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Family Weekend

Every year, St. John's hosts a weekend dedicated to our families. Experience a weekend at St. John's and be a part of your student's college experience!

Register for Family Weekend

The summer might be over but the fun doesn't have to be. Join us in celebrating Family Weekend, and enjoy our family carnival and activities as well as Mass on Sunday.

See what your student has been up to on campus and how they are adjusting to the St. John's community. We’re family now!

Fall 2021 Update

While it is still too early to announce whether Family Weekend will be an in-person event on campus, we are hard at work planning an exciting orientation to welcome you and your student to St. John's University!

For immediate questions about orientation, please email [email protected].

Family Weekend Events

Each week, the community comes together partake in a celebration of the Blessed Sacrament. As a closing of Family Weekend, we invite University families to celebrate with their students and the rest of the St. John’s University community.

Family Weekend - Campus MInistry

Friday October 9 at 5 p.m.
Friday Prayer, Song and Faith Sharing
Meeting ID: 875 6635 8387
Passcode: c2McJS

Sunday October 11 at 11 a.m.
Sunday Morning Community Mass (Queens)
Livestream via Instagram @stjohnscampmin

Sunday October 11 at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday Evening Student Mass (Queens)
Livestream via Instagram @stjohnscampmin

Sunday October 11 at 6 p.m.
Sunday Night Student Mass (Staten Island)
Livestream link: Instagram @stjohnssicampusministry

University families are invited to join Career Services for one or more of the ‘events’ below. Learn more about our programs and services, speak directly to members of our team, hear from our Career Peers, and submit your guess for a chance to win a prize! 

Friday, October 9 through Sunday, October 11

Want to learn more about what Career Services does, why we do it, and how we’re connecting with your student remotely? Our Career Peers invite you to participate in the ‘Candy Corn Challenge’ while learning more about our programs and services. Don’t miss your chance to win! 

Family Weekend - Career Services

Submit your guess at: 

Career Services Open House
Saturday, October 10, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (EDT) 

Drop by for a few minutes at your convenience to connect with Career Services for an informal chat to learn more and ask questions that are important to your family during these extraordinary times. We can discuss what students can do to land that internship or job they’re seeking! You may join the videoconference by clicking this WebEx link:

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Campus Activities and Alumni Affairs present Student v. Alumni Trivia. Gather your team and join us for a fun, interactive live trivia game hosted by Questionable Pursuits via Zoom! Open to current students, alumni and families. Designate a team captain to RSVP by 10/7 at noon at: hosted via Zoom - link will be shared with team captains who RSVP.

Friday, October 9, 2020  at 5 p.m.
Campus Activities - Java Johnnies featuring Peyton on Instagram Live @sjuactivities. Join us on Campus Activities Instagram @sjuactivities to hear a live artist interview and concert set with Peyton (@peyton_stilling on Instagram)!

Participate in various online fitness classes, led by our university instructors.

University families are invited to join us as distinguished faculty members stage a series of engaging mock lectures.

Saturday October 11 at 1 p.m.

“Paranormal New York City” by Professor Matthew Donnelly
Meeting number: 641 755 372
Video address: [email protected]
Audio connection: US Toll +1-415-655-0002
Access code: 641 755 372
Attendee ID: 945873

“The Eternal Return” by Dr. Robert Forman

Saturday October 10 from noon to 2 p.m.

Students will join the Office of Residence Life at the Pumpkin Patch! Located on the Village Path in front of the basketball courts, your student will be able to "pick" their own pumpkin to decorate and take back to their residence hall.

Join in at home by painting your own pumpkin alongside your student. Upload a photo of your decorated pumpkin for a chance to win a prize. Submit your pumpkin pic!

Friday October 9 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Join in at home by making s’mores in the microwave! Simply assemble the usual s’mores ingredients- chocolate, graham crackers and a marshmallow and microwave for 15 seconds. 

Send your student a gift or care package, with our Campus Store and Campus Dining packages below. 

To place an order for a care package, visit the Campus Catering website:  

Campus Care Packages (PDF)

Package #1

  • St. John's University Crewneck Sweatshirt - choice of color (red, navy, gray) and size (S-XXL)
  • St. John's Sweatshirt Blanket - choice of gray or navy
  • St. John's Water Bottle - choice of clear, white or red bottle
  • items will be packed in a red St. John's University Reusable Bag.
  • Total retail with discount and tax $61.35

 Package #2

  • St. John's University Crewneck Sweatshirt - choice of color (red, navy, gray) and size (S-XXL)
  • St. John's Sweatshirt Blanket   choice of gray or navy
  • Items will be packed in a red St. John's University Reusable Bag.
  • Total retail with discount and tax $50.94

To order a gift package for your student, please call the St. John’s Campus Store at 718-969-6032. The Campus Store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students can pick up their package at the Campus Store during these times. 

Family Weekend - Bookstore

Shop for additional apparel, books, and other novelties on the Campus Store website: There will be a sale running on the website from 10/5/20 - 10/9/20. If you choose to order your choice of items from the website during Family Weekend (October 9-11), make sure to put FAMILY WEEKEND in the comment section to receive a free St. John’s University reusable bag with your order (1 per customer). 

Enjoy some of this weekend’s featured meals on campus, at Montgoris Dining Hall. Join at home using the recipes provided, and (virtually) dine with your student.

Family Weekend Recipes (PDF)

Aside from on-campus and virtual events, there are plenty of other awesome NYC events taking place this month. If you’re looking for a way to spend Family Weekend together off-campus, here are some things to do in NYC.  

Tune in for the New York Film Festival 2020

The New York Film Festival stretches back to 1963, when it established a mission of bringing the best work from around the world to Lincoln Center. Excitement is already feverish for this year’s 58th edition, thanks to the announcement of this year's lineup which will include new works from Steve McQueen, Chloe Zhao and Azazel Jacobs. An annual treat that shows off the city's cinematic good taste in a classy way, the New York Film Festival hosts many fantastic movie screenings and events that you won’t want to miss. This year, many of those offerings will be shown in a new and innovative way through virtual screenings, drive-in events and more. The festival runs from Thursday, September 17, to Sunday, October 11. All tickets are available via the official festival website this year. Find more information here

See the Best Outdoor Art

Check out some recommendations for the absolute best outdoor art to see around New York City this fall and winter.

Spot 50th Street Station changed to “Ruth St” in honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg - A Manhattan subway station has been unofficially renamed in honor of beloved New Yorker and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. NYC-based artist Adrian Wilson took to memorializing the late Ginsburg and her legacy as a strong advocate and champion of gender equality and women’s rights. In a creative tribute, Wilson has temporarily redesigned the 50th Street subway station signage at Eighth Avenue on the C and E lines, to now read “Ruth St.”

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Chelsea Market

You've been waiting all year for it—Oktoberfest is here and Chelsea Market is throwing its own festival with authentic German beer, bratwurst, giant pretzels, and additional German offerings exclusive to the Oktoberfest celebration.

Reserve a table at Eataly’s honey-themed rooftop restaurant

Eataly NYC Flatiron’s seasonal rooftop Serra by Birreria has transformed into Serra D'Autunno with a honey and harvest theme that oozes with local and Italian honeys. The timing hits just in time for fall as farmers harvest their bounty of produce and vineyards finish collecting their grapes. The honey theme touches every part of the restaurant, from the creative decor to a menu focused on local ingredients as well as Italian specialties.


The next generation of Johnnies will love this print-at-home coloring and activity book.

Helpful Links

There are many great events and opportunities to experience in New York City during Columbus Day weekend.