Schedule of Events

Experience what it truly means to be part of the Laker family!

We have a weekend filled with fun events and activities — check out the options below and start planning for this fun weekend now!

This schedule is subject to change. Check back often as we continue to add and update!

Friday, September 16 Events and Activities

Event / Activity

Date/Time

Web Address/Location

GV ChalkPrize

Calling all Laker artists, young ones and young once! Help us illustrate Laker spirit by decorating designated campus sidewalks with chalk art. After your creation has been completed, take a photo of it and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #LakerFamily and tag @GVSUstudentlife and we'll share your masterpiece in our stories! Do this, and you're automatically entered to win a GVSU Football Fan Gift Basket courtesy of the Laker Store!

Or just experience the chalk art by taking it in while on a stroll through campus.

View GV ChalkPrize map for the available designated sidewalk areas.

9/16
All day

Allendale campus various locations- See Map

ArtPrize 

ArtPrize® is an independent international art competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It celebrates artists working in all mediums from anywhere in the world. Learn more by visiting the ArtPrize website.

through 10/2

Grand Rapids – various locations

Dueling Pianos Show and Kickoff Party!

Join fellow Lakers to kick off Laker Family Weekend with family friendly festivities including yard games, food trucks, special appearances including our very own Laker Marching Band, a Dueling Pianos show, and more! Show your Laker pride, and wear your finest GVSU apparel and spirit gear! Visit the Laker Store for all of your spirit gear and accessories!

  • 6 p.m – 8 p.m. Food trucks and yard games
  • 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Laker Marching Band and special appearances you won't want to miss! 
  • 7 p.m. Dueling Pianos Show

RSVP here

 

9/16
6p.m.-9p.m.

 

 

Allendale campus - Kirkhof Lawn (Kick off party) and Grand River Room inside Kirkhof (Dueling Pianos show)

Food Trucks

We will have food trucks available during our Kick-Off Party event! Stop by the event near the clock tower on the east Kirkhof lawn and check out the following options:

Olly's Donuts

Fruit Frenzy Popsicles
 

 

 

9/16 6-8p.m.

Allendale campus - East Kirkhof Lawn (between the Clock Tower and Zumberge Pond)

GVSU's National Pan-Hellenic Council Annual Yard Show

This event will showcase the Black Greek Divine 9 Organizations we have here on campus. Come out to see the NPHC at GV be OWT!!!

9/16 6 p.m.

Allendale campus - Mary Idema Pew Library Amphitheater

GVSU Lakers Soccer Game vs. UW-Parkside

Cheer on our Lakers during this exciting game featuring back-to-back defending national champions. We'll be giving away t-shirts to the first 100 students that attend! Tickets will be available starting August 1– FREE for GVSU students with valid ID, $10 general public, $5 youth 3-17 years. Anchor up!

 Purchase game day tickets

9/16
7 p.m.

Allendale Campus - GVSU Soccer Field

Movie - Lightyear

Legendary space ranger Buzz Lightyear embarks on an intergalactic adventure alongside ambitious recruits Izzy, Mo, Darby, and his robot companion, Sox. As this motley crew tackles their toughest mission yet, they must learn to work together as a team to escape the evil Zurg and his dutiful robot army that are never far behind. Rated PG.

View Lightyear trailer

9/16 8 p.m.

Allendale campus -Kirkhof Center Theatre Room

Biking and Walking Routes

Take advantage of a variety of biking and walking routes and tour our campuses! Visit the RecWell website for more information and route maps.

Dawn - dusk

Allendale and Pew Campus

Sam & Cam's Library Scavenger Hunt

Join the University Libraries' favorite pair of ghouls on a fun riddle-solving adventure throughout the Mary Idema Pew Library! Follow our resident skeletons, Sam & Cam, on their scavenger hunt, find the answers to all 12 clues hidden somewhere in the building, and return your completed sheet for a prize! 

We hope you learn a lot, find something cool, and most importantly, HAVE FUN!  Stop by the 1st floor Service Desk to get started. 

Available during open hours - View library hours

Allendale Campus - Mary Idema Pew Library

Saturday, September 17 Events and Activities

Event/Activity

Date/Time

Web Address/Location

Philly's Phlipping Phlapjacks! Laker Meet and Greet Pancake Breakfast

President Philly will be flipping flapjacks (say that three times fast!) at 9:30 a.m. along with members of GV's Senior Leadership Team on Saturday morning inside the Kirkhof Center. Start off with the most important meal to fuel up for a day of family fun. Pancakes will be served starting at 8:30 a.m.

RSVP here

9/17
8:30a.m.-11 a.m. 
while supplies last

Allendale campus - Kirkhof Center Lobby

Laker Meet and Greet Resource Fair

Several of our campus departments will be represented during this resource fair. Stop by to meet our Laker staff, learn more about these departments, and ask questions! Grab some pancakes while you're there too when you visit the nearby pancake breakfast with President Mantella and Senior Leadership Team members.

