Ticketed Events

There are several events during Family Weekend that may require tickets. Some events are hosted by the Office of New Student and Family Programs while others are student-run productions (something you will not want to miss). Below is a one-stop-shop of events during 2012 Family Weekend that require tickets.

Events sponsored by New Student and Family Programs

  • NU Revue
    • Date: Friday, October 19
    • Time: 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start time)
    • Location: Ryan Auditorium, Technological Institute
    • Tickets: Tickets are now sold out. Empty seats will be filled beginning 5 minutes prior to each show time; we encourage those who do not have tickets to arrive early as empty seats will be filled in order of those arriving first. Reserved tickets will be retrieved at Family Weekend Check-in from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Friday, October 19.
    • Description: Each show will include a selection of student performance groups including a cappella, dance, and comedic groups.
  • Taste of NU: Pre-game Event
    • Date: Saturday, October 20
    • Time: 11:30 a.m.
    • Location: Norris University Center
    • Tickets: $8 for family members and NU students; children under 6 years of age do not require a ticket. Purchase tickets online through the Norris Box Office by 12 p.m. CST on Thursday, October 18. Purchased tickets will be retrieved at Family Weekend Check-in from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Friday, October 19.
    • Description: An event description, including food menu, can be found on the Taste of NU webpage
  • Conversation with University Administrators
    • Date: Sunday, October 21
    • Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. (light breakfast begins at 9:30 a.m.; event begins at 10 a.m.)
    • Location: Louis Room, Norris University Center
    • Tickets: Free tickets must be reserved by 12 p.m. CST on Thursday, October 18 online at the Norris Box Office. Reserved tickets will be retrieved at Family Weekend Check-in from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Friday, October 19.
    • Description: While your student sleeps in, we invite parents and family members to a conversation with university administrators. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. with a light breakfast provided (coffee, juices, bagels, scones, etc). The event will begin with talks from the Provost and Vice President of Student Affairs at 10 a.m. This event is for parents and family members only.

University Athletics Events

  • Northwestern football vs University of Nebraska
    • Date: Saturday, October 20
    • Time: 2:30 p.m.
    • Location: Ryan Field
    • Transportation: Game day shuttles will run from campus to Ryan Field and back
    • Tickets: Please refer to emails regarding the Family Weekend purchase code; contact family@northwestern.edu with questions
  • Northwestern men's soccer vs Penn State
    • Date: Sunday, October 21
    • Time: 12 p.m.
    • Location: Lakeside Field
    • Tickets: $4-7; Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online through the Athletics Ticket Office

NU Community Events

  • Block Cinema Viewing: "Elena"
    • Date: Friday, October 19
    • Time: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
    • Location: Block Museum, Arts Circle Drive
    • Tickets: $6 ($4 for NU students); tickets can be purchased at the door
    • Description: One of the most striking films to come out of Russia in recent years, Elena follows a middle-aged housewife whose world is rocked when an unexpected illness befalls her wealthy second husband and former employer. In order to provide for her adult children, Elena makes a desperate decision. Featuring powerful, restrained performances and a suspenseful score by composer Philip Glass, Elena is a gripping exploration of family loyalties and the class divide in modern Russia. Winner of the Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
  • Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra: Copenhagen and Rome
    • Date: Saturday, October 20
    • Time: 7:30 p.m.
    • Location: Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
    • Tickets: $8 ($5 for NU students) can be purchased at the door or online through the Pick-Staiger Box Office
  • The Verona Project (student performance) FAMILY WEEKEND DISCOUNT
    • Date: Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20
    • Time: 8 p.m. (both performances)
    • Location: Josephine Louis Theatre (Arts Circle Drive)
    • Tickets: Tickets are $30; Purchase them online in advance and include the code VERONANU to receive $5 off (this discount is only available online and not at the door). Tickets for NU students are $10 or $5 with advance online purchase
    • View a behind-the-scenes interview with the director and hear music form the show
  • Purple Haze Presents Best of the Midwest (a cappella performances)
    • Date: Saturday, October 20
    • Time: 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
    • Location: Ryan Auditorium
    • Tickets: $10 ($5 for NU undergraduate students); tickets can be purchased online through the Norris Box Office or at the door
    • Description: A cappella groups from Indiana University, University of Illinois, DePaul University, and Northwestern will perform in the Best of the Midwest's fourteenth year!
  • Lovers and Madmen presents: Macbeth (student performance)
    • Date: Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20
    • Time: 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. (both evenings)
    • Location: Shanley Hall
    • Tickets: $10 ($5 for NU students); tickets can be purchased at the door
    • Description: Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy, Macbeth is a story of ambition, arrogance, murder, and madness. After a great military victory against a rebel army, Scottish general Macbeth encounters three witches who prophesize that he will be crowned King of Scotland. Persuaded by Lady Macbeth to seize the crown from the current king, he commits regicide against King Duncan. Swiftly descending in to madness and paranoia, Macbeth resorts to murderous, tyrannical acts to ensure his hold on the crown. Wracked by guilt, the bloodbath continues as Macbeth encounters ghosts, demons, and spirits before he is finally confronted in battle with Macduff, a Scottish nobleman who opposes Macbeth’s ascension to the throne.