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 12 & 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 online or at Mont Ripley using cash or check.

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! 

Steam Engine Rides at the Houghton County Historical Museum

Steam Engine Rides at the Houghton County Historical Museum
12:00-4:00 p.m.
Cost: Adults $5.00, Seniors $4.00, Students $3, Children under 6 $1.00
Location: Houghton County Historical Museum, Lake Linden

The Houghton County Historical Museum, once the site of the largest copper milling operation in North America is also home to the Lake Linden & Torch Lake Railroad, the one room Traprock Valley School House, an 1887 Congregational Church building now the HCHS Heritage Center, the WPA era Leo Chaput Log Cabin and the Perl Merrill Research Center which is our archives and genealogical facility.

The Houghton County Museum is located on M-26 in the Upper Peninsula of historic Lake Linden, Michigan and offers three floors of exhibits of local Copper Country mining, logging and cultural history. Some of our outdoor exhibits include a working Calumet & Hecla Mining Co. train with a 3' gauge Porter steam engine that was used to transport various materials at their mill and smelter sites. The steam train is now used for passenger tours and interpretation of the milling operation. 

Steam engine rides are available from 12:00-4:00p.m. on the hour and half hour.

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 Thursday, October 9, Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. You may call (906) 483-3176 for more information.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Family Weekend Golf Scramble at Portage Lake

Family Weekend Golf Scramble at Portage Lake
Registration: 8:00-8:30 a.m., Shotgun Start: 9:00 a.m.
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. Golf carts are available by contacting the Portage Lake Golf Course at 906-487-2641.

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 12 & 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 online or at Mont Ripley using cash or check.

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.

Steam Engine Rides at the Houghton County Historical Museum

Steam Engine Rides at the Houghton County Historical Museum
12:00-4:00 p.m.
Cost: Adults $5.00, Seniors $4.00, Students $3, Children under 6 $1.00
Location: Houghton County Historical Museum, Lake Linden

The Houghton County Historical Museum, once the site of the largest copper milling operation in North America is also home to the Lake Linden & Torch Lake Railroad, the one room Traprock Valley School House, an 1887 Congregational Church building now the HCHS Heritage Center, the WPA era Leo Chaput Log Cabin and the Perl Merrill Research Center which is our archives and genealogical facility.

The Houghton County Museum is located on M-26 in the Upper Peninsula of historic Lake Linden, Michigan and offers three floors of exhibits of local Copper Country mining, logging and cultural history. Some of our outdoor exhibits include a working Calumet & Hecla Mining Co. train with a 3' gauge Porter steam engine that was used to transport various materials at their mill and smelter sites. The steam train is now used for passenger tours and interpretation of the milling operation. 

Steam engine rides are available from 12:00-4:00p.m. on the hour and half hour.

Singer/Songwriter Brett Young

Singer/Songwriter Brett Young
8:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Wadsworth Dining Hall

Please join us in the Wadsworth Dining Hall on Saturday, October 11 for a performance by singer/songwriter Brett Young. For more information on Brett Young, please click here.

Photo Walk

Photo Walk
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Agassiz Park Parking Lot
After the walk, meet at: 5th and Elm Coffee

On Saturday, October 11, 2014, the whole world will be walking again during Scott Kelby's 7th Annual Worldwide Photowalk™. Taking place in cities around the world, photographers of all walks of life and skill levels gather together to socialize, share and inspire during this one-day, worldwide event. It's completely free to participate in the walk.

Join Jeremiah Baumann, Manager of Digital Media and Creative Services, for a Historical Walk through downtown Calumet. All cameras and photo skills welcome. It will be a great time to tour historical Calumet, take photos, and spend time with photo loving families.

To Register, please click here.

Scientific Excursions aboard the Agassiz

Scientific Excursions aboard the Agassiz
12:00-1:00 p.m., 1:00-2:00 p.m., 2:00-3:00 p.m., 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $15.50 per person. Ages 7 years and up.
Location: Great Lakes Research Center Boat Dock, Michigan Tech campus

Learn how the Great Lakes are studied by scientists by participating in a scientific excursion aboard Michigan Tech's research vessel the Agassiz. Please note: Children under the age of 7 may not participate.

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 Thursday, October 9, Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. You may call (906) 483-3176 for more information.

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 12 & 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 online or at Mont Ripley using cash or check.

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.

Steam Engine Rides at the Houghton County Historical Museum

Steam Engine Rides at the Houghton County Historical Museum
12:00-4:00 p.m.
Cost: Adults $5.00, Seniors $4.00, Students $3, Children under 6 $1.00
Location: Houghton County Historical Museum, Lake Linden

The Houghton County Historical Museum, once the site of the largest copper milling operation in North America is also home to the Lake Linden & Torch Lake Railroad, the one room Traprock Valley School House, an 1887 Congregational Church building now the HCHS Heritage Center, the WPA era Leo Chaput Log Cabin and the Perl Merrill Research Center which is our archives and genealogical facility.

The Houghton County Museum is located on M-26 in the Upper Peninsula of historic Lake Linden, Michigan and offers three floors of exhibits of local Copper Country mining, logging and cultural history. Some of our outdoor exhibits include a working Calumet & Hecla Mining Co. train with a 3' gauge Porter steam engine that was used to transport various materials at their mill and smelter sites. The steam train is now used for passenger tours and interpretation of the milling operation. 

Steam engine rides are available from 12:00-4:00p.m. on the hour and half hour.