Fall Family Weekend

Save the date for this year's Fall Family Weekend, October 15-17, 2021!

This year's weekend of *in-person events are anticipated to be held beginning at noon on Friday, concluding by 4PM Sunday afternoon.

Check this page for a full schedule of events and ticketed activities available by the end of September.

Fall Family Weekend is a time when campus and community come together to provide students and their families with fun and meaningful ways to connect with each other as well as with Western and its surrounding communities.

We will offer virtual programming as well as *in-person activities, providing opportunities to explore on-and off-campus.

Please note that the flexible schedule is designed to allow families to select from as many or as few of these activities as they like.

Events are generally lower in cost,  greatly reduced or free of charge. Those requiring advance registration or ticketed sales will be noted.

Questions? Email familyoutreach@wwu.edu

*All in-person programming will adhere to WWU, state and public health guidance and subject to change as noted on the WWU Coronavirus website. Please note that some in-person events at off-campus locations may require proof of COVID vaccination or negative COVID test.

Past Fall Family Weekend Events and Offerings

Brunch in a Box

Seasonal gourds, fruit, and cheese arranged on a stump

The Brunch in a Box meal kit was locally sourced and contained some of your favorite Bellewood Farms products, Marie’s Bees honey, Bellingham Coffee Roasters, and more that you can prepare and enjoy from the comfort of home! Each box contained locally sourced ingredients and recipes with pick up or delivery options.

Academic Success During a Pandemic

Old Main surrounded by trees with yellow and orange leaves in fall

Students starting college during a pandemic are facing some unique challenges. With the additional stress and isolation new students deal with, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Jack Herring shared some of the lessons we have learned about how first-year students can succeed academically in these circumstances and how their families can support them.

Cheesemaking for Fall Family Weekend

Cheesemaking for Fall Family Weekend graphic

Get a taste for remote learning with an online Cheesemaking course designed by Huxley faculty member and award-winning journalist and cookbook author of FoodWISE, Dr. Gigi Berardi. Participants learned to make Ricotta, Mascarpone, and Paneer cheeses at their own pace over a two-week period.


Red Square on a sunny day with students sitting at outdoor tables

Western, Bellingham, the Pacific Northwest and Salish Sea

Wayfinding at Western

  • Campus Map for Western- Main cartography and design by Josh Jones, 2011-12
  • Virtual tour of the campus. Choose your own adventure! 
  • Register here to participate virtually by scheduling a tour with Western students.
  • Watch a YouTube tour led by students around our beautiful campus.
  • Outdoor Sculpture tour- Explore this extensive public sculpture collection founded in the 1960’s. 
  • Multicultural Center tour - Join the Associated Students on a tour of this beautiful, new facility.
  • Western Tree tour - These four tree tours describe some of the more interesting specimens on campus and also provides some history about many of the trees.

See more of the Salish Sea & beyond

Historical Tours