Family Weekend


Friday, October 9 – Sunday, October 11

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!).
  • Purchase tickets for ticketed events as soon as you decide which activities you would like to participate in.  Tickets can be obtained through the NMU Ticket Office (, by telephone at 906-227-1032, or in person at the Superior Dome, NMU Bookstore, or at the Forest Roberts Theatre). 
  • Check back here to see if additional events are planned for 2015 (we'll be posting events as they are determined).

NMU Family Weekend Welcome



Family Weekend Information - 2-5 p.m., University Center Atrium
An updated Family Weekend Schedule of events, information on local attractions, and a limited number of additional tickets for Family Weekend activities will be available for purchase.  The NMU Bookstore will be having a special sale for Family Weekend! 

U.P. Fish Fry & Entertainment - 4-8 p.m., The Marketplace
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). 

Women's Volleyball: Northern Michigan University Wildcats vs. Malone Pioneers- 7 p.m, Vandament Arena (PEIF)

Performance: Comedian Omid Singh - 8 p.m., Jamrich 1100
Omid Singh is an international comedian with a fast paced comedy routine.  With a level of charm most used car salesmen dream of, he is the perfect guy to bring home to meet your mom...if your mom wasn't scared of Al Qaeda!  Half Indian, half Persian, Singh lived in over a dozen different cities across three continents.  From the suburbs of Orange County to Texas to Dubai, his unique upbringing (and rapid growing facial hair) has influenced his comedy, making him a diverse performer who enjoys connecting with every type of audience.  In 2013, Omid made his acting debut as a terrorist in the Academy Award winning film Argo, which finally made his immigrant parents proud.  Sponsored by PrimeTime Productions, admission is free. 

Tailgate Party – 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Vandament Arena (PEIF)
Join us for a Family Weekend tradition!  An indoor tailgate party featuring traditional picnic fare will be served, there will be door prizes, and an appearance by the Wildcat Marching Band.  Tickets for the Tailgate Party must be purchased in advance and are available through the NMU Ticket Office.  

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

Women's Volleyball: NMU Wildcats vs. Walsh Cavaliers - 4 p.m., Vandament Arena (PEIF) 

Film:  TBA - 6 & 9 p.m., Jamrich 1100

Family Weekend Brunch – 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., The Marketplace
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.  


       NMU Family Weekend