Fall 2023

Family Weekend


This special weekend on South Mountain will be filled with activities for families and students to enjoy together. Check out our Family Weekend 2022 brochure for the full list of events.

Families entering the family fest tent

Students and families entering the Family Fest Tailgate tent.

Family Weekend 2022 Highlights

The weekend-long celebration was filled with many activities for families and their students to enjoy together. Check out the online brochure and the full printer-friendly schedule for an idea of what you could expect in fall 2023.


Family Weekend 2022 Livestream

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.

Get in on the fun

Family Weekend Highlights

Families gather on the lawn for the Brown and White BBQ

Brown and White BBQ

Join us with your entire family at this festive and fun BBQ on the Clayton University Center Lawn.

Lehigh cheerleaders carry flags that spell Lehigh

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: Fall 2022

Some events require registration, including the Brown and White BBQ, FamilyFest Tailgate and others. Registration for these in-person events closes September 7 (no refunds will be given after September 7). Many other events are open and you may just show up. Some require tickets, including the football game.

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 football game?
Purchase your tickets for the football game in advance by visiting LehighTickets.com. Tickets can also be purchased on-site at the Game Day Box Office at Goodman Stadium. For more questions, please email athleticstickets@lehigh.edu.

What about the community events?
Some of these events require tickets, so check the details. 

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 Friday, September 16. 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

Fairfield Inn
2140 Motel Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18018
(610) 867-8681

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton – Bethlehem
200 Gateway Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18017
(610) 868-5800

Hilton Garden Inn
1787-B Airport Road
Allentown, PA 18109
(610) 443-1400

Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Hellertown
2201 Cherry Lane
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 838-6110

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites – Bethlehem
3375 High Point Boulevard
Bethlehem, PA 18017
(610) 882-2255

Homewood Suites
2031 Avenue C
Bethlehem, PA 18017
(610) 264-7500

Hotel Bethlehem
437 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
(610) 625-5000

Hyatt Place – Bethlehem
45 West North Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
(610) 625-0500

Springhill Suites – Marriott Allentown/Bethlehem/Center Valley
3800 West Drive
Center Valley, PA 18034
(610) 709-9797

Sonesta Select
2160 Motel Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18018
(610) 317-6200

Wind Creek Bethlehem
77 Wind Creek Boulevard
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(877) 726-3777

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 indss@lehigh.edu.

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. 

We hope you’ll join us on Friday, September 16, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for the free Brown and White BBQ on the Clayton University Center lawn featuring a variety of food options. 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.

Friday, September 16:
You are welcome to park at any of the meters located throughout the Lehigh campus. Quarters, dimes, nickels, Lehigh tokens and SMARTcards are accepted at all Lehigh meters regardless of the meter color. The Zoellner Arts Center also has a parking garage - the first level of the garage is $1 per hour unless otherwise noted and can be paid via the Passport Mobile app or at a kiosk near the garage elevator on the first level. There may be City of Bethlehem street parking adjacent to campus. These locations are also metered and accept coins or payment through the ParkMobile app. Parking is also available at the New Street Parking Garage, located at 324 S. New Street, for $1 per hour. It's only two blocks away from the Lehigh Bookstore and it’s an easy walk across the street to the Greenway.

Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18:
Parking on the Asa Packer Campus and Goodman Campus is free on Saturday and Sunday and you are welcome to use the staff and faculty spaces. On Sunday, there is free parking at any City of Bethlehem metered spaces and at the New Street Parking Garage.

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.

The Lehigh Store
Visit the bookstore in Farrington Square for all of your Lehigh University gear. For information, call (610) 758-3375.

Friday: 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

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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.

Starstruck: An American Tale
September 6, 2022–December 3, 2022
Zoellner Arts Center, LUAG Main Gallery
Invited to create a new body of work as Lehigh University’s Horger Artist-in-Residence (2021–22) in the Department of Art, Architecture and Design, Shimon Attie has created a new, site-specific multimedia work which interrogates Bethlehem’s past and present as a microcosm of America.

Following the city’s founding as “The Bethlehem of North America” by Moravian Christian reformist and utopian settlers in 1741, it later enjoyed an industrial heyday in the late 19th to 20th centuries as the capital of America’s steel industry and then saw a subsequent collapse during the 1980s. Bethlehem, in its layered history, echoes the hopes, histories, and values of many North American cities, particularly those in the Rust Belt. Attie’s project explores this distinctly American brew of religious utopian fervor, industrial capitalism’s rise and fall, and, finally, its reinvention in catering to the dreams of making it big on the part of casino goers.

The completed artwork is a hybrid video and sculptural installation which juxtaposes and examines Bethlehem’s past and present. The piece comprises a central sculpture centered between two channels of synchronized video. The sculpture is inspired by the existing 90-foot-tall, brightly lit Bethlehem Star on Bethlehem’s South Mountain, built by the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce in 1937 as a commercially minded endeavor to brand Bethlehem as The Christmas City. The star on the hill is brightly lit in “Christmas white” and, on a clear evening, is visible for 60 miles.

For more information about Shimon Attie and this upcoming exhibition, visit luag.org.

What Matters Most
August 24, 2022–May 27, 2023
The Gallery at Rauch Business Center • Dubois Gallery • Fairchild-Martindale Study Gallery • Seigel Gallery • South Bethlehem Greenway
Over the past year, over 100 Lehigh students, faculty, staff, and local community members were asked ‘what matters most?’ Contributors discussed issues and selected works of art from LUAG's collection that help us expand, explore, and connect our ideas. We invite you to visit the exhibition in four of our campus galleries, as well as along the South Bethlehem Greenway. Be sure to attend our free programs and events. Tag @luartgalleries and #WhatMattersMost to add your voice to the conversation.

Explore Lehigh's outdoor sculpture collection with our new digital guide, featuring student-produced videos. 

For more information, please contact the Lehigh University Art Galleries Teaching Museum at (610) 758-3615 or visit luag.org.

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