Dating back to 1973 when Marietta College conducted its first Family Day, students have welcomed family members to campus for a different themed event each fall. In the first year, 130 families of freshmen came to campus to meet faculty, tour the campus, have lunch in Gilman Dining Hall and attend a student talent show.

In 1980, the event was moved to the spring to allow families to attend a baseball game, however, rain-soaked most of the outdoor events and moved everyone inside. It was moved back to the fall shortly after.

Today, Marietta students invite their family members to campus for a weekend of activities in the fall that usually include movies, athletic events, and tours of campus and the city.

2019 Family Weekend Schedule of Events

Friday, Sept. 20

12:00-8:00 p.m., Andrews Hall

Petting Zoo, Silhouettes, Kettle Corn, and Kona Ice
4:00-7:00 p.m., The Christy Mall

Trolley Tours
5:30 p.m., Hermann Fine Arts Center

Trolley Tours
7:00 p.m., Hermann Fine Arts Center

8:00 p.m., Alma McDonough Auditorium

Saturday, SEPT. 21

8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Andrews Hall

River Cruise
9:00 a.m., Valley Gem (601 Front St.)

River Cruise
10:00 a.m., Valley Gem (601 Front St.)

All Day, Downtown Marietta

Car Show registration
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Physician Assistant Parking Lot

Panhellenic Bid Day
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Sorority Houses

Greek Open Houses
12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m., Greek Housing

Car Show
1:00-3:00 p.m., Physician Assistant Parking Lot

Trolley Tours
4:00 p.m., Hermann Fine Arts Center

Football Season Opening BASH and Tailgate
4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Don Drumm Stadium
Pre-game activities include a concert feature the BASH and a tailgate picnic from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Students, faculty and staff can enjoy the picnic at no cost, all others are $10/person. Cash and credit card will be accepted for the picnic. The concert is free.

Football vs. Muskingum University
7:00 p.m., Don Drumm Stadium

Men’s Soccer vs. Washington & Jefferson College
7:00 p.m., Soccer Field

Haunted Marietta Ghost Tours
8:00 p.m., Lafayette Hotel Fountain

Family Weekend Bookstore Hours

The Marietta College Bookstore will have special hours for Family Weekend

  • Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Family Weekend Event Registration

Thank you for your interest in the family weekend events! Any Questions about Family Weekend or registration can be directed to Elliot Dodd, Assistant Director of Campus Activities and New Student On-Boarding Programs, at

Family Weekend 2019 Registration


Family Weekend 2019 Events

Use the dropdowns below to register for the free Family Weekend events! All events happen on either Friday, Sept. 20 or Saturday, Sept. 21. Contact Elliot Dodd with any questions.

Join us for a fun and informative tour to learn more about Marietta’s vibrant history and historic architecture. Tours depart from Hermann Fine Arts Center.
Join us for a leisurely cruise while taking in the sights of the Ohio River. Cruises will depart from 601 Front St.