February 17-25, 2017 


Participate in the NMU Cat Pack program!

Donate the following items to the Cat Pack program or help volunteer at Cat Packs on Thursdays at 3 p.m. at the Salvation Army and you will earn your team 10 extra points for WinterFest. These items will be donated to elementary school children in the area whose families have expressed a need for food during the weekend when their children are not receiving free or reduced meals.

  • Individual Fruit Cups (12 count)
  • Raisin boxes (6 count / 1 oz. boxes)
  • Applesauce cups (6 count)
  • Easy Mac cups (4 count)
  • PopTarts (16 count)
  • Granola bars (12 count)
  • Plastic Jars of Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Individual Packets of Oatmeal


Want a behind the scenes experience to WinterFest?

Do you like event planning and love school spirit? Then the Special Events Committee is for you! The Special Events Committee (SEC) is looking for motivated and enthusiastic students to plan Northern's WinterFest and Homecoming. For more information, come to a SEC meeting on Mondays at 7:00 p.m. in The Back Room of the University Center or contact 



WinterFest Formal/Dinner/Mr. & Ms. WinterFest Competition, Saturday, February 18

Come join us for a night of dancing, a raffle and a photo booth. Dust of those fancy dresses and tuxedos and bring them back up after break. Join us in the Great Lakes Rooms at 6:30 p.m. for a night of elegance, dancing and good food. We will also have our Mr. & Ms. WinterFest Competition followed by our WinterFest Formal. 



WinterFest Human Sled Dog Races, Tug-Of-War, and Winter Obstacle Course, Sunday February 19

Come join us at the Vandament Arena for a fun afternoon of competitive games. Help your team make the most creative sled for Human Sled Dog Races, be the strongest team to win the Tug-Of-War competition and be the fastest team to complete the Winter Obstacle Course. 




WinterFest Airband Competition, Monday February 20

Come join us for a fun night of performances from Resident Halls, Student Organizations, NMU Hip Hop Dance Crew. Join us and Double Trouble in Jamrich 1100 at 7 p.m. for fun night. 




WinterFest Open Skate: Wednesday/Thursday, February 22/23

From 6-9 p.m. at Lakeview Arena. The Open Skate features Double Trouble DJs, skate rentals are $3, but if you have your own skates it is appreciated if you bring them as supplies are limited. The event is open to the NMU and Marquette community members.


Image result for winter tailgatingFriday, February 24th at 5 p.m. WinterFest Tailgate

Join us for a tailgate before the NMU vs. MTU Hockey game. We will have hot chocolate, music, heaters to keep you warm and a Mad Hatter Hat competition to go with this year's WinterFest theme of Alice in Winterland. Grab your friends and all your NMU green and gold and bundle up for some tailgating!


Image result for bus to NMUSaturday, February 25th at 4:30 p.m., Bus to Michigan Tech for the Hockey Game

We will be providing a free bus ride from NMU to Michigan Tech for Saturday's Hockey game. The first 100 students to put their name on the list will given a ride. The ride to Michigan Tech is free for students. Sign-up will start Monday, February 6th at 9 a.m. in the Center for Student Enrichment. You will only be allowed to sign your self up. The bus will leave at 4:30 p.m. from the Magers/Meyland parking lot # 11. 


More information

WinterFest Events

WinterFest Rules & Entry Forms

WinterFest Event Committees

WinterFest 2016 Winners

Photo Galleries

The Special Events Committee works hard to bring you all the fun and exciting events that occur during WinterFest. If you have ideas as to how to improve our events, please e-mail or join the Special Events Committee in The Back Room (University Center) on Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m.