Family Weekend Frequently Asked Questions

  • Family Weekend Check-in is open from 9am – 3pm. Please arrive at the Klotsche Pavilion within 30 minutes of your check-in time.
  • Klotsche Pavilion is located at 3409 N Downer Ave, Milwaukee WI 53211. Due to construction, please enter from Edgewood Blvd.
  • Parking is available for $3 all day in the Klotsche Pavilion parking structure.
  • Please visit for answers to your Family Weekend questions.
  • For questions or concerns on the day of the event please call Alyssa at 414-251-7276. If you are running late, please only call if you won’t arrive by the 3pm check-in close.
When is Family Weekend?

Family Weekend officially takes place Saturday, October 9th. Many families choose to visit their students for the entire weekend, October 8th – 10th. See Family Weekend Lodging Options.

Are all families welcome?

Yes! Many families make visiting their student during Family Weekend an annual tradition.

How does ticketing, registration, and scheduling work?

Each family will need a Family Weekend Pass to take advantage of all the great events and programs on-campus and around the City of Milwaukee on Saturday, Oct. 9. You will need a Family Weekend Pass to participate in both complimentary and ticketed events. Tickets can be purchased on the University Tickets website. Families get to choose their own schedule starting with their check-in time when purchasing the Family Weekend Pass.

Each Family Weekend pass comes with a complimentary swag item (1 per student), discounted campus parking, and more.

Do step families need to purchase multiple family passes?

1 pass for all parts of a family is fine unless you prefer to purchase tickets separately under different accounts. You need to have purchased the family pass in order to access the additional ticketed events. You will have to show your family pass to gain access to complimentary events on the schedule.

Each Family Weekend pass comes with a complimentary swag item (1 per student), discounted campus parking, and more. If you’d like multiple swag items, you can purchase an additional family pass.

Is there a registration deadline?

We strongly encourage families to pre-register for Family Weekend as soon as possible since many paid events will reach capacity well in advance of Family Weekend.

Early-bird registration will be live through Wednesday, September 15 with a discounted family pass at $15.

Please note, Family Weekend Pass costs will increase as we get closer to the event.

Early Bird Rate – Prior to September 15: $15
Pre-Registration – September 15-September 29: $20
September 30-October 9: $25

Pre-registration will close on Wednesday, September 29 leading up to the event in order to ensure all families packages are prepared. Families can register on the day of the event, however there is no guarantee for ticket availability at that time.

Do I include my student(s) or small children in my registration numbers?

Our general rule of thumb is if a person needs a seat at any event, they will also need a ticket. Students should absolutely be included in your registration numbers. If you have a small child that will sit on the lap of a family members at events, they will not need a ticket.

Can we attend without our student?

Yes. We know some families may have students with commitments throughout the day and may still want to attend events.

How do we make changes or update our families registration?

Adding tickets: If you’d like to purchase any additional tickets, you can do so by purchasing tickets the same way you originally purchased tickets. You must purchase additional event ticket under the same account that purchased the Family Pass in order to avoid being required to purchase a secondary pass in order to access the additional ticketed events. Panther Families will not refund patrons who purchase an additional family pass instead of using the original purchasing account.

Exchanges and Refunds: Please contact Alannah at to exchange ticket times or to request a refund before September 30.

What are the COVID-19 related event details?

We completely support each family in making decisions that work best for their family when it comes to visiting students in Milwaukee or attending Family Weekend. We are monitoring circumstances and will continue to follow campus, local, state, and federal guidance as it relates to COVID-19 mitigation. If cancellation becomes necessary, all families will be refunded. All attendees will be required to follow City of Milwaukee and UW-Milwaukee COVID-19 guidelines in place at the time of Family Weekend.

