Wildcat Weekend Activities
NMU’s Physical Education and Instruction Facility and Indoor Rock Climbing Wall
Location: Physical Education and Instruction Facility, located between the Superior Dome
and the Berry Events Center
Time: Friday and Saturday all day and Sunday 11:00 a.m. -11:00 p.m.
Rock Climbing Wall is open from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Saturday for Partner Climb and 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. on Sunday for Open Climb.
More commonly called the “PEIF” (rhymes with “beef”), this facility offers an indoor climbing wall, weight room, cardiovascular area, basketball courts, racquetball courts, swimming pool, and dance studios. You can use the facility for free anytime on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Just check in at the information desk and let the worker know you’re visiting for Wildcat Weekend.
Snowshoeing or cross country skiing on the Noquemanon Trail Network
Location: Noquemenon Trail Network (NTN) Forestville Trail Head, Forestville Rd.
Time: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Price: Adult trail passes for $10 per day, juniors trail passes (9-17) for $5 per day. Check out Noquetrails.org for details. Rental equipment
For a memorable adventure, try a snowshoe or a cross country ski outing on the Noquemanon Trail Network. Take Wright Street to Forestville Road and follow the signs to the trailhead.
Ski Marquette Mountain
Location: Marquette Mountain, 4501 M-533, Marquette
Time: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Price: Check out lift ticket & rental prices at: marquettemountian.com
Marquette Mountain boasts some of the best skiing in the Upper Peninsula.
22nd Annual Upper Peninsula Boat, Sport and RV Show
Location: Superior Dome
Time: Friday 4-9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Price: General Admission $4.50. Tickets are available at the door.
Largest gathering of recreational vehicles and products in Upper Michigan! Come and see all the makes and models in one place.
Tube Slide at the Al Quaal Recreation Area
Location: 501 Poplar Street, Ishpeming
Time: Saturday & Sunday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Price: $8 per person per day includes tube rental
This wild and natural 300-acre Ishpeming city park is on the north edge of town, overlooking Teal Lake. Hot dogs and hot drinks are served weekends in the warming shelter. The 1,200-foot iced tube slide run is great fun. You can learn more on their website.
Relay for Life
Location: Vandament Arena
Time: Friday 12:00 p.m. – Saturday 12:00 p.m.
Relay for Life is a 24 hour walk-a-thon/fundraiser benefiting the American Cancer Society. The event will be filled with games, food, fundraisers, various forms of entertainment, and ceremonies in the evening hours. Feel free to check it out and see how these NMU students are spending their weekend raising money for a great cause.
The UP: Focus – Leopoldo Cuspinera Madrigal and Ann Russ
Location: DeVos Art Museum, NMU campus
Time: Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The UP: FOCUS series is an annual exhibition highlighting artists who live in or are heavily influenced by the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Leopoldo Cuspinera Madrigal is a landscape painter who was based in the U.P. for several years and Ann Russ is a ceramicist based in Marquette.
Marquette Regional History Museum
Location: 145 West Spring Street, Marquette
Time: Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Price: $7 adults; $3 studentsThe Marquette History Museum is the oldest Historical Society in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The museum features a collection that includes artifacts from the prehistoric copper culture through current times. Each year, visitors from all over the world come to use the Research Library and view the museum's exhibitions gallery.
Marquette Points of Interest
Location: See website for directors to scenic points in and near Marquette
Time: Friday, Saturday afternoon and Sunday
Price: Most are free but some do have a minimal cost. Check the website for details.
Find directions to nearby waterfalls, hiking trails, museums and more on the Marquette Chamber of Commerce website.