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A traditional part of family weekend is enjoying WSU and surrounding communities. Support local Pullman businesses by checking out events and promotional offers.

Family Pet Photo Competition

WSU Women*s Center

Sept. 25-Oct. 5 | Taking submissions through Oct. 5

These are the (mostly) quiet family members that bring us joy. Let's take this weekend to show them off and see who walks, slithers, swims, or just sits there with bragging rights. Submit your story and photo by October 5.

Cost: Free | Winner will be announced on Oct. 9!


Fall Family Weekend Coloring Competition

Compton Union Building

Oct. 5-11 | Submissions close 7:00 p.m. (PT), Oct. 11

Color one of the pictures provided and submit for judging, we're choosing multiple winners who'll win WSU gear! Participants can pick up color packets in-person at the WSU Pullman CUB Info Desk and return their final masterpieces to the CUB Info Desk by 7:00 p.m. on Oct. 11. You can also participate virtually and submit your coloring sheet online. One Submission per person.

Cost: Free | Participate in-person or virtually! Submissions open now until Oct. 11 at 7:00 p.m. (PT)

Living with Race in South Africa

International Programs

Oct. 7-11 | Pre-recorded, enjoy anytime!

Join our panel discussion about growing up with race in Apartheid South Africa, and present-day South Africa, with South African best-selling authors and speakers.

Cost: Free | View on our YouTube Channel

Engage the World Ghana Feature with Jacob Babb

International Programs

Oct. 7-11 | Pre-recorded, enjoy anytime!

As part of WSU's International Center's Engage the World Series, Jacob Babb takes us through what it's like to be a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, West Africa.

Cost: Free | View our pre-recorded discussion

Poetry Reading by James Asare

International Programs

Oct. 7-11 | Pre-recorded, enjoy anytime!

Engage with James Asare, a WSU Ph.D. mathematician and poetry enthusiast, as he shares what family means to him in his home country of Ghana, West Africa!

Cost: Free | View our pre-recorded discussion

Nitivia Jones Peace Corps in Georgia

International Programs

Oct. 7-11 | Pre-recorded, enjoy anytime!

WSU's International Programs' own Nitivia Jones takes us through what it was like being a Peace Corps Volunteer in Georgia (no, not the state, the country).

Cost: Free | View our pre-recorded discussion

Celtic Mythology: Creatures of Old

International Programs - International Center

Oct. 7-11 | Pre-recorded, enjoy anytime!

This presentation explores the mythological creatures - faeries, water horses, pixies, etc. - from Scottish, Irish, and other Celtic folklore. Whether they are guardians or terrifying monsters, the stories of their antics are intriguing!

Cost: Free | View on our YouTube Channel

WSU Global Cougs: Students Who Have Studied Abroad

International Programs - Global Learning

Oct. 7-11 | Pre-recorded, enjoy anytime!

Meet the WSU Global Learning Peers! They have traveled the world and put together a beautiful montage of their collective travels. Cougs Travel!

Cost: Free | View our pre-recorded discussion

Virtual Fitness Classes

University Recreation

Oct. 9-11 | Multiple classes per day starting from 7:10 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (PT)

Bring your fam to a fitness class, we invite everyone to join our Fitness Fam while having fun with yours! Click on the classes to join all throughout the weekend (make sure you have a Zoom account and access via desktop or mobile applications, not the web browser).

Cost: Free| View all our Virtual Fitness Classes and register!

Family Mini Golf for WSU Family Weekend

Airway Hills Golf Center

Oct. 9-11 | Anytime between 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. (PT)

Families can enjoy some outdoor mini-golf with each other at Airway Hills! This fun, beautiful mini-golf course will have your family smiling from ear to ear!

Cost: Ticket prices vary | Contact us for more information

Family Indoor Simulator Golf

Airway Hills Golf Center

Oct. 9-11 | Anytime between 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. (PT)

Families can enjoy some indoor simulator golf with each other at Airway Hills! This is a great way to stay out of the rain and enjoy time together!

Cost: $40/hr | Please call us to set up a tee-time

Thursday, October 8

In these challenging times, we are all looking for some hope and good news. The School of Music Faculty Artist Series recital, In His Hand: Songs of Inspiration, was designed with that in mind. Julie Anne Wieck, soprano, and Elena Panchenko, piano will present a program including selections from Henry Purcell’s Harmonia Sacra, Hugo Wolf’s Mörike Lieder, Georges Bizet’s Carmen, and Theron Kirk’s Prayers from the Ark. Tune in for some beautiful music and a time for renewal.

Cost: Free | Join us on YouTube for this live stream event.

Friday, October 9

Supporting Your Coug Through Uncertain Times: Tips, Considerations, and Resources from A Family Systems Perspective

WSU Tri-Cities Counseling Services

Oct. 9 | 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. (PT)

WSU Tri-Cities’ Counseling Services will be offering a flash talk that addresses mental health aspects that impact students during a pandemic. Counseling Services will be offering clinical insight into how to identify distress symptoms, how to advocate for your student’s well-being, and how to cultivate supportiveness. Afterward, staff from the campus will be available to answer your questions about campus services and activities this fall.

Cost: Free | Join our Zoom Meeting on Oct. 9 at 12:00 p.m. (PT), passcode: 425043

Coffee Hour featuring Macau, China

International Programs-International Center

Oct. 9 | 3:00-4:00 p.m. (PT)

Come take a virtual trip to Macau, China with us in the International Center via Zoom! Learn all about this unique region of China. When the pandemic is over, this will be a visit you will need to add to your bucket list!

