WinterFest Events

WinterFest 2016 Events

Week Long Events


Clues will be posted via Facebook throughout the week of WinterFest, there's a WinterFest Medallion hiding somewhere on campus!

Winter Clothing Wars Competition

Do you have clothes that do not fit anymore, well now is you chance to give them to a great cause, Voices for Youth. A similar event to Change that Makes Sense, you will receive points for certain clothing items and then earn points for WinterFest. 


Friday, February 12

UP 200 Sled Dog Races Start
7:05 p.m., Downtown Marquette

A Marquette favorite, the UP 200 Sled Dog Race is a 240 mile race coordinated by the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association. Thousands of spectators line Washington Street to watch teams race off at the start. The race concludes Sunday in Mattson Lower Harbor Park. More information can be found at

Saturday, February 13


Human Sled Dog Races
1 p.m., Payne/Halverson Fields

WinterFest tradition that was revived in 2008, the Human Sled-Dog Races challenge team's speed and creativity. Teams of five pull a rider along a circular course using either a store-bought or homemade sled. Past sleds have incorporated skis, a grocery cart and even a love seat. The location of the event will be the field outside Payne/Halverson Hall.


Winter Obstacle Course
will follow immediately after Human Sled Dog Races., Payne/Halverson Fields


Returning for the second year is the Winter Obstacle Course. Teams of ten will make their way through a series of winter-themed tasks and the team that completes the course the fastest will win.

Will follow immediately after Obstacle Course., Payne/Halverson Fields

Bringing together a childhood favorite and the snow/ice of the Payne/Halverson field, teams of 10 will compete in a single elimination tournament.


Half-Priced day for students at the theatre!
​Fringe Fest at 1 p.m. or 7:30 p.m., Forest Roberts Theatre

Sunday, February 14

UP 200 Sled Dog Race Finish

11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Mattson Lower Harbor Park

Campus Cinema presents Miracle

Watch the movie on the big screen in Jamrich 1100 at 2 p.m.

Women for Women Hair Drive

Join us in the Payne/Halvy Lobby from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and donate 8" of hair to a great cause. 


Monday, February 15

NMU Ski and Snowboard Discount Day
11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m., Marquette Mountain

NMU students can hit the slopes with deep discounts during the NMU Ski & Snowboard Discount Day. Hosted by Marquette Mountain, students with an NMU ID can purchase lift tickets for only $20 with free rentals. The discounts will be valid from 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. each day.​


Airband Competition
7 p.m., Jamrich 1100

Come perform or watch this exciting event! Groups will have a chance to be a rock star by reenacting  a band and performing one of their songs by lip singing with fake manmade instruments. You don't want to miss this fun event filled with singing, dancing, music, and laughter! The event will also be emceed by Double Trouble DJ's this year.

Tuesday, February 16

NMU Ski and Snowboard Discount Day
11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m., Marquette Mountain

Open Skate Night
6 - 9 p.m., Berry Events Center

Come to the Berry Events Center from 6 - 9 p.m. for a night of FREE ice skating and hot chocolate! At this event you will have the chance to skate with Wildcat Willy, and NMU and Olympic athletes as well as your friends and family. There will be music provided by Double Trouble DJ's to skate along to, as well as free photos from a photo booth. Skate rentals are free of charge too, but if you have your own skates, it is highly recommended that you bring those to skate with. This event is open to NMU students, faculty, staff, and the Marquette community. So grab a friend and make your way down to the ice rink for a night of fun!

Wednesday, February 17

WinterFest Holiday Dinner

4-8 p.m. in the Marketplace

Thursday, February 18

Mr. & Ms. WinterFest & The Inaugural WinterFest Formal

A night of dancing, Mr. & Ms. WinterFest Competition, photobooths and much more. Come join us from 8 p.m-Midnight in the Great Lakes Rooms for a fun night, so pull out those fancy dresses and dust off those Tuxedoes. Also to help your Hall or Student Organization we ask that you bring in 10 food items for Cat Packs and Marquette Ending Hunger (the list is on the home page for WinterFest) and we will give you 5 points for every 10 items. 

Women's Basketball vs. Lake Superior State at 6 p.m.

Men's Basketball vs. Lake Superior State at      8 p.m.

Half-Priced day for students at the theatre!
​Fringe Fest at 1 p.m. or 7:30 p.m., Forest Roberts Theatre


Friday, February 19

Men's Hockey vs. Alabama-Huntsville at 7:07 p.m., Berry Events Center

Half-Priced day for students at the theatre!
​Fringe Fest at 7:30 p.m., Forest Roberts Theatre

Primetime Productions presents GlowBingo Night
8 p.m., Great Lakes Rooms

Join Primetime Productions in a fun-filled night of trivia.

Saturday, February 20

Men's Basketball vs. Northwood at 1 p.m.

Women's Basketball vs. Northwood at 11 a.m.

Men's Hockey, 7:07 p.m. Berry Events Center vs. Alabama-Huntsville

906 Polar Roll, Long Race-35 miles starts at 9 a.m., Short Race-14 miles starts at 11:30 a.m., Biggest Fat tire race

Downtown Showdown Rail Jam, 3-9 p.m. 100 & 200 blocks of N. Front St. between Range bank & Das Steinhaus

Half-Priced day for students at the theatre!
​Fringe Fest at 1 p.m. or 7:30 p.m., Forest Roberts Theatre