Schedule of Events

Family Weekend 2019 will be held September 20-22. Scroll down to see last year's schedule, to see the types of activities offered during this weekend. The 2019 schedule will be developed during the spring and summer months and posted when available. Begin making plans now to attend Family Weekend 2019, September 20-22!

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Friday, Sept. 21

8:45 a.m.–4:45 p.m.

Luther Book Shop open Dahl Centennial Union, main floor

10:30 a.m.

Chapel Center for Faith and Life (CFL), Main Hall

Preacher:  Ashalul Aden '20, Interfaith Storytelling
Ms. Aden, a Luther junior from Rochester, Minn., received the Rising Star Award from Interfaith Youth Core at their summer Interfaith Leadership Institute in Chicago.

7:30 p.m.

Center Stage Series: Cristina Pato Quartet, CFL, Main Hall
Spanish bagpiper Cristina Pato turns up the wattage on the traditionally Celtic instrument to deliver a repertoire that’s intense, joyful, wild, and ebullient. Expect an evening of richly layered, fast-paced music as Pato and her high-energy quartet fuse Latin, jazz, pop, and contemporary music into one exhilarating performance. Parents will receive by email a promo code to purchase discounted tickets at tickets.luther.edu.

Saturday, Sept. 22

Information

Visitors can pick up a schedule of events and information about area attractions in the Dahl Centennial Union Lobby, 9:00 a.m.-noon.

Cafeteria Dahl Centennial Union, lower level
Continuous service from 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Marty’s Dahl Centennial Union, lower level
Short-order items, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

Nordic Brew Dahl Centennial Union, lower level
Espresso drinks, gourmet pastries, ice cream, 7:00 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

8:00 a.m.-noon

Parents Council fall meeting
For members of Luther's Parents Council.

8:00 a.m.-noon

Pancake Feed St. Benedict Parish Hall, 307 W. Main St., Decorah
Luther's Habitat for Humanity chapter is hosting a pancake fundraiser for their spring break service trip and Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity. Luther students give back to Winneshiek County by participating in local builds, working at nearby Habitat Re-Stores, and using their spring break to serve around the country. Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $5 for ages 5-12, no charge for under 5; all are welcome to attend. Tickets can be purchased at Luther's Ticket Office or at the event. Questions? Contact [email protected]

9:00-10:30 a.m.

Luther trails hike meet in front of Dahl Centennial Union
Come for a leisurely hike on the trail system through Luther's native habitats, including oak woodlands and tallgrass prairies.  Student interns will talk about the stewardship work they do to maintain and improve the quality of our natural areas, including tree plantings, prairie and woodland management, and ongoing projects such as non-native invasive species control.  A great hike for those who want to enjoy the fall weather and native habitats in Iowa's driftless region.  Wear footwear appropriate for light hiking.

9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Admissions Visitor Center open Dahl Centennial Union 204
Email [email protected] for more information.

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Luther Book Shop open Dahl Centennial Union, main floor

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Vesterheim Museum open 502 W. Water St., Decorah
Vesterheim Museum invites Luther families to come and see the collection that began at Luther in 1877. Admission is always free for Luther students, faculty, and staff, and for museum members.**  From 10:00-5:00, folk-art demonstrators, guides, and greeters will be current or former Luther staff, faculty, or students. Special exhibits on view at the museum include Spoons: Carving. Community.; Rocks and Hard Places: Emigration Through the Lens of Knud Knudsen; and Christian Midjo: Choose Your Own Artventure.

**This year's event is part of Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live!, which will provide two free tickets to Vesterheim if tickets are printed from http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-live-2018/.

9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Kayak/canoe trips on the Upper Iowa River. Sponsored by Luther's Recreational Services department. Sign-up began August 29: https://www.luther.edu/recservices/outdoor-recreation/fallevents/.
The weekend kayak/canoe trips have been canceled due to high water. We regret the inconvenience.

Noon

Women's golf, Luther Invitational Oneota Golf and Country Club

12:30 p.m.

Concert Band and Jazz Orchestra concert CFL Main Hall

1:00 p.m

Football vs. Loras College Carlson Stadium Legacy Field

1:00-2:30 p.m.

Ballroom/Swing Dance Club Regents Center, indoor track
Come see what's new in competitive and social dance at Luther's ballroom/swing dance club showcase event. Join in the fun with some social dancing and a short lesson.

1:00-5:00 p.m.

Kayak/canoe trips on the Upper Iowa River. Sponsored by Luther's Recreational Services department. This trip is full, as are the Saturday 9:30 a.m. and Sunday noon trips, but you may continue to sign up for those, as the wait lists are short.

The weekend kayak/canoe trips have been canceled due to high water. We regret the inconvenience.

2:00 p.m.

Volleyball vs. College of St. Benedict Regents Center

2:00-3:00 p.m.

Reception for First-Generation College Students and Families Center for the Arts Atrium
Enjoy treats and beverages and the opportunity to share in community at this event. President Paula J. Carlson and Dean Corey Landstrom will offer a welcome. Students will receive invitations by email.

2:30 p.m.

Treats, texts, and treasures: a scavenger hunt Preus Library
Participate in a library scavenger hunt, win prizes, and enjoy delicious treats at Preus Library.

4:00 p.m.

Catholic Mass Baker Village, Shirley Baker Commons
Presider: Father Donald Hertges, Luther College chaplain and St. Benedict Church, Decorah, pastor

5:00–6:00 p.m.

Senior class reception Dahl Centennial Union, Peace Dining Room
All seniors and their families are invited to this informal event, which has become a tradition for the Luther community. Invitations with RSVP instructions were sent to parents in August and students in September. Register here.

7:00 p.m.

Family Weekend concert CFL Main Hall
The premiere of several campus vocal and instrumental groups:

  • Collegiate Chorale
  • Cathedral Choir
  • Aurora (first-year women)
  • Norsemen (first-year men)
  • Wind and Percussion Ensemble
  • Varsity Band

8:45-10:00 p.m.

Soda Shoppe and Jazz Night Dahl Centennial Union, Marty's
Purchase ice cream treats served by Luther students. Entertainment provided by Luther Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Band. Sponsored by SAC Special Events.

Sunday, Sept. 23

Information

Cafeteria Dahl Centennial Union, lower level
Continuous service, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Nordic Brew Dahl Centennial Union, lower level
Espresso drinks, gourmet pastries, ice cream, 7:00 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

Marty’s Dahl Centennial Union, lower level
Short-order items, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Luther Book Shop Dahl Centennial Union, main floor

10:00 a.m.

Family Weekend worship CFL Main Hall
Students, families, and guests are welcome to join the Luther congregation and celebrate Holy Communion.
Preacher:    Mike Blair, college pastor          Music: Nordic Choir

10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Peace Sunday brunch Dahl Centennial Union, second floor
Reservations are recommended; call 563.387.1514. Please check in at the Dahl Centennial Union lobby Sunday after 9:45 a.m. All members of party must be present before you will be seated. Cost: $14.50 for adults; $6.75 for children ages 5-10; no charge for children under age 5; $12 for Luther students. Prices subject to change.

Noon

Women's golf, Luther Invitational Oneota Golf and Country Club

Noon-4:00 p.m.

Kayak/canoe trips on the Upper Iowa River. Sponsored by Luther's Recreational Services department. Sign-up began August 29: https://www.luther.edu/recservices/outdoor-recreation/fallevents/
The weekend kayak/canoe trips have been canceled due to high water. We regret the inconvenience.

Family weekend pre-dinner
Luther natural areas
Family weekend visit with President Carlson