Family weekend is a tradition at ETSU that is always a fun time for both families and students.

According to the news release from the Office of University relations, family weekend allows families to visit their students, stay connected to ETSU and explore Johnson City. Highlights of the weekend include a welcome reception, a family weekend tailgate and a Sunday brunch.

The welcome reception was held Friday evening at the Alumni House, located at 914 W. Maple St. Families were encouraged to stop by and pick up a family weekend schedule and enjoy dessert, as well as meet the ETSU Student Affairs staff, who answered questions families may have.

The family weekend tailgate and fall festival were held on Sept. 23 at noon outside of the new William B. Greene Jr. Stadium. Participants could hang out with students, faculty, staff and alumni while preparing for the ETSU football game vs. Mercer. ETSU athletics offered single-game tickets at a discounted price specifically for families joining the festivities on campus for family weekend.

This marked the first time that family weekend tailgate was held on campus, as previous years ETSU football has held its games at Science Hill High School.

The family weekend brunch was held Sunday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Culp Center ballroom.

While at ETSU families also had the opportunity to visit residence halls, exercise with their students at the CPA, enjoy various musical performances and open house at the Powell Observatory, watch women’s soccer and volleyball games and view current exhibits on display at the university’s Reece Museum, Slocumb Galleries, George L. Carter Railroad Museum and Gray Fossil Site and Museum.

Overall, family weekend had much in store for visiting families with a little taste of everything ETSU has to offer.