 

8:30 a.m. - 11a.m.

Allendale campus - Kirkhof Center lobby

2022 Laker Spirit Family Weekend 5K Run/Walk 

Join GVSU Recreation & Wellness for the annual Family Weekend 5K! This year's event will feature a color run/walk for friends and family to celebrate Laker Sprit with a tour through the Allendale campus. This event welcomes individuals of all ages, abilities and experience levels. Stay tuned for more details! (And be sure to visit the Laker Store for all of your spirit gear and accessories!)

Register here

 9/17
9a.m.-12p.m.

Register here

Family Fun with Circle K

Head on over to the Library North Lawn on the Allendale Campus for some good ol' family fun including life size Jenga, corn hole, and spike ball. We'll also be hosting tug-o-war and other fun games and activities you won't want to miss!

Circle K International is a co-ed, student-lead, volunteer organization focusing on three main tenets: service, fellowship, leadership.

 

9/17
9 a.m. - 1p.m.

Allendale campus - Library North Lawn (near the clock tower)

Health Sciences Tours

Tour Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall, Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, and the Daniel and Pamella DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health.. These health sciences facilities give students access to advanced simulation technology and interactive laboratories right on Grand Rapids’ Medical Mile. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration required.

Register here

9/17
9 a.m.

Health Campus - View Map

Register for the Health Sciences Tour

Bark at the Park: GVSU Alumni Dog Meet Up

The GVSU Young Alumni Council invites you and your four-legged family members to join us at the Bark at the Park: GVSU Alumni Dog Meet Up during Laker Family Weekend. This will be a paws-itively fun event and a chance to meet alumni and spend some time outdoors with our furriest Lakers. Refreshments will be provided as well as some fun giveaways! Each Laker dog will receive a special GVSU bandana! $5 entry fee. RSVP by September 14.

RSVP for Bark at the Park

9:30a.m. - 11a.m.

Grand Ravines Dog Park (south)

Student Small Business Market

Support student small business owners by checking out some of their remarkable and creative shops! From jewelry, to handmade art, to vintage clothing, these students will more than impress you the wide array of options for purchase!

 

RSVP here

9/17
10a.m.-2p.m.

Allendale campus - North Kindschi Lawn and Colonnade

Movie - Lightyear

Legendary space ranger Buzz Lightyear embarks on an intergalactic adventure alongside ambitious recruits Izzy, Mo, Darby, and his robot companion, Sox. As this motley crew tackles their toughest mission yet, they must learn to work together as a team to escape the evil Zurg and his dutiful robot army that are never far behind. Rated PG.

View Lightyear trailer

9/17 10 a.m.

Allendale campus - Kirkhof Center Theatre

Greenhouse Open House and Tour

The Barbara Kindschi Greenhouse, a 3,000 square foot facility on the Allendale campus, houses the Biology and Cell & Molecular Biology Department’s teaching collections along with space for multiple research and course projects.  FREE succulents to the first 100 visitors!  Visit Instagram to see the latest plants in bloom and fun happenings in the greenhouse! 

9/17
10a.m.-1p.m.

Allendale campus - Barbara Kindschi Greenhouse

Art Gallery Open House and Coloring Activity

The GVSU Art Gallery is hosting open hours for Lakers, their families and supporters, and art enthusiasts alike to stop by and enjoy the exhibition ‘As Is: Beauty and the Body in Contemporary Art’, as well as relax in the Performing Arts Center lobby for some coloring activities and music.

9/17
10a.m.-3p.m.

Allendale campus GVSU Art Gallery - Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts

Laker Store Yard Games and More!

Stop by the Laker Store for yard games like GV Connect 4, Giant Jenga, Cornhole, and more. Also be sure to enter the in-store raffle for a chance to win a $100 gift basket!

Yard games - 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

View store hours

Allendale campus - Laker Store

Ice Cream Social and Game Day Prep hosted by the Charter Schools Office

You're invited to join Dr. Barry Hall and his team for their Family Weekend Ice Cream Social and Game Day Prep event! Stop by the Kirkhof Center (KC 2263) from 12:00 p.m – 1:30 p.m. for a build-your-own sundae bar and to pick up some FREE GVSU swag as you get ready for the football game.

To help us make sure we have enough food and gifts, please RSVP below. We know plans always change, so we'll send reminders about the event to you over the next few weeks!

RSVP for the Ice Cream Social and Game Day Prep event

9/17 Noon-1:30 p.m.

Allendale campus - Kirkhof Center Room 2263

Fill a Fire Truck Food Drive Event

GVSU's Gayle R. Davis Center for Women & Gender Equity (CWGE) and the Allendale Fire Department are teaming up to host a food drive in honor of September's Hunger Action Month. Join us for a variety of activities including face painting, photo opportunities with the fire truck and firefighters, games, popcorn, cotton candy, and more! Donations of non-perishable food and basic needs items are welcome and encouraged.

