Homecoming & Family Weekend

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Come back home to Concordia

Please join us for Homecoming & Family Weekend, Concordia’s annual reunion event, with fun activities designed for alumni, families, friends, and current and prospective students. Whether you are new to the Concordia community or a familiar face, you are a valued part of our family.

Due to COVID-19, this year’s events will be HyFlex, combining in-person options with virtual components. Links for virtual events will be posted on this webpage the day each event occurs. 

However you decide to join us, we can’t wait to see you!

2020 Schedule

2020 Schedule

All weekend feel free to participate in the CTX Photo Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win vintage Concordia swag!

Friday, October 23

Time Activity Location
9:00am-2:00pm Preserve Tours Student Center
10:00am Campus Worship Chapel/Livestream
7:00pm Pluckers' Trivia Tailgate Field/Online

Saturday, October 24

Time Activity Location
8:00am     Walk & Woosh     The Backyard/Virtual
1:00pm CTX Basketball Showcase Online
2:00pm Trunk or Treat Photo Op Res Hall Parking Lot
5:00pm Virtual Alumni Mixer Online
7:30pm Drive-In Movie Parking Lot C

Sunday, October 25

Time Activity Location
11:00am

Concordia Sunday:
Messiah Lutheran Church 
Plano, TX

Chapel/Livestream

Event Details

Homecoming and Family Weekend Events

CTX Photo Scavenger Hunt
Complete different photo challenges throughout Homecoming and Family Weekend to win vintage CTX swag! Some photos will incorporate places on campus, and others can be done at home or around Austin. So whether you are joining us for in-person or virtual events, everyone has a chance to win!

Preserve Tours
Every hour on the hour, tour groups will leave from the Student Center to see our beautiful nature preserve. For social distancing, groups will be limited to five people and it will be first come, first served.

Pluckers' Trivia 
Enjoy some friendly competition and great wings from Pluckers! Trivia teams can be both in person and online. A trivia host from Pluckers will be coming to campus for a CTX round of questions! The winning team will receive Pluckers gift cards! Wings will be first come, first served, and they will be packaged in individual boxes.

Walk & Woosh
Make an impact by participating in Walk & Woosh, either in person or virtually! The funds raised by this effort will support two causes: the CTX Emergency Fund, which supports our students in need due to COVID-19, and building another well through our partnership with Water to Thrive. Join us on campus on Saturday, Oct. 24, or complete the 2.6 miles in your own neighborhood and send us a picture of you doing your best Walk & Woosh! Registration fees will get each registrant signed up for the walk and an event t-shirt!

CTX Basketball Showcase
Support our student-athletes by tuning in to watch our Concordia Basketball team compete in a friendly three-point shoot-out and dunk contest! While we are unable to have a normal fall sports season, our student-athletes are still practicing and coming together as a team. Show your Tornado pride by tuning in online. There will be opportunities to win prizes, and all of our Tornado swag will be discounted throughout the weekend at our online Concordia BSN Team Store!

Trunk or Treat Photo Op
We want to see your Halloween costumes! While trick or treating may be canceled, that doesn't mean we can't still have fun. Come out to the Res Hall parking lot and take pictures in front of themed booths! We will have pre-packaged goodie bags for you to take home.

Virtual Alumni Mixer
Connect with your fellow alumni, and learn how to make simple drinks with items already in your home! Join us from the comfort of your own home, and share stories of the good ole days. We will send out the recipes ahead of time so that everyone can make the drinks together.

Drive-In Movie
Park your car or bring a blanket and join us for a movie in the parking lot! What's a fall drive-in movie without a hot chocolate/apple cider bar and snacks?! Bring your own mug and get a warm beverage to enjoy while watching the movie!

Concordia Sunday!
Join us in the Chapel or online as we participate virtually in a worship service from Messiah Lutheran Church, Plano, TX.

FAQs

Homecoming and Family Weekend FAQs

1. When on campus, do I have to wear a mask?
We are hopeful to have in person events through out the weekend. Masks will be required at all in person events. Please visit our COVID-19 page on our website to see all of our policies pertaining COVID-19.

2. Can I bring my dog?
Dogs are allowed on campus if on a leash, but not inside any buildings or in the preserve. Please note that almost all event activities will occur indoors.

3. Can I bring my kids?
Yes! All events have been planned with families in mind.

4. Where can I stay overnight?
Please see the list of hotels in the area on the Hotels Info tab.

5. Where do I park?
Parking Lot C. When you arrive on campus, front gate workers will direct you.

6. How much does this event cost?
The only event with a cost is the walk. All other events throughout the weekend are free. 

7. How do I register for Homecoming and Family Weekend?
You can register at the top of this page by clicking the "Register" button.

8. What food will be available?
Select meals will be provided on the following days:
FRIDAY- Pluckers wings will be at the Trivia Night, first come first serve while supplies last
SATURDAY- Food truck after the walk as well as snacks and drinks at the Drive In Movie

For all other meals throughout the weekend the on campus dining hall will be open with buffet meals available to purchase on your own. The hours of the dining hall are as follows:

Monday - Friday: 7-10 AM, 11 AM - 1:30 PM, 4:30-6 PM

Saturday - Sunday: 11 AM - 2 PM, 3-6 PM 

9. Where do I go once I'm on campus?
Upon arrival, follow signs to park and then walk to check in at the Welcome Center in Building A. Signs will be posted to direct you to check in.

10. Are all activities mandatory?
No, none of the events are mandatory. 

11. Is the campus handicap accessible?
Yes

12. Is there still Concordia Crossing?
Yes, save the date for March 5-7! We will see you in the spring to celebrate all things Concordia.

Hotel Info

Hotel Info

The following hotels/motels are recommended for families while visiting CTX.

Holiday Inn - Four Points
8300 N FM 620
Austin, TX 78726
512-610-5700

Staybridge Suites Austin Arboretum (Special rate for Concordia)
10201 Stonelake Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78759
512-349-0888

Hyatt House Austin/Arboretum
10001 N. Capital of Texas Highway
Austin, TX 78759
512-342-8080

Hampton Inn Suites Austin Cedar Park-Lakeline
10811 Pecan Park Blvd
Austin, TX 78750
512-249-0045

Holiday Inn Express
12703 FM 620 N
Austin, TX 78750
512-249-8166

Hilton Garden Inn Austin NW/Arboretum
11617 Research Blvd
Austin, TX 78759
512-241-1600

La Quinta Inn
11901 N Mopac Expy
Austin, TX 78759
512-832-2121

Home2 Suites by Hilton Austin/Cedar Park
14022 US Highway 183
Austin, Texas 78717
512-610-2107

Embassy Suites by Hilton Austin Arboretum
9505 Stonelake Boulevard
Austin, Texas, 78759
512-372-8771

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Austin Northwest Arboretum
8901 Business Park Dr
Austin, Texas, 78759
512-343-0888