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, September 20

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

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

Haunted Marietta Ghost Tours
7:00 p.m., Lafayette Hotel Fountain

Magician
8:00 p.m., Alma McDonough Auditorium

Haunted Marietta Ghost Tours
9:00 p.m., Lafayette Hotel Fountain

Saturday, September 21

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

River Cruise
9:00 a.m., Valley Gem (100 Front Street/Ohio River levee)

River Cruise
10:00 a.m., Valley Gem (100 Front Street/Ohio River levee.)

explorETTA
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
12:00-2:00 p.m., Greek Housing

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

Trolley Tours
1:00 p.m., Hermann Fine Arts Center

Trolley Tours
2:30 p.m., Hermann Fine Arts Center

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

Men’s Soccer vs. Washington & Jefferson College
4:00 p.m., Soccer Field

Football Season Opening BASH and Tailgate
4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Don Drumm Stadium
Pre-game activities include a concert featuring Aftershock and a tailgate picnic from 5:00–6:30 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.

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

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

Haunted Marietta Ghost Tours
7:00 p.m., Lafayette Hotel Fountain

Haunted Marietta Ghost Tours
9:00 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! The Trolley, Valley Gem and Hidden Marietta Tours are full. 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 jed007@marietta.edu