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.

2018 Family Weekend Schedule of Events

Friday, Sept. 21

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

Petting Zoo
4:00-7:00 p.m., The Christy Mall

Carnival
4:00-7:00 p.m., The Christy Mall

Silhouettes
4:00-7:00 p.m., The Christy Mall

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

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

Sailesh hypnotist
8:00 p.m., Alma McDonough Auditorium

Saturday, SEPT. 22

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

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

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

explorETTA
All Day, Downtown Marietta

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

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

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

Taste of Marietta
5:00-10:00 p.m., 200 (block) Putnam St.

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

Trolley Tours (full)
6:45 p.m., Hermann Fine Arts Center

Haunted Marietta (full)
8:00 p.m., Lafayette Hotel Fountain

Sunday, Sept. 23

All Greek Picnic
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., 4th Street

Greek Open Houses
12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.,

Download the 2018 Family Weekend schedule (PDF)

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. At this time, the Trolley Tours, the Valley Gem Breakfast Cruise and the Hidden Marietta Tour are full. If you'd like to put your name on a waiting list in case of cancelations, please email Elliot Dodd at jed007@marietta.edu.

Family Weekend 2018 Registration