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Family Weekends at OHIO

Four times each year, Ohio University welcomes families and friends to reconnect with their college students on the Athens Campus. Family Weekends offer a wide range of activities, from sporting events to outdoor adventures to concerts and performing arts. A full schedule of events can be found on the Calendar of University Events. Highlights are included below. Click here to purchase tickets for Family Weekend events.

In addition to the Ohio University Inn, the Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau maintains a list of local availabilities in the county, while Hocking Hills offers lodging alternatives within 30 miles of campus. Note that local hotels and lodges often book well in advance of our Family Weekends. Please plan ahead to ensure your reservation. We look forward to your visit!

Upcoming Family Weekend:

MOMS WEEKEND: APRIL 5 - 7, 2019

As one of the most popular Family Weekends, Moms Weekend is not to be missed! 

Friday, April 5, 2019

7 p.m. - 11 p.m. Unified Sisters Women's Appreciation Event - Walter Rotunda
The purpose of this event is to empower women of all backgrounds, giving them an opportunity to come together and acknowledge the power and worth women have in todays society. $10 per ticket. 

7 p.m. - 9 p.m. The Women's Comedy Show: Mom Genes - Baker Theater
The Women's Comedy Show held on Mom's Weekend is the largest comedy event of the year, drawing a full crowd and generating hundreds of dollars in donations which are given to My Sister's Place, a local domestic violence shelter. The show is produced by women for EVERYONE! The two-hour production features standup, improv, live and digital sketches, as well as banter and musical performances. Join us and enjoy great comedy for an even better cause! Donations collected at the door. 

7 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Miss Bronze Pageant
The Brothers of Phi Scholarship Pageant.

7:30 p.m. Athena Cinema Presents The Princess Bride - Athena Cinema
Bring your Mom, Dad, sister or brother to a movie at Athens’ historic theater. Established in 1915, the Athena Cinema is a great place to make memories with your family. Tickets are $7 and are available at the theater. 

8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Stargazing and Campfire - The Ridges
Fee includes transportation and campfire snacks. Depart 8 p.m.; return at 11 p.m. Please meet our staff at the Ping Center lobby at 7:45 PM for check-in. 

Saturday, April 6, 2019

10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Hammer N' Ales - Baker Ballroom
Join us to create your own crafts, enjoy some local craft brews, and eat some light hors-d'oeuvres! This year the craft will feature "String Art" where you will have the choice from several OU themed templates. Walk away with the coolest memorabilia Ohio has to offer, enjoy some beer, and have a great time! All proceeds go to supporting the local running community through the South Eastern Ohio Trail Runners.

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. - Moms Weekend Cycling - Ping Recreation Center
Come spend time in our fun cycling class event! Moms and their students can get their cardio on in a Ping fitness class!

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Conkles Hollow Day Hike - Hocking Hills 
Hike the Conkles Hollow 2.5 mile Rim Trail. Heavy snacks provided. Meet at the front lobby of Ping at 9:45 AM to sign in. We will return at 3:00 PM. Wear appropriate clothes for hiking and bring water bottles.

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Ziplining - The Ridges (1 hour session beginning on the hour) 
Climb the 40-foot tower to the takeoff platform and ride down a 300 foot zip line. Fee includes all equipment, instruction, and optional shuttle to the zip line facility. 

10 a.m. - UPC Mom's Walk - Walter Fieldhouse
Annual Mom's Walk for the Cure brought to you by the Ohio University Program Council, all funds raised go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to support the search for a cure for breast cancer. Your $15 registration fee gets you a t-shirt and a light breakfast. Doors open at 9 a.m.

12 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Mom's Weekend Book Making Workshop - Alden Library
Join us at Alden Library to make a unique memento for Moms Weekend 2019. Want to make a hand bound journal, photobook, or scrapbook? We will provide all materials and hands-on demonstrations. Registration required. Event takes place in Alden Library Room 319 Friends of the Library Room. For questions or to request accommodations, please contact Jen Harvey at 740-593-2906 or harveyj1@ohio.edu.

