Family Weekend 2014

Friday, October 17 – Sunday, October 19

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!
  • Check back here periodically for updates to the 2014 schedule. 

NMU Family Weekend Welcome



Rodney Atkins Concert - 7 p.m., Vandament Arena
Northern Arts & Entertainment is pleased to announce that Rodney Atkins featuring Frankie Ballard and Rose Falcon will be coming to the Vandament Arena on Thursday, October 24th. With hits such as "Farmer's Daughter" and "Take a Back Road" this sure to be an entertaining show.  ($18 NMU students, $35 non-students)

Haunted Theatre (Adult Version), 8-11 p.m., Forest Roberts Theatre
($5 children/NMU students, $10 adults)

Musician Jason LeVasseur, 9 p.m., Marketplace

Gonzo Film: "Cabin in the Woods," 9 p.m., JXJ 102
"Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods.(From IMDB)"

Family Weekend Kick-Off – 2-5 p.m., University Center Atrium
We will have updated Family Weekend Schedules 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.  Refreshments will be served.

Women's Soccer: NMU vs. Ferris State - 4 p.m., Soccer Field (located behind the Superior Dome).

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 (two different fried fish, one baked fish, steak-cut french fries, coleslaw, hush puppies, beverages, and dessert).  Meal tickets are $9.50 and can be purchased at the door; if your son or daughter has a meal plan, he/she has the option to use guest meals.  Music will be provided by Jim & Ray from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.  (many of you will already be familiar with Jim & Ray through the Summer Orientation picnics).

Hockey: NMU vs. Michigan Tech - 7:07 p.m., Berry Events Center
General Admission Tickets are priced at $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, and $10 for students, and can be purchased after September 9 through the NMU Ticket Office.

Performance: BlackMahal - 7:30 p.m., University Center Great Lakes Rooms (Punjabi Funk Hip Hop)
"Their sound is perhaps unlike anything else out there today... It's awesome." ~ Rolling Stone magazine
Tickets in advance are $5 for all students/kids, $13 for faculty/staff and seniors over 60, and $18 for the general public.  Tickets at the door are an additional $2.  Tickets can be purchased online at, at all NMU Ticket Outlets, or by calling 906-227-1032. For more info on BlackMahal, visit

Haunted Theatre - Forest Roberts Theatre (Adult Version), 8-11 p.m.
All new thrills and chills await you as the Forest Roberts Theatre is transformed into a haunted house.  Tickets ($5 for NMU students, $10 for adults) are available at the door. 

Tailgate Party – 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Vandament Arena (PEIF)
Join us for a Family Weekend tradition!  A tailgate party featuring traditional picnic fare will be served and there will be door prizes, an appearance by the Wildcat Marching Band, and comments from President David Haynes.  Tickets for the Tailgate Party are $7, and free for children 12 and under and NMU students who are participating in Family Weekend (be sure to include your NMU student and children in your ticket order when purchasing tickets).  Tickets for the Tailgate Party must be purchased in advance and are available through the NMU Ticket Office after September 9. The Tailgate Party is co-sponsored by the NMU Foundation. Football Picture

Football:  NMU vs. Wayne State – 1 p.m., Superior Dome
Watch the football Wildcats in action vs. the Wayne State Warriors in a GLIAC clash.  General admission tickets are priced at $11 for adults and $8 for 18 and under, and can be purchased through the NMU Ticket Office.  NMU students are admitted free of charge.

Haunted Theatre - Forest Roberts Theatre - Family Friendly Version 4 - 6:30 p.m.; Adult Version: 8-11 p.m.
All new thrills and chills await you as the Forest Roberts Theatre is transformed into a haunted house. Designed for all ages with a child-friendly and PG-13 version. Tickets ($5 for kids/ NMU students, $10 for adults, and $15 per family during our family friendly times) are available at the door.

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 featuring a french toast bar, breakfast bake, scrambled eggs, carved ham and turkey, bacon, sausage links, home-style potatoes, frittata, oatmeal bar, assorted pastries/muffins/bagels, cereal, and beverages.  Cost is $9.50, and tickets can be purchased at the door; if your son or daughter has a meal plan, he/she has the option to use guest meals.

Women's Soccer: NMU vs. Grand Valley - Noon, Soccer Field (located behind the Superior Dome). Senior Day!

       NMU Family Weekend
Do you have a question that hasn't been answered here? Feel free to give us a call at 906-227-2439.