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Family posing with Cocky at the Family Weekend Tailgate.

Family Weekend

Spend an unforgettable weekend with your Carolina family, Sept. 23-24, and enjoy fellowship, football and so much more!

Family Weekend is open to all families as it is the perfect way to get to know the Carolina community better. While you're in town, spend time learning all our thriving hometown — Columbia, South Carolina — has to offer, visit our historic UofSC campus and meet fellow family members and students. 

Traditionally, this event includes educational sessions, receptions, and a spectacular football tailgate prior to watching the Gamecocks play! 

Sept. 23-24, 2022

Family Weekend 2022 online registration is open and will close at 4 p.m. (EDT) on September 2. Register today and purchase your wristbands for an unforgettable weekend with your Carolina family!

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A banner reads 'welcome families' in front of Longstreet Theater.

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From planning your visit to enjoying your time on campus and at the game, here's what you need to know about registering to attend, planning for your visit and navigating Family Weekend 2022. 

Family Weekend Signature Events

Entertainment, food and beverages are provided at three key events for those who purchase a Family Weekend wristband in advance. Many additional events are hosted around campus throughout the weekend and free to attend.

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  • Student and a younger kid playing corn hole.
  • Rock the Roost

    A fun Friday night Family Weekend tradition! Join us for food and drinks while we dance to the rockin’ sounds of the Reggie Sullivan Band.

  • Family gathered around a table at the Rock the Roost event.
  • Family with Cocky at the Rock the Roost event.
  • Parents dancing at the Rock the Roost event.
  • Person singing into a microphone playing the guitar.

President Meet & Greet

Stop by the President’s Meet and Greet to say hello to President Michael Amiridis and First Lady Ero Aggelopoulou-Amiridis, as they officially welcome you to Family Weekend 2022! Visit the beautiful historic Horseshoe while enjoying a few hors d’oeuvres at this drop-in event.

Portrait of President Elect Michael Amiridis and his wife, Ero Aggelopoulou-Amiridis

Family Weekend Tailgate Party

Get excited for the football game at this traditional, Southern tailgate party! Visit with Cocky, Cocky’s parents and the cheerleaders, and listen to live music from the Carolina Marching Band. Enjoy tailgate food like barbecue, hot dogs, chicken fingers and more!

Family Weekend Football Game

Important Dates

While most Family Weekend events are open to all, registration is required to attend our signature events. Please note the registration deadline as there will be no late registrations or on-site ticket sales available for signature events.

  • July 12

    Online registration opens on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at 10 a.m. EDT.

  • September 2

    Online registration closes on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, at 4 p.m. EDT.

  • September 23

    Join us Fri.-Sat., Sept. 23-24, 2022 for Family Weekend!


Get the App

Family Weekend events will be added regularly on this website and on the Parent & Family Programs mobile app throughout the summer. Check back often to begin planning your weekend! Times and locations are subject to change.