North­eastern stu­dents and their fam­i­lies will cel­e­brate uni­ver­sity tra­di­tions and expe­ri­ence the campus’ vibrant atmos­phere at the annual Parent and Family Weekend, which runs from Friday to Sunday. Throughout the weekend, fam­i­lies will be engaged in a range of exciting events—from faculty-​​led dis­cus­sions and break­fasts with col­lege deans, to a family bar­becue and ath­letics matches.

Many events are free with reg­is­tra­tion, but others require atten­dees to pur­chase tickets.

On Friday and Sat­urday, “Fac­ulty Spot­light” events fea­turing pro­fes­sors from a range of dis­ci­plines will explore aca­d­emic topics including the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, cli­mate change and bio­di­ver­sity, the economy and social entre­pre­neur­ship. Mean­while, tours of uni­ver­sity facil­i­ties such as the Dig­ital Media Com­mons, the Marine Sci­ence Center and Gallery 360 will high­light aca­d­emic and stu­dent life.

Fam­i­lies will get a brush with celebrity on Sat­urday, when the uni­ver­sity hosts “A Con­ver­sa­tion with Tom Berg­eron” at 2:30 p.m. in Ell Hall’s Blackman Audi­to­rium. This event is only avail­able to parent weekend par­tic­i­pants and requires tickets and preregistration.

Berg­eron is a 2012 Emmy Award winner and host of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars. He is also known as the host of America’s Fun­niest Home Videos and Hol­ly­wood Squares; as a fill-​​in host for Who Wants to be a Mil­lion­aire; and for appear­ances on many other TV programs.

Sat­urday enter­tain­ment also includes a family bar­becue; an Xhi­bi­tion Kitchen event with renowned chef Terry Wal­ters at 2:30 p.m. at the Stetson West Dining Hall; and evening per­for­mances by comedians.

Sports fans should have plenty to cheer for this weekend. On Friday, the women’s hockey team drops the puck against Robert Morris at 7 p.m. in Matthews Arena. On Sat­urday, the men’s soccer team plays George Mason at 6 p.m. at Par­sons Field; the women’s hockey team faces-​​off against Maine at 2 p.m. at Matthews Arena; and the men’s hockey team takes on UNH at 7 p.m. at Matthews.

On Sunday, women’s vol­ley­ball faces Georgia State at 1 p.m. in Cabot Gym­na­sium and the women’s field hockey team bat­tles Towson at 2 p.m. on Jordan Field in Cam­bridge, Mass.