Fall family weekend logo with pixelated fall maple leaf
Fall leaves on the trees in front of Wilson Library on an overcast day

October 15-17, 2021

Welcome to Fall Family Weekend!

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 are so excited to present our annual Fall Family Weekend program and welcome you back to Western! 

Dear Families, 

I’m so happy to welcome you to Fall Family Weekend! We are thrilled to be back in person, with so many exciting activities and opportunities to connect with your student here. It’s been a long road to get back to this special tradition, and we are looking forward to welcoming you to participate in the amazing events we have planned. As always, we want you to enjoy the Western experience with your student! We’ve brought back some old favorites, like Improv, campus tours, and Planetarium shows. And we’ve planned some fun new ways to connect with campus, and to get to know us as a working university, and your student’s home away from home. I hope to run into you—maybe at one of the many Viking Athletics events, on the Outdoor Sculpture Tour, or just out on Old Main Lawn. Don’t hesitate to say hi, and let me know how the weekend’s going.

Make waves! 

Melynda Huskey
Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services 

Melynda in a red shirt and floral scarf

Welcome back to Western! We are so excited to present our annual Fall Family Weekend program and you’re invited to join this year’s program. Fall Family Weekend offers a deeper focus of exploring our “sense of place” that is campus, Bellingham, and Whatcom County, activities to celebrate the fall season, and provides fun, safe, and meaningful ways to connect and celebrate. 

There are so many events students and families will be able to choose from, including Western Pumpkin Carving, movie night, campus tours, Western Athletics is in full swing with soccer, volleyball, and basketball games, and we have a special tour and honey tasting event in the Outback Farm. Continue exploring campus through tours of the Western Gallery and the Outdoor Sculpture collection, free equipment use at the Associated Students Lakewood Facility, and more.  

Developing partnerships with off campus organizations has been a priority to encourage students and families to get to know Bellingham and our surrounding area, too. This year, special ticketed events for Fall Family Weekend include the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention’s popular “MegaZapper Electrical Show”, “Bellinghistory” walking tours with the Bellingham Good Time Girls tour company, and two half-day bicycle tours with Bike Northwest with themes of “Marine Ecology & Salmon” or “Urban Agriculture & Parks” tours. Plus, there’s free time to chart your own course of exploration – parks, restaurants, or a quiet cup of coffee while you admire the fall colors. 

Most events this year are live and in-person, and some will continue virtually. Whether on campus or off, events are being planned to continue the themes of providing fun, engaging, and safe venues to connect, explore, and celebrate our students, families, campus and community. We know that there are many different definitions of “family”, and we hope you, and those who are family to you, will join us for this special weekend. We are excited to share this time with you and your family! Have a great weekend! 

COVID-19 Precautions

Western’s indoor mask policy now states that all individuals must wear a mask or other suitable face covering indoors when other people are present and in all public and common areas. For more information about COVID safety practices in place for Fall 2021, please visit Western's Coronavirus page

Please review the University Residences Guest Policy if you are planning to visit your student in their dorm room during Fall Family Weekend. 

By visiting Western's campus for Fall Family Weekend you agree to comply with the following guidelines:

  • Please refrain from visiting campus if you or any family member do not feel well, have covid-like symptoms, or if you have been in contact with someone who has contracted COVID-19.
  • Masking and physical distancing is expected by everyone—regardless of vaccination status—inside campus buildings.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated: you will also need to wear a mask while outdoors on campus.
  • If you are fully vaccinated: you are not required to wear a face covering outdoors as long as you maintain 6 feet of physical distance between yourself and anyone outside your household or party.
  • If you do not have a face covering, we will have disposable masks available for use. Face coverings should cover both your nose and mouth.

Please note that some live in-person events may have additional COVID-19 guidelines and requirements, such as requiring proof of vaccination or negative COVID test.  

Visiting Bellingham

Visit the Accommodations page for information about Bellingham hotels, some of which offer WWU discounts. 

