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Save the Date: Parent & Family Weekend 2019 - October 18-20

Parent & Family Weekend Event Details will go live in June 2019.  Check out the Parent & Family Weekend (PFW) 2018 Schedule of Events for a glimpse into last year's weekend festivities!

Please check back regularly for schedule updates and announcements.

Friday, Oct. 19

Event Activity

Activity Location

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

UTA Parent & Family Advisory Council Fall Meeting

University Center VPSA Conference Room  

1:45 pm – 5:00 pm

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Check-in & Hospitality Center at the University Center

After Hours Check-In at the Grease Monkey Social Club & Burger Shop

University Center - Palo Duro Lounge | 300 West 1st Street, Arlington, TX

Grease Monkey Social Club & Burger Shop | 200 N. Mesquite Street | Arlington, Texas 76011 

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

UTA Schools & Colleges Host the Maverick Family Classroom Experience

Parent & Family Weekend guests are encouraged to visit the various representing UTA Schools and Colleges.

Faculty and staff from each college will help families navigate the various learning opportunities your student has access to, and the many possibilities for research and development.

Families are encouraged to attend the event related to their student's major but are not limited to visiting one school or college. Make plans to attend these events TODAY!

Participating Schools & Colleges:

Friday, 10-19-18

College of Business (COB)

  • Student-Led Lab Tours | Generations in the Workplace Seminar | COB Family Weekend Reception

College of Engineering (COE)

  • Student-Led Lab Tours | COE Family Reception

College of Liberal Arts (COLA)

  • Classroom experiences offered throughout the weekend from the Art & Art History, Dance and Music Departments

College of Nursing and Health Innovation (CONHI)

  • Center of Research & Scholarship Student-Led Lab Tours (SEIR Building) | Student Success Q&A | CONHI Librarian Meet & Greet | CONHI Family  Reception (3:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

College of Science (COS)

  • Student-Led Lab Tours | COS Family Reception

NOTE: An event card with detailed activities and descriptions for each college will be provided during Parent & Family Weekend Check-In

Various Locations

3:00 pm  - 5:00 pm

Open Houses & Tours

  • Central Library Tour & Escape Room (3:00 pm - 5:00 pm)
  • Lockheed Martin Career Development Center Open House (3:00 pm - 5:00 pm)
  • Public Health and Kinesiology Information & Tour- (4:30 pm - 5:30 pm)
  • Residence Halls Open Houses (3:00 pm - 5:00 pm)
  • Smart Hospital Tours (4:00 pm - 6:00 pm)
    • Guests are REQUIRED to pre-register for this event at the Parent & Family Weekend Check-In Locations
  • The Gallery at UTA - College of Liberal Arts (2:00 pm to 5:00 pm)
  • UTA Campus Tour - Dan Dipert Welcome Center (Tour leaves at 3 pm)

Various Locations

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm 

The Gallery at UTA Community Reception

Fine Arts Building

 502 S. Cooper St. | Arlington, Texas 76019

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Time block includes a welcome party, dinner and activity times. Some activities may last up to 10 pm

Maverick Family's Day Out

Pick a combo activity below that allows you and your family to explore and experience the spirit of UTA and the City of Arlington; but first, join us at Grease Monkey for dinner!

The Parent & Family Weekend 2018 official kick-off and welcome Party will be hosted at Grease Monkey Burger Shop & Social Club beginning at 5:30 pm.  Guests are encouraged to come and enjoy the vibrant activities of the evening, receive a weekend forecast of events, and hear updates from the Parent & Family Center regarding weekend festivities.  The Kickoff also serves as an excellent gathering location for all Maverick families.  

Maverick Family’s Day Out Combo Deals

NOTE: Based on the activity selected ticket prices may vary.

  • Dinner and a Movie Combo
  • Dinner and a Planetarium Show & Rooftop Observatory Open House Combo
  • Dinner and a Dallas Cowboy Stadium VIP Tour*
  • Dinner and an Arlington Music Hall Concert - Haggard & Jones-Ben & Noel Haggard and Georgette Jones Concert*

Dinner at Grease Monkey - Dinner is an additional cost to Parent & Family Weekend 2018 tickets purchases.  Dinner (select meals) at Grease Monkey is $5.95/person, beverage and tax amounts are not included.  Activity within the combo (movie, planetarium show, and observatory open house) is sponsored by the Parent & Family Center and FREE to registered Parent & Family Weekend Guests!

