October 15-17, 2021

Don’t forget to pick up some Mac gear when you’re on campus!

Highlander – The Shop at Macalester hours during Family Fest are:

Friday 10/15: 11 am to 3 pm

Saturday 10/16: 11 am to 2 pm

 

Friday, October 15, 2021

8:30 am – 4:30 pm | Family Fest Information, Check-In, and Hospitality
McPherson Atrium, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

Check-in, get a schedule of events for Family Fest, and grab a cup of coffee and/or pastry before you’re off to check out events on campus.

8:30 am – 3:00 pm | Office Visits and Drop-Ins
Make a visit to one of the campus offices listed below to learn more about the services they can provide to your student.

  • 1657 Lincoln Avenue
    Sustainability Office
  • Kagin Commons
    Career Exploration
    Department of Multicultural Life
    Disability Services
    International Student Programs
    Macalester Academic Excellence Center (MAX Center)
    (Sustainability Office has moved to 1657 Lincoln Avenue)
  • Markim Hall
    Center for Study Away  9:30am-4:30pm
    Civic Engagement Center
  • Weyerhaeuser Hall
    Financial Aid Office
    Office of Student Affairs
  • Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel, Lower Level
    Center for Religious and Spiritual Life
  • Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center
    Residential Life
    Student Leadership and Engagement
    Campus Center Programs & Services

11:30 am – 1:00 pm | International Round Table Plenary 3
Remote on Zoom

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm | Friday Prayers and Lunch
Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, lower level of the Weyerhaeuser Chapel

Join our Muslim community for Friday prayer, lunch, and conversation (the prayer room is also available throughout the day until 9 pm for individual prayer). Hosted by the College Chaplaincy and Muslim Student Association.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Sustainability Tour
Smail Gallery, Olin-Rice Science Center

Learn about Mac’s sustainability initiatives by taking a walking tour of the EcoHouse, green roofs, and other features of the campus. Tour ends at the LEED Platinum-certified Markim Hall, home of the Institute for Global Citizenship (IGC).

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm | Photo Booth
Great Lawn

No money needed…and no booth actually present! Join our photographer to take some fun pics with your student/family in front of our Macalester-themed backdrop. Photos will be posted to the website after Family Fest.  Check out 2019 Photo Booth picsBy registering for Family Fest, you give permission for Macalester College to take and use for any purpose, photographs of you and your family during the event. The photographs will remain the property of Macalester College. Photos may appear in future Macalester College print or digital communications or marketing materials. Anyone wishing not to participate in photo shoots is advised to inform the photographer.

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm | Idea Lab Open House
Idea Lab, DeWitt Wallace Library

Check out the Idea Lab space for makers, dreamers, and the hopeful who want to solve the wicked problems that plague our world.  The Idea Lab is a community-oriented workspace designed to encourage collaboration by giving everyone the tools and support they need to realize their ideas. This is a place for students to learn from one another, mentor each other, where hands-on creating meets problems, where ideas meet curiosity, and where students can play.

3:30 pm – 5:30 pm | Family Fest Mac Mingle
Great Lawn/ McPherson Atrium, Campus Center (Rain site)

Join students, faculty, staff and other families on the Great Lawn to (re)connect with our campus.  Music, snacks, beverages and a petting zoo will be part of the festivities!

5:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Dinner
Café Mac, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

Tickets available for purchase at Café Mac.

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Open Shabbat Services and Dinner with Macalester Jewish Organization
Outdoor lower level of the Weyerhaeuser Chapel

Join Macalester Jewish Organization (MJO) for Shabbat. MJO is an interdenominational group that plans events surrounding the Jewish holidays as well as cultural, volunteer, and entertainment activities. Everyone is welcome.

4:45 pm – 6:15 pm | International Round Table: Voices of Protest: Music and Spoken Word Event

Shaw Field

Featuring Tish Jones and Travieon Dunlap.

6:30 pm – 10 pm | Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Alumni/ Current Players Game
Macalester Stadium

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Theater and Dance Performance
Huber-Seikaly Theater, lower level of Theater and Dance Building

The Theater and Dance Department will present a thirty-minute showcase of theater and dance works created by students. Tickets are FREE and will be available on a first-come first-served basis on performance night. Doors will open fifteen minutes prior to the start of each performance.

Tickets can be reserved here.

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm | Music Performance
Mairs Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center

The Music Department presents the Macalester Symphony Orchestra (Mark Mandarano, conductor) and MacJazz (Joan Griffith, director) in a 45-minute concert. To allow for distancing, the Mairs Concert Hall will be open to 50% capacity for this event. Seating will be general admission with some sections blocked off to promote distancing between pods/families. All ages are welcome, and everybody–including infants–is required to have a ticket. All guests over the age of 2 are expected to wear a mask while they are indoors. Audience members will provide proof of vaccination or recent (within 72 hours) negative covid test results upon picking up their tickets. The name on your vaccination documentation or test result must match the name on your photo ID. Please stay home if you are sick or exposed to COVID-19.
After the orchestra performs, there will be a short set change in preparation for the MacJazz performance. Audience members are welcome and invited to stay for both ensembles. If the demand for tickets is high, we may ask that family members of orchestra members exit the hall to make room for MacJazz families to enter for the second half of the performance.
Tickets can be reserved through the Macalester Music Department Box Office.

