Annual Parent and Supporter Events

Throughout the year, Parent and Family Programs hosts events that connect families and supporters to the Cal Poly community. Mark your calendars and join us on the following dates!

SLO Days

July-Aug. 2023

Parents and supporters of new Cal Poly students are encouraged to attend SLO Days 2023. Special supporter sessions provide wonderful ways to meet fellow incoming families, learn more about the university, and receive guidance on the best ways to support new Mustangs. 

Additional event details coming soon. Visit the SLO Days website to learn more.

Parent and Supporter Welcome Reception: Evening with the President

Sept. 15, 2023

Incoming Cal Poly parents, supporters and students are invited to gather after move-in to hear from campus leadership as we kick off the new academic year. This event will feature welcome messages, food, live music, and resources about how to stay involved, informed and connected to your new Mustang.

Visit the Mustang Move-In website to learn about move-in details


Sept. 30, 2023

A celebration of Cal Poly, Learn by Doing and everything you love about San Luis Obispo. Additional details coming soon. Visit the Cal Poly Alumni website to learn more.

Mustang Family Weekend

Oct. 20-22, 2023

Discover how your student has made Cal Poly their home! Join us at Mustang Family Weekend to:

  • Reconnect with your student.
  • Meet fellow Cal Poly families.
  • Engage in Learn by Doing lectures and labs led by esteemed faculty. 
  • Explore campus through interactive tours. 
  • Enjoy live music and fun activities. 
  • Attend cultural, athletic and performing arts events.

Open House

April 11-13, 2024

Open House is an annual event that showcases Cal Poly's campus to new students and their supporters while offering a glimpse into life as a Mustang. During your visit, be sure to attend one of the following events for new parents and supporters. To view additional details about the weekend, visit the Open House website.

Parent/Supporter Events

  • Resource Fair: An opportunity for students and supporters to engage with campus resources and learn about various programs, departments, clubs and organizations. Look for the Parent and Family Programs booth to meet our staff and learn about our services.

  • Supporter Coffeehouse: Meet and mingle with staff and current students to get an insider look at what's it's like being a parent/supporter of a student at Cal Poly.

  • Morning Cup with the President: Join Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong for coffee and a light breakfast to learn about Cal Poly and get your questions answered. After the event, enjoy front-row seats to the Poly Royal Parade!

  • Campus Showcase: A time for various clubs and organizations to showcase themselves to prospective students & their supporters! This is a great opportunity for guests to interact with on/off-campus entities and see how they can get involved!


PolyCultural Weekend Parent and Supporter Breakfast

April 2024

PolyCultural Weekend connects prospective students with the cultural community on campus. This experience helps students establish a sense of community, cultivate a feeling of belonging, and gain the confidence to succeed at Cal Poly. 

Parents and supporters of PolyCultural Weekend students are invited to a breakfast to learn how to stay connected throughout their student's Cal Poly journey. More details coming soon.


Plan Your Trip to San Luis Obispo

Exclusive Cal Poly Deals

Calling all Cal Poly parents, supporters and alumni! Throughout the year, local hotels offer exclusive deals at their lodging properties. Don’t miss out on these discounts and promotions. Learn more.


Whether you take the scenic route via Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway), fly into the San Luis Obispo airport or arrive via train, the trip to San Luis Obispo can be a memorable experience in itself, and getting here is part of the fun! Learn more.

Things to Do

From hiking the local trails and shopping downtown to getting your fill at countless restaurants and wineries, there are plenty of activities to enjoy on your next visit. Learn more.

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