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 and local area information for you.

Stop by the Family Weekend Welcome Center throughout the weekend to ask questions, get directions, and more. If you have family-friendly activity suggestions for future Family Weekend events, please share them by emailing familyweekend@mtu.edu.

A full description of scheduled events is available in the drop down menus below.

Parking Meters and Lot 27 will be open at no cost beginning at 2:00PM on Friday, September 30. Visitors needing to park overnight during this weekend may park in lots 9 and 5 without a permit.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Family Weekend Movie

Family Weekend Movie (TBD)
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 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.  Walking maps are available at the Family Weekend Welcome Center.

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 can be purchased at Mont Ripley.

Cardboard Boat Races

Cardboard Boat Races
Time:  4:00 p.m.
Location:  Kestner Park (Chutes and Ladders)

Cost:  Free
Transportation not provided

Come watch students make a voyage aboard a cardboard boat (after many hours of designing!)  Always a great event to see!

Quincy Mine Tour

Quincy Mine Tour
Tour times and cost will be announced soon.
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.

Volleyball vs Findlay

Volleyball vs. Findlay
5:00 p.m. (Tickets will be available for purchase on 8/15/2016)
Student Development Complex Center

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

Soccer vs. Findlay

Soccer vs. Findlay
7:00 p.m.
Student Development Complex

Come cheer on your Michigan Tech Soccer team as they take on Findlay! 

Keweenaw National Historic Park - Calumet Visitor Center

Keweenaw National Historic Park - Calumet Visitor Center
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Calumet, Michigan

The Calumet Visitor Center is located at 98 5th Street in downtown Calumet. Visitors can explore 3 floors of interactive exhibits, films and museum pieces focusing not only on mining history, but the social aspect as well. The Visitor Center is fully accessible and free of charge. Please note that the Visitor Center will be open Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. You may call (906) 337-3168 for more information.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Football vs Saginaw Valley State University

Football vs. Saginaw Valley State University
1:00 p.m. (Tickets will be available for purchase on 8/15/2016)
Sherman Field

Come watch the Huskies take on Saginaw Valley State for the Homecoming Football Game! 

Coronation and Awards

The moment everyone has been waiting for!  The 2016 King and Queen will be crowned and winners from the week's events will be announced at halftime.

Family Weekend Golf Scramble at Portage Lake

Family Weekend Golf Scramble at Portage Lake
Registration: 8:00 a.m., Shotgun Start: 9:00 a.m.

Cost: $60 per team of 3
Portage Lake Golf Course, Houghton
Transportation not provided

Get ready for some family-friendly competition at Michigan Tech's Portage Lake Golf Course and sign up to golf in this 9-hole scramble! Prizes will be presented to the top teams during lunch, following the scramble. To register, contact the Portage Lake Golf Course at 906-487-2641.

Quincy Smelter Tour

Quincy Smelter Tour
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $5.00 
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. 

Quincy Mine Tour

Quincy Mine Tour
Tour times and cost will be announced soon.
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.

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 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
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Drop in style ropes course, no pre-registration needed.
Cost: $5.00 per ticket (pay in cash when you get to the ropes course)
Location: Michigan Tech Trails

See the beautiful fall colors from a unique vantage point, 25 feet above the Tech Trails! Participants will have the opportunity to climb the telephone pole, cross the swinging log, and then zip line to the end of the course!  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.  Walking maps are available at the Family Weekend Welcome Center.

Downloadable maps

Houghton

Hancock

Calumet

Volleyball vs Wayne State

Volleyball vs. Wayne State
5:00 p.m. (Tickets will be available on 8/15/2016)
Student Development Complex Center

Come cheer on your Michigan Tech Huskies as they take on Wayne State! 

Music-o-Rama: Lowther 50th Anniversary Concert

Music-o-Rama: Lowther 50th Anniversary Concert
Time:  7:30 p.m. (Tickets will be available for purchase on 9/1/2016)
Location: Rozsa Center Theatre

This concert will feature performances by conScience, Superior Wind Symphony, and Jazz Lab Band, sponsored by John and Biruta Lowther.

Keweenaw National Historic Park - Calumet Visitor Center

Keweenaw National Historic Park - Calumet Visitor Center
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Calumet, Michigan

The Calumet Visitor Center is located at 98 5th Street in downtown Calumet. Visitors can explore 3 floors of interactive exhibits, films and museum pieces focusing not only on mining history, but the social aspect as well. The Visitor Center is fully accessible and free of charge. Please note that the Visitor Center will be open Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. You may call (906) 337-3168 for more information.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Sunday Brunch

Sunday Brunch
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. (Cardholders should click on "Cardholders' 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 can be purchased 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.  Walking maps are available at the Family Weekend Welcome Center.

Downloadable maps

Houghton

Hancock

Calumet

Soccer vs. Ohio Dominican

Soccer vs. Ohio Dominican
12:00 p.m.
Sherman Field

We have more soccer fun for you! Come cheer on your Michigan Tech soccer team as they take on Ohio Dominican.

Family Weekend Movie

Minions
2:30 p.m. or 5:30 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. This year's movie Minions is sponsored by the Michigan Tech Film Board.  Tickets may be purchased at the door. Refreshments will also be available for purchase.