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Northwestern State University invites you to join us for Family Day!

Family Day is designed for the members of your family – to visit your student’s home-away-from-home! Family Day will be held Saturday, October 16, 2021. Spend time on campus and in the Natchitoches community with your student. Game day activities, a family tailgate party, and Northwestern State football are highlights of the day.

Family Reservations

A complete Family Day package includes a ticket to the Northwestern State vs McNeese State University game, tailgate dinner, and a Family Day t-shirt. All inclusive packages are $30 per person. Tailgate dinner tickets, t-shirts, and game tickets may also be purchased individually. Children three years and older must have a ticket to attend the game. NSU students must have a ticket for the tailgate dinner. Close proximity game day parking will be $10 cash.

Student Reservations

Students reservations are required for tailgate dinner and t-shirts. Students will use their current NSU Student ID for admittance to the game.

Schedule of Events

10:00 AM | Shopping and Dining in Historic Downtown Natchitoches

Enjoy the sites of more than fifty historic homes and buildings, distinct shopping, and outstanding Louisiana dining (on your own).

11:00 AM | Family Day Check-In at the NSU Tailgate Field

Check-in at the Family Day Headquarters located on the east side of the Tailgate Field (behind the stadium). Pick up tailgate picnic tickets, game tickets, and t-shirts at this location.

11:30 AM | NSU Family Tailgate Party – Live Music, Exciting Events & Family Fun!

Tailgate next to Turpin Stadium with live music by the Drew Danzy Band, enjoy a variety of novelty acts, games, contests and activities for the entire family.

12:00 – 1:00 PM | Tailgate Picnic

The tailgate meal will include hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad and a drink. Individual dinner tickets may be purchased for $10.

2:00 PM | Pre-Game Pep Rally at the Tailgate Field

Show your Demon Spirit! Performances by the NSU Cheerleaders, Purple Pizazz Pom Line, Demon Dazzlers, and NSU Spirit of Northwestern pep band will get you ready to cheer for the Demons!

2:30 PM | Pre-Game Show

Siblings are invited to join their brother/sister on the field to form the tunnel for the Demon Football Team Run Out. You can sign up your Demons and Future Demons at Check-In. Family seating will be available on the East Side student section of Turpin Stadium.

3:00 PM | Northwestern State vs McNeese State University


For a complete listing of area hotels and bed and breakfast inns, please visit Natchitoches.com.

Several NSU student clubs and organizations will host family day programs during NSU Family Day. Double-check with your student for specific details on fraternity and sorority events, a visit to the residence hall, and other special programs.


Please email Kat Haymon, Director of First Year Experience, at haymonk@nsula.edu.