Brunswick’s favorite celebrations, the world famous Bavarian Festival with Live Bands providing entertainment, Giant Steins, plenty of Bratwurst and more. Learn more.


Women’s Volleyball Game
Jersey Mike’s Arena
1:00 pm
Free Admission

vs. Maryland. Free admission and tumblers to the 1st 300 attendees.


Men’s Soccer Game
Yurcak Field
1:00 pm
Free Admission

vs Indiana. Free admission and tumblers to the first 500 attendees.


Art For All
Zimmerli Art Museum
1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Free Admission

Join us for a drop-in family art making workshop and explore the galleries while you’re here. Visitors may park in Lots 16 (behind the museum on George St), 1 (across Hamilton on the hill) or 11. For parking registration click here.


Virtual Paint Party
Fee: $25

Join Rutgers families from across the globe for fun making art and socializing at our live, Rutgers-themed virtual paint party. Supplies shipped right to your door from our partners at Paint and Sip Live. Cocktails, mocktails, and or juice boxes encouraged. Registration closes September 19. REGISTRATION HAS ENDED


Women’s Soccer Game
Yurcak Field
4:00 pm
Free Admission

vs. Indiana. Free admission and pink headbands to the first 250 attendees. Learn more.


New Jersey Film Festival
Voorhees Hall, 71 Hamilton St
7:00 pm
$15/per program

The 41st Bi-Annual Festival will be hybrid- with all the films available virtually via Video on Demand for 24 hours on their show date. Each ticket or Festival Pass purchased is good for both the virtual and the in-person screenings. Film being feature on this day – Vertigo – Haruo Inoue (Shinjuku, Japan). Learn more

Parking Information


A map of all of the parking lots can be found here.


Football Game Parking ($10-$20) CLICK HERE
Geology Museum and BINGO Parking CLICK HERE

OCTOBER 8 & 9 

Welcome Reception Parking CLICK HERE
All other event parking CLICK HERE 

If you have additional questions regarding parking, please contact Rutgers Department of Transportation Services here.


Hotel Information

The following hotels have confirmed discounts for Parent & Family Weekend for Friday, October 7 – Sunday, October 9:


Embassy Suites
121 Centennial Ave
Piscataway, NJ 08854

Call 732-907-6048/885-0338 and mention Rutgers Parent & Family Weekend to get the discounted rate.

Hilton East Brunswick 

3 Tower Center Road
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Phone: 732-828-2000

Click here to book your reservation and receive the Rutgers rate.

Holiday Inn South Plainfield-  Piscataway

4701 Stelton Rd.
South Plainfield, NJ 07080

Click here to book your reservation and receive the Rutgers rate.

DoubleTree by Hilton 
200 Atrium Drive
Somerset, NJ 08854

Rate: $119

Click here to book your reservation and receive the Rutgers rate.

Hampton Inn
205 New World Way 
South Plainfield NJ 07080 

Call 908-561-2600 and mention Rutgers Parent & Family Weekend to get the discounted rate