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Fresh Concepts Improv Comedy Performance
The Loch, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

9:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Trivia Night
Mary Gwen Owen Stage, Cafe Mac, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

Saturday, October 16, 2021

7:30 am – 10:30 am | Family Fest Information, Check-In, and Hospitality
McPherson Atrium, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

Check-in, get a schedule of events for Family Fest, and head over to the Great Lawn for the Parent Breakfast and grab a cup of coffee and breakfast to kick off your day.

8:00 am – 9:30 am | Parent Continental Breakfast
Great Lawn Tent

Hosted by Macalester’s Parent Council, come enjoy your morning coffee/tea along with pastries, light breakfast snacks and conversation at a social gathering to connect with other Macalester families. This is a great opportunity to meet other parents and families from your region and learn how you can get involved in parent engagement at Mac!  If you’re not able to stick around, all breakfast items will be of the grab-and-go variety!

10:00 am – 1:00 pm | Brunch
Café Mac, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Creatives After Curfew Banner Project
Family Observers Welcome.

Students register here: Register here for the banner workshop!

Banners are an ideal medium for supporting social justice causes with a long history of being created by artists to amplify messages at protests and actions. During the workshop, students will learn how to create and collaborate on banners that share their voices and experiences. Four local artists from the Creatives After Curfew mural collective will share best practices for composing banners and stylizing messaging. After the workshop, students can display the banners on campus.
Creatives after Curfew is a decentralized collective of BIPOC/Queer artists & allies who mobilized during the Mpls uprisings in June 2020 to share resources, skills and knowledge as a contribution to the movement.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm |A Cappella Concert
Shaw Field / John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center (Rain Site)

Join us for a sampling of Macalester’s A Cappella groups.

5:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Dinner
Café Mac, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Sophia’s Table, Christian Dinner Church
Outdoor lower level of Weyerhaeuser Chapel

This radical community of inclusion gathers around a Sunday dinner table with the belief that belonging, connection and mutual learning are gifts of the Holy Spirit. Whether you are a spiritual wanderer or have ever wondered if there is a place for you at the diverse table that is the Christian tradition, you are welcome. This community will center justice and joy! Join us for Sophia’s Table in the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life.

7:00 pm | Women’s VolleyballMac Scots vs St. Scholastica
Leonard Center Gym

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Theater and Dance Performance
Huber-Seikaly Theater, lower level of Theater and Dance Building

The Theater and Dance Department will present a thirty-minute showcase of theater and dance works created by students. Tickets are FREE and will be available on a first-come first-served basis on performance night. Doors will open fifteen minutes prior to the start of each performance.

Tickets can be reserved here.

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm | Music Performance
Mairs Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center

The Music Department presents the Asian Music Ensemble (Chuen-Fung Wong, director) and the African Music Ensemble (Sowah Mensah, director) in a 45-minute concert. To allow for distancing, the Mairs Concert Hall will be open to 50% capacity for this event. Seating will be general admission with some sections blocked off to promote distancing between pods/families. All ages are welcome, and everybody–including infants–is required to have a ticket. All guests over the age of 2 are expected to wear a mask while they are indoors. Audience members will provide proof of vaccination or recent (within 72 hours) negative covid test results upon picking up their tickets. The name on your vaccination documentation or test result must match the name on your photo ID. Please stay home if you are sick or exposed to COVID-19.
After the Asian Music Ensemble performs, there will be a short set change in preparation for the African Music performance. Audience members are welcome and invited to stay for both ensembles. If the demand for tickets is high, we may ask that family members of Asian Music members exit the hall to make room for African Music families to enter for the second half of the performance.
Tickets can be reserved through the Macalester Music Department Box Office.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

8:00 am – 9:00 am | Wellness 5K Run/Walk – Check-in and Registration

9:00 am | Wellness 5K Run/Walk Starts

Leonard Center Portico

The 17th Annual Wellness 5K Run/Walk will begin at 9:00 AM and is sponsored by the Hamre Center for Health and Wellness and Athletics. This event is for the entire Macalester community and is designed to be fun (no need to be an Olympic athlete for this one). President Rivera will be our special starter!  Faculty, staff, students, family members, dogs, and strollers are welcome. Check-in for those who have pre-registered, as well as same-day registration, takes place near the West entrance of the Leonard Center. A raffle drawing with wonderful prizes will be available for all participants.  The Leonard Center will only be open for restroom access.Pre-register here!

12:00 pm | Women’s Rugby – Mac Scots vs St. Scholastica
Macalester Stadium