Explore regional transportation options for more information about getting to and from Bellingham and WWU. 

Shop at the Western Associated Students Bookstore!

Western AS Bookstore and the Viking Union viewed from High Street with students walking in front of the building on a clear day

Show your Western pride with the latest gear from the AS Bookstore and enjoy a 10% discount* in store or online for Fall Family Weekend! To redeem the discount in-store, just say Fall Family Weekend at check out. Use coupon code FALLFAM2021 for 10% off online orders! The code is active 10/11/2021 – 10/17/2021.

WESTERN AS BOOKSTORE HOURS:
Monday – Friday 8:00am-5:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-4:30pm, Sunday CLOSED

*The discount is available on regular priced logo apparel. Not combinable with other offers. Excludes Masks.

View of Bellingham and Western Washington University from the bay with Mount Baker behind some clouds in the distance

Live In-Person Events

Events requiring advance registration or ticket purchase will be noted. 

Stop by our Fall Family Weekend info table in Red Square or in Zoom!

Stop by our info table in Red Square or in Zoom to say hello, ask questions, or get some insight on the day's choose-your-own adventure schedule of activities. The virtual info table can be accessed by joining this Zoom meeting (Meeting ID: 994 1574 8627).

In-person and virtual info table hours are: Friday, October 15, 12:00pm-3:00pm; Saturday, October 16, 10:00am-2:00pm; Sunday, October 17, 10:00am-12:00pm. 

Bellingham Self-Guided Bus Tours and Starlight Shuttle

Visit the New Student Services/Family Outreach Info Table in Red Square during the hours listed above and discover how relaxing, convenient, economical, safe, and fun it can be to explore scenic Bellingham by bus! Stop by for information about local transportation options and pick up your FREE bus passes (available on a first-come, first serve basis) and self-guided bus tour maps. The bus tour directions can be used to get to the Fall Family Weekend events that are happening Downtown, in Fairhaven, and at Lakewood.

WWU’s Starlight Shuttle will be available to Western families during Fall Family Weekend. The Starlight Shuttle is a late night service available to students at no charge. Access the service using the TransLoc app and signing in as a Western Washington University student.


The Western Gallery

Visit The Western Gallery during open viewing hours: Friday 10-4pm, Saturday 12-4pm. Visit the Western Gallery website for more information. 

Meet outside Old Main near the rose garden

Join staff from the Counseling & Wellness Center for a stroll around campus and the arboretum. Get to know providers, ask questions, and hear about resources through physical activity - an…

The Western Gallery: Meet at the south entrance to the Fine Arts Building

A 45-minute guided tour of The Western Gallery's current contemporary exhibition, The Red Chador: Genesis I, by Cambodian-American artist Anida Yoeu Ali. Ali is an interdisciplinary artist whose…



Lakewood is located approximately 7 miles from Western's main campus at 2410 Lake Whatcom Blvd. on the shore of beautiful Lake Whatcom.

FREE Rentals: kayak, canoe, stand up paddle board and (1) pedal board available at Lakewood for Fall Family Weekend attendees. Visit AS Lakewood for more…


Meet at the entrance to the Western Gallery (south side of the Fine Arts Building across from Carver Gym).

A 50-minute guided walking tour highlighting WWU's renowned Outdoor Sculpture Collection. Please wear comfortable shoes.


Meet outside the Depot Market Square at 1100 Railroad Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225

A spooky tour of the old town of Sehome for fans of true-crime and creepy tales. Now a part of downtown Bellingham, the settlement of Sehome grew around a coal mine with State Street as its main…

Multipurpose Room, Alma Clark Glass Hall (4th floor/South bar of Alma Clark Glass Hall)

Join us to learn about the Black Affinity Housing program in Western’s newest residence hall, Alma Clark Glass Hall. There will be a short presentation by Thurman Clark, Supervising Resident…

