March Wildcat Weekend Activities

Wildcat Weekend Activities

Marquette's Eastside Originals Restaurant Week, March 12-19, 2017

Location:    Downtown Marquette at various restaurants  
Time:          Varies; lunch and dinner fixed price menus are offered
Price:          Varies

Celebrate the local flavors of Marquette’s Eastside Dining District during the sixth annual “Marquette Restaurant Week,” March 12-19, 2017. The Eastside Originals participating restaurants, consisting of independently owned and operated restaurants within Marquette’s Eastside, will offer $10 fixed price lunch menus and select dinner meals for $25. Restaurant Week provides the community the opportunity to experience a wide variety of culinary opportunities for foodies to enjoy. Whether it is fine dining, local seafood, and artisan baked goods, pub grub, authentic ethnic cuisine or just a good sandwich, enjoy these Eastside gems at an affordable price.


First Annual Creative Writing Roundtables Night

Location:    Jamrich Hall
Time:           Friday, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Price:          Free, but pre-registration required by March 10 at 5:00 p.m.

During this exciting evening, high school students will explore writing workshops in poetry, short story, memoir, and other genres of writing with college student leaders majoring in English programs at NMU. All materials will be provided. Snacks will, of course, be included...hungry writers don't get much done.


Hilliard Presents Comedy Show at NMU

Location:    Jamrich Hall, room 1100
Time:           Friday, 8:00-9:00 p.m.
Price:          Free

Journalist-turned-comedian Chloé Hilliard will present a free comedy show.  According to her website, Hilliard was raised in a large Hasidic Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn, N.Y. She is known to reference her unique life experiences when performing. For her expertise on hip-hop culture, Hilliard has appeared on CNN Headline News, ABC News, Our World with Black Enterprise and C-Span. She made her national television debut on NBC's Last Comic Standing and has since appeared on AXSTV's Gotham Comedy Live, Comedy Central's The Nightly Show, Tru TV's Almost Genius and MTV's Acting Out.


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.
Price:          Free

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.  


"Learning to Walk Together" Traditional Powwow

Location:    Vandament Arena in the Physical Education and Instruction Facility, located between the Superior Dome
                    and the Berry Events Center  
Time:           Saturday, Grand Entries at Noon and 6:00 p.m.; Doors open at 11:00 a.m. 
Price:         $5

Native American Student Association's 24th annual "Learning to Walk Together" Traditional Powwow. The public is welcome


Snowshoeing or cross country skiing on the Noquemanon Trail Network

Location: Noquemanon Trail Network (NTN) Forestville Trail Head, Forestville Rd. Marquette
Time:       Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Price:       Adult trail passes for $10 per day, juniors trail passes ages (9-17) for $5 per day.               

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. Check out for details.


Ski Marquette Mountain - For Free

Location:   Marquette Mountain, 4501 M-533, Marquette
Time:          Lift ticket voucher is good for Saturday and Sunday. Pick up your lift ticket voucher  
                    in the "Ask a Wildcat" area between 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Price:          Free for future NMU students

Marquette Mountain boasts some of the best skiing in the Upper Peninsula, so enjoy some time on the slopes on us. Check out mountain conditions at   This weekend, the hill hosts Spring Carnival and the Polar Plunge!


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, Al Quaal Recreation Area.

DeVos Art Museum

Location:    DeVos Art Museum, located in NMU's Art and Design Building
Time:           Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Saturday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Price:          Free

The DeVos Art Museum has a permanent collection of over 1,500 objects. Assembled over the past 30 years, the collection has grown to achieve an impressive breadth and depth of holdings. Explore 20th Century Illustration, Japanese Art & Artifacts and Native American Art & Artifacts. 


Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center

Location:    In the Beaumier Alumni Welcome and U.P. Heritage Center, part of Gries Hall, corner of 7th St. and Lee Drive.
Time:           Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Price:          Free

Check out the amazing collections of material culture artifacts relating to the ethnic, religious and social diversity of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. 


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 students

The 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 Marquette Chamber of Commerce website for directions 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.