CWGE hosts the three Replenish locations, student food and necessities pantries, to meet short-term challenges students face when accessing food and other essential items. Replenish is self-sustained by the GVSU campus community through donations.  The necessities pantry is available to all GVSU students, and items available vary based on donations. Students who face challenges obtaining adequate food and personal care items often experience financial stress which contributes to a decrease in overall mental and physical health and academic performance.

9/17
Noon-2 p.m.

Allendale campus - Lot M/P

Laker Food Co. Plinko, Prizes & Ice Cream

Join Laker Food Co. on the Marketplace patio to enjoy ice cream, play Plinko and win prizes!

9/17 1-4p,m.

Allendale campus - The Marketplace patio

Laker Dance Team Little Lakers Meet and Greet

The Laker Dance Team will hold their first ever “Little Lakers” event on Saturday, September 17 to celebrate Family Weekend at GVSU. Attendees will have the opportunity to “hang out” with the dance team for games, activities, photo opportunities, and more! Parents are welcome to stay for the event or explore GVSU’s campus and tailgating scene prior to the football game. Cost: $20 Registration required.

NOTE: This event is activity based. No dance experience required. Recommended ages: 5-12yo

Register here

9/17
3:30p.m. - 5p.m.

GVSU Fieldhouse (Trophy Hall)

GV ChalkPrize

Calling all Laker artists, young ones and young once! Help us illustrate Laker spirit by decorating designated campus sidewalks with chalk art. After your creation has been completed, take a photo of it and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #LakerFamily and tag @GVSUstudentlife and we'll share your masterpiece in our stories! Do this, and you're automatically entered to win a GVSU Football Fan Gift Basket courtesy of the Laker Store!

Or just experience the chalk art by taking it in while on a stroll through campus.

View GV ChalkPrize map for the available designated sidewalk areas.

9/17
All day

Allendale campus various locations- See Map

General Tailgating

Lot C opens for general tailgating.

9/17
4 p.m.

Allendale Campus - Lot C

GVSU Lakers vs. Lincoln (California) Football Game

Purchase game day tickets

9/17
7 p.m.

Allendale campus - Lubbers Stadium

Biking and Walking Routes

Take advantage of a variety of biking and walking routes and tour our campuses! Visit the RecWell website for more information and route maps.

Dawn - dusk

Allendale and Pew Campuses

Sam & Cam's Library Scavenger Hunt

Join the University Libraries' favorite pair of ghouls on a fun riddle-solving adventure throughout the Mary Idema Pew Library! Follow our resident skeletons, Sam & Cam, on their scavenger hunt, find the answers to all 12 clues hidden somewhere in the building, and return your completed sheet for a prize! 

We hope you learn a lot, find something cool, and most importantly, HAVE FUN!  Stop by the 1st floor Service Desk to get started. 

Available during open hours - View llibrary hours

Allendale campus - Mary Idema Pew Library

ArtPrize 

ArtPrize® is an independent international art competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It celebrates artists working in all mediums from anywhere in the world. Learn more by visiting the ArtPrize website.

through 10/2

Grand Rapids - various locations

Sunday, September 18 Events and Activities

Event/Activity

Date/Time

Web Address/Location

Art Tour at Richard M. DeVos Center

Kick off a day of visiting ArtPrize with an exclusive guided tour of the 500+ works of art in Grand Valley's own DeVos Center and Gordon Gallery. Registration required.

 

Register here

9/18
9 a.m.

Pew campus - Downtown Grand Rapids, DeVos Center. View map

Register for the Art Tour here

ArtPrize® 

ArtPrize® is an independent international art competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It celebrates artists working in all mediums from anywhere in the world. Learn more by visiting the ArtPrize website.

through 10/2

Grand Rapids - various locations

GV ChalkPrize

Calling all Laker artists, young ones and young once! Help us illustrate Laker spirit by decorating designated campus sidewalks with chalk art. After your creation has been completed, take a photo of it and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #LakerFamily and tag @GVSUstudentlife and we'll share your masterpiece in our stories! Do this, and you're automatically entered to win a GVSU Football Fan Gift Basket courtesy of the Laker Store!

Or just experience the chalk art by taking it in while on a stroll through campus.

GV ChalkPrize map for the available designated sidewalk spaces coming soon!

9/18
All day

Allendale campus various locations- See Map

Biking and Walking Routes

Take advantage of a variety of biking and walking routes and tour our campuses! Visit the RecWell website for more information and route maps.

Dawn - dusk

Allendale and Pew Campuses

Sam & Cam's Library Scavenger Hunt

Join the University Libraries' favorite pair of ghouls on a fun riddle-solving adventure throughout the Mary Idema Pew Library! Follow our resident skeletons, Sam & Cam, on their scavenger hunt, find the answers to all 12 clues hidden somewhere in the building, and return your completed sheet for a prize! 

We hope you learn a lot, find something cool, and most importantly, HAVE FUN!  Stop by the 1st floor Service Desk to get started. 

Available during open hours - View library hours

Allendale campus - Mary Idema Pew Library



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