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Family Day—Schedule

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Friday, September 27

5:30p.m.–6:30p.m.—Boiler Bridge Walk

John Meyers Pedestrian Bridge

Meet and greet the Boilermaker football team. Marshaled by Purdue Pete, the cheerleaders and the Boilermaker Special, the football team takes the home game walk across the bridge into Lafayette.

8:00 p.m.—Homecoming Parade

Route begins at the corner of State and Pierce Street and ends at Mackey Arena.

Saturday, September 28

9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.—Information Table

Purdue Memorial Union, Great Hall

Click here to view a list of frequently asked questions

9:00–11:00 a.m.—Celebration on the Mall

Entrance to Stadium Mall

*Please look for the Special tent for families of current Purdue Students*  Check in here for the Boilermaker BBQ!

Attend the family friendly celebration that features stage performances, food vendors, and activity tents hosted by colleges, schools, and units across campus. It is free to the public.

Click here to view a list of stage performances 

9:49 a.m.-211 Pep Rally Session 

Mackey Arena

Celebrate Purdue Athletics with Coach Hazell and the football team!  We will also crown the 2013 Homecoming King and Queen.

9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.—College, School and Family Activities

Faculty and staff from a variety of schools will be on hand to tour and meet families. Click here for specific school information

Two hours prior to kickoff—University Residences Parent Association Tailgate

Join University Residences Parents Association for a FREE tailgate located on the front lawn of Owen Hall.

12:00 p.m.—Football Game vs. Northern Illinois

 For ticket info: call 765-494-3194 or 800-49-SPORT or order online at www.purduesports.com

3:00—6:00 p.m. (Immediately following the game)—Boilermaker BBQ - SOLD OUT!

Outdoor Location, Purdue Memorial Union Front Lawn

Rain Location: Union North Ballroom

Relax and enjoy music by local artists and other family activities including crafts, trivia, outdoor games and photo opportunities with a delicious dinner listed below.

BBQ Menu

Entrée’s Off the Grill (Choice of 2)
  • BBQ chicken breasts (Gluten Free)
  • Beef brisket
  • Smoked BBQ pulled pork
  • Veggie burgers available
Sides (Choice of 3)
  • Potatoes au gratin
  • Baked beans
  • Pasta salad w/ garden fresh vegetables
  • Fresh fruit salad (Gluten Free)

Dinner Rolls included

  • Brownies
  • Dessert Bars

Beverage included (1) Each additional can of soda or water $1.25

  • Adults and Purdue Students - $12.00
  • Children 12 and under - $6.00 (Limit of 1 entrée)

RESERVATIONS REQUIREDRSVP AT www.purdue.edu/eventrsvp

(Available to the first 1,200 to register)

6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.—Xtreme Bowling and Billiards Special Rate

Union Rack and Roll
$1.75 per person per game of bowling
$1.25 shoe rental per person
$2.75 per hour per table for billiards
For Students/Faculty/Staff with Valid Purdue ID and their guests.

For more information about Union Rack and Roll visit http://www.union.purdue.edu/RackAndRoll/

7:00 and 9:30 p.m.-Flicks at Fowler featuring Despicable Me 2

Fowler Hall, Stewart Center

Enjoy Despicable Me 2 FREE with your PU Student ID, $4.00 without.  Showings are 7:00 and 9:30 p.m. in Fowler Hall, STEW.


Unless, otherwise noted, on Saturday parking on campus is open to all visitors. The major exceptions are the parking lots north of Cary Quadrangle and around Ross-Ade Stadium. The Grant Street Parking Garage is convenient to the Purdue Memorial Union. The Northwestern Avenue and University Street Parking Garages are convenient to Stadium Mall which is where the Celebration on the Mall will be held.  Residence Hall parking restrictions apply around the halls. For parking and travel information, including road construction updates, visit http://www.purdue.edu/physicalfacilities/construction_notices.html


We urge you to act promptly to secure lodging. Accommodations are in short supply for football weekends. The Greater Lafayette Convention and Visitors Bureau maintains a referral list of available space at area lodging facilities for major weekends in the community. Please call (800) 872-6648 or (765) 447-9999.  Click here for a list of local hotels.