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Family members dance outdoors at a Family Weekend event.

Family Weekend

Spend an unforgettable weekend with your Carolina family enjoying fellowship, football and so much more!

Family Weekend is open to all families as it is the perfect way to get to know the Carolina community better. While you're in town, spend time learning all our thriving hometown — Columbia, South Carolina — has to offer, visit our historic USC campus and meet fellow family members and students. Traditionally, the event includes educational sessions, receptions, and a spectacular football tailgate prior to watching the Gamecocks play.

Did you miss Parent and Family Programs' Family Weekend webinar on June 20? Watch the replay.


Sept. 19-21, 2024

Family Weekend 2024 online registration for the three signature events (President Meet and Greet, Rock the Roost, and Family Tailgate Party) is now open, and closes at 4 p.m. (EDT) on Fri., Aug. 30.

Family Weekend Signature Events

Entertainment, food and beverages are provided at three key events for those who purchase a Family Weekend wristband in advance. Many additional events are hosted around campus throughout the weekend and free to attend. Family Weekend is widely accessible for those with disabilities. For accommodation questions, please email for assistance.

  • Student and a younger kid playing corn hole.
  • Rock the Roost

    A fun Friday night Family Weekend tradition! Join us for food and drinks while we dance to the rockin’ sounds of the Reggie Sullivan Band.

  • Family gathered around a table at the Rock the Roost event.
  • Family with Cocky at the Rock the Roost event.
  • Parents dancing at the Rock the Roost event.
  • Person singing into a microphone playing the guitar.

President Meet & Greet

Stop by the President Meet and Greet to say hello to President Michael Amiridis and First Lady Ero Aggelopoulou-Amiridis, as they officially welcome you to Family Weekend! Visit the beautiful historic Horseshoe while enjoying a few hors d’oeuvres at this drop-in event.

Portrait of President Elect Michael Amiridis and his wife, Ero Aggelopoulou-Amiridis

Family Tailgate Party

Get excited for the football game at this traditional, Southern tailgate party! Visit with Cocky, Cocky’s parents and the cheerleaders, and listen to live music from the Carolina Marching Band. Enjoy tailgate food like barbecue, hot dogs, chicken fingers and more!

  • July 10

    Online registration opens on Wed., July 10, 2024, at 10 a.m. (EDT)

  • August 30

    Online registration closes on Fri., Aug. 30, 2024, at 4 p.m. (EDT)

  • September 19

    Join us Fri.-Sat., Sept. 19-21, 2024, for Family Weekend!


Get the App

Family Weekend events will be added regularly on this website and on the Parent & Family Programs mobile app throughout the summer. Wristbands and football tickets are first come, first served. Check back often to plan and prepare for your weekend. Times and locations are subject to change.