Events

Family Weekend Events

Family Weekend Welcome Center

When you arrive to campus, be sure to stop by the Family Weekend Welcome Center in the Student Development Complex (SDC). We’ll have a schedule of events, local area information, and pre-ordered tickets waiting for you.

Stop by the Family Weekend Welcome Center throughout the weekend to ask questions, get directions, and more. The center will be staffed during the following times:

  • Thursday, October 9: 5:00-7:00PM
  • Friday, October 10: 2:00-6:00PM
  • Saturday, October 11: 9:00AM-12:00PM

If you have family-friendly activity suggestions for future Family Weekend events, please share them by emailing familyweekend@mtu.edu.

For a full description of scheduled events, please use the drop down menu found below. Events that require a ticket can be purchased through the Central Ticket Office.

Parking
Parking Meters and Lot 27 will be open at no cost beginning at 2:00PM on Friday, October 10. Visitors needing to park overnight during this weekend may park in lots 9 and 5 without a permit.

Friday, October 10, 2014

High Ropes Challenge Course

High Ropes Challenge Course
1:00–4:00 p.m. or 4:30–7:00 p.m.
Cost: $25.50 per ticket
Location: Michigan Tech Trails

See the beautiful fall colors from a unique vantage point… 30 feet above the ground! Experience Michigan Tech’s playground in the trees, zip through the Tech Trails on a zip line, and challenge yourself on our High Ropes Course. Pre-ordered ticket required. Sponsored by the Outdoor Adventure Program.

Portage Lake Cruise

Portage Lake Cruise
Board time 1:30, Depart time 2:00 p.m.
Board time 5:30, Depart time 6:00 p.m.
Cost: General $25.00, MTU Student $20.00, Age 12 & Under: $15.00
W. Lakeshore Drive, Houghton—park at the Medical Arts Building

Board the Isle Royale Queen for a scenic afternoon or Sunset cruise along the Portage Lake shoreline. Enjoy the beautiful foliage and learn about the history of the Copper Country. Pre-ordered ticket required.

Family Weekend Movie

Family Weekend Movie
6:00 p.m., 8:30 p.m., or 11:00 p.m.
Cost: $3.00 per ticket
Fisher Hall, Room 135

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a movie. Watch a family-friendly flick with your Michigan Tech student right on campus. Sponsored by the Michigan Tech Film Board. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Refreshments will also be available for purchase.

Self-Guided Walking Tours

Self-Guided Walking Tours of Houghton, Hancock, and Calumet

Take a historic walk through downtown Houghton, Hancock and Calumet and get a feel for the rich heritage for these communities that make the Keweenaw such a special place. 

Downloadable maps

Houghton

Hancock

Calumet

Chair Lift Color Tour

Chair Lift Color Tour
3:00 p.m.–Dusk (6:00 p.m.), weather permitting
Cost: Adults $5.00, MTU Student $4.00, Children 5 & Under Free
Mont Ripley Ski Hill
Transportation not provided

Enjoy a beautiful bird’s eye view of the Copper Country and the Michigan Tech campus from the top of Mont Ripley. Time permitting, you may catch a glimpse of the gorgeous autumn colors. Sponsored by the Mont Ripley Ski Patrol and the Mont Ripley Ski Team. Tickets may be purchased by cash or check at Mont Ripley.

Quincy Mine Tour

Quincy Mine Tour
2:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 3:45 p.m.
Cost: general $16.60, age 6–13 $7.70, age 5 and under free, age 55 and over $14.10
Quincy Mine, Hancock
Transportation not provided

See firsthand the equipment and workings of this once bustling copper mine, home of the world’s largest steam hoist. Tours leave every half hour. Pre-ordered ticket recommended.

Sturgeon River Paddling Trip

Sturgeon River Paddling Trip
3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Cost: $30.50 per ticket
Meet at the Outdoor Adventure Program House

Join other Michigan Tech families for a paddle down the Sturgeon River. Trip gear and transportation will be provided. Sponsored by the Outdoor Adventure Program. Pre-ordered ticket required. Meet at the Outdoor Adventure Program house by 2:30 p.m.

