Family Weekend 2021 will take place on campus Oct. 22-24.  More information will be available when you arrive on campus in the information center located in the tents on Peirce Lawn. Please note that many buildings and activities are available daily

In accordance with the current campus activity level, indoor events are limited to 85% capacity. We anticipate some events may quickly meet that capacity.

Tuesday, October 19

8 p.m. Virtual Session: Connecting Your Students at Kenyon

Join us for a virtual parents and families session that will provide information about the opportunities available for your student to connect at Kenyon. We will also share tips on assisting in connecting students to campus. You can visit two breakout rooms with the following offices to learn about their programs and ask questions: the Department of Athletics, Fitness and Recreation, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI), the Office of Residential Life and the Office of Student Engagement. 

Wednesday, October 20

7 p.m. Virtual Family Town Hall

President Sean Decatur joins senior administrators and members of the Parents Advisory Council for a virtual town hall to give an insider’s look at Kenyon’s strategic priorities. 

Thursday, October 21

7 p.m. A Virtual Reading with Jill Christman and Mark Neely

Join the Kenyon Review and Kenyon's English department for a virtual reading with Jill Christman and Mark Neely

8 p.m. Production of 'Oedipus Rex'

Kenyon College Dance, Drama & Cinema Club (KCDDCC) production of "Oedipus Rex" by Sophocles, directed by Professor Ben Viccellio. Tickets are available through the Bolton Theater Box Office, 740-427-5546, beginning at 1 p.m. on October 18, and at the door if not sold out. Bolton Theater

8 p.m. Kenyon College Players Presents 'Hedda Gabler'

Home from a too-long honeymoon, Hedda Tesman finds herself gasping for air. Stuck in a world that wants her to be exactly what she’s not, she seizes power in every way she can. In this contemporary, immersive interpretation of Ibsen’s timeless play, her attempts are ill-fated: a society that pushes women into marriage and motherhood leaves them no choice but to drown, burn, or rot. Content warning: This production includes depiction of suicide, gunshots and gun violence and depictions of alcoholism. Reserve tickets here or email kcplayers@kenyon.eduHarlene Marley Black Box Theater

Friday, October 22

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Information Center Open

Stop by to receive your name badge, parking pass and additional information about the weekend. Peirce Lawn Tents

Noon - 9 p.m. Food Trucks

Grab some lunch or dinner from one of the food trucks that will be parked in the "loop" on the east side of the Church of the Holy Spirit.  Trucks include Mama Lupe's Kitchen, Cupzilla Korean BBQ, Full of Boloney and Boo's Mobile Foods.  

Noon - 4 p.m. Middle Path Market

Head over to Middle Path across from the bookstore for food, festivities, and offerings from local Mount Vernon businesses. Featuring Almost Famous, the Makery and Maker's Market, Nick & Melvin's Collectibles, Foraged Folklore, and Kudos. 

1 p.m. 'Finding Your Inner Fish' with Neil Shubin P'24

Shubin's research focuses on the evolution of new organs and he leads a laboratory that combines expeditionary paleontology and molecular biology to understand major transformations in the history of life. This event will also be available via LivestreamHigley Auditorium, Higley Hall

2 p.m. Kenyon Review Open House

The Kenyon Review welcomes Kenyon's families to an open house. At 2 p.m. we'll start on the front porch steps of Finn House where KR staff and student associates will share what we're up to this year, and then we'll open our offices for guests to wander through our hallways and visit with our staff. Finn House

3 p.m. Tour the Gund Gallery 

Join the new director of the Gund Gallery Daisy Desrosiers on a tour of the current exhibition celebrating the gallery's 10th anniversary, "Call/Response: The Gund Gallery Turns 10." Gund Gallery

4 - 5 p.m. Pealers Ring in the Weekend

Listen to the bells ring from the Church of the Holy Spirit as our Kenyon College Pealers welcome in the weekend!  

4 - 5 p.m. Summer Research Poster Session

Kenyon Summer Science Scholars, Kenyon Summer Scholars, John W. Adams Summer Scholars in Socio-Legal Studies, the Center for the Study of American Democracy Scholars, and other students will present their summer research.

