Family Weekend


Friday, October 5 – Sunday, October 7

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 it also allows for informal time with your son or daughter.


  • Contact a local motel of your choice if you require overnight accommodations ( or call the Marquette Country Convention & Visitors Bureau (906-228-7749).  Note:  This should be done as soon as possible (rooms fill up fast!)
  • Check back here to see if additional events are planned for 2018 (we'll be posting events as they are determined).

NMU Family Weekend Welcome


DeVos Art Museum - 12-8 p.m. Friday; 12-6 p.m. Saturday & Sunday
North of the 45th: Upper Midwest Juried Exhibition

Fringe Festival: Fighting for the Arts - 7:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday; 1 p.m. Saturday, Panowski Black Box Theatre
A collection of theatre, music, and dance pieces performed, produced, directed, and choreographed by the students of the Theatre and Dance program at NMU!

Campus Cinema Film:  TBA - Saturday 6 p.m.; Sunday 6 p.m. & 9 p.m., Jamrich 1100; free admission.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5:NMU Family Weekend

Family Weekend Information - 2-5 p.m., University Center
We will have an updated Family Weekend Schedule of Events and information on local attractions.

Men's Soccer:  NMU Wildcats vs. Wisconsin-Parkside Rangers - 3:30 p.m., Soccer Field (located behind the Superior Dome)

U.P. Fish Fry & Entertainment - 4-8 p.m., Northern Lights Dining
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, he/she has the option to use guest meals. Music will be provided by Jim & Ray (many of you will already be familiar with Jim & Ray through the Summer Orientation picnics).

Lizzy the Hypnotist - 8 p.m., Jamrich 1100
Explore the hilarious side of hypnosis and discover the amazing power and creativity of the human mind. Participants leave Lizzy's show feeling terrific. Audience members also experience the positive effect of long-term, uncontrollable laughter. Lizzy has a master's degree in Psychology and a fun-loving personality that compelled her to explore the lighter side of the power of the human mind. She created a vibrant, high-energy show that rivals reality television. Volunteers from the audience become stars of the show, giving people something to laugh and talk about long after the show is done. Lizzy's show is always tasteful and is appropriate for all ages. Relax, enjoy, and laugh out loud with Lizzy! Sponsored by PrimeTime Productions, admission is free.  

Sugarloaf Hike – 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 get wet!). Free shuttle bus service will be provided (parking is limited at Sugarloaf). 

Football: NMU Wildcats vs. Northwood Timberwolves - 1 p.m., Superior Dome
Watch the football Wildcats in action vs. Northwood in a GLIAC clash.  Tickets can be purchased through the NMU Ticket Office.  NMU students are admitted free of charge. 

Family Weekend Brunch – 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Northern Lights Dining
NMU Dining Services and the Culinary Students of Northern Michigan University will be teaming up to provide a delicious brunch.  Tickets can be purchased at the door and if your Wildcat has a meal plan, he/she has the option to use guest meals.