Volleyball vs Tiffin

Volleyball vs. Tiffin
5:00 p.m.
Student Development Complex Center

Come cheer on your Michigan Tech Huskies as they take on Tiffin! 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Quincy Smelter Tour

Quincy Smelter Tour
11:00AM - 3:00PM
Cost: $5.00; under 10 Free
Quincy Smelter
48991 Maple Street, Hancock
Transportation not provided

Join us on a tour of the most complete early 20th Century copper smelting site in the world! Enjoy learning about a historic industrial site on the Keweenaw that has a direct connection with our past. Close-toed shoes recommended. Tickets may be purchased at the Quincy Smelter. Sponsored by the Quincy Smelter Steering Committee. 

Chair Lift Color Tour

Chair Lift Color Tour
10:00 a.m.–Dusk (6:00 p.m.), weather permitting
Cost: Adults $5.00, MTU Student $4.00, Children 5 & Under Free
Mont Ripley Ski Hill, Ripley
Transportation not provided

Enjoy a beautiful bird’s eye view of the Copper Country and the Michigan Tech campus from the top of Mont Ripley. Time permitting, you may catch a glimpse of the gorgeous autumn colors. Sponsored by the Mont Ripley Ski Patrol and the Mont Ripley Ski Team. Tickets may be purchased by cash or check at Mont Ripley.

Portage Lake Cruise

Portage Lake Cruise
Board time 9:30, Depart time 10:00 a.m.
Board time 1:30, Depart time 2:00 p.m.
Board time 5:30, Depart time 6:00 p.m.
Cost: General $25.00, MTU Student: $20.00, Age 12 & Under: $15.00
W. Lakeshore Drive, Houghton—park at the Medical Arts Building

Board the Isle Royale Queen for a scenic morning, afternoon, or Sunset cruise along the Portage Lake shoreline. Enjoy the beautiful foliage and learn about the history of the Copper Country. Pre-ordered ticket required.

Quincy Mine Tour

Quincy Mine Tour
9:45 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 3:45 p.m.
Cost: general $16.60, age 6–13 $7.70, age 5 and under free, age 55 and over $14.10
Quincy Mine, Hancock
Transportation not provided

See firsthand the equipment and workings of this once bustling copper mine, home of the world’s largest steam hoist. Tours leave every half hour. Pre-ordered ticket recommended.

Sturgeon River Paddling Trip

Sturgeon River Paddling Trip
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Cost: $30.50 per ticket
Meet at the Outdoor Adventure Program House

Join other Michigan Tech families for a paddle down the Sturgeon River. Trip gear and transportation will be provided. Sponsored by the Outdoor Adventure Program. Pre-ordered ticket required. Meet at the Outdoor Adventure Program house by 8:30 a.m. for the morning trip and by 2:30 p.m. for the afternoon trip.

Family Weekend Movie

Family Weekend Movie
6:00 p.m., 8:30 p.m., or 11:00 p.m.
Cost: $3.00 per ticket
Fisher Hall, Room 135

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a movie. Watch a family-friendly flick with your Michigan Tech student right on campus. Sponsored by the Michigan Tech Film Board. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Refreshments will also be available for purchase.

High Ropes Challenge Course

High Ropes Challenge Course
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., 1:30–3:30 p.m., 4:00–7:00 p.m.
Cost: $25.50 per ticket
Location: Michigan Tech Trails

See the beautiful fall colors from a unique vantage point… 30 feet above the ground! Experience Michigan Tech’s playground in the trees, zip through the Tech Trails on a zip line, and challenge yourself on our High Ropes Course. Pre-ordered ticket required. Sponsored by the Outdoor Adventure Program.

Self Guided Tours of Houghton, Hancock, and Calumet

Self Guided Tours of Houghton, Hancock, and Calumet

Take a historic walk through downtown Houghton, Hancock and Calumet and get a feel for the rich heritage for these communities that make the Keweenaw such a special place.

Downloadable maps

Houghton

Hancock

Calumet

Volleyball vs Ohio Dominican

Volleyball vs. Ohio Dominican
3:00 p.m.
Student Development Complex Center

Come cheer on your Michigan Tech Huskies as they take on Ohio Dominican! 

Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra

Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra - Vive Latino! Festival of Ibero-American Music
7:30 p.m.
Rozsa Center Theatre

Noted Argentinian conductor, Luis Gorelik, leads the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra in an electrifying evening of South American música.  With classics from Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina, this performance showcases the frenetic energy, danceable rhythms, and exhilarating pulse of Ibero-American music.

Carnegie Museum

Carnegie Museum
Saturday, October 11 
12:00 - 4:00PM
No fee to visit

Carnegie Museum
105 Huron Street
Houghton, MI 49931

The Carnegie Museum displays rotating exhibits about local history, natural history, science and culture. Our exhibits will be:

"There's No Place Like Home" - about what makes the Keweenaw special, based on it's location on the globe special. Includes pieces about Houghton's Isle Royale Mine, creating and reading sundials, lake-effect snow; features interactive components about lake-effect and seasonal changes.

"Sense of Place" - photo essay about the Keweenaw by MTU Archives.

"BEER UP" - a history of breweries and Prohibition on the Keweenaw.

The Pi-Mile: An Annual 5k Walk/Run for Chartiy

The Pi-Mile: An Annual 5k Walk/Run for Charity
10:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.
Early Registration - $10.00
Walk-Up Registration - $15.00
Meet: In front of the Walker Arts and Humanities Center

Help support the UP Food Bank! The 2nd Annual Pi-Mile is Saturday, October 11. The Pi-Mile is an annual 5k (3.14 mile) walk/run for charity, sponsored by Triangle Fraternity, Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity, the Undergraduate Student Government, and Michigan Tech Health and Wellness. Click here to register.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Hungarian Falls Hike

Guided Hungarian Falls Hike
8:30–11:30 a.m.
Cost: $15.50 per ticket includes transportation, $10.50 per ticket does not include transportation
Meet in front of the Rozsa Center
 

Don’t miss the breathtaking views of a hike at Hungarian Falls. Transportation will be provided to and from the falls, or follow along in your own vehicle. Pre-ordered ticket required. Meet in front of the Rozsa Center by 8:45 a.m. Sponsored by the Outdoor Adventure Program.

Sunday Breakfast

Sunday Breakfast
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Cost: $12.95 - Tickets available for purchase at the Wadsworth Hall Reception Desk. Resident Hall meal plan holders may use their guest meals. Additional guest meals may be added to their plan in advance for only $7.50 by visiting www.techexpress.mtu.edu. (Carholders should click on "Carholders' Online System" and parents or others with the cardholder's M-number should click on "Guests' Online System". To pay with cash or check, go to the IT Service Center on the first floor of the Van Pelt and Opie Library).
Location: Wadsworth Dining Hall

Conclude your weekend visit by joining your student for a delicious Sunday brunch in the Wadsworth Dining hall.

Chair Lift Color Tour

Chair Lift Color Tour
10:00 a.m.–Dusk (6:00 p.m.), weather permitting
Cost: Adults $5.00, MTU Student $4.00, Children 5 & Under Free
Mont Ripley Ski Hill
Transportation not provided

Enjoy a beautiful bird’s eye view of the Copper Country and the Michigan Tech campus from the top of Mont Ripley. Time permitting, you may catch a glimpse of the gorgeous autumn colors. Sponsored by the Mont Ripley Ski Patrol and the Mont Ripley Ski Team. Tickets may be purchased by cash or check at Mont Ripley.

Self Guided Tours of Houghton, Hancock, and Calumet

Self-Guided Walking Tours of Houghton, Hancock, and Calumet

Take a historic walk through downtown Houghton, Hancock and Calumet and get a feel for the rich heritage for these communities that make the Keweenaw such a special place.

Downloadable maps

Houghton

Hancock

Calumet

High Ropes Challenge Course

High Ropes Challenge Course
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Cost: $25.50 per ticket
Location: Michigan Tech Trails

See the beautiful fall colors from a unique vantage point… 30 feet above the ground! Experience Michigan Tech’s playground in the trees, zip through the Tech Trails on a zip line, and challenge yourself on our High Ropes Course. Pre-ordered ticket required. Sponsored by the Outdoor Adventure Program.