12 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Mom's Weekend Expo - Baker Center second floor Atrium
Crafts, food, henna, massages, photobooth, dancing and a giveaway! This event does not require a ticket. 

1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Ziplining - The Ridges (1 hour sessions beginning on the hour) 
Climb the 40-foot tower to the takeoff platform and ride down a 300 foot zip line. Fee includes all equipment, instruction, and optional shuttle to the zip line facility. 

1 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Mom's Fest - Ping Center
Come experience local vendors selling everything from homemade soaps, crafts, sweets, and wine!  Participate in light hearted activities with Mom and enjoy an afternoon of spending time together.  Admission is free, but donations are being accepted to support local non-profit Rising Appalachia.

2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Create your own Passion Works Flower
Join us in Ohio University CoLab and make your own Mini Passion Works Flower, Athens Ohio official flower! Each ticket includes supplies to create 1 Mini flower, and some light refreshments.

3 p.m. - Athena Cinema Presents The Princess Bride - Athena Cinema
Bring your Mom, Dad, sister or brother to a movie at Athens’ historic theater. Established in 1915, the Athena Cinema is a great place to make memories with your family. Tickets are $7 and are available at the theater. 

6 p.m. - Waking Up In The 80's Learn to Skate Spring Ice Show - Bird Arena
Tickets can be purchased at the front desk of Bird Arena. Tickets purchased in advance of the show can be picked up at will call on the day of the event. Tickets are $6 for Adults and $5 for children and students.

7:30 p.m. - Athena Cinema Presents The Princess Bride - Athena Cinema
Bring your Mom, Dad, sister or brother to a movie at Athens’ historic theater. Established in 1915, the Athena Cinema is a great place to make memories with your family. Tickets are $7 and are available at the theater. 

8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Stargazing and Campfire - The Ridges
Fee includes transportation and campfire snacks. Depart 8 p.m.; return at 11 p.m. Please meet our staff at the Ping Center lobby at 7:45 PM for check-in. 

8 p.m. - Performing Arts Series presents Comedian Demetri Martin - Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium
Demetri Martin is a standup comedian, artist, writer, and director. He began doing standup comedy in New York City, where he worked as a staff writer for Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Demetri then became a regular performer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets will be held at will call under the purchasers name. Will call will open one hour prior to the event at the main entrance of Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are $20 (reserved seating).  

Sunday, April 7, 2018 

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Conkles Hollow Day Hike - Hocking Hills 
Hike the Conkles Hollow 2.5 mile Rim Trail. Heavy snacks provided. Meet at the front lobby of Ping at 9:45 AM to sign in. We will return at 3:00 PM. Wear appropriate clothes for hiking and bring water bottles.

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ziplining - The Ridges (1 hour session beginning on the hour) 
Climb the 40-foot tower to the takeoff platform and ride down a 300 foot zip line. Fee includes all equipment, instruction, and optional shuttle to the zip line facility. 

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Ziplining - The Ridges (1 hour sessions beginning on the hour) 
Climb the 40-foot tower to the takeoff platform and ride down a 300 foot zip line. Fee includes all equipment, instruction, and optional shuttle to the zip line facility.

7 p.m. - Anointed Ministries presents See Revival Tour - Baker Theater
Gospel Concert with guest artists Geoffrey Golden & psalmist raine. 

 

ACADEMIC YEAR 2019-20 FAMILY WEEKENDS

Parents Weekend Sept. 20-22
Dads Weekend Nov. 1-3
Sibs Weekend Feb. 7-9
Moms Weekend April 3-5

 

Ohio University is committed to ensuring its programs, services, and activities are accessible to students, faculty, staff and the general public with disabilities, who visit or attend a campus-sponsored event. If you have an accommodation need, question or concern related to participating in any of our Dads Weekend activities please contact parents@ohio.edu