Family Weekend

Family Weekend 2019: October 4 - 6

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
  • Cheer on the Red Dragon athletic teams
  • Attend 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. 

Family Weekend Registration is closed. We look forward to seeing you Oct. 4-6! If you did not register in advance, you are still more than welcome to visit during Family Weekend. Many events are free with no advance registration required or you may purchase tickets at the venue (athletic events, musical theater show, NAACP talent show). The only closed events/services are the brunch, planetarium shows, and SLC fitness access. 

Family Weekend 2019 Schedule 

Friday, Oct. 4

6am -Midnight Student Life Center open
Student Life Center
Free access to the fitness center includes pool, track, and workout equipment. Advance registration required.

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

4 - 8 p.m. Check-In

Corey Union Lobby
Welcome! Check-in and pick up your Family Weekend reserved tickets, information, and updated weekend schedule. 

6 - 9:30 p.m. Dowd Gallery open

Dowd Fine Arts
Visit the exhibit: Selected Works: Pieces from the Permanent Collection

6 p.m. Women's Volleyball vs. Oneonta
Park Center Corey Gymnasium
$4 General Admission. $3 Seniors and children 13-17. SUNY Cortland students and children 12 and under are free. Individual game tickets may be purchased at the venue or purchase an all-access athletic pass for $5 through the Family Weekend pre-registration process.

6:30 p.m. Cortland's Got Talent
Corey Union Function Room
SUNY Cortland's chapter of the NAACP proudly hosts a talent show featuring the following talent categories: stepping/strolling, dancing, singing/rapping, and spoken word. Tickets may be purchased at the door: $3 Cortland students, $5 general admission.  Cash only.

6:30 p.m. Musical Legacy Display

Corey Union, 3rd Floor Hallway

SUNY Cortland Alumni who are members of the Concert Legacy Committee will be displaying memorabilia from the classic concerts that were held on campus between 1960 and 1990. There also is a display on the first floor of the Memorial Library near the Bookmark which can be viewed during regular Library hours.

7:30 p.m. Theatre Performance: Lysistrata
Dowd Fine Arts Theatre
Fed up with the endless conflicts between Athens and Sparta, Lysistrata rallies the women of Greece to deny sex to their husbands until they end the Peloponnesian War. Bringing a modern perspective to one of the theatre's oldest surviving comedies, Chemers and Ball's translation of Lysistrata  is "not your mother's bawdy anti-war comedy." Tickets may be purchased online http://cortlandtickets.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event_listings.asp or at the box office. Adults $19, Senior Citizen $16, Faculty/Staff $16, Alumni $14, Student/Youth $10.  INTENDED FOR ADULT AUDIENCES.

Saturday, Oct. 5

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

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

9 – 11 a.m. Check-In
Corey Union Lobby
Welcome! Check-in and pick up your Family Weekend reserved tickets, information, and updated weekend schedule.  

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. - 3 p.m.and 6 - 9:30 p.m. Dowd Gallery open

Dowd Fine Arts
Visit the exhibit: Selected Works: Pieces from the Permanent Collection

10:30 a.m. Coffee and Conversation
Corey Union Exhibition Lounge
Start your day with coffee and tea and an opportunity to speak with SUNY Cortland staff and other families prior to the President's Brunch.

10:30 a.m. Musical Legacy Display

Corey Union Lobby & 1st Floor

SUNY Cortland Alumni who are members of the Concert Legacy Committee will be displaying memorabilia from the classic concerts that were held on campus between 1960 and 1990. There also is a display on the first floor of the Memorial Library near the Bookmark which can be viewed during regular Library hours.

11:30 a.m. Presidents’ Brunch - CLOSED
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 Chester Bennett as well as performances by A Capella groups. General Admission (adults and SUNY Cortland students, children 6 and up) - $15; Children (5 and under) - $5.00. Advance registration required.

1 p.m. Football vs. Utica
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 12 p.m. Individual game tickets may be purchased at the venue or purchase a discounted all-access athletic pass for $5 through the Family Weekend registration process.

