Alumni & Parent Programs

Family Weekend - Register now!

We hope that you will make plans to join us for Family Weekend 2014, October 31-November 2. Below you will find more information about the weekend's activities and some important information. Online registration will be open until October 20. Please note, Indianapolis observes Daylight Savings Time, which will end at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 2. Please keep this in mind when planning your travel and activities for Sunday. If you have questions please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs at 800-368-6852, ext. 9946.

Schedule of Events At-A-Glance 

Friday events
Saturday events
Sunday events 

View a copy of our full brochure with additional details for the weekend's events!

Order Pick-Up

All tickets ordered through your Family Weekend registration will be available for pick-up either Friday from 4:00-6:00 p.m. or Saturday from 9:00-11:30 a.m. in the northeast lobby of Jordan Hall. Your Butler student is welcome to pick-up your family's order. An email with important reminders and updates will be sent to all registrants the week of Oct. 27.

Family Weekend T-shirts 

A special edition Family Weekend t-shirt will be available in youth and adult sizes through the advance registration for the weekend. View our shirt design here.  

The Monumental Marathon

Saturday, November 1st will be the Monumental Marathon in downtown Indianapolis. Road closures due to the marathon will make travel to campus difficult between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Families are strongly encouraged to arrive on campus by 9:00 a.m. that day and to book overnight stays on the north side of Indianapolis to avoid closures downtown. Families arriving on campus prior to noon on Saturday are advised to travel from the north to Boulevard and 46th. See the Monumental Marathon course website for more information or view the full list of closures.

Men's Basketball Tickets

A limited number of tickets for the men's basketball game on November 1 will be available at the group rate for Family Weekend. Once the reserved block sells out, single game tickets will be available for purchase via Ticketmaster starting in mid-October. It is anticipated that this game will sell out, so families are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. Your student gets into the game for free with his/her id, but only to sit in the student section. If you wish to sit with your student in the stands, a ticket will need to be purchased for your student as well.

Where to Stay

October 31-November 2 will be a busy weekend in Indianapolis, so we encourage you to make your travel plans early. Special rates are available at many local hotels (subject to availability) for Butler families. Visit our hotel partners website to learn more about the properties and how to book your reservation!

Campus Arrival and Parking

Due to the campus streetscape project, the southbound lane of Sunset (from 49th Street to Hampton Drive) will be closed. Northbound traffic will be open. Families are encouraged to enter campus by Clarendon from the south or by Boulevard and 46th or Boulevard and Hampton from the east and to avoid 49th Street. Please note: access to campus from the south will be restricted on Saturday morning due to the Monumental Marathon. Families arriving on campus prior to noon on Saturday are advised to travel from the north to Boulevard and 46th. See the Monumental Marathon website for more information or view the full list of closures.

Families are welcome to park in any of the lots marked A, C, or visitor during the Family Weekend. Parking is not permitted in the student housing parking areas, which are labeled as B permit parking. Parking at Hinkle Fieldhouse will be restricted prior to both the football game and the men's basketball game. Parking will only be available to those families purchasing tailgate parking passes prior to the football game, and it is open only to basketball season pass holders prior to the men's basketball game.

Health and Recreation Complex (HRC)

Families are invited to enjoy the amenities of the HRC throughout Family Weekend. All family members must be accompanied by their Butler student. Family members who are not 16 years of age are only permitted to use the gym and pool facilities, not the fitness areas.
Family Weekend hours: Friday, 6:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.; Sun 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.

Special Hours for Family Weekend

The Starbucks in Atherton Union will be open Saturday 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. and Sunday 8:00 a.m.-midnight.
The Butler Bookstore in Atherton Union will be open Saturday 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Enjoy the City

Looking for ideas of what else to do in Indy? Visit the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Bureau online at

If you have a question about the weekend or programming, please contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Programs at 800-368-6852, ext. 9946.