- Signature Events
- Family Weekend
Spend an unforgettable weekend with your Carolina family enjoying 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 USC 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. 22-23, 2023
Family Weekend 2023 online registration will open 10 a.m. (EDT) on July 11 and close 4 p.m. (EDT) on September 1. Set a reminder to register and purchase your wristbands for an unforgettable weekend with your Carolina family!
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.
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.
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! Visit the beautiful historic Horseshoe while enjoying a few hors d’oeuvres at this drop-in event.
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!
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.
Online registration opens on Tuesday, July 11, 2023, at 10 a.m. EDT.
Online registration closes on Friday, Sept. 1, 2023, at 4 p.m. EDT.
Join us Fri.-Sat., Sept. 22-23, 2023 for Family Weekend!
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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.