As a preview to the event, our student-faculty teams were able to undertake and complete research projects that explored questions across a wide range of disciplines, including agricultural revolution in North America, alcohol and tobacco use during COVID; gender and translation, Neanderthal weaving; prophetic voices in literary disguise; neural and glial development in zebrafish.  There should be something interesting for everyone, and, of course, there is always something new to learn! 
Lowry Center, Toan Track

5 - 6 p.m. Kenyon Alumni Legacy Family Reception

Reconnect with your fellow Kenyon alumni and their families. Cromwell Cottage Lawn

5:30 p.m. Family Weekend Shabbat

Celebrate as a community with the foods of fall, including apple cider, cider donuts, apple cake and homemade challah. Rothenberg Hillel House

6 p.m. Corridos and Cultural Tasting

Sin Fronteras, a student group dedicated to immigration and border advocacy, invites you to Corridos: Immigrant Story Telling. The event is open to Kenyon students and their families to share stories of immigration; this applies to first-generation, second-generation, and any immigrant who would like to use this platform to share their stories. Finn House

7 p.m. Kokosingers Concert

The Kokosingers are an all-male a cappella group. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and we anticipate this event will reach capacity quickly. Rosse Hall

8 p.m. Kenyon College Players Presents 'Hedda Gabler'

Home from a too-long honeymoon, Hedda Tesman finds herself gasping for air. Stuck in a world that wants her to be exactly what she’s not, she seizes power in every way she can. In this contemporary, immersive interpretation of Ibsen’s timeless play, her attempts are ill-fated: a society that pushes women into marriage and motherhood leaves them no choice but to drown, burn or rot. Content warning: This production includes depiction of suicide, gunshots and gun violence and depictions of alcoholism. Reserve tickets here or email kcplayers@kenyon.eduHarlene Marley Black Box Theater

8:30 p.m. Production of 'Oedipus Rex'

Kenyon College Dance, Drama & Cinema Club (KCDDCC) production of "Oedipus Rex" by Sophcles, directed by Associate Professor of Drama Ben Viccellio. Tickets are available through the Bolton Theater Box Office, 740-427-5546, beginning at 1 p.m. on October 18, and at the door if the performance is not sold out. Bolton Theater

10 - 11 p.m. Miller Observatory Open House

Miller Observatory will be open to the public, weather permitting, hosted by Professor of Physics Paula Turner P’10. To drive there, turn right from Wiggin Street onto Route 229, drive about 0.2 miles, and turn right onto the blacktop road marked by a Kenyon sign. Follow the road up the hill to the observatory. Parking is limited. Franklin Miller Observatory

Saturday, October 23

8 a.m. - Noon Information Center Open

Stop by to receive your name badge, parking pass and additional information about the weekend. Peirce Lawn Tents

8:30 a.m. Imagine the Possibilities 5k and 1 Mile Run/Walk

Please join us for this community-wide event benefitting Habitat for Humanity of Knox County. Habitat for Humanity of Knox County provides a hand up to families through partnership building to provide safe and decent homes with an affordable, zero interest mortgage. All participants will receive a T-shirt, timing bib, finisher medal, and a swag bag. Event information and registrationGambier Community Center, 115 Meadow Lane 

10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Parents and Families of BIPOC Students Reception

Families of BIPOC students are invited to meet and mingle. Cromwell Lawn Tents

10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Beekeeping Demo for Kids and Families

Come learn about bees and harvesting honey with beekeeper Sarah. This event is hosted by the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County. Mount Vernon Library Outdoor Annex, 200 N. Mulberry Street

10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Food Trucks

Grab some breakfast, lunch and dinner from one of the food trucks that will be parked in the "loop" on the east side of the Church of the Holy Spirit. Trucks include Mama Lupe's Kitchen, Cupzilla Korean BBQ, Full of Boloney and Boo's Mobile Foods. 


10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Pep Band Performance

Come listen to a performance by Kenyon's Pep Band. Rosse Hall Steps

11 a.m.  Men's and Women's Swim and Dive Meet

Kenyon's men's and women's swim and dive teams will host Cleveland State University.    James A. Steen Aquatic Center | Live Coverage

11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony

Join the Beta of Ohio chapter of Phi Beta Kappa as we induct its newest members. The ceremony is open to the public and all are welcome. Denniston Reading Room (303), Chalmers Library 

11 a.m. Demystifying the Application Process

This informational session hosted by Diane Anci, vice president of enrollment management and dean of admissions and financial aid will provide insight into the college application process. Chalmers Library, Room 320

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Caramel Apple Bar

Sponsored by Kenyon's student Social Board. Horn Gallery

11:30 a.m. The Constitution and American Democracy, a Conversation with Michael Gerhardt P'25

Join Professor David Rowe as we welcome Michael Gerhardt P'25, professor of constitutional law at University of North Carolina, for a College Seminar with a Q&A. Brandi Recital Hall, Storer Hall 

12 - 2 p.m. Harvest Festival at the Brown Family Environmental Center 

The free festival includes horse-drawn wagon rides, live music by Kenyon student bands, pumpkin decorating, cider press and art exhibit in the Resource Center. This event is only open to Kenyon students and their families. BFEC Resource Center, 9781 Laymon Road. Visitors must provide their own transportation or walk the 0.6 mile to the event. 

