Despite the independence brought about by leaving home and attending a university, to some college students, staying in touch with family is still important. Virginia Tech’s family weekend — a way to bring together students and their families — will take place Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22. There are numerous events for everyone to engage in while exploring all Tech and Blacksburg have to offer.
Events over the entire weekend
Check-in: While it is definitely not necessary to check in for family weekend, it could be beneficial, as families will receive an information packet highlighting the weekend’s activities. Check-in will take place in the Williamsburg Room in Squires Student Center from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. There will also be opportunities to take family photos, get tickets, sign up for other activities and more.
Corps Museum tour: The Corps Museum located in Rasche Hall will be offering cadet-led tours from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. This is a great chance to get a glimpse of the rich military history of the University.
Get golf ready: The words “free” and “golf” don’t typically go together, so take advantage of the free golf lessons being offered on the Puck Pond field. The Middle Atlantic PGA section is offering the lessons from noon to 4 p.m. and will be a great way get tips from a professional and to tune up skills.
Swing dance and lesson: The YMCA on North Main Street is hosting a swing dance party while providing lessons as well. This event is guaranteed to have a small and friendly atmosphere allowing for both partners and solo dancers to join.
Hokie race: An “Amazing Race” inspired event will put families against each other in order for them to be claimed champion. The teams will complete seven challenges, and prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. The race begins at 10:30 a.m. in Colonial Hall in Squires but check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. Teams must register to participate before that time.
Movie viewing: There will be a movie viewing of '80s comedy classic “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” at two different times on Saturday. Both shows will take place in Colonial Hall in Squires, with one screening at 2 p.m. and the other at 8 p.m.
Spring Game: The official “Maroon and White” scrimmage is set to take place at 4 p.m. in Lane Stadium. This is the first opportunity to check out the progression of this year’s team as it prepares for the fall season.
Downtown scavenger hunt: Explore all the nooks and crannies of downtown Blacksburg while also competing in a fun scavenger hunt. The event begins in Colonial Hall in Squires at 5 p.m. and will last until approximately 9 p.m. All of the teams will receive a prize for participation and the three teams to complete the scavenger hunt the fastest will get gift certificates from various downtown businesses.
Coffee college: Coffee enthusiasts and sleep-deprived students will love this event taking place at Deet’s Place from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. A course will be offered as a way to educate students and parents about the different techniques of roasting and brewing that go into a good cup of joe. Deet’s also plans to serve its award-winning coffee along with featured breakfast menu items. Stop by and enjoy a tasty breakfast.
16 Blocks tour: Two tours will embark — one at 9 a.m. and the other at 10 a.m. — to allow individuals to explore the distinctive history of the town of Blacksburg. The town’s original layout will be explored, along with the reason for its location and an examination of stories of early settlers of the area. The tours will embark from the Blacksburg Municipal Building.
For a full listing of events, please visit the Family Weekend Events page: