Butler Family Weekend: Things to do

A graphic of events Butler is hosting for Family Weekend. Graphic by Haley Stevenson.

ELLIE ALLEN  |  STAFF REPORTER  |  emallen2@butler.edu

Butler Family weekend is quickly approaching, and there are many activities both on and off campus that students and their families can participate in. From sporting events to performances, here are all of the events that students can look forward to.



Women’s basketball vs. Eastern Illinois

Where: Hinkle Fieldhouse

When: Noon

Tickets: Available at the gate


Friday Night Hillel Shabbat Dinner:

Where: Center for Faith and Vocation

When: 6 p.m.

Reservations are appreciated but not mandatory


Holcomb Observatory Tour

On Friday and Saturday evening the observatory will be open for a planetarium show and telescope viewing

When: 7 p.m.

Tickets: Free for Butler students, $4 for children, $6 for adults


Friday evening performances:

Butler Opera Theatre will perform “Opera Scenes and Arias” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Schrott Center for the Arts.

Butler Opera Theatre

Butler Opera will perform “Opera Scenes and Arias” Friday and Saturday night.

Where: Schrott Center for the Arts

When: 7:30 p.m.

Don Felder will also be performing at 8:00 p.m. in Clowes Memorial Hall.



High Ropes Course:

Family members over age 12 can tackle the ropes course located near the canal between I-lot and Holcomb Gardens. Space is limited, and families can begin arriving at 8 a.m. to secure a spot.

When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Nutcracker Dress Rehearsal:

Butler Ballet will be performing a dress rehearsal of the Nutcracker which families can watch through studio windows.

Where: Lily Hall

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Lacy School of Business Tour:

Get a sneak peak of the new business school scheduled to open summer 2019. Reservations are required. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and be at least 18.

When: 9 a.m. and 9:50 a.m.


Family College Sessions:

Families can learn more about special opportunities at Butler, including Campus without Borders, Greek life, and internship and career planning. There will be two 45-minute sessions.

Where: TBA

When: 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.


Lil’ Sibs Build a Bulldog:

For students with younger siblings, this is a great activity. Kids can build stuffed bulldogs and enjoy refreshments. This event is $15 per sibling while space is available.

Where: TBA

When: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.


Family Brunch:

Families are invited to eat brunch with faculty and staff from various colleges. A catered meal will be provided. Registration is required, call the office of alumni and parent programs at 800-368-6852 ext. 9946 for more information.

Where: Efroymson Family Gym in Hinkle Fieldhouse

When: 10:30 a.m. to noon


Service Project:

The Volunteer Center will be hosting a blanket-making project for a local charity.

Where: Johnson Room in Robertson Hall

When: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Football vs. Stetson

Families can tailgate before the football game starting at 8 a.m. in the Hinkle Fieldhouse parking lot. Single car parking passes cost $20 and are available through Family Weekend registration.

Where: Bud and Jackie Sellick Bowl

When: Noon

Tickets: $5 for youth and $8 for adults


Volleyball vs. DePaul

Where: Hinkle Fieldhouse

When: 2 p.m.

Tickets: Available at gate


Basketball vs. Miami (OH)

Where: Hinkle Fieldhouse

When: 7 p.m.

Tickets: Sold out. For those who did not buy tickets, a viewing party will be held in the Fairview House Community Room.


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