Family Weekend

Family Weekend 2018:  October 5 - 7

Every fall, Family Weekend provides a chance for families to visit students for a fun-filled weekend on the Cortland campus. This is a great time to experience college through their student's eyes, and for students to show them why they love Cortland.

You'll have the opportunity to...

  • Enjoy brunch with College President Erik J. Bitterbaum
  • Celebrate the College's Sesquicentennial 1868-2018
  • Cheer on the Red Dragon athletic teams
  • Attend lectures and on-campus performances
  • Explore campus and partake in local fall activities

The weekend is designed to help you discover what SUNY Cortland has to offer and learn about the organizations, people and places that have become home to your student.  

Information on lodging in the Cortland area can be found through the Restaurants and Lodging information page. Register below. 

Family Weekend 2018 Schedule 

Friday, Oct. 5

6am -Midnight Student Life Center open
Student Life Center
Must sign up in advance. Free access to the fitness center includes pool, track, and workout equipment. 

8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. College Bookstore open
Neubig Hall
Get Cortland apparel, school supplies, and more. 

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Dowd Gallery open
Dowd Fine Arts
Visit the exhibit: Form and Forever by Cortland alumnae Heather Ramsdale

4 - 8 p.m. Check-In
Corey Union Lobby
Welcome! Check-in and pick up your Family Weekend packet containing your reserved tickets and updated event schedules. 

4 p.m. Men's Soccer vs. Potsdam
Stadium Complex
$4 General Admission. $3 Seniors and children 13-17. SUNY Cortland students and children 12 and under are free.

6 p.m. SUNY Cortland Sesquicentennial
Moffett Lawn (Rain site: Moffett Gym)
Celebrate 150 years of excellence. This birthday celebration will include performances by student groups, free cake, and the evening will conclude with fireworks. 

8:30 p.m. Theatre Performance: Annie Get Your Gun 
Dowd Fine Arts Theatre
Musical production about Annie Oakley, a sharpshooter who starred in Buffalo Bill's Wild West, and her romance with sharpshooter Frank E. Butler. $19 General admission. $14 Alumni. $10 Students.

Saturday, Oct. 6

7am-Midnight Student Life Center open
Student Life Center
Free access to the fitness center includes pool, track, and workout equipment.

9 – 11 a.m. Check-In
Corey Union Lobby
Welcome! Check-in and pick up your Family Weekend packet containing your reserved tickets and updated event schedules.  

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Great Cortland Pumpkinfest
Courthouse Park, Cortland.
Enjoy arts and craft exhibitors, food, entertainment, children's games and more at Cortland’s Annual Pumpkinfest.  Learn more at: http://www.cortlandpumpkinfest.org. Bus transportation provided every hour from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. from the Neubig Bus Stop.

10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. College Bookstore opens
Neubig Hall
Get Cortland apparel, school supplies, and more. Bookstore closes at 5:30 p.m.

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 7:30-9:30 p.m. Dowd Gallery open
Dowd Fine Arts
Visit the exhibit: Form and Forever by Cortland alumnae Heather Ramsdale

10 a.m. Dream On, Dream Until Your Dreams Come True
Corey Union, 1st Floor
Join us as we chronicle SUNY Cortland's storied musical past and its role in launching legendary entertainment careers. Learn from musicians, agents and promoters who were involved in that golden era of campus concerts. Learn more by visiting the Event Page or reading the Press Release.Complimentary coffee provided at 9:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m. Presidents’ Brunch/Student Showcase
Corey Union Function Room
Join us for brunch, a popular tradition with families and students, with remarks by College President Erik J. Bitterbaum and Student Government President Sophie Umansky as well as performances by student groups. General Admission (adults and SUNY Cortland students, children 6 and up) - $15; Children (5 and under) - $5.00. Advance registration required.

12 p.m. Football vs. Morrisville
Stadium Complex Main Field
$6 General Admission. $5 Seniors and children 13-17. SUNY Cortland students and children 12 and under are free. Gates open at 11 a.m. Birthday celebration continues with inflatables, carnival games, and picture opportunity. 

2 - 5 p.m. Apple Picking
Beak and Skiff Apple Orchard, 2708 Lords Hill Road (Rte. 80), Lafayette
Bus departs from Corey Union. Free. Advance registration required. Families are welcome to follow the bus in their own vehicles. Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. with the last wagon departing at 5 p.m.

3 - 6 p.m. Planetarium Shows
Bowers Hall
Planetarium Director and Physics Lecturer, Sean Nolan will present planetarium shows every 30 minutes from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Free. Advance registration required. 

4 p.m. Men's Soccer vs. Plattsburgh
Stadium Complex
$4 General Admission. $3 Seniors and children 13-17. SUNY Cortland students and children 12 and under are free.

4:30 p.m. Family and Faculty Mix & Mingle

Cortland Beer Company, 16 Court St.

Mix and mingle with faculty, staff and other families while sampling Cortland’s very own local beer. Each registered person over the age of 21 will be provided a ticket for a beverage.  SUNY Cortland students under the age of 21 are permitted to attend, but may not consume alcohol.

7 p.m. To the Stars and Beyond: Reaching for Your Dreams
Old Main, Brown Auditorium
Winston Scott's journey to the stars as a NASA astronaut is a testament to the power of perseverance and vision. Raised in Miami, Scott's determination combined with the dedication of his teachers set him on an inspiring path of achievement. Since retiring from NASA, Scott has remained an active pilot. $10 General Admission. $8 Senior Citizens. All students and children free. *Arrangements for the appearance of Winston Scott made through Greater Talent Network, LLC., New York, NY.              

7:30 p.m. Theatre Performance: Annie Get Your Gun
Dowd Fine Arts Theatre
Musical production about Annie Oakley, a sharpshooter who starred in Buffalo Bill's Wild West, and her romance with sharpshooter Frank E. Butler. $19 General admission. $16 Faculty/staff. $9 Students.

8:30 p.m. Family Ice Skating
Park Center Alumni Ice Arena. 
Admission and skate rental tickets may be purchased on site. 

Sunday, Oct. 7

7 a.m.-Midnight Student Life Center open
Student Life Center
Free access to the fitness center includes pool, track, and workout equipment.

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. College Bookstore open
Neubig Hall
Get Cortland apparel, school supplies, and more. Bookstore closes at 3 p.m. 

12-5 p.m. Great Cortland Pumpkinfest
Courthouse Park, Cortland
Enjoy arts and craft exhibitors, food, entertainment, children's games and more at Cortland’s Annual Pumpkinfest.  Learn more at: http://www.cortlandpumpkinfest.org

2 p.m. Theatre Performance: Annie Get Your Gun
Dowd Fine Arts Theatre
Musical production about Annie Oakley, a sharpshooter who starred in Buffalo Bill's Wild West, and her romance with sharpshooter Frank E. Butler. $19 General admission. $16 Faculty/staff. $9 Students. 

REGISTER

Registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 29, 2018.