Family Weekend

Thank you to all families and students who attended Family Weekend 2021!  Dates for 2022 will be posted here as soon as they are available from Racer Athletics.


  • At-a-Glance (Updated 9/23/21)
  • Detailed Schedule & Event Descriptions (Updated 9/23/21)
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    Friday, October 1, 2021

    8:00 am to 4:30 pm

    Gallery Exhibits, 6th Floor Fine Arts

    Clara M. Eagle Gallery Exhibits open for viewing. Exhibits are located on the 6th floor of the Fine Arts building and are complimentary. More information at


    11:00 am to 1:00 pm

    It’s the Big 4-0!, Curris Center

    Celebrate the Curris Center's 40th Birthday with the campus community. Light refreshments served.


    7:00 pm

    Mr. MSU Pageant, Ballroom, Curris Center, Murray State Campus

    A longstanding favorite event on campus, Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority will host the Mr. MSU Pageant, where Murray State men perform their talents to compete for the crown.  Guests can buy tickets at the door for $10, and proceeds will benefit the Arthritis Foundation.


    7:30 pm

    Movie Night with Athletics, Stewart Stadium

    Rudy will be played at Stewart Stadium.  See our famous horse, Racer One, in attendance. Viewing of the movie is complimentary. 

    Saturday, October 2, 2021

    7:15 am

    Racer 5k,  Wellness Center

    Start your Saturday off right by participating in our Racer 5k! Check-in begins at 7:15 am; Race starts at 8:00 am. Register online prior to the event at Registration also accepted in person the morning of the event.  View cost and registration information online at


    9:00 am - 9:00 pm

    Wellness Center, Wellness Center

    Families and guests are welcome to tour or exercise at Murray State’s 73,000 square foot recreation facility free of charge.


    9:30 am - 10:30 am

    Residential College Reception, Residential College Lobbies

    Visit the place where your student lives and/or participates in educational activities and intramural sports while at Murray State and enjoy complimentary breakfast items in the lobbies of the Residential Colleges.  The Outstanding Parent/Family Member for each Residential College will also be recognized at each reception.  The receptions are complimentary. 


    9:30 am - 10:30 am

    Honors College Drop-In, Franklin Residential College Lobby

    Honors College families are welcome to stop by the Honors Living Learning Community (LLC) located in the three wings of the Franklin Residential College. Light refreshments will be served. This event is complimentary. 


    10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Burton Family Hall of Champions Tours, CFSB Center, Front Entrance

    Walk through the Hall of Champions with your family and learn more about Murray State’s athletic history.  Located at the front of the CFSB Center, the Hall of Champions highlights the greatest individuals and championship teams in Racer history. Admission is complimentary. 


    12:00-1:00 pm  (Time and location changed!)

    Conversations with University Administration, Great Lawn (during lunch)

    Join University President, Dr. Bob Jackson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Tim Todd,  Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Dr. Don Robertson, academic deans and other administrators for informal conversations about the University’s mission, vision, and goals for the future.


    12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

    Family Lunch,  Great Lawn between Alexander Hall & the Science Complex

    Enjoy a family lunch of pulled pork or chicken sandwiches, baked beans, watermelon slices, chips, Grandma’s Cookies®, and water or soda with Murray State faculty and staff while also taking part in….

    • Football Ticket Pick-Up | Welcome Packet/Backpack Pick-Up | Career Services Connections
    • Alumni Connections Photo Booth  Bounce House  Photos with Racer One  |  Games and more!

    The event will be held on the Great Lawn between Alexander Hall and the Science Complex and admission requires your purchase of lunch tickets prior to the event.

    *In the case of inclement weather, the Family Lunch will be relocated to Winslow Dining Hall.


    1:30 pm

    Racer Band Performance, Curris Center

    Enjoy the energy and excitement of the Racer Band!


    1:45 pm

    Racer Walk with the Football Team and Racer Band, Curris Center

    Cheer on our Racer football team as they prepare to play Eastern Illinois.  Greet the team as they walk out of the Curris Center and cheer for their success as we walk towards Stewart Stadium.


    2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Murray State University Alumni Association Tailgate,  Sid Easley Alumni Center Plaza

    Enjoy time with Racer alumni while enjoying light refreshments and appetizers prior to kickoff.  The event is open to all families.   Due to venue size limitations, online registrations will no longer be accepted after 9/10/2021.


    2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

    Football Ticket Pick-up, Will Call Located at Gate 4, Stewart Stadium

    If you pre-registered and haven’t picked up your football tickets, you still have time!  These tickets will be available at Will Call, Gate 4 of Stewart Stadium. Note: Kids through College students are admitted to the game for free.


