Fall Family Weekend

Fall family weekend logo with pixelated fall maple leaf
A row of jack-o-lanterns with carvings of various Western symbols: a viking hat, I heart WWU, Make Waves, WWU, and Old Main

Save the Date for Fall Family Weekend: October 21-23, 2022

The annual weekend of events and activities provide students and their families with a variety of fun ways to connect with each other as well as with Western and Bellingham communities.

A flexible (choose-your-own adventure) schedule means that you get to determine how and when you want to spend your time together. Activities will kick off mid-day Friday and end by Sunday afternoon. While most events are free or lower cost, those requiring tickets will be available for purchase in early September. Past events have featured live comedy improv shows, a Halloween classic movie, planetarium shows, WWU athletics, campus and community tours, student performances, pumpkin carving, Western Gallery exhibits and outdoor sculpture tours, bike tours, farm tours, department open houses, and more!

More details will be available this summer. In the meantime, explore hotel and transportation resources to help plan your next visit! 


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

Western, Bellingham, the Pacific Northwest and Salish Sea

Wayfinding at Western

Connecting with the broader Salish Sea Region

  • Viqueen Lodge - The Viqueen Lodge is provided by the Associated Students as a leisure activity facility on Sinclair Island, south of Bellingham. Cabin and grounds maintenance are provided by volunteers of the Western Washington University community and the staff of WWU's Viking Outdoor Recreation programs and Viking Union facilities.
  • Shannon Point Marine Center - Western Washington University's Shannon Point Marine Center is located within a 78 acre wooded campus in Anacortes that is covered in a mature Pacific lowland forest that is dominated by Douglas fir and Cedar trees. 
  • Salish Sea & Surrounding Basin map Created by Stefan Freelan, WWU, 2009. Explore in and around the bioregion through this map created by Stefan Freelan, Western's GIS Specialist and College of the Environment instructor. 
  • Car Free Salish Sea Journeys No car? No problem! Created by student, Daniel Heppner, 2020
  • Salish Sea Alpine Resorts Created by student, Alexander West, 2020
  • Redfish School of Change
  • Native Land Acknowledgement Native Land is a tool that maps out Indigenous territories, treaties, and languages. Native Land brings about discussions of colonization, land rights, language, and Indigenous history tied to our personal histories. Created by Native Land Digital.
  • Interactive Washington State park map - Find Washington State Parks near Western.
  • Washington State Parks virtual Tours - Explore Washington State Parks from anywhere in the world. 

Historical Tours