Family Weekend Returns To Aggieland
After an unexpected year away due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Family Weekend is set to return to Texas A&M University April 9-11. The weekend, dedicated to all Aggie family members, will include a mixture of both in-person and virtual events.
“We are excited to provide a hybrid Family Weekend this year as it makes the event more accessible to our families,” said Alex Jantz, assistant coordinator of family programs. “By providing both in-person and virtual events, we are able to curate an experience that celebrates the spirit of Aggieland while also connecting with more members of the Aggie Family.”
Friday, April 9, kicks off with Aggie Ring Distribution from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and also includes Aggie softball and baseball events, as well as a drive-in style showing of the film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” at Fan Field. Tickets for the drive-in are $10 per car and must be purchased in advance.
The day concludes with a 10 p.m. Yell Practice at Kyle Field (registration required). This classic Aggie tradition, which normally takes place at midnight the night before football games, is known for the Yell Leaders, the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band, and current and former students singing the Aggie War Hymn.
Early birds may visit the Brazos Valley Farmer’s Market in Downtown Bryan on Saturday, April 10, to shop and purchase locally produced farm-fresh meats, produce, coffee, crafts, handiworks and more. Also in Bryan, the Downtown Street & Art Fair features artists and artisans from across the region selling their handmade creations. Enjoy live music, art demonstrations and street performers Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Rock the CASA 5k Fun Run starts Saturday at 8 a.m. This event benefits Kappa Alpha Theta Delta Omega’s CASA philanthropy as well as the Theta Foundation. To ensure the safety of all participants, there will be several different start times throughout the day.
Saturday night, the Freudian Slip Improv show will be in Rudder Theatre. Tickets are $5 at the MSC Box Office. Additionally, there will be a virtual dueling piano show, featuring Howl at the Moon’s traveling show, “Howl2Go.”
Libby Daggers, coordinator of family programs, said she is excited to introduce this new event to Family Weekend for 2021.
“The dueling pianos show will bring a high-energy, fun event to our Family Weekend lineup,” Daggers said. “I’ve seen this event done on other campuses and I know the show will be the perfect event for family members of all ages and interests.”
Join the dueling pianos free livestream on the Family Weekend website.
Sunday’s events include the Gladiator Dash – Bryan-College Station’s only mud-run obstacle course – the inaugural Homegrown at Northgate Farmers + Artisan Market, and Kyle Field Day.
Kyle Field Day is a one-day service event held in the concourse and plaza of Kyle Field and hosted by Memorial Student Center Freshmen in Service and Hosting (MSC FISH). During the event, participants may partake in unique service projects throughout the concourse and enjoy live entertainment on the plaza.
The Corps of Cadets will also take part in several activities during the weekend, including performances by the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band, Ross Volunteer Company and Fish Drill Team.
For the full line-up of Family Weekend events, visit familyweekend.tamu.edu/events.