October 1–3, 2021

family weekend 2021 save the date

You’re invited to a fun-filled weekend!

We're eager to welcome families to campus and plans are underway for Family and Friends Weekend at Back to Babson 2021, October 1-3. We're excited to bring the Babson community together for some amazing events. Explore how your student takes classes and engages in the community, meet faculty and staff—there is something for everyone.

More information, including other events and overnight accomodations and discounted room blocks, is available on the main Back to Babson site. 

Important Note

Important Update
Updated 9/16/21

COVID-19 vaccination is required for alumni, parents, and guests who attend Back to Babson 2021. Individuals must be fully vaccinated to attend weekend events. Babson will accept vaccines authorized by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO) to fulfill this requirement.

Vaccinated children ages 12+ are welcome to attend Back to Babson. Unvaccinated children ages 2 – under 12 are required to wear masks at all times while attending Back to Babson events. Masks may be removed when actively eating and/or drinking. Parents of minors are also required to read and sign the “Back to Babson 2021 COVID-19 Compliance, Mitigation, and Acknowledgement of Risk Including the Participation of Minor Children”. The college needs to receive a signed copy no later than September 27.

A link will be shared with registrants to submit confirmation of vaccination to a HIPAA compliant third party event management and vaccine passport platform, CrowdPass.

We are committed to supporting the well-being of the Babson community during the COVID-19 pandemic and have implemented a variety of mitigation strategies and protocols for students, alumni, parents, and visitors. We are continuing to monitor developments regarding COVID-19 and will make updates to Back to Babson, Family Weekend, and Reunion events as needed, including as federal and state guidelines and regulations regarding gatherings and events may change or evolve.

If you register for Back to Babson and either the entire weekend or any specific event you registered for is canceled, modified, or rescheduled because of considerations relating to Covid-19, you will receive a refund for your registration less any portion that was designated as a gift to Babson College. You will continue to be responsible for all costs and expenses relating to travel and accommodations, and the College will not be responsible for any costs or expenses you may incur relating to any cancelation, modification, or rescheduling. Please be sure to carefully review cancellation policies for travel and hotel arrangements you make. Please also review CDC travel guidelines for any travel restrictions. We've put together some frequently asked questions to give you more information about Back to Babson weekend.

Weekend Preview

Friday, October 1

  • Family and Friends Welcome Reception
  • Athletics Parent Reception
  • Bingo Night

Saturday, October 2

  • Cruickshank Race for Shelter 5K Run and Walk
  • Hoffman Family Undergraduate Center for Career Development (CCD) Open House
  • Weissman Foundry Open House
  • Centers and Institutes of the Arthur M. Blank School of Entrepreneurial Leadership Open House
  • Stephen D. Cutler Center for Investments and Finance Open House
  • Student Advising and Success (SAS) Open House
  • Health Services Open House
  • Pottery Painting (2 sessions)
  • Cooking Demonstration Class
  • Campus Walking Tour
  • What in the World is FME?
  • Casino Night

Boston Attractions

The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile stretch hosting 16 sites about the Revolutionary War. You could take a costumed guided tour or download a map and follow your own itinerary. If you have limited time, concentrate on those sites in and immediately around the North End, which also is Boston’s Little Italy. 139 Tremont Street | Phone: 617-357-8300

In the heart of downtown Boston, and along the Freedom Trail, is Faneuil Hall Marketplace. The original Faneuil Hall dates to 1742 and the marketplace now encompasses the North Market, Quincy Market, and South Market buildings. Customers enjoy unique, locally loved, and nationally recognized shops while indulging in the worldwide cuisine at our restaurants, pubs, and in the world-famous Quincy Market Colonnade. The cobblestone promenades are filled with the music and jaw-dropping routines of world-renowned street performers and musicians. 1 Faneuil Hall Square | Phone: 617-723-9109

There’s nothing quite like visiting  Fenway Park, one of America’s most beloved baseball parks since it opened in 1912. You might want to swing by and visit the Green Monster on one of the 50-minute tours offered daily. 4 Yawkey Way | Phone: 877-733-7699

Home to two of the most prestigious universities in the country, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Cambridge also offers stunning architecture and incredible diversity of restaurants and shopping that attracts a mix of students, locals, and sightseers. Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138 | Phone: 617-441-2884

Boston’s oldest, largest, and best-known art institution, the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) houses one of the world’s most comprehensive art collections and is renowned for its Impressionist paintings, Asian and Egyptian collections, and early American art. 465 Huntington Avenue | Phone: 617-267-9300

This Italian neighborhood, Boston’s oldest, is known for its wonderful restaurants and historic sights. Walk the cobblestone streets to take in the architecture and aromas of delicious food, and visit Paul Revere’s house and the Old North Church while you’re in the neighborhood. Phone: 617-720-2283

This Frederick Law Olmsted-designed park, famous for its Swan Boats, has more than 600 varieties of trees and an ever-changing array of flowers. It is America’s first public garden. Boston Public Garden is the groomed and formal younger cousin to the more casual and boisterous Boston Common. This green and flowering oasis in the heart of a great metropolis has become a Boston icon. 69 Beacon Street | Phone: 617-723-8144

Hop aboard Boston’s original and world-famous Boston Duck Tours and enjoy a fully narrated, historic tour of Boston in a World War II-style amphibious vehicle that travels on land and water. You’ll be greeted by one of its legendary ConDUCKtors, who’ll be narrating your tour. You’ll cruise by all the places that make Boston the birthplace of freedom and a city of firsts. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, it’s time for a Big Splash as your ConDUCKtor drives the DUCK right into the Charles River for breathtaking views of Boston and Cambridge. See what makes this Boston’s most popular tour. Phone: 617-267-3825

Boston’s most enchanting street. Eight blocks filled with salons, boutiques, and fabulous dining. Newbury Street shows an individuality and uniqueness that is lacking in so many other commercial districts. Broad sidewalks, storefronts that extend into the sidewalk, and street vendors all encourage a wide mix of people to traverse the street. Ultimately, Newbury Street embodies a rich urban and retail environment not often found in American cities. It is a destination certainly worth your further examination. Boston’s Newbury Street has something for everyone.

Want to see sea lions smile and penguins play? Head to the New England Aquarium, one of Boston’s perpetually popular family attractions. Once inside, you’ll find yourself immersed in a watery world, where you can wave your flippers at cavorting sea lions and press your nose right up against the glass of the poisonous fish tank—if you dare! 1 Central Wharf | Phone: 617-973-5200

Spend a couple of hours or the whole day at this hands-on museum that has something exciting for everyone. Touch a lizard, watch chickens hatching, see lightning being created and enjoy hundreds of other exhibits, where you can’t help but learn something new about science and technology. Hold onto the edge of your seat at the IMAX movie theater (not included with museum admission). 1 Science Park | Phone: 617-723-2500