*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. 

Courtesy shuttle service will be provided for those in need of assistance with getting across campus. Please contact (616) 331-2020 on the day of the event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for more information. Family members are invited to Ride the Rapid for FREE all weekend!


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Event / Activity



Family Weekend 5k Walk / Run

EARLY BIRD Registration
September 10th
The price will be $15/runner and guarantees a T-Shirt.

September 11th - September 22nd
The price will be $20/runner and does not guarantee a T-Shirt.

September 23rd until 8:30 a.m.
The price will be $25/runner and does not guarantee a T-Shirt.

9 a.m.

Click here for more information and to register for the Family Weekend 5k!

Club Sailing Golf Outing

The Laker Club Sailing team invites you to their Second Annual Golf Outing! It's Family Weekend, so campus will be buzzing with activity - join the Club Sailing Team, alumni, and supporters on the golf course! Tickets include greens fees, cart for all, Laker Sailing t-shirt, and lunch! Check out the Facebook event here

Registration opens at 8 a.m.

Shot-Gun Start at 10 a.m.

Meadows Golf Course

Register for this event here!

*Simulation Center Tour

Join us in learning how Grand Valley State University is training your GVSU student to be the next generation of healthcare practitioners. GVSU is the leading provider of health sciences professionals for Michigan and this hands-on tour will give you an inside look into the resources and equipment students learn on in order to receive the skills and knowledge they need to be highly recruited for healthcare jobs.

There will be a light breakfast from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and the tour will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. and end at 10:30 a.m. This event is free! 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

Sorry - this event is currently full.


Made in Michigan Pop-Up Marketplace

Click here for more information!

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Downtown Market Grand Rapids

Chill out at the Laker Store

Make sure to stop by the new 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 22nd 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, starting at 10 AM.

10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Contact the group!

The Grand Gallery

Activities, games, prizes, food, and more hosted by GVSU's student clubs and organizations. 

11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Fieldhouse Arena

BOV Apparel
Apparel for the annual Battle of the Valleys competition will be sold during the Grand Gallery activities.

11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Fieldhouse Arena

Click here for more information about BOV

Learn to Row

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 newly renovated Performing Arts Center!

Join special guest William Shakespeare for a lunch featuring BBQ pulled chicken sliders, Hawaiian sweet rolls, grilled pineapple and vegetable skewers, pineapple baked beans, tropical fruit salad, and cookies.

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

12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Tour: Louis Armstrong Theater

Lunch: Pere Marquette

Sorry - this event is currently full.

*Art at GVSU Tour & Lunch

Enjoy a lunch and tour of Art Prize submissions on and around 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

Sorry - this event is currently full.

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

LZ Michigan


12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Fifth Third Ballpark

Click here for more information.

Men's D3 Ice Hockey vs. U of M Flint

1 p.m.

Georgetown Ice 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

Register HERE!

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 5 - 7 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.

Our menu features Malibu burgers (meat and veggie), Bakery Buns, garnish tray, sliced cheese tray, homestyle mac and cheese, traditional garden salad, fruit salad, and assorted crave-worthy cookies. 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

Tailgate Ticket Link.

*GVSU Football vs. Northwood


7 p.m.

Lubbers Stadium

Click here to buy tickets!

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