SPARK Museum: 1312 Bay Street, Bellingham, WA 98225

Explore a bit of the excitement and wonder of Downtown Bellingham with a special Night at the SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention for Fall Family Weekend! Enjoy exclusive access to museum…

Old Main Solarium - 5th Floor

 

Stop by the Solarium in Old Main for the Counseling & Wellness Center Open House. Enjoy light refreshments and to meet staff, learn about resources, and discover the many wellness…


Meet outside the Depot Market Square at 1100 Railroad Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225

A spooky tour of the old town of Sehome for fans of true-crime and creepy tales. Now a part of downtown Bellingham, the settlement of Sehome grew around a coal mine with State Street as its main…

PAC Main Stage

Enjoy an all-star cast in this timeless horror/musical/comedy cult classic on Western's Main Stage in the Performing…

Meet at the Performing Arts Center Plaza (516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225)

Join us for an Urban Agriculture and Parks themed ride that explores Bellingham’s Interurban trail system from WWU’s Outback Farm to the Bellingham Farmer’s market, with stops at the city's oldest…

Engineering & Design Building, Plastics & Composites Labs, ET 113; 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The Plastics & Composites Engineering (PCE) students and faculty will be hosting lab tours from 10:00 am - 2:00…

WWU Computer Lab - Haggard Hall 112

Did you know that the 2022-2023 Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) opened on October 1, 2021? Western’s Financial Aid Department is hosting a FAFSA Completion Workshop, allowing you to get…

WWU Viking Field - Free of charge

Come out and support your WWU Women's Softball program during this fun Fall Scrimmage! 


The Western Gallery

Visit The Western Gallery during open viewing hours: Friday 10-4pm, Saturday 12-4pm. Visit the Western Gallery website for more information. 



Lakewood is located approximately 7 miles from Western's main campus at 2410 Lake Whatcom Blvd. on the shore of beautiful Lake Whatcom.

FREE Rentals: kayak, canoe, stand up paddle board and (1) pedal board available at Lakewood for Fall Family Weekend attendees. Visit AS Lakewood for more…


SPARK Museum: 1312 Bay Street, Bellingham, WA 98225

Visit the SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention for additional opportunities to explore their interactive galleries and see the signature…

Viking Union (VU) 462

 

Learn what it means to be resilient through experiential activities with the Counseling and Wellness Center. Discuss strategies to increase resilience and support mental well-being!


Arntzen Hall 100

In this ensemble performance piece, students in an environmental interpretation course investigate a variety of emotional relationships we may have to climate change. This work-in-progress will…


Arntzen Hall 100

In this ensemble performance piece, students in an environmental interpretation course investigate a variety of emotional relationships we may have to climate change. This work-in-progress will…


Meet at the entrance to the Western Gallery (south side of the Fine Arts Building across from Carver Gym).

A 50-minute guided walking tour highlighting WWU's renowned Outdoor Sculpture Collection. Please wear comfortable shoes.

Meeting location provided upon registration.

Get out and walk around downtown Bellingham explore the evolution of city through historic buildings and sites. Led by a Good Time Guide, the tour features stories about changes in culture,…


SPARK Museum: 1312 Bay Street, Bellingham, WA 98225

Visit the SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention for additional opportunities to explore their interactive galleries and see the signature…

WWU Harrington Field
Come out and support your WWU Women's Soccer program at a home game!
WWU Residence Halls

BYOP, as in Bring Your Own Pumpkins, for this fun family activity in the residence halls! Carving supplies will be provided. No pumpkin? No problem! University Residences will have limited…

WWU Harrington Field
Come root for your WWU Men's Soccer team at a home game!
WWU WECU Court at Carver gym
Support WWU Women's Volleyball at a home game!

