Family Weekend


Family Weekend occurs annually in late September. Enjoy activities as a family both on campus and in the community as we celebrate everything that is Niagara University!

Below is a rundown of this past year's activities. Activities can change each year. Please feel free to call the Campus Activities Office at 716.286.8510 with any questions you may have.

Friday, September 23

  • Experience Niagara - 6-8 p.m. - Gallagher Center

    Enjoy a casual and interactive reception with other students and families as we highlight some of NU student musical talent and showcase some experiential international student trips and cultures.  Finger foods, cash bar acoustic entertainment will also be available.  During the reception make sure you get a “Clearly You Crystal”. A cutting edge 3D laser machine takes your picture and creates a beautiful image in the center of flawless, clear optical crystal! This custom, personalized treasure will last a lifetime! 

  • Family Challenge Game Show - 8 p.m - Dunleavy Hall, Room 127

    How well do you know each other? Prove it by participating in the “Family Challenge” game show. This promises to be a fun, entertaining evening with plenty of laughs! Winning teams walk away with cash prizes!  

Saturday, September 24

  • Comedy Magician Justin Willman & Taste of Western New York - 6-9:30 p.m. - Kiernan Center

    Enjoy food stations featuring some of Western New York's favorite foods:

    • Beef on Weck
    • Chicken Wings
    • Pierogi (A Western New York staple in the Polish community)
    • House Salad with Ken’s Salad Dressings available
    • Perry’s One Buffalo & Rock the Ralph Ice Cream sundae station
    • Loganberry drink w/ other non-alcoholic beverages

    Cash Bar
    Caricature artist 
    NU alumnus Zak Ward – Acoustic performance 
    Green Screen photo - Have your family picture taken!
    Alpha Art 

    Following the Taste of WNY, get a good seat by the stage for nationally known comedy magician Justin Willman!  Best known for his appearances on The Tonight Show, Ellen and Conan, Justin’s performance promises to provide a night filled with laughs and amazement. Host of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, Justin recently debuted his comedy/magic special Sleight of Mouth on Comedy Central. 

    The L.A. Times called him, “A new breed of comic who’s making magic cool again for grown-ups.”

    Check Justin out at

  • Saturday Afternoon Activities

    Take advantage of one or many of the below on campus and nearby community events and festivals occurring this weekend!

    Women's Club Rugby vs. SUNY Geneseo - 1 p.m. - Kiernan Fields
    NU Women's Division I Volleyball vs. Rider - 1 p.m. - Gallagher Center Gym
    NU Women's Division I Soccer vs. Quinnipiac - 1 p.m. - Niagara Field (behind Kiernan Center)
    Men's Club Rugby vs. SUNY Cortland - 1 p.m. - Kiernan Fields

    31st Annual Wildlife Festival - Sponsored by NYS Power Authority (located right next to campus)
    10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    33rd Annual Harvest Festival & Craft Show - Lewiston, NY (located only 4 miles from campus)
    10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Discover Niagara Shuttle - FREE shuttle to Area Attractions in Niagara Falls, Lewiston, & Youngstown
    9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

  • Parents Association (NUPA) Open Meeting - 12:30 p.m. - Gallagher Center Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)

    Learn the functions of this great group of Niagarans and see how you can get more involved.

  • Brunch - 9:30-11 a.m. or 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Clet Dining Commons

    Enjoy brunch with your student in the newly renovated Clet Dining Commons. The enhanced facility features presentation-style cooking, a variety of seating options, bold colors and design elements that create an inviting environment for NU students to gather.

Sunday, September 25

  • Continental Breakfast Reception - 12-1 p.m. - Gallagher Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)

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

    Join us for Sunday Mass. Open to all faiths! Mass will be officiated by Rev. James Maher, C.M, university president.