    4:00 pm

    Racer Football vs. Eastern Illinois, Stewart Stadium

    Cheer on the Racer Football Team with your family as they face Eastern Illinois!  And, Clear the track! For more than 40 years, Racer One has been helping fans celebrate touchdowns with a victory lap around the field. Celebrate with us as we recognize the Outstanding Family Members and their student during halftime. 


    7:30 pm

    Cinema International Films, Curris Center Theatre

    Enjoy an international film experience with family in the Curris Center Theatre.  Viewing of the movie is complimentary. Film: Gemma Bovery (France) 2014.  Anne Fontaine’s film is a vibrant seriocomic re-imagining of Gustave Flaubert’s literary classic Madame Bovary, and a clever adaptation of Posy Simmonds’ graphic novel Gemma Bovery.  In French with English subtitles.

    Sunday, October 3, 2021

    Various Times

    Sunday Morning

    To find restaurants, food, beverages, and religious organization services, visit and view all of your Sunday morning options.


    9:00 am

    Rifle vs. West Virginia, Pat Spurgin Rifle Range in Murray, KY


    2:00 pm

    Faculty Showcase Recital, Performing Arts Hall

    Families and students are invited to attend this recital in support of music scholarships.  Complimentary.  Donations appreciated and may be made online at


    3:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    Wellness Center Open to Families,  Wellness Center

    Families and guests are welcome to tour or exercise at Murray State’s 73,000 square foot recreation facility free of charge.

    Area Attractions and Events

    More information at


    15th Street Family Weekend Tailgate

    Saturday; 6:30 pm |  Live music and food for purchase

    (Not a MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY EVENT but an option for Saturday night after the game)


    The Arboretum at Murray State, 300 Hickory Dr, Murray, KY

    6am-9pm  |  Come take a stroll, go for a run, play on the playground, or walk your dog through these student-maintained gardens. 


    Downtown Farmer’s Market, Court Square, Downtown Murray

    Saturday, 7am-12pm  Shop fresh, local produce, snack on scrumptious baked goods, and pick-up arts and crafts made with care by local artisans, socialize, and spend quality time with family while learning about Murray’s friendly, inviting atmosphere.  Meet the vendors and find out more information at


    Central Park,  Gil Hopson Drive, Murray, KY

    7am-10pm  Enjoy a day at Central Park! It is home to a dog park, skate park, community theatre, amphitheater, playgrounds, walking trails, picnic pavilions, baseball and softball diamonds, and more.


    Land Between the Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area

    Dawn-Dusk  Bike, drive, hike, picnic, relax, swim, and watch wildlife… all for free!  More information at


    Woodlands Nature Station at Land Between the Lakes,  3146 Silver Trail Road, Cadiz, KY

    10am-5pm  An environmental educational attraction, the Nature Station serves as a gateway to the 8,500-acre Nature Watch Area.  You can also set out on scenic hiking trails, sunset canoe trips, kayak tours, and photo tours while you’re there.


    Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory,  238 Visitor Center Drive, Golden Pond, KY

    10am-5pm  When you visit the Golden Pond Planetarium, you will enjoy a variety of entertaining and educational programs presented with a projection system which displays images on a 40-foot theater dome.


    Elk and Bison Prairie,  Elk & Bison Prairie Rd, Golden Pond, KY

    Dawn-Dusk  Elk and bison, along with numerous other types of wildlife, roam free within this 700-acre enclosure. Travel the 3.5-mile loop in your vehicle while appreciating the prairie in fall.


    LBL Bridge to Bridge Trail Run

    Saturday, 8 am|  Bridge to Bridge Trail Run through the beautiful Land Between the Lakes.  For more information and to register, visit


    Miller Memorial Golf Course,  2814 Pottertown Rd. Murray, KY

    11am-6pm  | Named as one of the best golf courses in America, Miller Memorial Golf Course is a great place to spend an afternoon in Murray. 


    Kayak and Canoe Rentals, Wellness Center at Murray State

    12pm-9pm  Rent kayaks or canoes from the Wellness Center on campus, and enjoy a day exploring Kentucky Lake!

Registration is now closed for Family Weekend 2021

  • Registration closed on September 28, 2021 at 11:.59 pm (CST).
  • If you were not able to register for Family Weekend 2021:
    • You can still attend many events as they are complimentary or can be paid for at the door.  See the schedule above for details.
    • The Family Weekend lunch is only available for pre-registered guests but you can still take part in lunch activities (Racer One visit, photo booth,  bounce house, lawn games). 
    • Football tickets may be purchased through the Ticket Office by visiting  GoRacers.Com or by calling 270-809-3000. 

Family Weekend New Arrivals at the University Store

  • Click HERE to preview the Family Weekend new arrivals
  • Extended Family Weekend Hours:  Oct. 1 from 8 am to 6 pm  |  Oct. 2 from 9 am to 5 pm  |  Oct. 3 from 11 am to 2 pm

Please email with questions.

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