Family with Wildcat Willy on top of Sugarloaf Mountain

Family Weekend

Save the Date

Friday, October 8 through Sunday, October 10, 2021

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Buffet under a tent

What is family weekend?

Family Weekend is a time for you to feel a part of your student’s college experience at Northern Michigan University. The schedule of events includes a variety of activities for your family to enjoy, and also allows for informal time with your Wildcat. Attend some or all at your own pace!

It’s a great weekend to be a Wildcat!

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Wildcat Willy with a mom and young child

How do we participate in Family Weekend?

To participate in any of the weekend's activities, simply show up! We're so excited to welcome you to campus. For overnight accommodations, we recommend you contact the local hotel/motel of your choice as soon as possible, as rooms fill up fast.

Weekend Schedule

Friday Activities

 

Special Family Weekend Recreation Opportunity

Physical Education Instructional Facility (PEIF) | 5:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Free use of fitness facilities will be available to Family Weekend participants - group fitness classes, aerobics equipment, weights, basketball, tennis, racquetball, and swimming.


DeVos Art Musuem Open

DeVos Art Museum | 12 p.m. 8 p.m.

Family Weekend Information

Northern Center Atrium | 2 - 5 p.m.

We will have an updated Family Weekend Schedule of Events and information on local attractions.  Light refreshments will be provided as well since we know it’s been a long trip for some!


Marquette’s Largest Fish Fry & Entertainment

Northern Lights Dining | 4 - 8 p.m.

Join us for an evening of good food and enjoyable music as NMU’s Dining Services features a traditional Upper Peninsula all-you-care-to-eat fish fry.  Tickets can be purchased at the door and if your Wildcat has a meal plan, they have the option to use guest meals.  Live entertainment to be provided by local performers Vinyl Reception.


Comedian Jeff Scheen

Jamrich 1100 | 8 - 9 p.m.

NMU Housing and Residence Life and Primetime Productions will be hosting family-friendly entertainment on the opening night of Family Weekend. No cost for students or visiting families! This year they are bringing in comedian Jeff Scheen who has performed both on television and in a variety of festivals. In past years events have included Dueling Pianos, Hypnotists, Magicians, and a variety of other acts.

Special Family Weekend Recreation Opportunity

Physical Education Instructional Facility (PEIF) | 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Free use of fitness facilities will be available to Family Weekend participants - group fitness classes, aerobics equipment, weights, basketball, tennis, racquetball, and swimming.


Sugarloaf Hike

Sugarloaf Mountain | 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Stop by for a family-friendly adventure at one of Marquette’s most popular hiking destinations.  After a moderate 20-minute walk to the top, get a family photo with Wildcat Willy surrounded by panoramic views of Marquette’s fall colors and Lake Superior.  This event is weather permitting (‘Cats don’t like to be wet!).  Free shuttle bus service will be provided (parking is limited) from the front of the Wildcat Dome to the Mountain and back, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and the schedule is as follows:

Leave the Dome at 10:00 and drop off at Sugarloaf 

Leave the Dome at 10:30 and drop off at Sugarloaf 

Leave the Dome at 11:00 and drop off at Sugarloaf/Pickup anyone that is done

Leave the Dome at 11:30 and drop off at Sugarloaf/Pickup anyone that is done

Leave Sugarloaf at 12:15 and return to the Dome

Leave Sugarloaf at 12:45 with last return run to the Dome


DeVos Art Musuem Open

DeVos Art Museum | 12 p.m. 6 p.m.

Supporting Your Wildcat

Jamrich 1100 | 1-3 p.m.

Not sure what to do in order to support your Wildcat, now that they are here? Come meet with some of our professional staff who can help you figure that out. A welcome from Interim Provost - Dr. Dale Kapla followed by a couple of short presentations from our Dean of Students - Dr. Christine Greer and Director of Student Success and Wellness - Neil Baumgartner; followed by an opportunity to meet with representatives from a variety of offices and get your questions answered in person. We'll definitely have snacks and coffee for the meet and greet after the presentations as well!


Open Skate with the Club Hockey Team

Berry Events Center | 2:30-4:00 p.m. 

Some more family-friendly fun at NMU’s Berry Events Center, which has an Olympic-sized ice sheet measuring 200 feet by 100 feet.  Be sure to bring skates and a helmet if you have them as supplies at the Berry Events Center will be extremely limited. 


Hockey: NMU Wildcats vs. University of St. Thomas

Berry Events Center | 6 p.m. 

Tickets can be purchased mid-August; NMU students are admitted free of charge. 


Student Art Gallery Pop-Up Shop/NMU Jazz Combo Performance

Hedgcock Atrium | 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Twenty-five students from various concentrations will post up to sell their goods. Pop in to shop apparel, prints, stickers, jewelry, ceramics, and more. Come check out some amazing student-produced artwork, and maybe take some home! Free live entertainment is to be provided by the NMU Jazz Combo as well! We will be providing some bites to eat themed in the menu from Melted, an on-campus eatery, that specializes in unique grilled cheese sandwiches!


Campus Cinema Film - In The Heights

Jamrich 1100 | 7 p.m.

Free admission:

In Washington Heights, N.Y., the scent of warm coffee hangs in the air just outside of the 181st St. subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies a vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is a likable and magnetic bodega owner who hopes, imagines and sings about a better life.

Family Weekend Brunch

Northern Lights Dining | 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

NMU Dining Services and the Culinary Students of Northern Michigan University will be teaming up to provide a delicious brunch with a wide variety of options.  Tickets can be purchased at the door and if your Wildcat has a meal plan, they have the option to use guest meals. Live entertainment to be provided by Marquette staples Jim & Ray. Come enjoy one last slice of Marquette traditions before heading home!


Special Family Weekend Recreation Opportunity

Physical Education Instructional Facility (PEIF) | 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Free use of fitness facilities will be available to Family Weekend participants - group fitness classes, aerobics equipment, weights, basketball, tennis, racquetball, and swimming.


DeVos Art Musuem Open

DeVos Art Museum | 12 p.m. 6 p.m.