Mark your calendar for event-filled Family Weekend

Family Weekend at NIU promises to give Huskies plenty of opportunities to show their loved ones what life on campus is all about, and organizers said they’re prepared to break records as generations of Huskies come together.

More than 25 events are slated for the weekend of Sept. 8 – 10.

“Family weekend is an opportunity for parents and family members to see the university and community in their students’ eyes and experience what it’s like to be a student here physically and socially,” said Kesha Williams, Associate Director of Orientation and Family Connections.

Williams said the weekend helps students feel more excited about their new NIU home, and familiarizes family members with their students’ university community.

“Most importantly, we want to strengthen and build on that relationship,” she said.

The events on campus include athletic games, outdoor activities, star gazing, garden tours, family breakfast and free family portraits. Community events are also highlighted.

Most events are free, and some require registration. To request disability related accommodations please contact For more information, follow Huskie Family Connections on Facebook or check out the entire schedule at

Some of the featured events are:

Friday, Sept. 8

Saturday, Sept. 9

 Sunday, Sept. 10

All weekend


NIU Outdoor Adventures “Camp on Campus” 5 p.m. –  Sat, 9/9

NIU Women’s Soccer
5 p.m.
NIU Track and Field/Soccer Complex

NIU Men’s Soccer Team
7 p.m.
NIU Track and Field/Soccer Complex

7– 9 p.m.
Holmes Student Center, Capital Room

Tour of Montgomery Greenhouse
5 – 7 p.m.
NIU Greenhouse

Night Gazing
8 – 11 p.m.
NIU Observatory, Davis Hall


Disc Golf Tournament
9 a.m. Clinic
10 a.m. Singles
11 a.m. Doubles
NIU’s West Lagoon

Tours of Montgomery Greenhouse
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
NIU Greenhouse

Tours of Communiversity Gardens
10 a.m.-noon
Communiversity Gardens, Anderson Hall

Family Self Defense
11a.m. -noon
NIU’s Campus Recreation Center

NIU Family Tailgate
11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Huskie Stadium, “The Yard”

Greek Showcase
7– 9 p.m.
Holmes Student Center, Sandburg Auditorium

2:30 p.m.
Huskie Stadium

Sycamore Park District presents, Fireworks and Fun
3-8 p.m.
Sycamore Sports Complex 935 Airport Rd. Sycamore, IL


Family Breakfast 
9– 11 a.m.
Neptune Dining

Free Huskie Family Portraits
10 a.m.-noon
NIU, MLK Commons

12th Annual Kite Fest
11-4 p.m.
Corner of Lucinda & Kishwaukee Drive, by Annie’s Woods.

Tours of Montgomery Greenhouse
11 a.m. -1 p.m.
NIU Greenhouse


Carroll Memorial Park
West Park Ave
Genoa, IL


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