College of the Atlantic Family Weekend takes place on Indigenous Peoples’ Day weekend every year. October is a perfect time to be on Mount Desert Island. The foliage is gorgeous, campus is in full swing, and Bar Harbor has quieted down (a little!) from the summer tourist season. Whether it’s your first visit back, or you’ve been here many times before, we look forward to seeing you. 

Family Weekend 2024: Friday, October 11–Saturday, October 12

Family Weekend sample schedule:

Below is a tentative outline of what you can expect for this year’s Family Weekend program. Please note that the full schedule and registration page will be available in early August. 

The festivities begin on Friday with open class visits throughout the day, president’s welcome reception in the afternoon, and dinner in TAB. The bulk of the activities will take place on Saturday, with a menu of options to choose from throughout the day, both on and off campus. 


  • A chance to sit in on classes
  • Welcome reception with the president
  • Dinner in Blair Dining Hall (TAB)