Additional Activities

Additional activities happening around campus during Parents' Weekend. These are wonderful activities to experience with your student.

More activities coming soon! They will be posted as soon as they are confirmed.

Community Events

Black Student Union Parent Dinner
Friday, February 22 | 6:00 p.m.
Tresidder Oak Lounge (map)
The Black Student Union welcomes you to celebrate an evening of family and friendship, as we join in music, food, and games. We will be paying tribute to the excellence of the African Diaspora at Stanford as we showcase the talents and accomplishments of our students.

KZSU Stanford Radio Open House
Friday, February 22 | 12:007:00 p.m.
Memorial Hall, Entrance below Pigott Auditorium (map)
The Parents Weekend Open House is an annual event in which KZSU staff host tours of KZSU facilities, including the music libraries and professional studios. It's a chance for KZSU Alumni to interact with current parents of station volunteers as well as long-time KZSU staff. Light refreshments will be served.

Stanford Taiko Parents' Weekend Workshop
Saturday, February 23 | 1:003:30 p.m.
Braun Rehearsal Hall (map)
Learn how to play Taiko! A workshop designed to teach the basics of traditional Japanese drumming, taught by members of Stanford Taiko. No experience necessary!

Exhibitions & Places of Interest

Campus Tour
Every day | 11:00 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.
Meet at the Stanford Visitor Center (map)
Spend an hour with a student guide exploring the highlights of Stanford's beautiful campus. A great introduction for first-time visitors and tourists. Tour duration is 70 minutes.

First Footsteps: Historical images of the Main Quad
Every day | 24 hours
Take a walking tour around some of the oldest parts of the University with our Historypin tour. It's a look back at the history of Stanford University's iconic Main Quad via images from the Stanford Historical Photograph Collection, created by Stanford University Archives. Click here or download the app from the iTunes Store. (In the app, click on Channels, stanford.archives, then Tours).

Hoover Tower Observation Platform
Open Tuesday-Saturday | 11:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Hoover Tower (map)
See the Stanford campus from the top of the Hoover Tower Observation Platform. Completed in 1941 to celebrate the University's 50th anniversary, the 285-foot tower is a landmark for students, alumni and the local community.
$2 (Adults); $1 (Children and Senior Citizens); Free (Stanford ID + 5 guests).

The Rosenberg Athletic Hall of Fame Exhibit
Ongoing Monday–Friday | 10:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Arrillaga Family Sports Center (map)
See Stanford Athletics memorabilia dating from the turn of the century.

Scripting the Sacred: Medieval Latin Manuscripts
Monday-Saturday | 10:00 a.m.6:00 p.m.
Sunday | 1:006:00 p.m.
Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda, Green Library Bing Wing, 2nd Floor (map)
Scripting the Sacred, an exhibition of Western European manuscripts and fragments, showcases the medieval experience of reading. On display are fine facsimiles from the Art & Architecture Library and selected codices and fragments from Stanford’s collections of ancient papyri and medieval manuscripts.

Stanford Art Spaces
Ongoing MondayFriday | 8:30 a.m.5:00 p.m.

Paul G. Allen C.I.S. Building (map)
David Packard – Electrical Engineering Building (map)
Building 420 – Psychology Department
Enjoy one of the largest galleries in the Bay area, with over 50 works of art. Exhibits are primarily in the Paul G. Allen C.I.S. Building.

Cantor Arts Center

Cantor Arts Center (map)
Open WednesdaySunday | 11:00 a.m.5:00 p.m. (Thursdays until 8:00 p.m.)
The Cantor Arts Center's diverse collections span continents, cultures, and 4,000 years of art history and include the largest gathering of Rodin bronzes outside Paris.

Introduction to Cantor Arts Center (public tours)
Saturday and Sunday, February 23 & 24 | 1:00 p.m.
Cantor Arts Center Main Lobby

Rodin Sculpture Garden and Galleries (public tours)
Saturday, February 23 | 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, February 24 | 3:00 p.m.
Cantor Arts Center Main Lobby

A War on Modern Art: The 75th Anniversary of the Degenerate Art Exhibition
Open WednesdaySunday | 11:00 a.m.5:00 p.m. (Thursdays until 8:00 p.m.) through February 24
Cantor Arts Center Marie Stauffer Sigail Gallery
In 1937, Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime viewed modernist artists as insane and threatening to their ideals. They presented the Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art) exhibition in Munich, hoping to turn public opinion against all modern art. Explore works by several of these "degenerate" artists as we mark the 75th anniversary of the exhibition's opening. 18 works on display.