Sylvia Center for the Arts Studio Theatre, 207 Prospect St, Bellingham, WA 98225
Welcome to the sleepy town of Hellingham . . . where the townsfolk are strange and a killer is on the loose! Join us for our fan favorite IMPROVISED MURDER-MYSTERY. (SOLD OUT)

Sylvia Center for the Arts Studio Theatre, 207 Prospect St, Bellingham, WA 98225
Welcome to the sleepy town of Hellingham . . . where the townsfolk are strange and a killer is on the loose! Join us for our fan favorite IMPROVISED MURDER-MYSTERY. (SOLD OUT)
Meet at Bellingham Depot Market Square: 1100 Railroad Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225

Join us for a ride focused on Marine Ecology and Salmon that will explore Bellingham’s unique working waterfront and introduce participants to the fishermen and women who are working to preserve…

The Outback Farm is located just south of the Fairhaven Residences between 25th St. and South College Way.

In-person farm tour and honey tasting ($6.50), livestream (free). Come learn about food and farming education at Western - including classes, volunteer work parties, community gardens, and job…


Meet your StAR tour guide (wearing a Western blue polo shirt) in Flag Plaza near the Wade King Rec Center 15 minutes prior to the tour.

Join the StARs, WWU's student tour guides, on a one-hour group tour of Western's beautiful campus for Fall Family Weekend. They will give you the inside scoop on everything Western and answer your…

The Outback Farm is located just south of the Fairhaven Residences between 25th St. and South College Way.

In-person farm tour and honey tasting ($6.50), livestream (free). Come learn about food and farming education at Western - including classes, volunteer work parties, community gardens, and job…



Lakewood is located approximately 7 miles from Western's main campus at 2410 Lake Whatcom Blvd. on the shore of beautiful Lake Whatcom.

FREE Rentals: kayak, canoe, stand up paddle board and (1) pedal board available at Lakewood for Fall Family Weekend attendees. Visit AS Lakewood for more…


SPARK Museum: 1312 Bay Street, Bellingham, WA 98225

Visit the SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention for additional opportunities to explore their interactive galleries and see the signature …

WWU WECU Court at Carver gym

Come show your support for your WWU Men's Basketball program and checkout this fun preseason tradition. Free Admission!

Meeting location provided upon registration.

Explore Fairhaven, a historic neighborhood in Bellingham, with a Good Time Guide who will tell the tales of Fairhaven’s origins as a wild-west boom town to its recent rebirth as Bellingham’s…

The Outback Farm is located just south of the Fairhaven Residences between 25th St. and South College Way.

In-person farm tour and honey tasting ($6.50), livestream (free). Come learn about food and farming education at Western - including classes, volunteer work parties, community gardens, and job…


Meet your StAR tour guide (wearing a Western blue polo shirt) in Flag Plaza near the Wade King Rec Center 15 minutes prior to the tour.

Join the StARs, WWU's student tour guides, on a one-hour group tour of Western's beautiful campus for Fall Family Weekend. They will give you the inside scoop on everything Western and answer your…


SPARK Museum: 1312 Bay Street, Bellingham, WA 98225

Visit the SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention for additional opportunities to explore their interactive galleries and see the signature …

Parking at WWU during Fall Family Weekend

Complimentary parking is available:

  • In the C lot from Friday, October 15 at 7am to Sunday, October 17 at 11:59pm
  • In all lots other than 19G beginning Friday, October 15 at 3pm until Sunday, October 17 at 11:59pm

Visit Campus Maps for printable and interactive maps of campus, including parking maps. 

Please note the following:

  • Lot 17G is reserved on Saturday, October 16, 5-9pm for a volleyball match and on Sunday, October 17, 11am-3pm for a basketball game.  Only season ticket holders will be allowed to park in 17G during these times.
  • Lot 19G is closed during Fall Family Weekend due to construction. 
Panorama of Western Washington Univiersity and Bellingham Bay at sunset

Live Virtual Events

Events requiring advance registration or ticket purchase will be noted. 

Zoom

Learn how to best support your student’s career development! Find out what are the most commonly used resources available to all incoming/current students and alumni to help prepare and achieve “…


Zoom

Join Career Services for an overview of resources and services followed by a virtual drop in hour for families with questions.

