Family Weekend

Save the Date! Family Weekend 2021 will be held October 8-10.

The VMI community is looking forward to hosting you for a fun and memorable weekend! Whether you stay on post or venture into downtown Lexington and surrounding areas our main hope is that you find enjoyment in reconnecting with your cadet. There will be interactive events and activities taking place throughout the weekend that are educational, entertaining, and scheduled with the overall goal to build community. We encourage you to experience the networks and communities available to you on this weekend, as well as those your cadet has chosen to be part of during their VMI experience.

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DAILY SCHEDULES

Below, you will find schedules for each day of Family Weekend. Please note, this schedule will be updated as necessary. All events are also subject to their own COVID-19 protocols as per any changes to VMI rules and regulations, or changes mandated by the Governor or the Virginia Department of Health. Please refer to our Academic Year 21-22 COVID Matrix for specific guidance on masks and social distancing expectations.

The health and safety of our Corps of Cadets, faculty, staff, and all visitors is our top priority and we appreciate your cooperation.

TimeEventLocationCost
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Parent Council Meeting Marshall Hall Center for Leadership & Ethics  
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Luncheon Crozet Hall   $10 adults and children 5 and older. Children under 5 eat free  
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Luncheon/Snacks DCC Concession Stand  Foster Stadium Varies by menu item
1:00. – 4:00 p.m. Appointments with Faculty and Advisors Individual Offices  
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Information Sessions Kilbourne Hall  
4:00 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. The Citadel Patchin Field     
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Parade Parade Ground  
6:00 p.m. Jewish Shabbat Dinner Crozet Hall – Subs Mess  
6:30 p.m. Baseball Scrimmage Washington & Lee University  
8:00 – 9:30 p.m. VMI Commanders & Glee Club Concert Memorial Hall  
8:00 p.m Theater Performance - "It's A Theatre Thing!" (A Variety of "Feelin'-Good" One-Act Plays) Gillis Theater – Marshall Hall Center for Leadership & Ethics General admission:
$10 for adults
$5 for senior citizens and students
Cadets and children age 6 and under - Free.

 

TimeEventLocationCost
8:00 – 9:45 a.m. Appointments with Faculty and Advisors Individual Offices  
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Barracks Open House VMI Barracks  
10:45 – 11:30 a.m. Parade Parade Ground  
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Luncheon Crozet Hall   $10 adults and children 5 and older. Children under 5 eat free  
11:00 a.m. VMI vs. Chattanooga Pregame, hosted by VMI Alumni Agencies Moody Hall Activities Room $20 per person, cash bar available

Registration required
1:00 – 1:15 p.m. Corps March Down to Alumni Memorial Field VMI Post  
1:30 – 5:00 p.m. Football vs. Chattanooga Alumni Memorial Field Game Day Information

Ticket Information
4:00 p.m. Men’s Rugby vs. Virginia Commonwealth University North Post #3  
8:00 p.m Theater Performance - "It's A Theatre Thing!" (A Variety of "Feelin'-Good" One-Act Plays) Gillis Theater – Marshall Hall Center for Leadership & Ethics General admission:
$10 for adults
$5 for senior citizens and students
Cadets and children age 6 and under - Free.

 

TimeEventLocationCost
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Catholic Mass Memorial Hall  
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Light Reception Memorial Hall Foyer  
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Collective Protestant Service  Memorial Hall  
1:00. – 4:00 p.m. Appointments with Faculty and Advisors Individual Offices  
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Information Sessions Kilbourne Hall  
1:30 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. Mercer Patchin Field     
2:00 p.m Theater Performance - "It's A Theatre Thing!" (A Variety of "Feelin'-Good" One-Act Plays) Gillis Theater – Marshall Hall Center for Leadership & Ethics General admission:
$10 for adults
$5 for senior citizens and students
Cadets and children age 6 and under - Free.

 

Jackson House - 8 East Washington Street

Thursday – Monday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

Keydet Bookstore - Lejeune Hall, Lower Level

Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

Lejeune Hall Food Court

Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Saturday – 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Sunday – 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

 

Preston Library

Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Saturday – 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. | 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Sunday – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.

 

VMI Museum - 200 Level Memorial Hall

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday – Monday

 

VMI Athletic Ticket Office - Cameron Hall

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


PARKING & TAILGATING

The Parade Ground will be open for parking on Saturday at 7:00 a.m. (weather permitting). The cost for parking will be $40 per car. Only one tent (10’x10’) per vehicle.  If you want to set up with other families, you must enter the Parade Ground together. Overnight parking is not permitted, all vehicles are to be removed by 7:00 p.m.  McKethan Park parking will also be available from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  McKethan Park parking will be $10. 

Parking crews will be on site at both locations; please follow their instructions when entering the area.

Alcohol is not permitted on Post or out at McKethan Park to include the tailgating events on the Parade Ground. Tailgating on the Parade Ground ends at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Please note, the entrance to Post is through Jordan’s Point except for Keydet Club members.

ON-POST SHUTTLE SERVICE

This service will run continuously from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.  Pick up locations are Moody Hall, Memorial Hall, Crozet Hall, and Cameron Hall.  During the football game on Saturday, shuttles will be positioned at Cameron Hall to transport spectators from the stadium back to the parade ground area and McKethan Park parking area.

Additional information regarding parking, tailgating, and Foster Stadium rules for the football game is available at www.vmi.edu/gameday. Information for all sports competitions held on post over the weekend can be found on the VMI Keydets site.

 

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WEEKEND PERMITS

Cadets may leave Post with their families after the parade on Friday and after the football game on Saturday in accordance with the Family Weekend Permit.

The Family Weekend permit ends on Sunday, at 8:30 p.m.  Restrictions are lifted only for cadets and rats, who are in the company of an authorized adult, i.e., a parent or guardian, grandparent, aunt or uncle, brother or sister 23 years of age or older, full-time member of the VMI faculty or staff, or parent of another cadet.  Cadets and rats signed out on the "Family Weekend" permit may leave the county but are not authorized to spend the night off post and must observe the following schedule:

  • Friday - Return by midnight
  • Saturday - Breakfast Roll Call (BRC) at 7:00 a.m., parade at 10:45 a.m., football game march-down and football game at 1:00 p.m., and return by 1:00 a.m.
  • Sunday - Cadets are released from quarters at 7:00 a.m., a status check is at 8:30 p.m.

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VISITING VMI & LEXINGTON

Virginia Military Institute is located in historic Lexington, Virginia nestled in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. VMI’s post consists of 59 buildings on 200 acres; with many of the buildings dating from the 19th century. Today, a 12-acre portion of VMI is recognized as a national historic district containing the only structure to survive Union attacks during the American Civil War, and Old Barracks is recognized as a national historic landmark. Off-post properties include McKethan Park— the site of the VMI observatory—the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park, the Jackson House Museum and the adjoining Davidson-Tucker House in downtown Lexington, and part of the Chessie Trail, a multipurpose recreational trail linking Buena Vista and Lexington.

The surrounding area of Rockridge County offers many options for hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, and adventures into the Blue Ridge Mountains, including the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. The area also hosts breweries and wineries, as well as a wide variety of restaurants, including local Lexington fare in the historic downtown district.

For more information on where to stay in Lexington and local attractions, we encourage you to visit the Lexington Visitor Center.

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Chessie trail, mountains, and downtown Lexington