1 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. Oswego
Holloway Field
$4 General Admission. $3 Seniors and children 13-17. SUNY Cortland students and children 12 and under are free. Individual game tickets may be purchased at the venue or purchase an all-access athletic pass for $5 through the Family Weekend registration process.

1 p.m. Field Hockey vs. Geneseo
Stadium Complex, White Field
$4 General Admission. $3 Seniors and children 13-17. SUNY Cortland students and children 12 and under are free. Individual game tickets may be purchased at the venue or purchase an all-access athletic pass for $5 through the Family Weekend registration process.

1 p.m. Women's Volleyball vs. New Paltz
Park Center, Corey Gymnasium
$4 General Admission. $3 Seniors and children 13-17. SUNY Cortland students and children 12 and under are free. Individual game tickets may be purchased at the venue or purchase an all-access athletic pass for $5 through the Family Weekend registration process.

1 p.m. Women's Tennis vs. Oswego
Tennis Courts

2 - 5 p.m. Apple Picking
Beak and Skiff Apple Orchard, 2708 Lords Hill Road (Rte. 80), Lafayette
Free. Bus is first come, first serve departing from Corey Union. 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 - CLOSED
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. 

7:30 p.m. Lacrosse Game: Syracuse University vs. the University of Denver - NEW!

Stadium Complex

These DI powerhouses go head-to-head on the Cortland campus. Lacrosse Legend Inductee Bill Tierney '73 is head coach of the Pioneers. $5 will be charged at the gate to benefit the Red Dragon Men's Lacrosse team. This game is not included in the all-access athletic pass. 

7:30 p.m. Theatre Performance: Lysistrata
Dowd Fine Arts Theatre
Fed up with the endless conflicts between Athens and Sparta, Lysistrata rallies the women of Greece to deny sex to their husbands until they end the Peloponnesian War. Bringing a modern perspective to one of the theatre's oldest surviving comedies, Chemers and Ball's translation of Lysistrata  is "not your mother's bawdy anti-war comedy." Tickets may be purchased online http://cortlandtickets.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event_listings.asp or at the box office. Adults $19, Senior Citizen $16, Faculty/Staff $16, Alumni $14, Student/Youth $10.  INTENDED FOR ADULT AUDIENCES.

8 p.m. The Evasons Mentalist Duo

Old Main Brown Auditorium
The Evasons are one of very few couples in history who have mastered the incredible artistry of two person telepathy. They continue to travel around the globe as they share this rare and mysterious legacy. From the moment they walk on stage, Jeff & Tessa Evason interact and engage with everyone in the audience. People are speechless when Tessa perceives birth dates, personal items, a serial number on any bill in a borrowed wallet or even the name of distant loved ones — all while standing on stage wearing a blindfold. Her intuitive gifts will captivate you. They have performed for audiences in over 35 countries and on network TV specials including Penn & Teller: Fool Us on CW, Powers of the Paranormal on FOX, World's Greatest Magic on NBC, Grand Illusions on Discovery Channel as well as guest appearances on CBC, CTV and The Comedy Network. Free.

Sunday, Oct. 6

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

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

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: Lysistrata
Dowd Fine Arts Theatre
Fed up with the endless conflicts between Athens and Sparta, Lysistrata rallies the women of Greece to deny sex to their husbands until they end the Peloponnesian War. Bringing a modern perspective to one of the theatre's oldest surviving comedies, Chemers and Ball's translation of Lysistrata  is "not your mother's bawdy anti-war comedy." Tickets may be purchased online http://cortlandtickets.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event_listings.asp or at the box office. Adults $19, Senior Citizen $16, Faculty/Staff $16, Alumni $14, Student/Youth $10.  INTENDED FOR ADULT AUDIENCES.

3 p.m. Cortland Apple Run 5K - NEW!

Athletics Pavilion (between Park Center & Wallace Baseball Field)

Recreational Sports hosts the 12th Annual Apple Run, a non-competitive road race. Register on-site. 

Family Weekend is also C-Lax Legends Weekend. If interested, please check out the schedule here: C-Lax Schedule