A sign indicating the entrance to the Family Weekend tailgate, captured on Oct. 14, 2023. (Hustler Multimedia/Royce Yang)
A sign indicating the entrance to the Family Weekend tailgate, captured on Oct. 14, 2023. (Hustler Multimedia/Royce Yang)
Royce Yang

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: Family Weekend 2023

Vanderbilt families reunited for a weekend of artistic flair and festivities.

Families and other guests gathered on campus starting on Oct. 13 for Vanderbilt’s Family Weekend, an annual tradition for students to reconnect with their loved ones and explore campus and scheduled events together. 

Check out these images from the past weekend as campus came alive with celebrations. 

Friday frames

The first official day of Vanderbilt’s Family Weekend emerged as one of connection and exploration. Throughout the day, visitors and furry friends arrived to reunite with their students. They had the opportunity to attend various campus tours and open houses in addition to other events such as an alumni parent gathering, a resource fair and a panel with Chancellor Diermier. 

Fall for the Arts 

Fall for the Arts is an annual event held by the Ingram Commons each Friday evening of Family Weekend. It featured various DIY crafts and an ongoing rotation of musical and dance performances. From tacos to candy apples, festival attendees were treated with a vast variety of food as they explored the event. The faux-straw decor and hanging lanterns provided an inviting ambience for families. 

The main event was performances rotating on stage, including the debut of the band Polly Darton. 

Weekend tailgate

Saturday of Family Weekend started with a tailgate before Vanderbilt football played the No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs. Lawn games were strewn on the grass, and attendees could also choose to jump around inside a bouncy castle. Amid the bustling scene, the Vanderbilt Dance Team and Spirit of the Gold marching band surprised the crowd with a performance.

The next day, parents and guests bade their farewells after the concluding breakfast. 

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George Albu
George Albu, Staff Writer and Photographer
George Albu (‘27) is majoring in medicine, health and society in the College of Arts and Science. When not working for The Hustler, he enjoys taking long walks around campus, reading or watching video essays about anything and everything online. He can be reached at [email protected].
Royce Yang
Royce Yang, Staff Photographer
Royce Yang (‘27) is planning to major in political science in the College of Arts and Science. He can occasionally be observed curating an extensive collection of Bach or attempting to identify helicopters around the Medical Center based on their noise. You can reach him at [email protected].
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