Family Weekend

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Family Weekend 2019 

Friday, September 27 - Sunday, September 29

Attention all Niagara families! 

Family Weekend is a wonderful opportunity to have family members visit Monteagle Ridge for a weekend filled with fun events for you to enjoy.

Enjoy activities as a family both on campus and in the community as we celebrate everything that is Niagara University.

Below are a list of this year's events of Family Weekend 2019. 

Should you have any questions, please contact the Office of Campus Activities at 716.286.8510. We love our "Purple Parents & Families!"

Friday, September 27

  • Casino Night - 6:30-9:30 p.m. - Gallagher Center, Lower Level

    Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m. (front entrance of the LL Gallagher Center)

    • Check-in will begin in the front entrance of the Gallagher Center at 6:30 p.m.
    • Gaming will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 9 p.m.
    • Participate in casino games like Black Jack, Slots, and Poker.
    • A variety of food stations will available, as well as a cash bar.
    • There will also be other family-friendly activities to enjoy!

    Fun casino games and entertainment for all ages! Enjoy games of chance from 7-9 p.m. The more you win, the more chances you will earn for the basket raffle held at the end of the evening! Prizes include donations from many areas businesses and of course plenty of NU swag! For entertainment purposes only, no cash exchanged. A great night of fun and excitement with other students and families!

  • Late Nite Niagara - 90's Nightt - 10 p.m.-12 a.m. - Kiernan Recreation Center

    Booyah! Have the family participate in the Late Nite Niagara series! Grab your neon outfit and fanny pack! Activities include a glow roller rink, glow mini golf, food and more!  Skate rental included! Pizza and refreshments available. Fun for all ages! It will be all that and a bag of chips!

Saturday, September 28

  • Brunch - 10 a.m.-12 p.m. - Russell J. Salvatore Dining Commons

    Enjoy brunch with your student in the Russell J. Salvatore Dining Commons. 

  • 33rd Annual Wildlife Festival - 10 a.m.-5 p.m. - New York Power Authority

    Located directly adjacent to Niagara's campus, the New York Power Authority sponsors its annual Wildlife Festival. Get ready for some interactive family fun featuring a variety of hands-on family-themed activities, entertainment and food vendors as well as close-up and personal encounters with birds of prey, reptiles, monkeys and other animals. Free admission.

  • Lewiston Harvest & Hops Festival - 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. - Center Street, Village of Lewiston

    The Harvest & Hops Festival in Lewiston, N.Y., is only about four miles north of campus and features more than 100 of the finest craft artists. Enjoy continuous entertainment and samplings of wine, beer and culinary delights. Free admission.

  • Women's Soccer vs. Iona - 12 p.m. - Niagara Field

    Get your kicks and head out to Niagara Field to support our Purple Eagles women's soccer team as they take on Iona at 12 Noon.

  • Discover Niagara Shuttle - 9 a.m. - Pick Up in St. Vincent's Traffic Circle

    Simply hop on and hop off at your leisure to check out the designated stops at all the best places to see and experience from Niagara Falls to Old Fort Niagara in historic Youngstown, NY. Find out more information about the schedule and tourist destinations at There is no charge to ride the shuttle and can be picked up in the St. Vincent's Circle located in between Dunleavy Hall and the Castellani Art Museum. 

  • "Murder in Maui" - Murder Mystery Dinner 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Kiernan Recreation Center

    Aloha! You are invited to a Hawaiian luau where festive attire is heavily encouraged!  Exciting Polynesian spirit will fill the air of the Kiernan Center as all participants will be greeted with festive Hawaiian leis.  The night kicks up a notch when to everyone’s horror it’s discovered there’s been a murder!

    • Check-in will begin at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy delicious appetizers, green screen photo, cash bar and music. The show and dinner will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. During dinner meet some of the characters while you investigate and collaborate with other families on the details of the crime and who the suspects should be! Following dinner enjoy the rest of the show as we identify the culprit of this Hawaiian homicide!

Sunday, September 29

  • Eucharistic Liturgy - 11 a.m. - Alumni Chapel

    Put a cap on the weekend by celebrating Mass with us in Alumni Chapel. All families are welcome!