Dads Weekend

2021 Dads Weekend is scheduled for the weekend of October 29-31st, 2021

Please know that this weekend is determined by the DIA and the University in advance. To see future tentative dates, please click here.

All proceeds from ticket sales support Illini Dads Association projects, including scholarships and grants for U of I students. Thank you for your support!

Friday - October 29, 2021

Illini Men's Basketball Game - Friday, October 29, 2021

Highly ranked Illini basketball game will be playing an exhibition game on Friday night, October 29th.

Time: 7pm CST
Location: State Farm Center


Illini Men's Hockey Game - Friday, October 29, 2021

If you enjoy hockey, the Illini Hockey team plays Iowa State on Friday night, October 29th.
Time: 7pm
Location: U of I Ice Arena at 4th and Armory

Saturday - October 30, 2021

Pre-Game Barbecue - Starts at 7am

Enjoy a full BBQ lunch served by Hickory River with your family and pick up and buy tickets for all the weekend festivities right before the football game. We will be located on the NE section of lot 31, the lot west of 1st street and south of Kirby, between Memorial Stadium and the State Farm Center. Look for the big white tent. The cost of the football tickets is $45. Feel free to come up to four hours before the start of the game and we'll have room for up to 100 people a time available.

Time: 7 am CST

Costs: $23 per person for BBQ Only

Costs: $65 per person for BBQ and 1 ticket combination


Illinois vs. Rutgers Football Game

Illinois Football, being led by new head coach Bret Bielema will take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Saturday. During the game, the Illini Dads association will be announcing the 2021 "King Dad" winner. It will be a great time, so enjoy the day by bringing your family to be a part of it.

Time: 11am CST

Costs: $45 per person

Pickup tickets at the BBQ at least two hours prior to the game.


A Cappella Concert: A Tribute to Dad, featuring the nationally ranked "No Comment" Acappella

Enjoy an evening listening to University of Illinois "No Comment" Acappella, a student acappella group, who will sing and entertain you and your family through their award winning singing and performing abilities.

  • Costs: $10 per person
    • Location: Foellinger Hall located on the Quadl
      • Doors Open at 7:00pm; Event starts at 7:30pm


Illini Men's Hockey Game - Saturday, October 30, 2021

If you enjoy hockey, the Illini Hockey team plays Iowa State on Saturday night, October 30th.
Time: 7pm
Location: U of I Ice Arena at 4th and Armory

Sunday - October 31, 2021


Illini Dads 5K

Enjoy a Sunday run with your family at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Arboretum, 2001 S Lincoln Ave, Urbana, IL 61802

Enjoy the second annual student/dad or solo 5K fun run set at the Illinois Cross Country Team official venue through the beautiful UofI Arboretum in south campus. All are welcome. Join others to compete or leisurely complete the 5K and earn your medal at the finish line. Every registrant will receive a commemorative shirt and all participants get water and snacks upon completion.

Time: Start time is 9:00 am with onsite registration starting at 7:30 am

Costs: $30 per runner in advance; $30 at the door


Illini Dads Sunday Brunch

End your Illini Dads Weekend in style by enjoying an buffet style brunch for your family at the south hall of the Illini Union. We will ensure families will be safely distanced and still allow for the best experience with other Illini families.

Time: 10am-12pm
Location: South Hall - Illini Union
Tickets: $20 per person (pick up at the BBQ or at the event)


Buy a Brick

Celebrate your Illini student(s) and establish your legacy in the Illini Dads Centennial Plaza, designed by U of I students and being built to commemorate our 100th anniversary in 2022. Your customized brick will be prominently placed in Illini Dads Centennial Plaza and unveiled during Dads Weekend 2022 to be shared and cherished by your family, generation after generation. Upon purchase, you will receive a follow-up email with a link to customize your brick. If you want to include a graphic, you will be able to choose from various University of Illinois related logos. Thank you for your generous support and helping create a new tradition on campus.