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Families of EKU students can experience the best of the Campus Beautiful with their Colonel at 2019 EKU Family Weekend. Family Weekend events will be held Friday, Nov. 1, through Sunday, Nov. 3, on the Richmond campus.

“EKU Family Weekend is an annual event that allows EKU parents and family members to connect with their student and be a part of the EKU community,” said Loni Yost, director of Student Life & First Year Experience. “It is always wonderful to see families and students participating in activities together, making memories and having a great time.”

Family Fun Day, the weekend’s main attraction, will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Fitness and Wellness Center. Activities include the fan-favorite bingo, games, music, and a community service project. Refreshments will be served and families will have the chance to enter to be recognized as the  Family of the Year and the Legacy Family of the Year. The winners will receive a prize basket and be formally recognized at halftime.

At 1 p.m. Saturday, families can watch the Colonels kick-off against Austin Peay State University in Roy Kidd Stadium. The festivities will wrap up on Sunday with the Family Weekend Brunch, served in Case Kitchen from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Other signature events include: 

  • Free Friday with Campus Recreation at the EKU Challenge Course from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday.

  • Military and Veteran Affairs Open House at Burnam House from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Friday.

  • Family Movie Night: The Lion King at O’Donnell Auditorium in the Whitlock Building at 8 p.m. Friday.

  • An Evening of Worship with Chris Tomlin at the EKU Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

  • Laser Light Shows at the Hummel Planetarium at various times on Friday and Saturday. Browse times and buy tickets online

  • Gary Allan in concert at the EKU Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. Saturday. Get your tickets online

More than 600 guests are expected to visit for the Parent & Family Weekend, which has been held at the University in one form or another for the last 25 years. While the event is always a good time, it also plays a role in EKU’s student success strategy, Yost said.

“Family support is vital to student success,” she said. “Events such as Family Weekend allow time for parents and family members to be with their students, spend time on campus and better understand their student’s college experience.”

Families who plan to attend are encouraged to register online to receive more information. For more details on Family Weekend events, visit