12 - 4 p.m. Quarry Chapel Open House

The Quarry Chapel was built in 1863, serving as a parish for stonemasons’ families, and was abandoned in 1937. Saved in 1972, the chapel was restored in 2009 and serves today as a community asset, hosting concerts and weddings. Corner of Quarry Chapel and Monroe Mills roads. Visitors must provide own transportation. Quarry Chapel

1 p.m. Women's Soccer

Women’s soccer will host Hiram College. Mavec Field | Live Coverage

2 p.m. Symphonic Wind Ensemble Performance 

Kenyon College Symphonic Wind Ensemble fall concert. This concert will also be available via LivestreamRosse Hall

3 p.m. Fools on the Hill

Fools on the Hill improv show. This event will take place outside. Horn Gallery

3 p.m. Shakespeare Medley

The student group Crow's Nest presents a collection of monologues and scenes from Shakespeare's greatest works. Bring a blanket and your love for the Bard! Lawn behind Peirce Hall

3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Kettle Corn and Mini Golf

Sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs. First Year Quad

3:30 p.m. Men's Soccer

Men’s soccer will host Hiram College. Mavec Field | Live Coverage

5 p.m. Cabaret Concert

Join us for an a cappella concert featuring Take Five, The Broken Legs, The Ransom Notes, The Chasers, Mannerchor, Colla Voce, Pocapella and The Owl Creek Singers. Hill Theater

7 p.m. Jazz Performance

Kenyon's Jazz Ensemble will perform. The concert will also be available via LivestreamRosse Hall

7 p.m. Roman Catholic Mass

Roman Catholic Mass. Church of the Holy Spirit

8 p.m. Kenyon College Players Presents 'Hedda Gabler'

Home from a too-long honeymoon, Hedda Tesman finds herself gasping for air. Stuck in a world that wants her to be exactly what she’s not, she seizes power in every way she can. In this contemporary, immersive interpretation of Ibsen’s timeless play, her attempts are ill-fated: a society that pushes women into marriage and motherhood leaves them no choice but to drown, burn, or rot. Content warning: This production includes depiction of suicide, gunshots and gun violence and depictions of alcoholism. Reserve tickets here or email kcplayers@kenyon.eduHarlene Marley Black Box Theater

8:30 p.m. Production of 'Oedipus Rex'

Kenyon College Dance, Drama & Cinema Club (KCDDCC) production of "Oedipus Rex" by Sophocles, directed by Professor Ben Viccellio. Tickets are available through the Bolton Theater Box Office, 740-427-5546, beginning at 1 p.m. on October 18, and at the door if not sold out. Bolton Theater

Sunday, October 24

10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Morning Yoga
FirstYear Quad

10:30 a.m. - Harcourt Parish Episcopal Church Service

Harcourt Parish Episcopal Church hosts morning worship services. All are welcome to join! Church of the Holy Spirit

1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 2:30 pm. Let's Dance, Honey!

Join Professor of Dance Julie Brody for a fun afternoon of dance-along performances for families and kids of all ages. This event is hosted by the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County. Riverview Park (across from the Wright Center) 400 S. Main Street, Mount Vernon


Open Daily

  • Kenyon College Bookstore, 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Chalmers Library, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Brown Family Environmental Center (BFEC). Self-guided tours of the hiking trails and wildlife gardens, dawn to dusk.  
  • Gund Gallery exhibition, Thursday: noon - 8 p.m., Friday: noon-6 p.m and Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m..  See thegundgallery.org for more information about the current exhibitions.
  • Kokosing Nature Preserve is a conservation burial ground located at 10620 Quarry Chapel Road. Established in 2015 by the Philander Chase Conservancy, Kenyon’s land trust, the preserve offers a natural burial option on twenty-three acres of prairie and woodlands. The preserve is open every day from dawn to dusk and offers a beautiful park-like setting with mowed walking paths. To learn more, visit kokosingnaturepreserve.org.  
  • If you can't make it to campus, many of our athletic events will be livestreamed.

Name Tags 

We ask that you recycle your plastic name tag holders at the end of the weekend. You may return the holders to the boxes at the Kenyon Bookstore or Information Tent located on Ransom Lawn.