As of September 7, you can expect the following for family weekend, but please note some of these things may be subject to change:
-masks are required indoors on campus
-check-in times are selected by each family when the family pass is purchased to de-densify the check-in process
-Family Weekend is cashless
-Several events have been moved outdoors
-The on campus lunch/dinner option is a build your own picnic that can be taken to eat wherever each family feels comfortable. Families are also encouraged to eat out in the City.
-The Milwaukee Tour is being run through City Tours MKE instead of 50-person coach buses.
-We are looking at options to move certain events virtual if we approach a point where we may have to limit or cancel in-person events.
-We also encourage all students and visitors to get vaccinated if they are able.

You agree to comply with all of the Event Organizer’s applicable rules, policies, terms, and conditions (“Event Organizer Rules”). The Event Organizer reserves the right, without refund of any amount paid, to refuse admission to, or eject, any person whose conduct management deems disorderly, who uses vulgar or abusive language, or who fails to comply with Event Organizer Rules including but not limited to those mitigating the risk of COVID-19. Breach of terms or rules will terminate your license to attend the event without refund. A ticket is a revocable license and admission may be refused. A ticket is not redeemable for cash.

  1. Client and all its invitees and attendees shall at all times abide by applicable federal and State laws and regulations as well as applicable UW-System and UWM policies and procedures. This includes, but is not limited to, laws, regulations, policies, procedures and guidance implemented in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g. restrictions on permissible use of facilities, occupancy limits, social distancing measures, face-covering requirements). Client and invitees and attendees must also abide at all times with any requirements of the police or fire departments.
  2. Under no circumstances shall UWM be in default of the terms of this Agreement or with respect to the performance of any of the terms, covenants, and conditions of this Agreement if the same is due to any strike, lockout, civil commotion, war, war-like operation, any acts of terrorism, vandalism, hostilities, martial law, inability to obtain any material or service (including but not limited to utility services), the disruption of utility service, fire or water damage, force majeure or any other cause beyond the control of UWM, including but not limited to, pandemics or other public health emergencies. In the event of such occurrence, this Agreement shall be terminated and Client shall be refunded any funds not already expended by UWM and Client hereby waives any claim for damages or any further compensation against UWM.
  3. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Agreement to the contrary, the parties understand that there is inherent uncertainty involved in scheduling future events in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the changing status of national, state, local, UWM and UW System laws, regulations, rules, guidance and/or policies which may impact use of the Client Spaces (collectively, the “Applicable Rules”). The parties will endeavor to decide whether the Events and the use of Client Spaces will proceed by two weeks prior to each booking. Either party may terminate this Agreement with written notice to the other party on or prior to such dates without penalty.
What are the day of instructions for Family Weekend and check-in?

Start your day with check-in
Family Weekend events begin with check-in taking place in the Klotsche Center Lobby. Please arrive within 30 minutes of your selected check-in time. If your family has not pre-registered, you may arrive any time between 9am and 3pm.

At check-in, you will be able to pick-up your swag item, take advantage of complimentary coffee, tea, and water and ask any questions so you are prepared for your day.

Please keep in mind, your designated check-in time is a recommendation to help mitigate the volume of families checking in at the same time, not a rule. Arriving earlier or later than your designated check-in time may cause the check-in process to move more slowly, and we ask for your patience as we check families in as quickly as we are able.

Please allow for 1 hour to make it from parking on campus, to check-in, and then to your first scheduled activity.

Please Note: We cannot process refunds for any missed events. Check-in closes at 3:00pm. Any family arriving after this time will forfeit their ticket reservations and swag item.

UWM Food Center and Pantry Food Drive during Check-In
Please consider bringing non-perishable food items to check in where you can donate to students in need. Learn more about the UWM Food Center and Pantry.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner recommendations
Families are encouraged to explore Milwaukee as they seek out breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Please note, food options on campus will begin with Lunch. Families are encouraged to eat breakfast prior to arriving on campus or in the City after checking in. Complimentary coffee will be available at check-in in the Klotsche Lobby until 11:00 AM.

Please note: other restaurant operations (Taco Bell, Burger King, City Subs, etc.) on the 1st floor of the Union will be closed, along with the Gasthaus, due to Union renovations.

