WinterFest Events

WinterFest 2017 Events

Week Long Events


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


Friday, February 17

UP 200 Sled Dog Races Start
7:00 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 18


Human Sled Dog Races
1 p.m., Vandament

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 outside on the backside of the Vandament.


Winter Obstacle Course
will follow immediately after Human Sled Dog Races., Vandament


Returning for the third 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., Outside the Vandament

Bringing together a childhood favorite and the snow/ice behind the Vandament, 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 19

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 20

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 21

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

Mr. & Ms. WinterFest Competition, Great Lakes Rooms, 7 p.m.

Come join us for a night of Wildcats competing for Mr. or Ms. WinterFest. There will be a talent portion, theme wear and formal wear!

Wednesday, February 22

WinterFest Formal

A night of dancing, photo booths and much more. Come join us from 7 p.m - 11 p.m. 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 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 (with a max of 100 points)

Thursday, February 23

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

Open Skate Night
6 - 9 p.m.

Come to Lakeview Arena from 6 - 9 p.m. for a night of ice skating! 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 $3, 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!

Friday, February 24

Men's Hockey vs. Michigan Tech 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.

Saturday, February 25

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. at Michigan Tech vs. Michigan Tech

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