Family Day

Truman families

Join Your Student for Family Day
Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017

The annual tradition of Family Day at Truman State University welcomes parents and family members to campus for a weekend of special events ranging from Bulldog sporting events to a barbecue on the mall, as well as the annual Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival downtown Kirksville. Plan to spend some quality time with your student, create some lasting memories, and most important of all, have lots of fun.

We know it can be very hard to find a hotel room for the weekend so please understand there is no pressure to attend all activities. If you are able to drive in for Saturday only, your son or daughter will be most interested in updating you about the first month of school and replenishing supplies!

Parking for the Weekend

We’re delighted to have you on campus for the weekend. In honor of Family Day, you will not need a guest parking pass or a red, blue or green parking sticker to park in University parking lots on Friday, Sept. 15 through Sunday, Sept. 17.
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Campus Map

Schedule of Events*

Family Day Activities



Truman Baseball Scrimmage10 a.m.Truman Baseball Field
Library Tours10 a.m.-Noon
Pickler Memorial Library
Truman Softball ScrimmageNoonTruman Softball Field
University Art Gallery Faculty ExhibitNoon-4:30 p.m.University Art Gallery, Ophelia Parrish Building
Planetarium Shows
$5 at the door

• New Horizons: Noon-1 p.m.
• From Earth to the Universe: 1-2 p.m.
• Wonders of the Universe: 2-3 p.m.
• The Dark Matter Mystery: 3-4 p.m.
• Seven Wonders: 4-5 p.m.

Del & Norma Robison Planetarium,
Magruder Hall
Annual Festival Centennial
Hosted by the Centennial Hall Council.
1-4 p.m.Centennial Hall Courtyard (Rain site: Centennial Main Lounge)
Truman State University Speech & Hearing Clinic Open House3-5 p.m.Health Sciences Building
Antonia and David Mentalist Duo
Free of charge. Sponsored by the Student Activities Board (SAB).
4-5 p.m.Baldwin Auditorium


Tickets cost $8.75**/Kids 8 and under are $4.50.
Tickets must be purchased in can be purchased online beginning Aug. 28.

**If a Truman student has a meal plan and still has an available meal by the Saturday evening Barbecue, they can use their meal plan at the Barbecue. If they are out of meals or do not have a meal plan, they will need to purchase a meal ticket for the Barbecue.
TICKETS: If you would like to pay for the tickets using a credit card, you may do that online only. The University accepts American Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA. You may also pay online using the e-check payment option or you can mail a check. Confirmation of your reservation will be sent by email upon receipt of payment. 

Tickets will not be mailed. Starting Sept. 5, please have your son or daughter pick up your tickets in McClain 202 (open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri.). Pre-ordered tickets not picked up by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15 may be picked up at the Barbecue starting at 4:45 p.m.; look for a table by the Student Union Building.

MENU: Hamburgers, Grilled Chicken Breasts, Vegan Riblets, Roasted Potatoes, Seasoned Green Beans, Fresh Fruit Salad, Pumpkin Bars, & Beverages.

SEATING: Limited seating will be available outdoors as well as indoors on the main level of the Student Union Building. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chairs.

5-6:30- p.m.Outdoors on Student Union Mall by Fountain (Rain site: Student Union Building)
Bulldog Football vs. Missouri S & T
General admission tickets: Adults $8; children & seniors $5. Free admission for Truman students (must show Truman ID). You can purchase tickets at the stadium ticket windows (cash or check only) before the game or online starting in August. For more information, call 660.785.4276.
7 p.m.Stokes Stadium

Additional Weekend Activities



Men's Soccer vs. William Jewell1 p.m.Truman Soccer Park
Women's Soccer vs. William Jewell3:30 p.m.Truman Soccer Park


Red Barn Arts & Crafts Festival
This fun outdoor event celebrates arts, crafts, food, dance and music on the historic downtown square six blocks from campus. The festival is named after Red Barn Park on the Truman campus which was the original location for the event. For more information, visit the Kirksville Arts Association.
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.Downtown Kirksville


Men's Soccer vs. RockhurstNoonTruman Soccer Park
Women's Soccer vs. Rockhurst2:30 p.m.Truman Soccer Park

*All events subject to change.

Questions about Family Day?

Contact the Office of Public Relations,, (660) 785-4016.

Family Day Barbecue on the campus mall



My favorite aspect of Truman is the sense of community. I love knowing so many people around campus and having so many great opportunities that I might not have at a larger university.

Neva S., Creative Writing Major, Theatre Minor