There are many dining options within a short distance of campus. Here is a list of Family Weekend partner restaurants:

Corner Bakery Cafe

Colectivo Coffee

Shake Shack

Cousins Subs

Pizza Shuttle


These restaurants are offering deals and coupons for the duration of the weekend! More information about restaurant promotions is located on the Family Weekend schedule.

What is the cost of Family Weekend?

Please note, Family Weekend Pass costs will increase as we get closer to the event.

Early Bird Rate – Prior to September 15: $15
Pre-Registration – September 15-September 29: $20
September 30-October 9: $25

Each family pass includes complimentary refreshments during check-in, a swag item, discounted registration for the Panther Prowl, discounted on-campus parking, and access to all the complimentary activities on the Family Weekend schedule.

What forms of payment are accepted for Family Weekend?

Family Weekend 2021 will be cashless. All major credit cards are accepted.

How do we get to campus and what is the scoop on parking?

Getting to Campus
Please park your vehicle prior to checking in. See “parking” section below.

Coming from N. Lincoln Memorial Dr. :

Due to the Panther Prowl route street closures on N. Downer Ave. and E. Kenwood Blvd., traffic taking N. Lincoln Memorial Dr. along the Lakefront will be directed North onto N. Lake Dr.. Please follow N. Lake Dr. and turn left onto E. Edgewood Ave. until you reach Klotsche and Pavilion Parking.

Coming from South, or West of Campus (Ex: I-43 N or S, Downtown) :

We recommend taking Locust St. to N. Oakland Ave. From Locust St. turn North onto Oakland Ave.,Turn East on E. Edgewood Ave. to reach the Pavilion Parking garage due to Panther Prowl closures on parts of E. Hartford Ave., N. Maryland Ave.

Parking Information
Recommended parking is available in the UWM Pavilion Parking Garage. The address is: 3409 N Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211. Check-in will take place in the Klotsche/Pavillion Lobby.  *Please note, there will be new building construction on the Klotsche Annex near the Klotsche center during family weekend. Please be mindful of traffic directions as you approach parking. You must enter the Pavillion parking garage from Edgewood ave.

All day parking is $3. As you enter the Pavilion garage, take a ticket at the entrance gate. Before exiting for the day, take your ticket to one of the Pavilion garage pay stations to pay your $3 discounted rate (pay stations are located at each first floor Pavilion entrance). Then, proceed to your vehicle and use your ticket to exit the garage.

We discourage families from parking on the neighborhood streets surrounding the campus due to short time-restrictions, varying parking regulations, and strongly-enforced parking restrictions on the Eastside.

If arriving after Panther Prowl events (around 1pm), the UWM Student Union Parking Garage will be available, however check-in takes place in the Klotsche center lobby this year.

A map of campus is available here: Paper copies of campus maps will be available at check-in.

Prowl Line Transportation
The Prowl Line is and will be available on Saturday, October 9 for Family Weekend. They only accept guests who possess guest passes, which you can obtain from Sandburg, with your student. The hours of the Prowl Line are 9am-3am.
Are we supposed to attend all the events?

Attend as many or as few events as you like! Family Weekend is designed to appeal to a variety of interests, so we offer different options. Choose the events that fit your family and your schedule.

How does scheduling work for Family Weekend? Do we pick our time or is it assigned for us?

You pick and build your own schedule when you register.

There are so many events, how do we choose?

We’ve created a jam-packed event schedule for families to ensure the fun never stops during your time on campus and in the City of Milwaukee. Some families may choose to split up for events while others may want to attend events as a whole family. There is no one way to do Family Weekend.

Is there time for my family to participate in the Panther Prowl and attend all the Family Weekend paid events?

Yes! Many families choose to participate in the Prowl and head over to check-in to receive their registration materials in the Klotsche/Pavillion Lobby once they have completed the prowl.

Where can I purchase Panther Gear?

You can purchase UWM merch at our Panther Shop, located on the first floor of the Student Union (by Taco Bell).

What items will be available to purchase at Family Weekend?

