Family Weekend 2015

Friday through Sunday, Oct. 23-25

Family Weekend is an annual event that brings together students, their families and friends for three days of unique UM experiences.

This year, Family Weekend will take place Oct. 23-25. The Grizzly football team will play North Dakota on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Family Weekend 2015 package tickets and breakfast-only tickets have SOLD OUT. To be added to the waitlist email or call 406-243-5478 or 406-243-2522. Single game tickets for Griz vs. North Dakota are still available and can be purchased online at Be sure to register for the free Family Weekend, so you can still take advantage of the full slate of weekend activities.

Register for free Family Weekend events:

We invite those not attending the football game to join us for a football-game viewing party to watch the Grizzlies on the big screen at the UC Theater and enjoy a free nacho bar and prize raffle. Registration for the viewing party and other Family Weekend events is free and available here. View a tentative schedule of 2015 Family Weekend events here.

Questions? Call University Relations at 406-243-2522 or email

Missoula Hotels Reserve Room Blocks for UM Families

To take full advantage of Family Weekend events, participants are encouraged to arrive in Missoula the evening of Thursday, Oct. 22. 

Room blocks have been set up at Missoula hotels. 

The following hotel still has available room blocks for families:

Hilton Garden Inn:  The block rates are $159 for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at 406-532-5300 and requesting the 'UM Family Weekend' rate, or by reserving online here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to purchase a package ticket for my student?

Yes, if you want your student to sit with you at the football game and have a ticket for the pregame breakfast. Student tickets only allow seating in the student section, and your student’s meal plan does not cover the pregame breakfast.

Can my student attend the game if I don’t purchase a package ticket for him/her?

Yes. Student tickets to UM football games are free, and 4,000 will be available for the Family Weekend game. Student tickets for Family Weekend will be available at 7:45 a.m. Monday, Oct. 19, at The Source in the University Center. Tickets usually go fast, so your student will want to get in line early.

Can my student attend the pregame breakfast if I don’t purchase a package ticket for him/her?

Yes. University Relations will sell a limited quantity of breakfast-only tickets. Instructions for how to purchase those will be included in an August issue of Transcripts.  

If Family Weekend packages are sold out, can I still attend the football game?

Yes. When securing a student ticket for the Family Weekend game, your student may also buy one guest pass for $10. Guest passes are available only at The Source, and 400 will be available for Family Weekend.

If Family Weekend packages are sold out, can I sign up on a waiting list?

Yes. Email with your name, desired quantity of package tickets, mailing address and phone number. If tickets come available, the GrizTix office will contact you in October.

Can I get a refund for a package ticket that I’ve purchased?

If your package ticket can be resold to someone on the waiting list, the GrizTix office will accommodate a refund before Oct. 7. Please contact the GrizTix office directly at 406-243-4051 or 888-MONTANA to inquire if a refund is possible. There also will be a ticket swap board set up at Family Weekend registration where people can sell tickets to Families who are looking to purchase them.

How do I receive my Family Weekend package tickets and/or badges?

You will pick up your access badges and/or package tickets during Family Weekend registration from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, on the third floor of the University Center. If you are not arriving until after 6 p.m. on Friday, please send your student to pick up your Family Weekend packet. If neither you nor your student can pick up your packet on Friday, ticket pickup will be available from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, outside of the pregame breakfast held in the University Center Ballroom. After 11:30 a.m. all remaining tickets can be picked up at the Adams Center Box Office.

Are there accommodations for parents during Family Weekend?

There are not on-campus accommodations available for  Family Weekend participants. However, two blocks of rooms have been set up at properties located on the Clark Fork River and within walking distance of campus. Rates and contact information for the hotels is listed at To take advantage of the full slate of Family Weekend events, participants are encouraged to arrive in Missoula the evening of Thursday, Oct. 22.