The Jameel Prize: Art inspired by Islamic Tradition

Open WednesdaySunday | 11:00 a.m.5:00 p.m. (Thursdays until 8:00 p.m.)
Cantor Arts Center Ruth Levison Halperin Gallery & Lynn Krywick Gibbons Gallery
Rachid Koraïchi, the latest recipient of the prestigious international Jameel Prize, will show his winning work alongside nine other entries shortlisted for the award in the exhibition. The £25,000 Jameel Prize, launched in 2009 to encourage a wider debate about Islamic culture and its role today, is awarded every two years to contemporary artists inspired by Islamic tradition.

Dotty Attie: Sometimes a Traveler/There Lived in Egypt

Open WednesdaySunday | 11:00 a.m.5:00 p.m. (Thursdays until 8:00 p.m.)
Cantor Arts Center Patricia Rebele Gallery
Dotty Attie is known for her reproductions of European Old Master paintings paired with text—pieces that poetically reveal the voyeuristic narratives in Western visual and literary arts. Her portfolio Sometimes a Traveler/There Lived in Egypt calls particular attention to the exploitation of the North African female body and its place in European Orientalists' imaginations. Sixteen works on display.

North Africa and the Middle East in 19th-Century Photographs

Open Wednesday–Sunday | 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (Thursdays until 8:00 p.m.)
Cantor Arts Center Robert Mondavi Family Gallery
During the 19th century, photographs served as surrogate experiences for Americans and Europeans unable or too daunted to travel. They were also used as official records of archaeological expeditions and colonial activity. This installation presents approximately 20 vintage photographs of the kind that appealed to Western audiences. The photographs present a range of subjects including topographical images, picturesque views of holy sites and ancient architectural wonders, and studies of people and significant artifacts. All photographs in this installation are drawn from the Cantor Arts Center's collection.

Buying and Selling: Early Modern Economies of Labor, Merchandise, Services and Shopping

Open Wednesday–Sunday | 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (Thursdays until 8:00 p.m.)
Cantor Arts Center Early European Gallery
Seventeenth- and 18th-century European artists took great interest in exploring the details of modern life, which included commercial exchange and a rapidly expanding market of material goods. The prints and drawings in this exhibition showcase a range of workers at their tasks, from the idealized shepherd and elegant artist to the lowly butcher and rat catcher. Approximately 18 works on display.

Border Crossings: From Imperial to Popular Life

Open Wednesday–Sunday | 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (Thursdays until 8:00 p.m.)
Cantor Arts Center Madeleine H. Russell Gallery
How are the boundaries between social classes and identities challenged and transcended? This exhibition explores that question. Eighteenth-century Chinese paintings demonstrate how artists outside palace walls reproduced the subject and styles of imperial court paintings in order to fulfill commissions by patrons of a rising social class. Japanese woodblock prints examine how cross-dressing actors in Kabuki theater became trendsetters for the world off-stage. And through his photographs, Chinese contemporary artist Cang Xin steps into different professions and identities. Forty-four works on display.

Performances & Films

The Beethoven Project
Stanford Symphony Orchestra, Jindong Cai, music director and conductor; Jon Nakamatsu, piano

Friday and Saturday, February 2223 | 8:00 p.m.
Bing Concert Hall (map)
Stanford Symphony Orchestra performs the Symphony No. 3 (Eroica) and Piano concerto No. 3 (with guest Nakamatsu). Tickets are required and can be purchased by clicking here. For more information about Stanford Live events, visit

Noon Concert: Violin Students of Robin Sharp
Friday, February 22 | 12:15 p.m.
Campbell Recital Hall (map)

San Francisco Ballet Trainees Performance
Friday, February 22 | 4:00 p.m.
Roble Gym, Roble 38 (map)

Stanford Opera Workshop: Opera-tions
Saturday, February 23 | 2:30 p.m.
Dinkelspiel Auditorium (map)
Stanford Opera Workshop presents three one-act operas examining the nuts and bolts of opera performance. A West Coast première of Henry Cowell’s The Commission reflects the inner workings of the composer’s mind; Soap Opera, a re-working of Mozart’s Impresario, takes a fun look at the backstage casting process; and a première of a new work by faculty composer Giancarlo Aquilanti with libretto by Derek Miller (Ph.D. candidate, TAPS), First Night at the Opera,, turns the spotlight on the audience’s experience of this beloved, sometimes feared, musical genre: OPERA. | Presented with support from Stanford Arts Institute and the Ben and A. Jess Shenson Funds.

