Alumni and Family Weekend FAQ

What is Alumni and Family Weekend?
How do I register?
How much does it cost?
How do I get my nametag, tickets, and program?
Does Weekend registration include football tickets?
Where should I stay?
How do I get to campus?

Where do I park?
What do I wear?
Can I change or cancel my registration?
Can I get the contact information for a classmate?
Important Phone Numbers
Lost and Found
When are future Weekends scheduled?
Questions?

 


 

What is Alumni and Family Weekend?
Alumni and Family Weekend (formerly called Homecoming) is UC Berkeley's largest annual gathering welcoming thousands of alumni, parents, and students to campus for three days of fun. Festivities include alumni parties, family events, the Bear Affair BBQ, faculty seminars, campus tours, museum and library open houses, the Homecoming football game, and more.

How do I register?
Alumni and Family Weekend is scheduled as soon as the Cal football schedule is finalized and the Homecoming game determined (usually in January). Registration for Weekend 2014 will open in July 2014 and will be available online, by phone, or by mail.

How much does it cost?
You may purchase tickets to individual events, but we recommend that you buy a weekend package to save money and gain access to more events. 2014 packages at different rates will be available starting next July for select classes celebrating a reunion, Cal parents, and Cal students/kids 5-17. All packages and events include the Class Pass, with unlimited access to faculty seminars, tours and open houses, golf-cart service, and snacks at Weekend Headquarters. If you do not plan to attend any ticketed events, you may purchase the Class Pass alone for $20.

How do I get my name tag, tickets, and program?
Before you go to your first event, stop by Weekend Headquarters at South Hall to pick up your name tag, event tickets, and a program. If you don't make it to Headquarters in time, your materials will be held at the door of your first event. Headquarters is open all day on Friday and on Saturday until the game kickoff.

Does Weekend registration include tickets to the Homecoming football game?
No. Individual game tickets are sold separately through calbears.com/code or 1.800.GO.BEARS (1.800.462.3277). Please note that students with season tickets must sit in the student section. If they would like to sit with their families, they will need to purchase an additional ticket.

Where should I stay?
Go to visitberkeley.com for info on where to stay, dine, shop, and more. Make your reservations early as hotels do fill up and rates increase.

How do I get to campus?
Since parking is limited, we recommend public transportation. Visit 511.org for local bus and train schedules and maps. Once you arrive on campus, Bear Transit shuttles are available for a small fee, or volunteers can escort you around campus on golf carts for free. Stop by Weekend Headquarters or any info booth to arrange for a pickup.

Where do I park?
We recommend public transportation to campus, but if you choose to drive, public parking is available throughout the city of Berkeley all weekend and on campus on Sunday. Charges and hours vary. See the campus map or city map for details, or call 888.UNIV.CAL (888.864.8225) for assistance.

What do I wear?
Your favorite blue and gold clothes! Be prepared for warm, cold, or rainy weather. Stop by the Cal Student Store on Bancroft Ave. for memorabilia, books, and other necessities.  

Can I change or cancel my registration?
Call 888.UNIV.CAL (888.864.8225) to change or cancel your registration. Cancellations will be charged a $15 fee per order.

Can I get the contact information for a classmate?
We are unable to give out personal info. Please e-mail us your name and contact info and the name of the person you would like to reach. We will forward it to him/her on your behalf.

Important Phone Numbers

Weekend Hotline: 888.UNIV.CAL (888.864.8225)

Bay Area Transit Info: 511

Cal Athletics: 800.GO.BEARS (800.462.3277)

Cal Alumni Association: 888.CAL.ALUM (888.225.2586)

Campus Police (emergencies): 510.642.3333

Night Walking Escort Service 510.642.WALK (510.642.9255)

Vehicle Jump Starts/Lock Outs: 510.643.9553

Lost and Found
Stop by Weekend Headquarters during the event, or call 888.UNIV.CAL (888.864.8225) afterward.

When are future Weekends scheduled?
Alumni and Family Weekend is scheduled as soon as the Cal football schedule is finalized and the Homecoming game determined (usually in January). 

Questions? 888.UNIV.CAL (888.864.8225) or weekend@berkeley.edu

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