Family Weekend

FAMILY WEEKEND 2019

Friday, October 4 – Sunday, October 6

WHAT IS FAMILY WEEKEND?
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 Wildcat.

WHAT SHOULD WE DO TO PARTICIPATE IN FAMILY WEEKEND?

  • Contact a local motel of your choice if you require overnight accommodations (www.marquettecountry.org) 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 what events are planned for 2019 (we'll be posting events as they are determined).

FAMILY WEEKEND ACTIVITIES
 

DeVos Art Museum:  Noon - 8 p.m. Friday; Noon - 6 p.m. Saturday & Sunday
Featuring two separate exhibits by visiting artists Orna Ben-Ami and Chris Sanford

Campus Cinema Film:  Toy Story 4 - Saturday at 9 p.m.; Sunday at 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. - Jamrich 1100; free admission.
 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4:Wildcat Willy and visiting families in the PEIF

Special Family Weekend Recreation Opportunities:  5:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. - Physical Education Instructional Facility (PEIF)
Free use of fitness facilities will be available to Family Weekend participants - group fitness classes, aerobics equipment, weights, basketball, tennis, racquetball, and swimming.

Family Weekend Information Table:  2 - 5 p.m. -  Northern Center Atrium (located near NMU Bookstore)
We will have an updated Family Weekend Schedule of Events and information on local attractions and light refreshments. Also stop by for information on how to win a special prize!

Men's Soccer:  NMU Wildcats vs. Northwood - 4 p.m. - Soccer Field (located behind the Superior Dome)

Marquette's Largest 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, including cod and whitefish.  Tickets ($11/adults, $6/children ages 6-12, free for 4 and under) can be purchased at the door and if your Wildcat has a meal plan, they have the option to use guest meals. Music will be provided by Jim & Ray (many of you will be familiar with Jim & Ray through the Orientation picnics)

Duelly Noted: Dueling Pianos Program - 8 p.m. - Jamrich 1100
Duelly Noted is a one-of-a-kind act with both sass and class. They play all your favorite hits from the 60’s to today. As a female duo, they stand out among other groups in the male-dominated dueling pianos scene. Cassondra and Jacy not only have a charismatic connection on-stage, but they are also best friends off-stage.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5:

Special Family Weekend Recreation Opportunities - 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Physical Education Instructional Facility (PEIF)
Free use of fitness facilities will be available to Family Weekend participants - group fitness classes, aerobics equipment, weights, basketball, tennis, racquetball, and swimming.  Also a great chance to rent a variety of outdoor gear which is free to NMU students!

Open Skate w/ NMU Club Hockey - 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Berry Events Center
Some more family friendly fun at NMU's Berry Events Center, which has an Olympic-sized ice sheet measuring 200 feet by 100 feet.  Be sure to bring ice skates and a helmet if you have them as supplies at the Berry Events Center will be extremely limited. Complimentary hot chocolate to help families keep warm as well!

Sugarloaf Hike - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Sugarloaf Mountain
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 from the Superior Dome will be provided (parking is limited at Sugarloaf). The shuttle will begin trips starting at 10:00 a.m. at the front entrance of the Superior Dome and will drop off in the same location regularly. The last bus returning from Sugarloaf Mountain will depart at 12:30 p.m.

Football:  NMU Wildcats vs. Wayne State Warriors - 1 p.m. - Superior DomeWildcat Football team entering the Superior Dome field
Watch Wildcat Football in action vs.the Warriors in a GLIAC clash.  Tickets can be purchased through the NMU Ticket Office.  NMU students are admitted free of charge with their NMU ID.  A free hotdog or popcorn to the first 500 people to attend the game

Tuition Drawing:  Halftime of the NMU vs. Wayne State football game
Grand Prize:  One semester of free in-state undergraduate tuition (up to 16 credits, tuition only), approximately $5,100 value).  Tickets are available until halftime near the main entrance to the Superior Dome.

Beethoven and Banjos 2019:  7:30 p.m. - Reynold Recital Hall, C.B. Hedgcock
The Upper Peninsula's unique series of annual cross-genre concerts featuring David Kaplan on piano, Evan Premo on double bass, Laurel Premo on fiddle, Mary Bonhag on soprano, Joshua Davis on guitar, and Catherine Gregory on flute. "Come as you are, pay what you can" donations will be collected at intermission. For more info visit www.beethovenandbanjos.org.


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6:

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 including a French toast bar, biscuits and sausage, gravy, and more!  Tickets ($11/adults, $6/children ages 5 -12, free for 4 and under) can be purchased at the door.  If your Wildcat has a meal plan, they have the option to use guest meals.  Music will be provided by Kerry Yost & Harry South a pair of Marquette favorites!

Special Family Weekend Recreation Opportunities - 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Physical Education Instructional Facility (PEIF)
Free use of fitness facilities will be available to Family Weekend participants - group fitness classes, aerobics equipment, weights, basketball, tennis, racquetball, and swimming.