Denison Family Weekend

Join Us for Family Weekend!

Friday, Sept. 27 – Sunday, Sept. 29

We invite all Denison families to join us for a spectacular Family Weekend!

During Family Weekend, you’ll get a taste of what life is like on campus, spend time with your student, and connect with other families. You’ll have opportunities to experience what it’s like to learn from Denison’s incredible faculty, enjoy a lively tailgate, cheer on Big Red athletes and take in the incredible performances of talented student artists.

Register For Family Weekend

Family Weekend has something for everyone and we’re so excited to welcome you to campus.

Schedule Highlights:

  • Class-year receptions
  • Masterclasses with Denison faculty
  • Sporting events and tailgate
  • Saturday dinner and concert
  • Arts performances

Additional Information


Families can arrive when their schedule allows, but we recommend arriving by 1 p.m. on Friday, September 27 to take full advantage of the Friday afternoon opportunities designed for families, even if their student is still in class.

Registration is $40 for adults, $20 for ages 6 – 18, and free for ages 5 and under. This cost includes your Friday evening class-year reception and the Saturday night dinner and concert. Saturday afternoon’s tailgate is self-pay. Please note that current Denison students will not need a ticket, so please do not purchase a ticket for your Denison student.

We’ve negotiated a special Denison discount at Cherry Valley Hotel, or you can check out our list of area accommodations for possible options.

Families typically depart on Sunday, late morning or early afternoon, as students will then study and prepare for the week ahead.

Yes, absolutely! Grandparents and siblings are more than welcome.

In the past Big Red Weekend was a combined homecoming and family weekend experience. Beginning this year, Denison’s Family Weekend (September 27 – 29) and Big Red Weekend (November 1 -3) are two separate weekends. Each weekend focuses on connecting students to either families or alumni. Family Weekend will be the perfect time for family members or loved ones of a student to enjoy time on campus and better understand their student’s college experience.


Julie Tucker

Director of Family Engagement and the Denison Professional Network