Family Weekend 2021

Family Weekend is October 15–17, 2021

Family Weekend is an annual tradition designed to deepen the connection that family members have to the Hopkins community. We invite you to join us this year for a unique in-person experience!

The goals for Family Weekend are for Blue Jay Families to spend time with their Blue Jay, meet other family members, and most importantly, to enjoy access to the Hopkins campus community on your own time with the people you love.

The full Family Weekend Schedule is available below. Here are some events you can look forward to:

Note that all events have been designed to follow the CDC guidelines and recommendations of our world-renowned public health institute.

Blue Jay Family Tribute Contest

Family weekend is fast approaching and we want to showcase all our families across the globe. To be featured, all you have to do is submit a family photo by September 30. The photo with the most Hopkins spirit will earn a prize! Submit your photo.

Essential information you should know before you arrive

  • Masks are mandated on campus inside and outside of buildings
  • There will be no food served at any events
  • To align with social distancing requirements some events will have assigned capacities
  • For any events that are scheduled outside, if rain occurs the event will be canceled
  • You are not required to attend all events, or any if you so desire; we just want you to enjoy time with your student
  • Plan to have fun and come with an open mind!

Registration

All families will register for events using the registration system. Registration is live now. Click here to register Families will be notified via email when it is available.

  • You will be required to register all family members who will attend—including your student
  • Specific details for each event and any payment required will be available within the registration system

Lodging Information

There is plenty of lodging available in Baltimore. Please book your lodging at your preference. A list of hotels is available on the Admissions website.

What to Wear

Our campus is very beautiful—but also quite large! Please make sure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Also, be sure to check the weather forecast and plan accordingly.

Who Can Attend Family Weekend

Family Weekend is for all families of undergraduate and graduate students of the Homewood campus. Students and families who are receiving dual degrees both at Homewood or Peabody are welcome as well.

Parking and Transportation

Parking is free all weekend at both the South and San Martin garages. For more information about parking, please view the Homewood campus parking map.

Additionally, you can use the free TransLoc app on your mobile device to view the Blue Jay Shuttle routes and track the shuttles.

Event Accessibility

We will not be able to provide family members with wheelchairs or other additional equipment. If you need these accommodations, it is strongly recommended that you research and reserve with a company in Baltimore.

Please contact the Office of Parent and Family Relations at bluejayfamilies@jhu.edu if you require sign language interpretation.

Family Weekend 2021 Schedule

Registration is now open!. Click here to register. Most events require registration, so please make sure to register.

Friday, October 15

Time & LocationEventDescription
12:00 – 3:00 p.m.,
Decker Quad
Family Check-InCheck in for Family Weekend and start your day. Staff will be available to answer any questions you have about the schedule and programming.
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.,
Between MSE and Homewood Museum
Historical Homewood Walking Tour (SOLD OUT)Do you know your Homewood history? Why do many buildings on campus bear a resemblence of the Homewood Musuem, and how does the Carroll family fit into the story? Join us for a tour of Homewood Campus, led by Jim Stimpert, a reference archivist in the Sheridan Libraries, and Allison Seylor, Hopkins Retrospective Manager.
1:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.,
McCoy Hall, Terrace Level
Off-Campus Open HouseHave questions about finding off-campus housing? Our staff will be on hand with the answers! Families will receive an area map and a list of commercial residential buildings near campus, and can learn more about the resources available to students before and during their transition into the community. Highly recommended for second-year families. Space is limited and registration is required. Masks required for all visitors. Appointments are limited to 30 minutes per family.
8:00 – 9:00 p.m.,
Arellano Theater
The Barnstormers Freshmen One Acts (SOLD OUT)Freshman One-Acts is a showcase of five short plays starring the Barnstormers' amazing first-year actors and tech. Get ready to experience the best of what the class of 2025 has to offer, presented by JHU's oldest and largest student theater group! Masks must be worn at all times, and all non-affiliates must complete a health check and show proof of vaccination at the door.

