Parents and Family Weekend is an open invitation for family members to visit Oberlin to share the college experience with their student during a special three-day gathering.

father and daughter standing in front of college library
Parents Weekend offers a chance for parents to spend time with their student in their academic home away from home. Photo credit: Sarah Goodstein ’21

We welcome parents and other family members to Oberlin for a weekend of informal gatherings to help you learn more about Oberlin and the academic and cultural programs and resources available to your student.

Highlights of this year’s weekend will include faculty lectures, museum docent-led tours, a student a cappella festival, a student dance show, events in the Cat in the Cream Coffeehouse, and plenty of dancing: contra dancing, line dancing, swing dancing, plus an open mic event.

The closing program, a continental breakfast on Sunday with President Carmen Twillie Ambar, typically attracts more than 800 guests.

Should you have specific questions about the weekend, contact Director of Student Activities Tina Zwegat at 440-775-8167 or

Parents and Family Weekend takes place each fall. Registration materials and other details will be available in October.
Mark your calendar and plan to attend each one:

  • November 8-10, 2019
  • November 6-8, 2020
  • November 5-7, 2021
  • November 4-6, 2022

Sample the weekend in pictures:
Parents Weekend on Flickr