Come visit! Parent & Family Weekend 2024

Parents Weekend 2024

April 5-7, 2024


Pre-registration is closed. You can still attend! 
Come to our check in table, and we'll help you register.

Schedule is subject to change.


Experience a Westmont Class 
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Check out the classes welcoming visitors. Be prepared to participate -- and expect challenging content! 

View List of Open Classes

Weekend Check-In 
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Location: This is moved to the covered area outside the Dining Commons (in case of rain).
Check in once during the weekend. Say hello, pick up your name tag and a cup of coffee or tea as you begin your day. If you arrive later in the day, look for the check in table, beginning at 2 pm, at Founder’s (next to Dining Commons). 

Worship in Chapel
10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
Location: Murchison Gym
Worship with the Westmont community. The speaker is Eric Bryant. Eric serves with Gateway Church in Austin. Eric is the author of Not Like Me: Loving, Serving, and Influencing Our Divided World, Fruitful: Becoming Who God Created You To Be, an adjunct professor at Bethel Seminary, and creator and host of The Post-Christian Podcast, one of the resources provided by his non-profit Catalyzing Community which helps church leaders make disciples in a post-Christian world. 

Lunch Available at the Dining Commons 
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Pick up lunch in the Dining Commons with your student or go to one of many great restaurants in the area.

Parent Session & Reception
Location: Global Leadership Center
2:00-2:10 p.m. Update on students opportunities through Global Education
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Lori Ann Banez, Director of COVE Career Center, presents a talk for parents on Career Opportunities and Vocational Exploration.
2:45-3:30 p.m. The Parents Council invites you to join them for light refreshments and great conversation following the talks.

2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: near GLC
Check in once during the weekend. Pick up your name tag and let us know if you have any questions. If you arrive later in the day, stop by the check-in table on Saturday morning outside the morning session at the Global Leadership Center.

Enjoy Santa Barbara! Your student may be studying or rehearsing for Spring Sing Friday night. If not, there are great restaurants and sightseeing to enjoy together.


8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Location: Global Leadership Center
If you have not already checked in this weekend, get your name tag and say hello! Let us know if you have any questions.

Breakfast, Welcome and Devotional
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

The President's Update
9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Faculty Speaker: Andrea Gurney, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology   
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.  
"Searching for God Knows What: On Identity and Intimacy in Emerging Adulthood"

Cheer on Warriors Baseball 
Game 1 at 11 a.m.
Location: Russ Carr Field 
Westmont vs Fresno Pacific
Purchase athletic tickets here.

Lunch Available at the Dining Commons 
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Pick up lunch in the Dining Commons with your student or go to one of many great restaurants in the area!

Explore Santa Barbara!  
There are a number of fun, Free Things to Do in the Santa Barbara Area. Your student may have errands to run or Spring Sing to prepare for -- discuss in advance what they are available for today.

Spring Sing 
Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Show begins at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets purchased separately. See Spring Sing details.
Location: Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas Street. 

Spring Sing stars Westmont students! Bring a blanket and binoculars and enjoy a fun evening under the stars at this beautiful outdoor amphitheater nestled in the hills. A steep climb leads to venue. Allow ample time for parking and seating.

Dinner on the Town 
Enjoy dinner in town with your student. Consider taking along their roommate or new friend. This is a great time to listen and learn more about your student's college life so far. Here are some local favorites.


Attend church with your student and treat them to breakfast or lunch.


Any suggestions for where to stay?
This is a partial list of area hotels. Some stay north toward Goleta, while some may stay south toward Carpinteria. Vacation rentals may also be an option.  

  • Santa Barbara Hotel IdeasA visiting family member has special needs.
    Please email us at or call (805) 565-6056 so we can advise on parking needs or other questions.

What are the bookstore hours?
You can stock up on Warrior gear during the following hours:
Friday 8:45 a.m.-5 p.m. (Note, bookstore is closed during chapel, 10:30-11:20 a.m.)
Saturday 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 
Sunday: closed
Shop online at all hours here.