Religious Events & Services

Hillel at Stanford

Student/Parent-led Shabbat Service, Schmooze at a Wine Reception & Faculty Lecture
Friday, February 22 | 6:00 p.m.
Koret Pavilion at the Ziff Center for Jewish Life (map)
Join us for Shabbat and an evening with Stanford faculty member, Carole Pertofsky, Director of Health & Wellness Promotion Services and co-instructor of Stanford's "The Pursuit of Happiness and Health" course. Student/Parent-led services begin at 6pm and Kosher Shabbat dinner at 7 pm. Carole Pertofsky will speak at 7:45pm. Students eat free, but visitors are requested to contribute $18 per person on our website. Please click here to RSVP (required).

Orthodox Minyan
Saturday, February 23 | 9:30 a.m.
Kehillah Hall, Koret Pavilion at the Ziff Center for Jewish Life (map)
Join the Stanford Minyan for a student-led Orthodox Shabbat service in Kehillah Hall, followed by kiddush and kosher lunch.

Saturday, February 23 | 4:30 p.m.
Koret Pavilion at the Ziff Center for Jewish Life (map)
Wind down Shabbat with a light third meal, havdalah to say goodbye to Shabbat, board games and good company. Free dinner, please RSVP to

Office For Religious Life

Stanford Memorial Church–Extended Visiting Hours
Friday, February 22 | 8:00 a.m.6:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 23 | 10:00 a.m.5:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 24 | 11:30 a.m.3:30 p.m.
Memorial Church (map)

Friday, February 22 | 8:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Memorial Church (map)
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Parents' Weekend. Experience the tranquility of walking the labyrinth in the stunning sanctuary of Memorial Church. Enter the labyrinth and discover that walking in circles can actually put direction back in your life - that the rhythm and simplicity of following a clear path can quiet your mind, help you find balance, facilitate meditation, insight and celebration.

Catholic Mass
Friday, February 22 | 12:20 p.m. in Memorial Church
Sunday, February 24 | 10:30 a.m. in Tresidder Union's Oak Room & 4:30 p.m. in Memorial Church
Tresidder Union's Oak Room (map)
Memorial Church (map)
The Catholic Mass is a service open to all. Scriptures, prayers, and communion are offered in two settings, Tresidder Union Oak Room and the Memorial Church. Choir and organ accompany the psalms and canticles. For more information, contact

Stanford Memorial Church–Docent-led Tours
Friday, February 22 | 2:00 p.m. (meet in front of the church)
Sunday, February 24 | 11:15 a.m. (meet in front of the church)
Memorial Church (map)
Explore the breathtaking beauty of Memorial Church while learning about its history and art, its university role, and its endurance through two earthquakes.

University Public Worship, Parents’ Weekend Multi-Faith Service
Sunday, February 24 | 10:00 a.m.
Memorial Church (map)
What happens when a minister, a rabbi and a priest put their heads together? Well, not your average church service, that's for sure. All are welcome.

Sunday, February 24 | 9:00 p.m.
Memorial Church (map)
A reflective, contemplative 30-minute service of hymns, anthems and chant sung by Stanford and local choral ensembles in the tranquil candlelit ambiance of Memorial Church.

Stanford Athletics Events

These events are subject to change. For more information about Stanford Athletics events, visit

Women's Basketball vs. Oregon State
Friday, February 22 | 8:00 p.m.
Maples Pavilion (map)
To purchase tickets click here

Women's Basketball vs. Oregon
Sunday, February 24 | 4:00 p.m.
Maples Pavilion (map)
To purchase tickets click here

Men's Baseball vs. Fresno State
Friday, February 22 | 5:30 p.m.
Klein Field at Sunken Diamond (map)
To purchase tickets click here. Enter "PARENTS" as the promo code to access discounted tickets.

Men's Baseball vs. Fresno State
Saturday, February 23 | 1:00 p.m.
Klein Field at Sunken Diamond (map)
To purchase tickets click here. Enter "PARENTS" as the promo code to access discounted tickets.

Men's Baseball vs. Fresno State
Sunday, February 24 | 1:00 p.m
Klein Field at Sunken Diamond (map)
To purchase tickets click here. Enter "PARENTS" as the promo code to access discounted tickets.


NOTE: All events are free, unless otherwise listed. For details, visit the url link for each event.