September 29 - October 1, 2023

Family Weekend


This special weekend on South Mountain will be filled with activities for families and students to enjoy together.

A student and their parent wearing Lehigh gear at the Brown and White BBQ

Family Weekend 2023

Spend a full three-day adventure on South Mountain, where you can support your student while exploring Lehigh through their eyes. Be on the lookout for a complete weekend schedule coming later this summer.

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Family standing under a balloon arch

In This Image: A family posed during the Family Fest Tailgate on Goodman Campus.

Student holding a Mountain Hawk Pumpkin Carving

In This Image: A carved Mountain Hawk pumpkin from Pumpkins and Powertools

A student and her parents in the tent for Family weekend

In This Image: A Lehigh family gathered for a group photo during Family Weekend.

A student and his parents together for Family Weekend

In This Image: A Lehigh family poses for a group photo inside the Family Weekend Tailgate tent.

Lehigh band performing at the Brown and White BBQ

In This Image: Lehigh University band performs at the Brown and White BBQ.

A family sporting their Lehigh gear at the Lehigh vs. Princeton Football Game

In This Image: A family sports their Lehigh gear at the Lehigh vs. Princeton Football Game.

Pumpkin carvers gathered around their finished pumpkins

In This Image: A family shows off the pumpkins they carved during Family Weekend's Pumpkins and Powertools event.

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Family Weekend Highlights

Lehigh band performing at the Brown and White BBQ

Brown and White BBQ

Join us with your entire family at this festive and fun BBQ.

Smiling family wearing brown and white Lehigh gear

FamilyFest Tailgate

Cheer on the Brown and White with fellow parents, families, students, and friends. You can expect food, music, family-friendly games, and more! 

A student in Lehigh gear carving a pumpkin with power tools

Pumpkins and Power Tools

Ever been frustrated with the limitations of a knife when carving your pumpkin? Hate scraping out the seeds? Do you aspire to be a surgeon and want some practice? Celebrate fall in a unique way as you carve pumpkins with power tools. Let pulp and seeds fly!

Frequently Asked Questions

Some events, like the Brown and White BBQ and FamilyFest Tailgate, require registration, while many others are open, and you may just show up. Events that require registration will be identified in the brochure which will be available later this summer.

What about the Lehigh registration-required events?
Yes, you will need to register! Once you register for an event, you will receive a QR code in your confirmation email that you may be asked to show upon entering the event.

What about the Lehigh-sponsored open events?
Just show up! Family Weekend registration is not required.

What about the Welcome Center?
Just stop by! Family Weekend registration is not required, and you will not need to show a QR code. Visit the Welcome Center at the Lehigh University bookstore, the Lehigh Store, to get activity updates, maps, class schedule information, local information, and more. Also, be sure to pick up your "Proud Parent" or "Proud Grandparent" button! The Welcome Center is open Friday from 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Family Weekend events begin September 29. You may choose which events you would like to attend with your student. There is no obligation to attend every Family Weekend event.

Check out our list of hotel blocks here. Please reach out to hotels directly with any questions.

Comfort Suites
120 West 3rd Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 882-9700
Book Your Stay
Reserve by Friday, August 25, 2023

Fairfield Inn
2140 Motel Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18018
(610) 867-8681
Reserve by Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton – Bethlehem
200 Gateway Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18017
(610) 868-5800
Book Your Stay
Reserve by Friday, August 25, 2023

Hilton Garden Inn
1787-B Airport Road
Allentown, PA 18109
(610) 443-1400
Book Your Stay
Reserve by Friday, September 15, 2023,

Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Hellertown
2201 Cherry Lane
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 838-6110
Reserve by Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Homewood Suites
2031 Avenue C
Bethlehem, PA 18017
(610) 264-7500
Book Your Stay
Reserve by Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Hyatt Place – Bethlehem
45 West North Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
(610) 625-0500
Reserve by Monday, July 31, 2023

Springhill Suites – Marriott Allentown/Bethlehem/Center Valley
3800 West Drive
Center Valley, PA 18034
(610) 709-9797
Book Your Stay
Reserve by Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Sonesta Select
2160 Motel Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18018
(610) 317-6200
Reserve by Friday, September 8, 2023

Sonesta ES Suites
2180 Motel Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18018
(610) 317-2662
Reserve by Friday, September 8, 2023

Wind Creek Bethlehem
77 Wind Creek Boulevard
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(877) 726-3777
Reserve by Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Holiday Inn: Allentown-Bethlehem
4325 Hamilton Boulevard
Allentown, PA 18103
Book Your Stay
Reserve by Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Whomever a student defines as family is welcome to participate in Family Weekend. This may include — but is not limited to — parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends.

Visit Lehigh’s Maps and Directions page to find the best routes to campus for Family Weekend.

For a map with accessible entrances and parking areas, visit the Lehigh campus map and use the filter for Accessible Entrances and Parking (on the left-hand menu). You can zoom in using the + in the upper right-hand corner of the map. For more information, contact Disability Support Services at (610) 758-4152 or

Casual dress is appropriate for most Family Weekend events. Comfortable footwear is highly recommended for walks on our beautiful but hilly campus. Show your brown and white pride during Family Weekend by sporting your favorite Lehigh gear. If you need to stock up, the Lehigh bookstore will be open during Family Weekend with a great selection of Lehigh apparel for sale. 

There are more than 15 different types of cuisine within walking distance of campus and even more dining options throughout the Bethlehem vicinity. There are also a number of Lehigh eateries open during the weekend.

Lehigh is taking comprehensive measures to support the health and well-being of our community, as well as our neighbors in Bethlehem. Visit the Lehigh University Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Center website for the latest campus updates.

If you would like information regarding spiritual places on campus and their hours or about spiritual counseling, contact the Chaplain’s Office at (610) 758-3877.

Lehigh’s community of problem solvers, explorers, and fearless go-getters is going all in on GO: The Campaign for Lehigh, a $1 billion-plus fundraising and engagement effort that will help attract the best students, develop new facilities and programs, and support research and distinction. Visit our Campaign website to learn more.

Each October since 1879, Lehigh has commemorated Founder Asa Packer with a campus celebration.

Lehigh University’s history is inherently linked to America’s rise as an industrial power. Our founder, the industrial pioneer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Asa Packer, laid the foundation for a university that has since educated generations of students and served as a force of positive societal change. Learn more about our history.