Fall Family Weekend falls on Sept. 26-28. It is the same weekend as Auburn's Homecoming so there are many exciting events to attend. There is so much going on it is hard to choose what to do. That is where this list comes in, it is the top 15 things to do in Auburn for Fall Family Weekend.
1. Touchdown into Savings at PNC Tailgate Party
11 a.m.-2 p.m. PNC bank (1605 S. College Street)
Go visit PNC Bank and grab some free pizza and sweet treats, and enter their Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $150 Visa Giftcard. Also, ease your parents budget conscious minds by learning about the Virtual Wallet Student.
2. Homecoming T-Shirt Sale
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Haley Center Concourse
Do not forget to stop by the concourse outside of Haley Center to grab a 2014 Auburn Homecoming T-shirt and browse the other selections of shirts, sweatshirts and other Auburn gear. Lets be honest, you can never have too much Auburn gear.
3. Keep Calm & Lunch On with the Office of the Registrar
1 p.m.- 3 p.m. Langdon Hall Courtyard
Hang out with the Office of the Registrar for free lunch for new students and parents. There will also be door prizes given away, allowing another opportunity for free goodies.
4. College of Human Sciences 2014 Freshmen Family BBQ
12 p.m.-2 p.m. Spidle Hall Lawn next to Library
If you are in the College of Human Sciences you can go to their freshmen and families barbecue. Downside, it costs $5. Upside, you can meet other new students and their parents to start perfecting your networking skills.
5. Tent at Toomer’s and Biggin Gallery Tour
3 p.m.- 4 p.m. Biggin Hall Lawn
You want free drinks? Stop by the College of Liberal Arts’ tent on the lawn at Biggin Hall near Toomer’s Corner and grab some. Then take a guided tour of Biggin Gallery and view the exhibit, Fantastic Animations: The Imaginative World of Yeon Jin Kim.
6. War Eagle Girls and Plainsmen Campus Walking Tours
4 p.m.-5 p.m. Alumni Center (317 South College Street)
It’s always a great day to take a walking tour of campus. Take a stroll through campus and admire all the beautiful buildings and people Auburn has to offer. Campus walking tours will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the Alumni Center. Tours will be lead by Auburn’s student representatives, the War Eagle Girls and Plainsmen. Tours can be directed to Jordan-Hare Stadium for locker room tours or back to the Alumni Center. I suggest going to Jordan-Hare Stadium.
7. Jordan-Hare Stadium and Locker Room Tours
4 p.m.-6 p.m. Jane and Mike McCartney Brick Plaza Gate 10. Outside of stadium
After you take the walking tour of campus continue on your trek to Jordan-Hare Stadium. See the Tigers Den and preview the locker room setup for Saturday’s game. Fans have the opportunity to go onto the south end-zone warning track and see Jordan-Hare pre-game. Photographers will be on site to take photos. A preview of the empty stadium before the game day chaos will give you chills.
8. AUSome Amphibians and Reptiles!
4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve (2222 N. College Street)
Join the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences and the Louise Kreher Ecology Preserve staff for an hour presentation on the amphibians and reptiles found in Alabama and beyond. Who doesn't love a hands-on program with live animals? Pretty AUsome and only costs $5.
9. Homecoming Parade
6 p.m.-7 p.m. Downtown Auburn
After checking out the reptiles, and washing your hands, head to downtown Auburn for the annual Homecoming Parade. The parade features various student groups, homecoming floats, and other community organizations.
10. Friday Night Lights Featuring Trotline
7 p.m. Gay Street Municipal Parking Lot
Immediately after the Homecoming Parade, stick around for a free concert featuring a local southern band, Trotline. If you get bored of that, you can always walk around downtown and take a look around the shops or grab a Toomer’s lemonade.
* You better rest up because Saturday is a busy game day!*
11. Running Tour of Campus
7:30 a.m.- 8:30 a.m. Start outside the Student Center outside of Starbucks
Take a brisk three to three and a half mile jog or sprint around Auburn’s beautiful, yet hilly campus. Run with Director of Health Promotion and Wellness Services, Eric Smith and Director of Student Counseling Services, Doug Hankes. Just try to keep up with these speed racers.
12. Viewing of Baja and Formula One Cars
8 a.m.-9 a.m. Kingsley Courtyard at Shelby Center
All you car enthusiasts can gawk at the Baja and Formula One racing cars outside of the Shelby Center hosted by the College of Engineering. Each of these organizations is student-led and constructs off-road vehicles to compete with other schools around the world. So if you’re interested in racecars go mingle with fellow car lovers.
13. Coca-Cola Tiger Fan Fest
11 a.m. until Kick Off Nicholas Center Lawn. By the Village Dorms
If you have younger siblings the Coca-Cola Tiger Fan Fest is the place to go. It is the place to be for Auburn’s pre-game fan entertainment. There are sponsor displays, products and giveaways. Drop by and enjoy the inflatable games for younger kids and a live DJ. Go check out the baseball pitch tent and see how fast you can throw, and try your arm at the football toss.
14. Attend a tailgate
Option 1: Auburn University Parents’ Association Tailgate
12 p.m.- Green Space between S. Donahue Residence Hall and Plainsman Park.
Want to get rid of your parents for a few hours before the game? Take them to the Parents Association Tailgate. There will be food and drinks, and it’s a great time for Auburn parents to meet and mingle.
Option 2: Ag Round-Up
12 p.m. Agriculture Heritage Park
Time to sample Alabama-grown foods, but for a price of course. This tailgate features children’s activities, a live and silent auction and booths to explore. There will also be a parents’ tent to learn more about the College of Agriculture. It costs $5 per person for this fabulous selection of local food.
15. The Game! Tiger Walk 1 p.m. + Spirit Pep Rally 1:30 p.m. + eagle flying 2:44 p.m.+ football 3 p.m.
All begins at 1 p.m. Donahue Drive
Get pumped up for the game and high 5 your favorite players and Coach Gus at Tiger Walk. There is nothing more thrilling than yelling “War Eagle” to the players to get them in the mood to crush the other team. But stick around that area because the Auburn University Marching Band, Cheerleaders, Tiger Paws and Aubie are holding a Spirit Pep Rally. Then walk with the huge crowd to Jordan Hare Stadium to watch the Eagle Flight 16 minutes before kick off. It is amazing hearing 87,000 people yelling “War Eagle!” as the eagle touches down on the 50-yard line. If that doesn’t get you pumped up for the football game at 3pm I don’t know what will.
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