Family Weekend 2017

Friday through Sunday, Nov. 3-5

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 Nov. 3-5. The Grizzly football team will play Northern Arizona on Saturday, Nov.4. 

We currently are planning the 2017 Family Weekend schedule. To get a sense for Family Weekend programming, view the 2016 Family Weekend schedule. If you haven’t already done so, you can access and download your family photo with Monte.

Family Weekend 2017 package tickets and breakfast-only tickets will go on sale in the fall.

Several hotels offer families discounted rates in honor of Family Weekend. Three properties located within walking distance of campus are now booking for Family Weekend 2017:

The Comfort Inn: Families staying three nights or more can reserve standard king or double queen rooms for $129/night and families staying two nights can reserve standard king or double queen rooms for $139/night. Rates do not include the state occupancy tax or $2 TBID fee. Rates include a complimentary full, hot breakfast buffet.  Reservations can be made by calling 406-549-7600 and mentioning the UM Family Weekend rate. 

The Holiday Inn Downtown: The block rates are $124/night for Wednesday and Thursday, and $154/night for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Reservations can be made online or by calling 406-721-8550 or 1-800-HOLIDAY. Note: The booking link is not mobile compatible.

City Center Motel: The Family Weekend room rates range from $99 to $119 per night based on room configuration. City Center Motel offers newly renovated modern rooms as well as classic rooms. To book call 406-543-3193 or email and mention the UM Family Weekend rate. 

A third property located near the Missoula International Airport also will offer UM families a discounted rate. Check back for more information!

Questions? Call University Relations at 406-243-5478 or email

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. 10, 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 Friday, Sept. 23. 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. 14, 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. 15, 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. 13.