Details to be determined. This event may not be appropriate for younger audiences.
9:00am – 11:00am | Registration and Check-In | Great Hall Meeting Room, 1st floor Ohio Union
When you arrive, stop by the Ohio Union to pick up your Parent and Family Weekend wristbands NOTE: Registration and check in only takes a few minutes. You only need to check in one time for the weekend.
12:00pm-12:00am | Get Fit with Rec Sports | Recreational and Physical Activity Center (RPAC)
Come check out some of the top recreational facilities in the country! Parents and guests gain free admission with their Parent & Family Weekend wristbands to all Ohio State recreation facilities throughout the weekend. Be on the lookout for special programs and classes coordinated by our Recreational Sports staff throughout the weekend just for families! For a complete list of facilities and hours, visit www.recsports.osu.edu.
Life Outside the Classroom - These events do not require pre-registration
10:00am – 10:45am | Moving & Living Off Campus: What Parents Should Know | Conference Theater, 1st floor Ohio Union
10:00am – 10:45am | Sorority & Fraternity Life | Performance Hall, 1st floor Ohio Union
11:00am – 11:45am | Making the Most of Your 1st Year and Second Year Transformational Experience Program (STEP) | Performance Hall, 1st floor Ohio Union
11:00am – 11:45am | Buck-I-SERV | Conference Theater, 1st floor Ohio Union
12:00pm – 1:00pm | Campus Tours | Meet on the patio of the Ohio Union along College Rd
4:00pm | School of Music Concert | Hughes Hall
Details to be announced
12:00pm – 5:00pm | Orton Geological Museum | Orton Hall
The Orton Geological Museum is located in Orton Hall on the South Oval. Part of the School of Earth Sciences, the Museum plays a key role in research, teaching, and outreach. Explore rocks, minerals, and fossils from Ohio, from around the world, and from outer space!
Encounter groundbreaking work from the world’s most compelling visual artists.
1:00pm - 5:00pm | Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum | 110 Sullivant Hall
The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum houses the world’s largest collection of materials related to cartoons and comics, including original art, books, magazines, journals, comic books, archival materials, and newspaper comic strip pages and clippings.
10:00am | Ohio State 4-Miler | Ohio Stadium
Registration is needed to participate
Events happening in Columbus during the weekend
Sat, 6:00pm | Columbus Crew vs. NY Red Bulls | Lower.com Field, 96 Columbus Crew Way, Columbus, Ohio
Sat, 7:00pm | Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Carolina Hurricanes | Nationwide Arena, 200 W Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, Ohio
HighBall Halloween is the nation’s most elaborate costume party. Staged in the fashion capital of Columbus, this yearly event for the Halloween season bridges runway style with the culture of the Short North Arts District. At HighBall Halloween, you are what you wear! Tickets and proof of COVID-19 vaccination are required to enter.
www.highballcolumbus.org - 614-299-8050
Sat, 5:30pm – 9:30pm | All Hallows’ Eve | Ohio Historic Center, 800 East 17th Ave, Columbus, Ohio
Enjoy an evening of 1890s-style family fun, with fortunetelling, crafts, games, pumpkin carving, creepy (but not too creepy) characters roaming Ohio Village, and a retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by the bonfire (Must reserve tickets in advance)
American Quarter Horse Congress | Ohio Expo Center, 717 East 17th Ave, Columbus, Ohio
The largest single-breed horse show in America takes place in Columbus each year, stretching for three weeks and welcoming more than 725,000 guests. Find the best riding gear and watch fun competitions like barrel racing.
Get your favorite costume ready and make plans to visit your Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for this frightfully delightful event of spirited fun for the whole family.
Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 10am-9pm, Sunday 10am-5pm
Additional popular Columbus attractions
Easton Town Center | 160 Easton Town Ctr, Columbus, Ohio
Open during the weekend from 10:00am - 5:00pm (admission FREE on Sundays)
Center of Science and Industry (COSI) | 333 W Broad St, Columbus, Ohio
Open during the weekend from 10:00am - 5:00pm
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens | 1777 E Broad St
Open during the weekend from 10:00am - 5:00pm
North Market Farmers Market | 59 Spruce St, Columbus, Ohio
National Veterans Memorial and Museum | 300 W Broad St, Columbus, Ohio
Open during the weekend from 10:00am - 5:00pm. Admission FREE for U.S. military Veterans, active duty military members and Gold Star families. Special discount for Parent and Family Weekend: Students and families can purchase admission for $5 each (up to 4 admissions) with a valid BuckID.