Husky Traditions

Cardboard boat races. Winter Carnival snow statues. Lake Superior waves on K-Day. Golden M's. And home games with the loudest pep band in the nation. In every season, Michigan Tech traditions connect our Husky Family across campus and across generations. Check out the events calendar and plan your visit to campus.

downtown Houghton

Welcome to Campus

Don't be surprised to see administrators, faculty, and staff carrying your gear up the stairs. Everybody pitches in during Move-in Day. Welcome Week is an opportunity to introduce you to Michigan Tech traditions like broomball—where Husky smart students on 200+ teams play more than 1,000 games each winter. Local businesses greet students during An Afternoon on the Town—follow College Avenue through Downtown for music, food, prizes, and freebies.

Blow up obstacle course at K-Day


K-Day means Keweenaw Day. It’s when classes let out at noon on the Friday before Labor Day and 3,500 students head to the shores of the Keweenaw Waterway at Chassell Park for food, games, music, and booths by more than 240 student organizations.

Dragon puppet held up by Chinese students.

Parade of Nations

Michigan Tech hosts the region's largest, oldest multicultural festival, flying the flags of more than 50 countries represented on campus and in our community. Thousands join us in mid-September for international food, entertainment, and family activities promoting global peace and unity.

Group photo of a family.

Family Weekend

In late September or early October, families come up to reconnect with their Husky, meet other families, and experience the Keweenaw Peninsula's fall color season. In addition to arts and athletic events, Family Weekend includes time to explore the area.

Football players in uniform.


It's all about coming back to campus to show Husky Spirit. Besides the Big Game and the King and Queen crowning at Sherman Field, Michigan Tech Homecoming includes cardboard boat races on the Keweenaw Waterway.

Students standing by a snow statue.

Winter Carnival

A Michigan Tech tradition since 1922, Winter Carnival is in early February. Students band together to celebrate Husky tenacity and 200 or more inches of annual snowfall. We build snow statues, and compete in ice fishing, human bowling, and snow volleyball. Don’t miss the fireworks show from the top of Michigan Tech's Mont Ripley Ski Area. Huskies who can't be here keep in touch via our All-Nighter live blog and other feeds like the broomball rink cam.

Students carrying a giant balloon octopus.

Spring Fling

Huskies love to play in the snow. But we also welcome sunshine and warmer weather. Spring Fling is a mid-April campus-wide carnival with food, games, and live entertainment.

Alumni Reunion Pasty Picnic

Alumni Reunion

More than 70,000 Huskies around the world share memories of being tested by epic snowstorms—and exams. Of meeting the professor, roommate, or mentor that changed their lives forever. Michigan Tech alumni reunite annually to celebrate traditions. Each year we highlight specific classes, sports teams, and our Golden M's. But Huskies from every year are welcome. Come back and see your Michigan Tech family. And bring yours. Questions? Just ask.