Zoom

Western Washington University has a strong commitment to service—and record numbers of graduates have chosen to join the Peace Corps. Western faculty and staff have also served as Peace Corps…



Join the Spanel Planetarium for a live virtual show to explore the stars and constellations you can see from your own backyard! The 45-minute live presentation will be hosted on Zoom, tickets cost…

12:30 - 1:00 PM in Zoom

Learn how to best support your student’s career development! Find out what are the most commonly used resources available to all incoming/current students and alumni to help prepare and achieve “…


Zoom

Join Career Services for an overview of resources and services followed by a virtual drop in hour for families with questions.

Watch a home game livestreamed from WWU Harrington Field! Get your favorite snacks and bevs ready in time to catch WWU Women's Soccer vs. Simon Fraser - FREE - on Viking TV. Go Viks!

Watch a home game livestreamed from WWU Harrington Field! Get your favorite snacks and bevs ready in time to catch WWU Men's Soccer vs. MSU Billings - FREE - on Viking TV. Go Viks!

Watch a home game from home! Get your favorite snacks and bevs ready in time to catch WWU Women's Volleyball vs. MSU Billings livestreamed - FREE - on Viking TV. Go Viks!



Join the Spanel Planetarium for a live virtual show to explore the stars and constellations you can see from your own backyard! The 45-minute live presentation will be hosted on Zoom, tickets cost…



Instagram

Tour the Outback Farm and Bee Apiary being livestreamed from their Instagram account! Learn about food and farming education at Western - including classes, volunteer work parties, community…



Instagram

Tour the Outback Farm and Bee Apiary being livestreamed from their Instagram account! Learn about food and farming education at Western - including classes, volunteer work parties, community…

Catch WWU Basketball scrimmage, livestreamed from Carver Gym! Get your favorite snacks and bevs ready in time to catch this fun preseason tradition from the comfort of home - FREE - on Viking TV.…



Instagram

Tour the Outback Farm and Bee Apiary being livestreamed from their Instagram account! Learn about food and farming education at Western - including classes, volunteer work parties, community…



Join the Spanel Planetarium for a live virtual show to explore the stars and constellations you can see from your own backyard! The 45-minute live presentation will be hosted on Zoom, tickets cost…

A row of jack-o-lanterns with carvings of various Western symbols: a viking hat, I heart WWU, Make Waves, WWU, and Old Main

Featured Offerings

Watch Seiko Purdue as she demonstrates the art of Japanese textile making at Western Washington University
A.S. Bookstore

Enjoy a 10% discount online or in store for Fall Family Weekend! The discount is available on regular priced logo apparel. Not combinable with other offers. Excludes Masks.

The coupon code…

Here’s to an amazing morning! Start with Bellingham Coffee Roasters, WWU Viking Blend, Sauk Farm fresh pressed honeycrisp apple cider, Crave coffee cake mix with William’s Farms dried blueberries to…
Cook along with Western's Orientation Student Advisor in a pre-recorded cooking demo!
Join Sasha Petrenko, Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Expanded Media as she leads this collaborative demonstration of lost wax casting using aluminum.
Listen to the voices of our community through these campus and local podcasts and radio station!
Enjoy a selection of tasty local fare during your stay for Fall Family Weekend.
Online
There's more than books to checkout with Western Libraries! Enjoy some of these great, interactive activities!
KUGS-89.3FM

Tune into KUGS-89.3FM for college radio that serves the students of Western Washington University by providing a diverse program of music and information consistent with student interests. The…

Take a look at some of the many ways we connect as a community through these local events, food guide and recommended activities!
There's nothing like the smell of fresh cookies in the oven to remind you of home! Send a sweet treat as a hug from home for a well deserved study-break snack! Crave Catering is pleased to donate $5.…
Share your Viking pride this Halloween with one (or all) of these fun Western pumpkin carving templates!
Hiking path curving through apline mountain crests

Explore

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 Huxley 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