Saturday Schedule

The following activities will be available on Saturday:


Will your family be the Fall Family Weekend Official Family?  Purchase a ticket and you could win a free night's stay at the Drury Inn, a $50 Dining Services Gift Card, 2 Fall Family Weekend T-shirts, and a photo with Bogey, the McKendree University mascot!  The Fall Family Weekend Official Family will be announced in the second quarter of the football game.


Participate in The Bearcat Big Give – Friday and Saturday!

In conjunction with Fall Family Weekend, join us for the seventh annual canned food and supply drive, “The Bearcat Big Give”, as a community service project.  Donated canned food items will be distributed to the Lebanon Food Pantry.  Donated supplies will be distributed to The Shelter Shop of The Violence Prevention Center for Southwestern Illinois.

 The initial program called BRIDGE was founded in 1979, and consisted of a five-room shelter and one part-time staff member. The current shelter is located in a building that was generously donated by the Weidmann family in 1986. In December 1987, the Center became incorporated as the Women’s Crisis Center of Metro East; the name was changed in June 2000 to the Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois.

In the more than 33 years since its inception, the VPC has expanded to meet the needs of the three counties it serves.

 The Shelter Shop is a resale shop that sells donated, pre-owned clothing, furniture, and household items in good condition. The Shelter Shop is primarily operated by volunteers and the proceeds from the shop help to support the programs and services of VPC. In addition, clients who are in need of emergency clothing and/or other items are given vouchers to shop for items free of charge.

Items will be accepted in The Lair at Fall Family Weekend Registration on Friday and Saturday during Fall Family Weekend. 









Bearcat Pre-Game Tailgating

C/V-Lot Area

Tailgating is open six hours before game time.   Spots must be reserved. Contact the athletics office or visit to reserve your spot today!


Fall Family Weekend Registration

Lower Deneen Center

Have questions, need directions, or want more information? Stop by The Lair and a Fall Family Weekend committee member will be happy to help you with registration. Donations will also be accepted for the Bearcat Big Give. You can also pick up guides to metro east area restaurants, hotels and areas of interest. Schedule changes will be posted at this location.
Don’t forget to purchase a ticket for a chance to win a $100 Bookstore Gift Card or to become the Fall Family Weekend Official Family! Tickets are $5.00 each and available only to families with a currently registered McKendree student. A maximum of 20 tickets may be purchased per family.


Campus Bookstore Open

Upper Deneen Center

Families will receive a discount on merchandise purchased at the Campus Bookstore.


Quad Festival

Quad Area, and Circle Drive

Enjoy a variety of tailgate and festival-style food items from a variety of local vendors! A number of free activities will be available. Please pay individual vendors for food and drink items.


1:00pm – 4:00pm

McKendree Art Gallery Exhibition

224 W. St. Louis St., Lebanon

“Running Behind the Mosquito Truck” by Kimber Mallett ( is an interesting approach to sustainability and consumer culture.  What were your parents thinking? What were they thinking when they allowed us to run and ride our bicycles ecstatically through the billowing poisonous fog of the mosquito truck? It was the middle-class in the Midwest in the 60’s. They thought their government and corporations had the best interests of themselves and their children at heart. Was it innocence or wishful thinking that made our parents so trusting? And while we are seemingly better informed, do we still turn away from information that complicates our lingering post Second World War American dream?


Football vs. Quincy University

Leemon Field

($7 General Admission, McKendree students free with McKendree ID) Tickets are available at the gate or may be purchased online at


Volleyball vs. Drury University

Statham Gymnasium at MPCC; ($5 General Admission, McKendree students free with McKendree ID) Tickets are available at the gate or may be purchased online at

7:30 pm

Theater Department Fall Play

Hettenhausen Center for the Arts

The McKendree Theater Department performs, Almost, Maine, a play by John Cariani, comprising nine short plays that explore love and loss in a remote, mythical almost-town called Almost, Maine.  Additional performances will be held on Saturday, November 7 at 7:30pm and Sunday, November 8 at 2:30pm.


Double Feature Movie:  Minions and Ant Man

The Lair 

Minions:  The film serves as a prequel/spin-off to the funny Despicable Me series.  Continuously unsuccessful at keeping masters - from T. rex to Napoleon - the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he - alongside teen-age rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob - ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow.


Ant-Man: Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. 


Family Game Show:  Think Fast

Statham Gymnasium at MPCC

Come out for a high energy, interactive trivia gameshow that not only provides opportunity for lots of audience participation, but also includes CASH PRIZES!






Please note that some events, locations, and availability are subject to change.