Saturday, October 16

Time & LocationEventDescription
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m,
Decker Quad.
Family Check-InCheck in for Family Weekend and start your day. Staff will be available to answer any questions you have about the schedule and programming.
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.,
Hodson Hall 110
President's AddressPresident Daniels invites Blue Jay Families to hear his vision and goals for Hopkins, and how the Institution is continuing to support undergraduate students.
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.,
McCoy Hall, Terrace Level
Off-Campus Housing Open House (SOLD OUT)Have questions about finding off-campus housing? Our staff will be on hand with the answers! Families will receive an area map and a list of commercial residential buildings near campus, and can learn more about the resources available to students before and during their transition into the community. Highly recommended for second-year families. Space is limited and registration is required. Masks required for all visitors. Appointments are limited to 30 minutes per family.
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.,
Glass Pavillion
Blue Jay Family Mixer (SOLD OUT)Download the Mixtroz platform to get connected with other Blue Jay Families. You will be matched in the app, and then you'll have the opportunity to meet a new member of your Blue Jay family in person. You don't want to miss this unique opportunity to socialize!
12:00 – 2:45 p.m.,
Ralph S. O'Connor Center for Recreation and Well-Being
Tours of the Ralph S. O'Connor Center for Recreation and Well-Being (SOLD OUT)The Ralph S. O'Connor Center for Recreation and Well-Being is getting a major makeover! The $27 million project is nearing completion, and when the center reopens, there will be more space for strength and cardio training, new spaces for group fitness classes, a cafe, and many more resources to promote student well-being.
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.,
Homewood Museum
Historical Homewood Walking Tour (SOLD OUT)Have you ever wondered how Johns Hopkins wound up on the Homewood campus? Did you know we have not always been in this location? Why do many buildings bear resemblence to the Homewood Musuem, and how does the Carroll Family fit into the story? Join us for a tour of the Homewood campus with Jim Stimpert, Reference Archivist in the Sheridan Libraries, and Allison Seylor, Hopkins Retrospective Manager.
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.,
Shriver Hall
Homewood Arts Acapella Showcase (SOLD OUT)Enjoy the artistry and spirit of Hopkins students in a special performance by our Homewood campus acapella groups. From the newest pop hits to beloved classics, this eclectic celebration of song is a staple of Family Weekend that shouldn't be missed! For more information, please contact hso@jhu.edu, or call 410.516.6542.
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.,
The Beach
Take a Break at the BeachMake space to relax and rejuvenate this weekend! Visit the Beach for yoga, games, fitness activities, and information about health and well-being at Johns Hopkins.
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.,
Shriver Hall
Hopkins Symphony OrchestraHopkins Symphony returns to live performance in Shriver Hall with an all-strings program led by Jed Gaylin and featuring HSO’s 2019 Concerto Competition winner, Yuekang Zhang.
8:00 – 9:00 p.m.,
Arellano Theater
The Barnstormers Freshmen One Acts (SOLD OUT)Freshman One-Acts is a showcase of five short plays starring the Barnstormers' amazing first-year actors and tech. Get ready to experience the best of what the class of 2025 has to offer, presented by JHU's oldest and largest student theater group! Masks must be worn at all times, and all non-affiliates must complete a health check and show proof of vaccination at the door.

Sunday, October 17

Time & LocationEventDescription
11:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.,
Ralph S. O'Connor Center for Recreation and Well-Being
Tours of the Ralph S. O'Connor Center for Recreation and Well-Being (SOLD OUT)The Ralph S. O'Connor Center for Recreation and Well-Being is getting a major makeover! The $27 million project is nearing completion, and when the Center reopens, there will be more space for strength and cardio training, new spaces for group fitness classes, a cafe, and many more resources to promote student well-being.
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.,
Glass Pavilion
Painting with a TwistAre you ready to tap into your inner Picasso? Create the beautiful picture you always wanted with a little guidance and support in a painting class led by professional instructors.
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.,
Arellano Theater
The Barnstormers Freshmen One Acts (SOLD OUT)Freshman One-Acts is a showcase of five short plays starring the Barnstormers' amazing first-year actors and tech. Get ready to experience the best of what the class of 2025 has to offer, presented by JHU's oldest and largest student theater group! Masks must be worn at all times, and all non-affiliates must complete a health check and show proof of vaccination at the door.