Dads and Family Weekend: An Oregon State tradition

Dads and Family Weekend is a tradition at Oregon State dating back to 1934 when a club for students’ fathers was founded. Participating dads received special invitations to events such as meetings with officers and deans, luncheons and football games. By 1975, the variety of events grew to include activities like bowling tournaments, wrestling demonstrations and more.

No fathers will be wrestling this year at Dads and Family Weekend, but the three-day program — beginning Friday, Nov. 7 — promises fun for dads, students and the rest of the family.

Dads Weekend

Friday starts with dads invited to attend classes with their students before the annual Dads Weekend Golf Tournament. That evening, comedians Dean Edwards, Phil Hanley and Alingon Mitra will put on a show at LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets are still available.

Saturday offers a variety of events, tours and open houses, plus Beaver football against Washington State in Reser Stadium.

Sunday features a breakfast benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and tours of Oregon State’s various athletic facilities before families depart, leaving their students to finish up the fall term.

Dads and Family Weekend is an event the campus community looks forward to each year because it’s a great opportunity for families to spend time together on our beautiful campus.

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