Families Weekend

alumna in orange jacket stands behind a table at RISD CRAFT as shoppers look at the jewelry on display

Held over Indigenous Peoples’ Day weekend in October, our annual families event offers visitors abundant chances to connect with students, faculty and staff, and to explore studios and galleries. Throughout Families Weekend you’ll experience what makes RISD so special.

A lively fall tradition

Families Weekend events invite parents to see studios up close, speak with faculty, attend demos and exhibitions, and visit with their students. RISD Craft, a juried sale that takes place on Saturday, brings people together to showcase what’s happening at RISD.

We reserve a limited number of rooms at nearby hotels, motels and B&Bs for guests attending Families Weekend. Accommodations in the area fill up fast, so be sure to book in advance via our campus travel portal.

Save the date: October 7, 2023

Join us for our 2023 Families Weekend—a full day of activities and events dedicated to our students, their families and the entire RISD community. Our campus-wide celebration will showcase the RISD experience and the unique qualities of a RISD education, with activities including open office hours and panels to highlight the resources available in support of students and families.

While you are on campus for Families Weekend be sure to check out RISD Craft, our annual juried sale of alumni and student work. RISD Craft will be held on Benefit Street, Saturday, October 7, 2023.

Registration is required for select Families Weekend events. To register and see the full schedule, follow the link below.

Register for Families Weekend

Contact us

Alumni and Family Relations is here to help you navigate your student's RISD experience. Email us at families@risd.edu or give us a call at 401 454-6656.