Family Weekend in Oxford, Ohio

It's time for Family Weekend in Oxford, Ohio!

From Friday, Oct. 1 to Sunday, Oct. 3, Miami University families will flock to Oxford to join their students on the most beautiful campus that ever there was (so says Robert Frost) in the best small town around (so says us).

If you're a visiting family looking for some fun stuff to do around town, in addition to the many events Miami has planned, you're in the right place. Keep reading for our suggestions on making the most of your Family Weekend here in Oxford.

Sidewalk Stories at Oxford Lane Library

When: Friday, Oct. 1 from 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where: Oxford Lane Library (441 S. Locust St.)

Bring the little ones (ages 6 and under) for Sidewalk Stories behind the Oxford Lane Library (weather permitting). Or for those 11 & under, stop by the Children’s Department for a new scavenger hunt (and prize!) each month. After the story, stick around and enjoy the children's section of the library which includes a play area with toys, puzzles, and tons of children's books for all ages.


Bring the whole family along for a relaxing and educational trip through one of our museums. The Miami University Art Museum (801 S. Patterson Ave.) is open Friday and Saturday from 10 AM - 5 PM and includes three new exhibitions (which you can read about here), as well as permanent collections of original art and diverse materials.

The Hefner Zoology Museum (100 Upham Hall on the Miami University campus) is another fun option, open Friday from 9 AM - 4 PM. It includes exhibits, collections and specimens, and interactive programs to help engage visitors of all ages. Learn more here.

The McGuffey House and Museum is open Thursday - Saturday from 1 - 5 PM. Come explore this beautiful National Historic Landmark full of exhibit materials related to Williams Holmes McGuffey. Learn more here.

Public Skates at Goggin

When: Friday, Oct. 18 from 12:10 - 1:10 PM
Saturday, Oct 19 from 3 - 5 PM
Sunday, Oct. 20 from 3 -5 PM

Where: Goggin Ice Center (610 S. Oak St.)

Goggin Ice Center has public skating hours that are perfect for every member of the family, from the littlest little one to the tallest teenager. So bring the kids, strap on some skates, and beat the heat by gliding around the rink.

Friday's noon skate only costs $5/person and includes your skate rental. The afternoon skates on Saturday and Sunday will be $5.75/Miami student, $8/high school age and younger, and $9.25/general with a $3.50 skate rental charge for all.

Asian Cultural Festival

When: Friday, Oct. 18 from 5 - 8 PM
Where: Uptown Parks (2 E. High St.)

Miami University's Asian American Association (with the Bangladesh Student Association as co-host) will be holding their annual Asian Cultural Festival in the uptown parks. This free and family-friendly event is open to the public. Come uptown and enjoy live performances, food, and an opportunity to learn about the cultures of different Asian countries.

Film Screening: The Biggest Little Farm

When: Friday, Oct. 18 from 7 - 9:30 PM
Where: Upham Hall 001 on Miami Univeristy Campus

The Miami Univeristy Film Studies Program, along with the Oxford Farmer's Market and Moon Co-op, are holding a film screening of the documentary, The Biggest Little Farm. This charming documentary tells the story of two people building a sustainable farm after leaving the big city. This is a free event (including parking) and open to all!

This film is rated PG. Watch the trailer here.

Open Mic Nights at Books & Brews

When: Friday, Oct. 18 from 8 - 9 PM
Where: Books and Brews (107 E. Church St.)

Books and Brews is a family-friendly establishment with food, drinks, and games for all ages in addition to a tv and video game system in the corner of their children's section. Stop by on Friday for their open mic night, which will include 15-minute time slots for everything from songs to poetry and comedy.

Farmers Market & Uptown Performers

When: Saturday, Oct. 19 | Farmers Market 9 - 12 PM | Performers 9:30 - 2 PM
Where: Pavilion in the Uptown Park (2 E. High St.)

Uptown is where you'll want to be on Saturday morning! Peruse our farmers market from 9 AM - 12 PM. There will be friendly vendors selling local, fresh produce as well as crafts, flowers, and more. There will also be children's activities provided so make sure to bring the youngins.

At the same time as the farmers market will be Miami University student groups performing on the pavilion stage. There will be singing, dancing, and even improv. So grab some breakfast and coffee at the farmers market, then find a comfortable place on the grass to watch the performers from 9:30 AM - 2 PM.

Hueston Woods Nature Events

When: Various times, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19/20
Where: Hueston Woods State Park (College Corner)

Hueston Woods is a gorgeous state park located just outside of Oxford. By car you'll get there in under 15 minutes. Their nature programs run every weekend throughout the year and are free for anyone to attend. During Family Weekend, head out to the park for the following events:

  • Wildlife Invasion - Saturday, Oct. 19 from 11 AM - 12 PM. Meet at the Hueston Woods lodge to look at Ohio's wildlife.
  • Canoeing Basics - Saturday, Oct. 19 from 2 - 3 PM. Meet at the Marina to learn canoeing basics and then take a guided canoe trip. Space is limited, sign up begins at the Marina at 10AM on Saturday.
  • Fossils Rock - Sunday, Oct. 20 from 11 AM - 12 PM. Meet at the Nature Center to view the layering rock beds that form our park!
  • Archery - Sunday, Oct. 20 from 2 - 3 PM. Meet at the Archey Range to learn the art of the bow. Equipment provided, beginner friendly.

For directions to the various locations around the park, call Hueston Woods at (513) 523-6347.

Grab a bite at Spring Street Treats

When: 2 - 10 PM every day
Where: Spring Street Treats (321 W. Spring St.)

Have an afternoon snack of delicious soft serve at Spring Street Treats. With a huge menu of toppings, the possibilities are endless. They also have hot dogs and nachos if you're looking to have some lunch before dessert.

Once you're done eating, run around the playground and get some energy out while playing on the swings or with the tether ball, hula hoops, and more.

Paint Pottery at You're Fired

When: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18/19, 10 AM - 10 PM
Where: You're Fired (6 N. Beech St.)

Take a load off and sit in the cozy, colorful space of the paint-your-own-pottery studio, You're Fired. With walls lined with pottery pieces just waiting to be painted, there will be something for every member of your family to choose from. We're talking plates, mugs, animal figurines, and pumpkins ('tis the season, after all). If you have a large group make sure to call ahead and reserve a table!

Looking for more to do?

Click here for our other blog post which includes activities and locations like the community park, disc golf, bowling, and more.


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