New Student Services / Family Outreach

Fall Family Weekend

Thanks for joining us for Fall Family Weekend 2019

October 18th – 20th, 2019

Rain or shine, it was great to see so many families creating their own memorable Western experiences with their students during this year’s Fall Family Weekend! With new and returning programs, there were numerous activities offered to facilitate engagement both on and off campus. Some of the new programming that we were pleased to offer included the Student Research in Action speaker series that showcased the depth of opportunity and tremendous talent at Western while providing a window into how these projects are impacting our knowledge of ocean wildlife, submarine volcanoes and offshore earthquakes and even Mars! We were also grateful to partner with several campus departments to bring back some of the historically popular presentations, performances and tours like Campus to Career, Education Abroad, Birds of Western and Huxley College plays along with the Outback Farm and introduce a new talk with community bee keepers in Western’s own Bee Apiary. The Art and Art History Departments’ demonstrations and tours hit record attendance numbers while we enjoyed steady flows throughout Friday and Saturday at the Fall Family Weekend Welcome Center. And proving once and for all that it’s never too cold, rainy or wet for ice cream and good tunes, Ben and Jerry’s and KUGS (Western’s student radio station) kept us movin’ and groovin’ with ice cream in Red Square.

Our evening events saw strong numbers as well with folks getting their “blue on” during Viking Madness packing Carver Gymnasium on Friday night while the Women’s Soccer Team gave us more reasons to celebrate with their bunker party and WIN against SFU on Saturday night—Go Vikings! Families were able to share some good laughs together as well thanks to the special live comedy improv performances by the Dead Parrots and the Upfront Theatre. And if you didn’t make it to one of the sold-out planetarium shows or brunch and tours at BelleWood Acres Farm, we hope you will consider joining us for one or both next year!

That being said, your feedback is critical to the success of our future planning efforts! Please watch for the Fall Family Weekend participant survey that will be emailed in the coming weeks. Hope to see you next year!

Picture with Victor Viking at Fall Family Weekend

Save the date for Fall Family Weekend 2020!
October 16th – 18th, 2020

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!

If you are unable to join us for Fall Family Weekend, we encourage you to visit campus at any time during the year, as we always have something of interest going on, particularly in the areas of student activities, academics, athletics, and the arts. Check the WWU Calendar before your next visit!

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 We look forward to seeing you in 2020!

Past Events

Sturend Research In Action

Student Research in Action Speaker Series

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.

Upfront Theatre

Upfront Theatre

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

BelleWood Acres

Bellewood Acres

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