Here, Family Matters.

There are many opportunities for families to get involved with the United States Air Force Academy and become part of our community. Throughout the year, cadets participate in a number of important and historic events, many of which are open to parents and the public.

But What's it Like?

Visiting the Academy is a great way to see for yourself.

Plan Your Visit

Parents’ Weekend

Parents’ Weekend is held beginning the Friday before and continuing through Labor Day each year. It’s an exciting time for cadets, families and friends to visit with your cadet.

There are various activities planned to familiarize you with the United States Air Force Academy and to showcase the facilities your cadet uses in their life at the Academy.

On Friday, you can tour the Flight Simulator, attend an Information Fair at Arnold Hall, visit the Cadet Chapel and view a Cadet Wing Parade.  In addition, you’ll have an opportunity to visit open houses at the Academy Airfield, Academic Departments at Fairchild Hall, Cadet Squadrons (dorms) and Athletic facilities.  Fourth-Class cadet parents are invited to eat lunch with their cadet at Mitchell Hall. 

On Saturday, USAFA will host its first football game of the season at Falcon Stadium – make sure to get your tickets (see Air Force Academy Ticket Office at (  Remember, all cadets must attend the game and sit with the Cadet Wing, but do not require tickets.  Following the game, cadets are released to spend time with parents off base but must report back by Monday at 7:10 p.m. (10:45 p.m. for first-class cadets).  Sunday offers tours of Jacks Valley, where all the new cadets attend Basic Cadet Training (BCT).

Parents’ Weekend information will be e-mailed to parents/guests who register via the Parents’ Weekend Registration link located in the left navigation column of the Parents’ Weekend Site at ( Registration will begin in mid-July. Note that registration is not required but is simply a service to provide you some important information. Information includes the Parents’ Weekend handout, schedule of events, Superintendent letter and parking pass. All items may be printed at home. If you are not able to print the items or do not have access to the internet, please ask your cadet to print the documents and send them to you or provide them upon your arrival. Please make sure to coordinate your visit with your cadet.

The base is currently open to visitors so you should have no difficulty getting on base to meet your cadet. You may be asked to show either a DOD ID card or your driver’s license upon entry to the base – you may also have your vehicle searched. If you have a handicapped placard from your state, please bring it with you so you can access the handicapped parking area (immediately north of Stillman Parade Field).

Please see Visiting the Academy for more details on planning your stay in Colorado Springs. The latest Parents’ Weekend information is on the USAFA web page at   

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