student volleyball players riding bikes on Mackinaw Island

NMU on the Mack

August 18-20, 2023

In 2022, the NMU Women's Volleyball team made history and played the first collegiate Volleyball match on Mackinac Island against Central Michigan University. This year, the Women's Volleyball team will be joined by the Women's Soccer team and members of the Theatre and Dance department to bring an extravagant Arts and Athletics event to this iconic Michigan Island. This remarkable event promises to captivate attendees with a wide range of athletic events, activities, entertainment, and celebration showcasing NMU's student athletes and artists.

Weekend Schedule

**Guest capacity is limited at most events and ticket reservation will be on a first come, first serve basis. Reserve your tickets here.


Mission Point Resort Meeting room with cedar wood ceiling, gold chandeliers, windowed walls. In the room there are tables covered in white clothe and black chairs.

Friday, August 18th, 2023

NMU Ferry Fun: Join Wildcat Willy, student athletes and artists as you take the ferry over to the Island at 2pm and 3pm from the Mackinaw City Shepler's Ferry Dock. Event tickets.

NMU Island Welcome Party & Meet and Greet - 6pm - 10:30pm in the Cypress Room at Mission Point Resort. 

NMU Pep Rally & Broadway Showcase - 8:00pm at Mission Point Resort Theatre. Event tickets.


NMU Women's Volleyball players in action

Saturday, August 19th, 2023

Northern Michigan University Ferry Fun: Join Wildcat Willy as you take the morning ferry over to the Island at 10am and 11am from the Mackinaw City Shepler's Ferry Dock. Event tickets.

Northern Michigan University - Cats on The Mack Amazing Race:  12 noon at Father Marquette Park

  • See the Island on a unique- to- you Adventure:  Main Street Adventure, Big Hike Island Adventure, 'Round The Island Bike Adventure

Northern Michigan University vs. Central Michigan University Women's Collegiate Volleyball:  12 noon at The Island's School Gym

  • This is a paid event that will admit 200 guests. Purchase your tickets here.

Northern Michigan University vs. NorthWoods Women's Collegiate Soccer Match: 5pm at The Great Turtle Park Soccer Fields. Event tickets.

NMU Wildcat Island - Evening Reception: 7:00pm - 10pm at Mission Point Resort Theatre Reception Room. Event tickets.

Wildcat Spotlight Variety Show - 8:00pm at Mission Point Resort Theatre

  • This event includes a welcome from NMU Leadership, Coaches and Faculty and a celebration of the athletes followed by performances by the NMU Theatre and Dance Students

NMU Wildcat Island - Last Ferry: 10:00pm, Wildcat Willy send off our NMU guest as they return to the Mackinaw City Shepler's Ferry Dock


Blue and white boat on the lake in front of Mackinac Island

Sunday, August 20th, 2023

NMU Breakfast Boat Cruise: An Exciting Morning Get Together/ Farewell: 9:00am - 11:00am at the Mackinac Island Sip and Sail

  • NMU and Invited guests will enjoy a 2 hours cruise around the island, under the Mighty Mac, and beyond.  Complimentary admission with a cash bar.
  • Event tickets here.