Join in Fun-filled Family Weekend Sept. 16-18 at Southeast


2015-EVT-FamilyWeekend-0912-006AE_720x480_72_RGBFamilies of Southeast Missouri State University students are invited  to experience the campus and the City of Cape Girardeau Sept. 16-18 with a full slate of activities on Family Weekend.

The jam-packed weekend offers something for everyone with fun-filled family-oriented events highlighted by the first home Redhawks football game of the season on Saturday, Sept. 17.

“Family Weekend is an opportunity for the entire campus community to engage with our students and their families. We invite all students’ families to explore our facilities, programs and services that make our campus special and unique,” said Michele Irby, director of Campus Life and Event Services.

Family Weekend at Southeast began in 1977 as “Parents’ Weekend” for the families of football players. It has since evolved into a weekend of activities for all students and their families.

Friday, Sept. 16

MumsEvents begin on Friday, Sept. 16, at the Charles Hutson Horticulture Greenhouse, 1039 Bertling Street, with walking tours of its gardens and trails from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and its annual fall mums sale from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

On Friday afternoon and evening, families are invited to experience downtown Cape Girardeau. The American Queen will be docked from noon to 5 p.m. at Riverfront Park, and from 6:30-7:30 p.m., families can kick back and enjoy Tunes at Twilight at the Common Pleas Courthouse Gazebo where Kira Small will perform.

Saturday, Sept. 17

Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, families are encouraged to look for tents on campus where Family Weekend information will be available. All Family Weekend events are free unless otherwise specified.

2015-EVT-FamilyWeekend-0912-008AE_720x480_72_RGBAt 9:30 a.m., join Southeast President Carlos Vargas for breakfast in the Normal Street median in front of the University Center. In case of rain, the alternate location is the University Center south dining room.

Events will continue throughout the day.

“There will be shuttle tours of the campus and local Cape Girardeau community.  Our tour guides will provide wonderful historical information along with some local trivia,” Irby said.

On Saturday at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., bus tours of the main campus, River Campus and downtown area will be offered. The 90-minute tours require a reservation, which can be made at the informational tents.

2014-LA-HistoricPreservation-MP1201-008_720x480_72_RGBFamilies are encouraged to visit the Academic Hall dome atop Southeast’s signature administrative building from 10 a.m.-noon, and tours of academic buildings will be available from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Several family festivities including lunch will take place in the University Center from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday as well.

Many activities in downtown Cape Girardeau also will be offered on Saturday, Sept. 17. From 8 a.m.-noon, the Cape Riverfront Market, offering locally grown produce, food, crafts and music, will be open in the parking lot at 35 S. Spanish Street.

From 9 a.m.-4 p.m., the Missouri Department of Conservation Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center will host its annual Day on the River with boat rides, giving families the opportunity to experience the mighty Mississippi River at Riverfront Park. Activities include boat rides guided by conservation professionals, live aquatic animal displays, Asian carp filleting demonstrations, kids’ crafts and informational booths from many supporting agencies.  Boat rides will take place every half hour (except from noon–1 p.m.) and will be led by river biologists. Pierce said boat rides will be on a first come, first served basis, so early arrival is suggested for those hoping to go out on the river.

In the evening, haunted walking tours will start downtown at 6:30 p.m., and registration is available at the informational tents.

2016-MKT-FootballWallGraphicPhotos-0426-002-JR_720x480_72_RGBThe first home football game of the season will get underway at 6 p.m. Saturday in Houck Stadium where the Redhawks will take on Indiana State. For more information or to buy tickets, visit Prior to the game, families are invited to a tailgate from 4-6 p.m. outside the stadium. New to Family Weekend this year is the Taste of Downtown Tailgate, featuring exclusive food from many downtown restaurants: cup ‘n cork, Chocolate Works, Ragsdales Pub, Katy O’Ferrell’s, Hotshots, The BAR, Bella Italia, Stevie’s Steakburger, Namaskar, Marco’s Pizza, Socials, El Sol and Main Street Station . Tailgate passes are limited to the first 200. The cost is $10. The purchase does not include tickets to the football game and is non-refundable. Tickets can be purchased at

Arts lovers are invited to visit the River Campus which will host Transition Spaces 16.3: Bradley Phillips and Estamos Aquí (We Are Here) exhibits in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum. A University of Tennessee-Martin Faculty Exhibit can be viewed in the River Campus Art Gallery throughout the weekend. The New Student Showcase for theatre and dance students will be performed in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17.

For families wishing to get a final taste of summer in Cape Girardeau, the SEMO District Fair, celebrating its 155th anniversary, caps a week-long run with festivities galore at Arena Park on Friday and Saturday. The fair is open from 8 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, and Saturday, Sept. 17, with a Hot Rod Truck and Tractor Pull at 7p.m. each night. For more information on admission and tickets, visit

Sunday, Sept. 18

CCM MassOn Sunday, Sept. 18, Catholic Campus Ministries will celebrate with a “Mass on the Terraces” at 11:30 a.m. followed by a free family picnic luncheon on the lawn at the Marquette Student Center at CCM, 520 N. Pacific Street.

On Sunday afternoon at 2 and 3 p.m., the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra will offer a variety of brief selections offering a sneak peek to its upcoming season with its “Symphony Sampler” in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast’s River Campus.

Finally on Sunday, Sept. 18, the 39th Annual River Tales Classic Car Show will be held in downtown Cape Girardeau. From 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

For more information about Family Weekend, contact Michele Irby at (573) 651-5120 or visit for a full list of events and additional links. Various events can also be found at