Fall Family Weekend

Fall Family Weekend is an activity-filled weekend devoted to providing you with plenty of chances to visit with your student and experience Western firsthand.

All Western family members are invited to discover a wide variety of offerings on campus and in the Bellingham community. We’ll provide you with a robust list of events and activities so your family can decide how you want to spend your weekend. We encourage you to get tickets early, as many events sell out!

Save the date for Fall Family Weekend!

October 16th – 18th, 2020

Special thanks to all who completed the 2019 Fall Family Weekend survey, providing a lot of thoughtful feedback that's being applied to planning efforts underway! Please watch for emails with updates as programs are confirmed and as event tickets become available for purchase.

If you have any photos that you would like to share from this past year’s event, please email them to familyoutreach@wwu.edu. We look forward to seeing you in 2020!

Past Fall Family Weekend Events

Student Research in Action Speaker Series

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Three opportunities to learn about the incredible student-faculty research at Western. With topics ranging from Salish Sea marine biology, underwater volcanoes and offshore earthquakes and Mars exploration, students and families enjoyed a window into each research project, WWU student involvement, and the potential impacts on our natural world and beyond.

The Upfront Theatre

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Bellingham’s own comedy improv theatre established in 2004 by Ryan Stiles. The Upfront players came to WWU for a unique and funny show specifically for Fall Family Weekend!

Bellewood Acres Brunch & Tour

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BelleWood Acres is one of Northwest Washington's largest apple orchards. Event included charter bus from campus to the orchard, a full brunch buffet and a train tour around the orchard. Guests had time to explore the corn maze, tour the distillery, shoot corn husks or go shopping.