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Family Weekend

Family Weekend at South Dakota State University is a great way to spend quality time with your student! Choose your own adventure and explore the best that SDSU and the Brookings community have to offer.

  • Free admission to Family Weekend, registration encouraged and required for football game tickets discount code. Registration will open soon. 
  • Check back often for additional updates!

Dates:

Friday, Sept. 13

Explore Downtown Brookings, Downtown Brookings
Visit Downtown Brookings  for a listing of retail and dining options.

5 a.m.–10 p.m. Open Gym, Miller Wellness Center, 1440 N Campus Dr.
Family members and students can work out all weekend. Check-in at the front desk.

10 a.m.–6 p.m. McCrory Gardens, 631 22nd Ave.
The beauty of fall is on full display at McCrory Gardens and Arboretum. Stroll through the gardens, check out the gift shop or enjoy a walk through the arboretum. Families free with student present!

 

Saturday, Sept. 14

Explore Downtown Brookings, Downtown Brookings
Visit Downtown Brookings for a listing of retail and dining options.

7 a.m.–1 p.m. Open Gym, Miller Wellness Center, 1440 N Campus Dr.
Family members and students can work out all weekend. Check-in at the front desk.

7 a.m.–1 p.m. Free Outdoor Rentals, Miller Wellness Center, 1440 N Campus Dr.
Disc Golf: Grab your discs and head to the SDSU Disc Golf Course! Bike Brookings: Explore all that Brookings has to offer, from campus to the bike trails and downtown.

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fall For Downtown, Downtown Brookings 
Downtown Brookings invites you to enjoy a day of fall festivities, fun and shopping. Main Avenue will be bustling with activities for the whole family! 
https://www.downtownbrookings.com/fall-festival

10 a.m.–noon Family Weekend Collections Storage Tours, SD Ag Heritage Museum
Stop by the Agricultural Heritage Museum to see our exhibits or stop by the collection storage building behind the scenes tour of part of our large artifact collection. Both the museum and storage areas are free to the public.

10 a.m.–4 p.m. South Dakota Art Museum, 1036 Medary Ave.
Check out the unique exhibits and gift store of South Dakota's Art Museum. Exhibits include Harvey Dunn and other artists.

10 a.m.–4 p.m. Jackrabbit Central - Student Union ($), University Student Union, 1421 Student Union Ln.
Get game day ready with the largest selection of SDSU apparel!

10 a.m.–6 p.m. McCrory Gardens, 631 22nd Ave.
The beauty of fall is on full display at McCrory Gardens and Arboretum. Stroll through the gardens, check out the gift shop or enjoy a walk through the arboretum. Families free with student present!

3-5 p.m. Family Weekend Tailgate, South of the Miller Wellness Center
Yard games, music and family fun ahead of the Football game! Free SDSU Ice Cream will also be served.

5:30 p.m. Pregame Performance, Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium, 1396 Stadium Rd.
Don’t miss the Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band!

6 p.m. SDSU Football vs. Augustana University ($), Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium, 1396 Stadium Rd.
Enjoy NCAA Division I football with your student as the Jackrabbits take the field. Registration required for ticket discount code. 

 

Sunday, Sept. 15

9 a.m.–1 p.m. Open Gym, Miller Wellness Center, 1440 N Campus Dr.
Family members and students can work out all weekend. Check-in at the front desk.

9 a.m.–1 p.m. Free Outdoor Rentals, Miller Wellness Center, 1440 N Campus Dr.
Disc Golf: Grab your discs and head to the SDSU Disc Golf Curse! Bike Brookings: Explore all that Brookings has to offer, from campus to the bike trails and downtown.

10 a.m.–6 p.m. McCrory Gardens, 631 22nd Ave.
The beauty of fall is on full display at McCrory Gardens and Arboretum. Stroll through the gardens, check out the gift shop or enjoy a walk through the arboretum. Families free with student present!

Noon–4 p.m. South Dakota Art Museum, 1036 Medary Ave.
Check out the unique exhibits and gift store of South Dakota's Art Museum. Exhibits include Harvey Dunn and other artists.

1-3 p.m. Party on the Porch, McCrory Gardens, 631 22nd Ave. 
Enjoy a stroll through the gardens, live music, food trucks and more inside McCrory Gardens. 

Family Weekend is designed for you and your family to choose the adventure that is best for you! Take in as much or as little as you want, at your own pace. Throughout the weekend, help us capture your experience by tagging us on social! You can find us at @sdstatepics on Instagram or South Dakota State University on Facebook.