In addition to all the great gear at the Panther Shop, the following items will be available for purchase at the Union Concourse Information Desk:

  • 4-pack of UWM Stadium Cups $5
  • UW Milwaukee 2021 Limited Edition Fanny Pack/Sling Bag $10
  • UWM Cooler Bag $15
  • UW Milwaukee 2021 Limited Edition T-Shirt $20
We have special needs/dietary restrictions/mobility accommodations. Who should we contact?

Contact with any questions. Please let us know if you will be bringing a stroller or a wheelchair so we may plan schedules accordingly as strollers and wheelchairs affect event capacities and we want to ensure you have a smooth experience at Family Weekend. Please note that we do not have strollers or wheelchairs available for public use on campus and participants should plan to bring their own. There are several dietary restriction options accommodated in the Build your Own Picnic food option. Other than that all food options will be off-site with the exception of grab and go lunch food in the Union Station.

Where can we find out about overnight accommodations?

Please visit our lodging page for more information about staying overnight during Family Weekend.

What is the guest pass policy in the University Housing residence halls during Family Weekend?

Guest passes are required to enter the residence halls and you must be with your student resident at all times in order to pass through security. There is currently a 2 guest per student limit due to COVID-19. Families are encouraged to register for guest passes prior to the day of Family Weekend to ensure easiest and fastest access into the residence halls on Family Weekend. After completing pre-registration, stop by the Guest Registration desk in the lobby of Cambridge, Riverview, or Sandburg with your resident host to pick up your guest pass. If you are 16 or older, you will also need to present photo ID. For help or additional information call 414-229-6123 during normal business hours or email

Lakefront Bike Ride Additional Details

Families must first check-in in the Klotsche/Pavillion Lobby prior to going on the Lakefront Bike Ride. University Recreation will reach out via email requesting additional rider information and that a waiver be signed prior to the bike ride.

Please arrive ten minutes prior to your assigned trip departure to get ready for the ride. Your assigned time is located in the schedule that was emailed to you. The Klotsche Center is attached to the Pavilion parking structure. This is about a 10-minute walk from the Union Concourse located in the Student Union Please contact (414) 229-7261 in Outdoor Pursuits – University Recreation for more details or if you have any questions or concerns. 

This event will take place rain or shine, and will be cancelled only in the event of severe weather.

Planetarium Show Additional Details

The UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium is a 5-10 minute walk from various areas on campus. Please arrive 5 minutes prior to your scheduled time and have your Family Weekend Pass and Planetarium Show tickets available when you arrive. You must attend the show time designated on your tickets. The Planetarium will feature the specialty show, “Life of a Star” which lasts about 40 minutes.

Comedy Sportz Show Additional Information

Families may begin arriving to the 1st floor Union Ballroom in the Student Union 15-20 minutes prior to the show start at 7:00 pm. The show is expected to last 90 minutes. Comedy Sportz is family-friendly and the longest running comedy show in Wisconsin. Complimentary popcorn and a cash bar will be available. 

I need a refund. Who should I contact?

Refunds may be granted before September 30 upon request via email. No refunds will be granted the week of, day of, or after the event. You can contact Alannah at with any questions. Refunds typically take 3-5 business days to process once the refund has been initiated by the Family Weekend team. You will be notified once the team has initiated your refund.

Please check dates and ticket information carefully prior to final purchase. The Panther Family Association does not issue refunds after the aforementioned date unless the event has been canceled by the UWM, UW system or the Event Coordinator of that event. If a refund is issued, the base ticket price amount & tax will be refunded back to your card. The Panther Family Association will make every attempt to reschedule events cancelled within the 2 week window prior to the event.

The Panther Family Association reserves the right to refuse admission to the venue, to request any ticket holder to leave the venue, and/or to take any appropriate action to enforce these rights. Tickets are subject to our ticketing policy. Tickets obtained from unauthorized sources are void, and the holder may be denied admission without compensation. The Panther Family Association is not responsible for misplaced, lost or stolen tickets. Barcode valid for one admission only, do not duplicate.