Cost: Free Join our Zoom discussion Oct. 9, 3:00 p.m. (PT) Meeting ID: 918 4752 4753, passcode: 997008

German Conversation Table

International Programs-International Center

Oct. 9 | 4:00-5:00 p.m. (PT)

Come join our German Conversation Table and visit with others in German! Everyone is welcome, from beginners to native speakers. Meet new people, practice your German speaking skills, and have a good time!

Cost: Free | Join our Zoom discussion Oct. 9, 4:00 p.m. (PT) Meeting ID: 758 491 4259, passcode: deutsch

Ever wonder why there are certain rules and regulations in the outdoors? What is wilderness anyways? Why can’t I fly my drone, bring my dog, have a fire at a lake, or camp without a permit? Come learn about the behind-the-scenes work of caring for Washington’s public land and learn how you can help whether at Kamiak Butte, Mount Rainer National Park or in the Enchantments!

Cost: Free | Register for this free event on Zoom

Join UREC for virtual cooking demonstrations over Zoom. We'll go through step by step instructions to make homemade Chicken Pot Pie. It is free to join via zoom, but ingredients will not be provided. A list of necessary ingredients will be posted on the registration site by 10/5. Reach out to for any questions.

Cost: Free to attend but you'll need to purchase ingredients | View list of ingredients and register

Join fellow Coug families and a few WSU ‘celebrities’ for a Coug Spirit paint night. These take and make kits include a 12X12 sign, paints, supplies instructions & a link for a live zoom workshop. Just choose your design, and check out. Please allow 3-5 business days for order processing

Cost: $15 per kit | Register and purchase your paint kit.

Oboe Tapas

WSU School of Music

Oct. 9 | 7:30-8:30 p.m. (PT)

Oboe Tapas is a recital “redefined” that will engage listeners’ senses of sound, sight, and taste. WSU professor, Keri E. McCarthy, will perform a dynamic recital of music for solo oboe with food and art pairings for audience members participating from the comfort of their own homes. Cook up the recommended meal courses in advance, and enjoy sounds, flavors, and visual “tastes” of artwork from the past thousand years. Download the program’s Menu and Shopping List to prepare in advance.

Cost: Free | Visit our YouTube channel on Oct. 9th at 7:30 p.m. (PT) to participate in the live-streamed event.

Saturday, October 10

Lockdown Fitness w/ Olivia

University Recreation

Oct. 10 | 10:00-11:00 a.m. (PT)

If 2020 has taught us anything, it's the value of being resourceful. Find more resourceful ways to continue being active at home and on the move. In this workshop join Olivia Shafer, a NESTA Nationally certified personal trainer as she helps you invoke your creativity and show you that you can utilize anything and everything to achieve a great workout without leaving your house or spending lots of money on gym equipment!

Cost: Free | Register for Lockdown Fitness w/ Olivia via Zoom

Join WSU Executive Chef Jamie Callison and host Tony Thompson in this special WSU Family Weekend competition! Grab your favorite pan, a couple of eggs, and your phone or camera to record and submit your best attempt at an omelet flip. Then, tune in to the live virtual event featuring WSU President Kirk Schulz and Butch T. Cougar himself!

Cost: Free | Submit your video! Submission deadline is Oct. 7 by 10 p.m. (PT)

ROAR Showcase

WSU Roar

Oct. 10 | 10 a.m. (PT)

Students in the WSU ROAR program will present to their families regarding the progress of the ROAR program.

Cost: Free | To register, please contact

Communication is a two-way street. Join this workshop to strengthen your communication, and learn about communication styles. We'll explore where communication fits within your life, common barriers to communication, and steps to move forward.

Cost: Free | Register for this virtual workshop.

WSU students’ parents, advocates, and chosen family are all celebrated as part of the Cougar Family. For nearly 70 years, we've recognized parents and family members that have made a distinct impact on their child’s collegiate experience at Washington State University. Nominations for Fall Awards close Sept. 30.

The top 50 nominees will receive a registration link for a recognition ceremony to celebrate the winner. 

Join your fellow Coug families for happy hour and learn how to craft your own cocktail! Our professional mixologist will virtually guide you through the steps to create two delicious fall cocktails and one cocktail. Cocktail kits will be shipped directly to your home with all of the ingredients (including alcohol). Please note: alcoholic options will only be provided to those who are 21+. Shipping alcohol is not available to UT, OH, OK, AK, and HI.

Cost: $29.99+ | Register and view cocktail options.

Family Weekend Trivia

University Recreation

Oct. 10 | 7:00-8:00 p.m. (PT)

Participate in family trivia provided by WSU Intramural staff! Register as an individual or group to take on others in a battle of wits from the comfort of your home.

Cost: Free | Register for Family Weekend Trivia

Sunday, October 11

The Day of The Girl Summit, held at United Nations headquarters every year aims to bring together organizations that serve girls to further the advancement of their human rights. In a global takeover‚ stories are shared on social media with the hashtags #girlstakeover #dayofthegirl and #girlhero!

Cost: Free | Learn more about International Day of the Girl. 


Coug Spirit Paint Day (SOLD OUT)

Division of Student Affairs

Oct. 11 | 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (PT)

Join fellow Coug families and a few WSU ‘celebrities’ for a Coug Spirit paint day. These take and make kits are all ready to be shipped to your home. They include a 12X12 sign, paints, supplies instructions & a link for a live zoom workshop. Just choose your own design. Please allow 3-5 business days for order processing.

Cost: $15 per kit | Register and purchase your paint kit.