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
5:30 p.m., Hermann Fine Arts Center
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
9:00 a.m., Valley Gem (601 Front St.)
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
1:00-3:00 p.m., Physician Assistant Parking Lot
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 email@example.com