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 Human Sled Dog Races, Tug-Of-War, and Winter Obstacle Course, Saturday February 18

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. 





Mr. & Ms. WinterFest Competition: Tuesday, February 21

Come join us for a night of fun as we have Wildcats compete to become Mr. or Ms. WinterFest, through a talent portion, theme wear and formal wear. Join us in the Great Lakes Rooms at 7 p.m.





WinterFest Formal, Wednesday, February 22

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 7 p.m. for an elegant night. 



WinterFest Open Skate: Tuesday, February 21

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.



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.