NOTE: AT&T Stadium Tour - The Parent & Family Center will incur the cost of credit card and processing fees on behalf of guests that choose to attend the VIP Tour.  VIP Tour Guests are encouraged to attend dinner before their scheduled private tour time.

Maverick Family's Day Out Combo Tickets for Night at the Movies and Planetarium Shows will only be distributed during the Parent & Family Weekend Kickoff & Welcome hosted at the Grease Monkey Burger Shop & Social Club on 10-19-18.

*Dallas Cowboy VIP Stadium Tour & Arlington Music Hall Concert are pre-paid activities that are at an additional cost to your Parent & Family Weekend Ticket purchases.

Activity Details & Locations

  • Night at the Movies with EXCEL Campus Activities
    • Featured Blockbuster Movie: The Incredibles II
    • Showtime: 7:00 pm
    • Location: Rosebud Theater, University Center | 300 W. 1st Street | Arlington, Tx 76019
  • Planetarium Show & Observatory Open House
    • UTA Planetarium
    • Various Planetarium showtimes all weekend
    • Location: Planetarium Shows Chemistry-Physics Building | 700 Planetarium Place | Arlington, Tx 76019
    • Location: Rooftop Observatory Open House Park Central Parking Garage - Near College Park Center (8:00 pm)
  • Dallas Cowboys VIP Stadium Tour* - VIP Tour guests are encouraged to join other PFW participants for dinner at the Grease Monkey Burger Shop & Social Club before their scheduled tour.
    • Tour Time: 7:30 pm
    • Ticket Price: $22.00/person
    • Tickets Available Now                   A link to purchase tickets will be sent in your Parent & Family Weekend confirmation email.

Saturday, Oct. 20

Event Activity

Activity Location

8:00am – 11:30 pm

12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Check-In & Hospitality Center @ the Studio Arts Center

Check-In & Hospitality Center @ the Maverick Activity Center

Studio Arts Center - 810 S. Davis St., Arlington, TX

Maverick Activity Center - 500 Nedderman Rd., Arlington, TX

8:00 am – 9:30 am

Parent & Family Weekend Welcome Breakfast

Studio Arts Center Courtyard - 810 S. Davis St., Arlington, TX

8:00 am - 10:00 am

Smart Hospital Tours

  • Guests are REQUIRED to pre-register at the Parent & Family Weekend Check-In Locations

Smart Hospital | 706 Greek Row Dr., Arlington, TX

9:30 am – 11:30 pm

The Studio Arts Center Experience

  • Glassblowing Demonstration

  • Painting Demonstration

  • Print Making Open House

  • Bronze Sculpture Pour Demonstration
  • Studio Art Center Art Gallery Tour

Various Studios, Studio Arts Center (SAC) - 810 S. Davis St., Arlington, TX

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

FREE CPR Training & Certification Class 

Pickard Hall, Room 227 | 411 S. Nedderman Dr., Arlington, TX

10:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Open Houses & Tours

  • Central Library Open House (10:00 am - 1:00 pm)

  • Residence Halls Open Houses (12:00 pm -2:00 pm)
  • The Gallery at UTA - College of Liberal Arts (12:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

  • UTA Campus Tours at the Dan Dipert Welcome Center (Tour Leaves At 10:00 am)

Various Locations

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Lunch On Your Own & Family Time

Suggested Lunch Locations:

  • University Commons - West Campus Near the Maverick Activity Center (Maverick Cafe, Zatar, 2Mato, Starbucks)
  • College Park Center Shops (Texadelphia, Pie Five, Panera Bread)
  • University Center Plaza (Connection Cafeteria)

Various Locations

Multiple Show Times

Planetarium Shows & Times

1:00 pm - Planetarium Show: One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

