Family Weekend at Fredonia

Family and Friends Weekend

Join us for Family and Friends Weekend: October 27 - 29, 2023

We hope you will consider joining us for our annual Family and Friends Weekend program, October 27–October 29, 2023. Enjoy three days of fun among the colorful foliage on campus. 

This weekend is all about your family enjoying each other’s 
company! Please use this weekend as a time to connect with each other by joining in on both campus and community events. Registration or tickets may be required for some events. 
A more complete list will be available September 15th.

Friday, October 27 Events:

Welcome Dinner. 6pm. Williams Center Multipurpose Room. The Office of Campus Life is partnering with Associate Professor Dr. Jill Reese. The dinner will include a participatory, mix tape Bingo! This is a new twist on the classic game. We'll give you a Bingo board with the name of 25 tunes (and the artists). When you hear a song on your board, check it off: The first one to get "BINGO" wins! That's all there is to it! 
What kind of playlists? One hit wonders, old school rock mix, summer hits mix, disco mix, duet mix, and favorites from the 60s through 2020s and SO MANY MORE! We've got something for everyone! You don't have to sing along, but if you do--it's even more fun! Registration is required, dinner tickets are available for purchase here.

Public Open Ice Skate. 7pm. Steele Hall Ice Arena. $5 adults, $4 children. Skate rentals are available for $4 per pair. Children must be with parents/guardians- no drop off.

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. 7:30pm. Marvel Theatre, Rockefeller Arts Center. An "electropop opera ripped from a slice of Tolstoy's War and Peace." It expands the possibilities for the musical genre with its daring score and bold storytelling. When Natasha Rostova falls under the spell of the roguish Anatole, it is up to Pierre, a family friend, to pick up the pieces of her shattered reputation. Tickets are available for purchase here.

Terror in the Trees. 8pm-11pm. Wood Lot on Ring Road. Terror In The Trees is an outdoor, walk-through horror experience. Featuring members of Fredonia Immersive Theater, "Twisted Fairy Tales" takes your favorite childhood fairy tales and gives them a gruesome twist. Tickets are available at the event, cash only. $3 for students with FREDcard, and $5 for general admission.

Saturday, October 28 Events:

Food Trucks. 11am-3pm. Jewett Hall Parking Lot. Hosted by FSA. Customer pays at the truck.

  • LuGia's on Wheels Buffalo - Serving delicious ice cream and desserts from the Spencerport location.

  • Best of Buffalo by Byron -  The best WNY foods: Beef on Weck, Chicken Wings, Fresh Cut Curly Fries, and more, prepared by a lifelong resident of Buffalo, Culinary Chef and Military Vet Byron! 

  • Cheesy Chick - Serving a variety of Macaroni and Cheese, and Grilled Cheese Sandwich options.

  • Moneybags Dumplings - Halal handmade 'moneybags' shaped fried dumplings with variety of fillings!

Spectrum's Fall Fun. 11am-2pm. Williams Center Multipurpose Room. Join Spectrum Entertainment Board for free create-a-creatures, airbrush tattoos, hop into our photobooth, and try your luck at the pick-a-prize table. Churros, donuts, hot cider and hot chocolate provided. All while supplies last. One create-a-creature per student/family. 

Not Gay. 12pm-4pm. Marion Art Gallery. An exhibition that charts the energy and vitality of trans identifications across a range of art works stretching from the immediate post-World War II period to the present day

Fredonia State Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving vs Baldwin Wallace. 1pm. Steele Hall Natatorium.

Safe Halloween. 1pm-4pm. Mason Hall. Trick or treat the hallways of Mason Hall. This is sponsored by Percussion Guild. Costumes welcome. Children must remain with parents/guardians at all times, no drop offs.

Public Open Ice Skate. 2pm-4pm. Steele Hall Ice Arena. $5 adults, $4 children. Skate rentals are available for $4 per pair. Children must be with parents/guardians- no drop off.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tournament. 6pm. S204ABC Williams Center (second floor). Parents vs Students face off in a Super Smash Bros Ultimate tournament. Will the students win or crumble under pressure. There will be food, smash bros coloring pages, and more. Sign up today to secure your spot.    

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. 7:30pm. Marvel Theatre, Rockefeller Arts Center. (see description above). Tickets are available for purchase here.

Terror in the Trees. 8pm-11pm.Wood Lot on Ring Road. (see Friday's description).

Sunday, October 29 Events:

Woodland Hike - Tree and Plant Identification. 10am. Meet in front of Houghton Hall. Faculty and Students from the Department of Computer and Information Sciences will lead a hike through the woodland trails on our campus. This hike will be mildly strenuous and will cover a distance of about one mile. The purpose of this hike is to get outside and enjoy the nature trails on the SUNY Fredonia Campus. Participants will use cellphone technology to identify the various trees and plants that we encounter along the trails. This event is appropriate for persons of all ages.  Dress appropriately for weather conditions. No registration required.

Brunch at Cranston Marche. University Commons, 2nd floor. Cash/credit price is $11.84 + tax, pay at the door. Serving up your favorite brunch items: Made to order omelets and eggs, waffles, fruit and parfait bar, pastries, and more. Lunch items begin at 12pm.

Not Gay. 12pm-4pm. Marion Art Gallery.  (See Saturday's description).

Oboe Day. 1pm-5pm. Mason Hall. The School of Music proudly hosts their annual Oboe Day  on Sunday, 10/29, with a concert featuring the oboe at 4pm in Diers Recital Hall.  Please visit the School of Music webpage for more info and registration.

Public Open Ice Skate. 7:30pm-9pm. Steele Hall Ice Arena. $5 adults, $4 children. Skate rentals are available for $4 per pair. Children must be with parents/guardians- no drop off.


Community Events during Family and Friends Weekend:

October 27 Events:

October 28 Events:

Live at the Met’s Dead Man Walking. 1pm. The 1891 Fredonia Opera House. For event description and tickets click here.

The Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau also has programs planned during the weekend. For more information visit,

Information on local wineries can also be found on the CCVB website:

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