Family with Wildcat Willy on top of Sugarloaf Mountain

Family Weekend

Save the Date

Friday, October 7 through Sunday, October 9, 2022

Image

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!

Image

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. - 9 p.m.

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


DeVos Art Musuem Open

DeVos Art Museum | 12 p.m. 5 p.m.

Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center Open

11 a.m. - 5 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.


Women's Soccer: NMU Wildcats vs. Davenport Panthers

NMU Soccer Field (outside the Superior Dome) | 3 p.m.

Free hotdogs and popcorn courtesy of Family Weekend!

No tickets are needed and admission is free! Come join us in supporting our NMU Wildcats as they take on the Davenport Panthers. It's sure to be a great time, overlooking beautiful Lake Superior.


Volleyball: NMU Wildcats vs. Wayne State Warriors

Vandament Arena | 7 p.m.

Come out and cheer on the 2020-21 GLIAC Regular Season and GLIAC Tournament Champion NMU Wildcats as they take on the Wayne State Warriors!

Tickets can be purchased starting in mid-August at https://nmu.universitytickets.com/; NMU students are admitted free of charge. 


Juggling Comedian Nick Simon

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 juggling comedian Nick Thomas 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) | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Free use of fitness facilities will be available to Family Weekend participants - group fitness classes, cardio equipment, weights, basketball, table tennis, racquetball, and swimming. Also, a great chance to rent a variety of outdoor gear which is free to NMU students!


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 the last return run to the Dome


DeVos Art Musuem Open

DeVos Art Museum | 12 p.m. 4 p.m.

Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center Open

12 p.m. - 4 p.m.


Football: NMU Wildcats vs. Davenport Panthers

Superior Dome | 1 p.m.

Come cheer on the NMU Football Team as they battle it out with the Davenport Panthers. If you haven't been into the Superior Dome to see a game, this is your chance!

Tickets can be purchased starting in mid-August at https://nmu.universitytickets.com/; NMU students are admitted free of charge. 


Volleyball: NMU Wildcats vs.  SVSU Cardinals

Vandament Arena | 4 p.m.

Come out and cheer on the 2020-21 GLIAC Regular Season and GLIAC Tournament Champion NMU Wildcats as they take on the SVSU Cardinals!

Free tailgate before the game located at the corner of Fair Ave and  Presque Isle Ave on the lawn, from 2 - 4 p.m. with music, games, food, and a chance to meet the team. Free poster signing after the game as well!

Tickets can be purchased starting in mid-August at https://nmu.universitytickets.com/; NMU students are admitted free of charge. 


Campus Cinema Film 

Nope 
Jamrich 1100 | 7 p.m.

Free admission with Student ID; General Admission $1

 

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) | 12 p.m. - 9 p.m.

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


DeVos Art Musuem Open

DeVos Art Museum | 12 p.m. 4 p.m.

Women's Soccer: NMU Wildcats vs. Grand Valley State

NMU Soccer Field (outside the Superior Dome) | 1 p.m.

No tickets are needed and admission is free! Come join us in supporting our NMU Wildcats as they take on the Davenport Panthers. It's sure to be a great time, overlooking beautiful Lake Superior.