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Sponsored through the Leadership, Engagement and Development (LEAD) Office, Western Colorado University’s Family Weekend is a fun and engaging way for you to connect with your Mountaineer and learn more about campus and the Gunnison community they call home. Join us on the weekend of October 20-22, 2023 for a weekend of family connection!

2023 Family Weekend events schedule

Registration form at bottom of page.

Family Weekend Welcome Table | 12 – 4 PM | University Center

Stop by the Family Weekend Welcome Table. We will have information for you about Western Colorado University and the Gunnison Valley.

President’s Reception | 5-6 PM | Paul M. Rady Building 

Kick off Family Weekend by joining us for the President’s Reception to meet President Brad Baca while enjoying complimentary appetizers, beer, and wine, along with the company of fellow parents and family members.

Family Weekend Faculty & Student Ensembles Concert | 7:30 PM | Kincaid Concert Hall & Quigley Lobby Area

Please join Music Department faculty and students for this free performance.

Program Council Pool Tournament | 7:30 PM | University Center Games Area

Join Program Council for their first ever Pool Tournament. Snacks & beverages will be provided. Spots will be limited so sign up at the Family Weekend Welcome Table.

Program Council Paint ‘n Sip | 7:30 PM | Mad Jacks in the University Center

Join Program Council and Western Art students for a Paint ‘n Sip for one of Western’s iconic locations.


Family Weekend Pancake Breakfast | 8-10 AM | University Center

Start your day with the annual Family Weekend Pancake Breakfast, hosted by Student Affairs and the LEAD Office. Breakfast is free.

Mountaineer Bowl Tour | 11 AM | Mountaineer Bowl 

Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Journey: Explore the Transformation of Mountaineer Bowl Football Stadium with a Hard Hat Tour!  Space is limited.

Family Weekend Tailgate | 11 AM | Paul Wright Gymnasium Parking Lot

Come together to show your support as we rally behind our Mountaineers in their thrilling football game against New Mexico Highlands! The tailgate festivities kick off at 11:30 AM in the Paul Wright Gymnasium Parking Lot, setting the stage for an exciting kickoff at 1 PM.

Western Football vs. New Mexico Highlands University | 1 PM | Katy O. Rady Field

Secure your tickets here. (Embed link: https://gomountaineers.com/sports/2021/3/18/hometown-ticketing.aspx )

Family Weekend Beer Tasting & Trivia | 7 PM | TBD-location

Join the LEAD Office students for an evening of beer tasting and interactive trivia. are up for grabs too!

Matchstick Productions: The Land of Giants | 7 PM | University Center Theater


The Land of Giants features the best skiers in the world, riding unbelievable conditions and riding to the very edge and beyond. It’s a celebration of the natural world, and a reminder of the power of the human spirit. It’s a film that will leave you awestruck, inspired, and humbled.

$12/adults, $5/kids under 12 and students

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