2:00 pm - Planetarium Show: Astronaut

Planetarium, Chemistry & Physics Building

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Blaze’s Fall Extravaganza

  • Maverick Family Games Competition
  • Pumpkin Painting Contest

  • Mav Family's In It To Win It Derby

  • Photo Booth with Blaze Our Beloved Mascot

  • Mini Resource Fair

  • Wells Fargo Financial Planning Workshop (1:30 pm in Room 102B)
  • Movin’ Mavs Wheelchair Basketball Game: Men's Movin' Mavs vs. Dallas Mavericks (Game Time: 2:30 pm)

Maverick Activity Center | 500 W. Nedderman Rd., Arlington, TX

4:30 pm – 5:45 pm

Maverick Family Awards & Pre-Dinner Show hosted by Mr. & Miss UTA 2018

The Parent & Family Center will host the Maverick Family Awards & Dinner Pre-Show with lively family awards presentations and acknowledgments such as:

  • Families that Traveled the Furthest
  • Families with the Most Maverick Family Spirit
  • Largest Family Attended and many more

Rosebud Theater-University Center | 300 West 1st Street, Arlington, TX 

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The President's Dinner with a Special Guest Performance by the Maverick Dance Company

Dr. Vistasp Karbhari, UT Arlington President, invites you and your family to enjoy a tasty BBQ dinner, enjoy great music and meet members of the UTA faculty, staff and administration.  

NOTE: The opinions and content expressed throughout the performance are strictly the artist’s, and should not be construed as the opinion of the University of Texas at Arlington. 

Bluebonnet Ballroom-University Center | 300 West 1st Street, Arlington, TX 

8:00 pm - Closing

UTA Family Night @ Texas Live* with Special Concert by Shinyribs

  • Shinyribs An American country-soul, the swamp-funk band from Austin, Texas

*UTA Family Night @ Texas Live meals and activities are at an additional cost to your Parent & Family Weekend Ticket purchases. The Parent & Family Center will incur the entrance fee for the event location. 

NOTE: The opinions and content expressed throughout the concert are strictly the artist’s, and should not be construed as the opinion of the University of Texas at Arlington. 

Texas Live- Arlington Backyard | 1650 E. Randol Mill Road, Arlington, TX 76011

Sunday, Oct. 21

Event Activity

Activity Location

7:30 am - 10:00 am

Beta Theta Pi Heroes for Hope 5K Run

Beta Theta Pi's flagship event, Heroes for Hope 5K, is a philanthropic effort to raise money that directly goes towards providing gifts, toys, and smiles to children recovering from various illnesses at Children's hospital.

This year the event will be held on Sunday, October 21st. As an attendee of Parent and Family Center weekend, you would be eligible for a discounted price using the coupon sent via email. This price provides you with an admission ticket and a t-shirt for the event.  

Use Discount Code and receive $5.00 OFF Ticket Price: P&FCenter123 

Register Now!

Maverick Activity Center | 500 W. Nedderman Rd., Arlington, TX

11:00 pm - 1:00

Maverick Family Goodbye Cookout

  • FREE to ALL Parent & Family Weekend guests and Beta Theta Pi 5K Race participants

Hosted in partnership with Beta Theta Pi & the Parent & Family Center

Maverick Activity Center - West Lawn | 500 W. Nedderman Rd., Arlington, TX 


Explore Arlington

A great activity your family can participate in on your own.

Various Locations

Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau

Multiple Show Times

Planetarium Shows & Times

1:30 pm - Planetarium Show: We Are Astronomers

2:30 pm - Planetarium Show: Spacepark 360: Infinity

Planetarium, Chemistry & Physics Building

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

UTA Day at FC Dallas 

Enjoy some futbol with fellow Mavericks!

 We will have a pre-game tailgate and will all sit together to watch FC Dallas battle it out with Sporting Kansas City.   

Tickets not yet on sale, check the website regularly for ticket info. Website:

Toyota Stadium, Frisco | 9200 World Cup Way, Frisco, TX 75033


Dine and Shop at the College Park District

Various Locations

Note: Event times and activities are subject to change.

Parent & Family Weekend is made up of a variety of events so that families can create a custom schedule based on their interests.  The dress code for ALL Parent & Family Weekend events and activities is comfortable and casual.