NSU Family Day 2019 – Hosted by First Year Experience

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, September 28, 2019. Spend time on campus and in the Natchitoches community with your student. Arrive early Saturday to visit, shop and tour historic Natchitoches. 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 Nicholls 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.

*Reservations must be received by Friday, September 20th at noon to guarantee t-shirt sizes.  T-Shirts are available for purchase at $10/shirt.

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 | The Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band Rehearsal

Join us at Turpin Stadium for the game day rehearsal.

2:30 PM | 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.

3:00 PM | NSU Family Tailgate Party – Live Music, Exciting Events & Family Fun!

Tailgate at Turpin Stadium with live music, enjoy a variety of novelty acts, games, contests and activities for the entire family.

4:00 – 5:00 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.

5:30 PM | Pre-Game Pep Rally at the Tailgate Field

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

6:00 PM | Pre-Game Show and NSU Student and Sibling Run Out at Turpin Stadium

Siblings are invited to join their brother/sister on the field to form the tunnel for the Demon Football Team Run Out. Family seating will be available on the East Side student section of Turpin Stadium.

6:00 PM | Northwestern State vs Southeastern Louisiana 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.