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family weekend

 Family Weekend is September 24-26, 2021.  

Families will be expected to follow Protect the Nest Guidelines as they stand during Family Weekend. This currently includes wearing a face mask in all indoor spaces. Thank you for your cooperation! 

Saturday, September 25, 2021

University-Sponsored Events

Visit the Charles L. Hutson Greenhouse (1039 Bertling St.) for The Mummas & Pawpaws Fall Fest. There will be fall mums and pumpkins for sale, a Master Gardeners seminar, walking tours of the Nemanick Gardens, pawpaw refreshments, food trucks, and more! 

Breakfast with President Vargas, Front of Kent Library Portico, Normal Street. Join President Vargas for a complimentary continental breakfast.

Tours of Academic Hall Dome, Main floor of Academic Hall. Have you ever wondered how far you can see from the top of the Dome in Academic Hall? Attend one of the tours and find out. Tours end promptly at 12:00, so be sure to come early! 

Bring your family by the University Center for a variety of activites. 
  • 10:00-1:00: Boom Boom Bingo! in the UC Ballroom, 4th Floor
  • 11:30-1:30: Picnic lunch on the Kent Library portico. Cost for students is one meal swipe; guest cost is $5. 
    • Menu:
    • Hamburgers
    • Veggie Burgers
    • BBQ Glazed Chicken
    • Mac & Cheese
    • Garden Salad
    • Baked Beans
    • Corn on the Cob
    • Brownies
    • Apple Cobbler
  • Lawn games and snow cones outside of the UC. 
  • Carnival games, family competitions, snacks, and crafts inside the UC. 
Decorate a flower pot at Catapult Creative House (612 Broadway) with student made paint stencils, stickers, and more. Take a tour of our facilities and decorate a flower pot to take home.
Kent Library family activities: board games, puzzles, and trivia on the main floor; book-themed guessing game; and a button-making station. 

11:00am & 1:00pm
Bus Tours of the Main Campus, River Campus and downtown area lasting approximately 45 minutes. Sign up at the information tent near the University Center. Masks are required on the shuttle. 

Football tailgate in front of Houck Stadium.

Football Game vs. Tennessee State
Come cheer on your Redhawks Football team! Student admission is free with valid Redhawks ID.
Tickets range from $11-$20
Phone:  573-651-2113; Email: 

Haunted Tours--Meet downtown in front of Art Van furniture at the Boardman Pavilion.
Are you looking for some fun and adventure this Halloween? Follow the lantern of your costumed guide through downtown and let the darkness of the past envelop you. Cape Girardeau’s historic downtown is full of “true” tales of ghosts and memorable characters. Register here or call 573-986-6879. 
In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, food trucks: 'Mr. Taco 911' and 'Five 7 Treats' will be set up on Morgan Oak St. next to River Campus Park for customers to purchase food, treats, and drinks on their own before and during the outdoor concert.
Outdoor concert at the River Campus Park, featuring local artist Logan Chapman. Logan plays a variety of music all over the region, from farmers markets to wineries. There is no seating at the park, so please bring a blanket or chairs! To learn more about our artist or see a preview of his music, click here. This event is free and open to the public.

Community Events

8:00am-12:00pm on Saturday
Cape Riverfront Market – 35 S. Spanish St. Downtown; Everything at the Cape Riverfront Market is locally grown and crafted, and people come from across Southeast Missouri to shop the stands. Find your fresh produce, darling wildflowers, crafts for your home, organic body products, and so much more.

Community event, for more information 
7:30pm on Friday; 7:00pm and 9:30pm on Saturday
Brendan Eyre at Laughing Gas Comedy: Brendan Eyre is one of the country’s top young comedians. His laid back, observational style is a hit with audiences across the country. He has appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers on NBC, Comedy Central, is a regular on Sirius Satellite Radio, and his comedy has racked up over 25 million views on TikTok. Shows are 18+. Click here for tickets


University Center Room 414
Office of Campus Life
One University Plaza, MS 1250
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701