*Please note: No registration is needed in order to attend Family Weekend, however, you must buy tickets to those events that require a purchased ticket. Please keep in mind that event tickets are non-refundable. Tickets will go live on July 23.

Event / Activity



Family Weekend 5k Walk / Run

EARLY BIRD Registration (September 7)
The price will be $20/runner and guarantees a T-Shirt.

Registration (September 8 - September 21)
The price will be $25/runner and does not guarantee a T-Shirt.

RACE DAY: LATE/WALK UP Registration (September 22 until 8:30 a.m.)
The price will be $30/runner and does not guarantee a T-Shirt.

Register for the Family Weekend 5k!

9 a.m.

Allendale Campus

Club Sailing Golf Outing

Come Sail Away with the Laker Club Sailing team on their 3rd Annual Golf Outing. Join the team, alumni, and supporters on the golf course. Ticket includes greens fees, carts for all, Laker Sailing t-shirt, and lunch!

Visit the Golf Outing Facebook page for updates.

Registration opens at 8 a.m.

Shot-Gun Start at 10 a.m.

Meadows Golf Course

*Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall and Simulation and Learning Resource Center Tours

Join us in learning how Grand Valley State University is training the next generation of healthcare practitioners as we tour two of Grand Valley’s health sciences areas: Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall and the Simulation Center in the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences.

GVSU is the leading provider of health sciences professionals for West Michigan and this hands-on tour will give you an inside perspective into how we are educating and training our students so they will be highly recruited for healthcare jobs.

There will be a light breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and the tours of these two spaces to follow at 9 a.m. Please note that there is walking between buildings as a part of this tour.

Please contact Amy TerHaar at or 616-331-5709 with any questions or concerns.

Breakfast: 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Tour: 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Cook DeVos Center for Health Sciences



Made in Michigan Pop-Up Marketplace

Click here for more information!

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Downtown Market Grand Rapids

Sail into the Laker Store

Make sure to stop by the Laker Store and check out the Family Weekend specials located in the Laker Marketplace.

10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Laker Marketplace

Kindschi Greenhouse Tours

Come experience the wonders of the Barbara Kindschi Greenhouse located at 2241 on the second floor of Kindschi Hall. The first 30 visitors will receive a free plant!

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Kindschi Hall of Science

Renaissance Festival

For the 23rd year, Grand Valley Renaissance Festival is hosting Michigan's only student-run Renaissance Festival! Admission is free, so join us for two days of fun, rain or shine, featuring merchants from many markets and extravagant entertainers.

10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Contact the group!

Learn to Row

Come row away on the Grand River with the GVSU Rowing Team. Family members will have the opportunity to engage in brief “Learn to Row” sessions on the water. Refreshments will be served in the boathouse, where those attending will be able to mingle and investigate the oars, ergs, boats, and our team tent. Both varsity and novice rowers will be more than willing to help educate visitors on various aspects of the sport, and answer any questions.

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

GVSU Boat House

*Peek Behind the Curtain

Take a Peek Behind the Curtain from 12 – 2 p.m.! This exciting experience includes lunch, live scenes of Bard to Go and The Tempest, a performance of The Greenshow, and an exclusive sneak peek tour of the recently renovated Performing Arts Center!

Join special guest William Shakespeare for lunch!

Tickets are $12 per person and includes both lunch and tour.

12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Tour: Louis Armstrong Theater

Lunch: Pere Marquette

Tickets will go on sale July 23, 2018.

*Art at GVSU Tour & Lunch

Enjoy a lunch and discussion of Art Prize on Grand Valley's downtown campus led by a knowledgeable tour guide!

12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

University Club Building C, Grand Rapids Pew Campus

Tickets will go on sale July 23rd, 2018.

Upperclass Housing Tour

Stop by open-house style to see a Laker Village (17B) or South Apartments Showroom (110). We'll have light refreshments, giveaways, and information about Fall 2018 housing. Our housing team would love to meet you and your family! 

12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Laker Village & South Apartments

Sand Volleyball

12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Courts outside of Kelly Family Sports Center

*W.G Jackson Vessel Cruise

Take a cruise on the W.G. Jackson to learn about aquatic ecology and have discussions on fisheries, exotic species, and human impact on the environment. There is no seating on the vessel and limited accessibility for passengers with disabilities. Questions about accessibility should be directed to

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.


Lake Michigan Center, Muskegon

Registration will open on July 23, 2018.

International Dinner

International Taco Bar

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

The Connection

Climbing Center

Non-students $5

All climbers will need a waiver to participate. To fill out a waiver form in advance please click here.

1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Recreation Center

*Family Weekend Tailgate

Join us for a Grand Valley Picnic inside the Fieldhouse Arena from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 23. This event will feature an opportunity to enjoy time with your student, meet other Grand Valley families, and get in the Laker spirit before going to the football game, kickoff at 7 p.m.

President Haas, Louie the Laker, the GV cheerleaders, and the Laker Marching Band will all make special appearances!

Tickets for adults and students are $13. Children under 3 are free.

5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Fieldhouse Arena

Tickets will go on sale July 23rd, 2018.

*GVSU Football vs. Michigan Tech

Click here to buy tickets!

7 p.m.

Lubbers Stadium

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