September 21-22, 2019

Join us for Family Days, Saturday and Sunday, Sept, 21-22!  Families are invited to the beautiful Viterbo University campus to participate in Service Saturdays, a  fun and family-friendly Mission ImPROVable performance, tours of the breathtaking Mary of the Angels chapel, parent-family events, What's New @ VU tours, and much more.  We also encourage you to check out the beautiful and historic downtown La Crosse, the mighty Mississippi, and the bluff trails surrounding our city while you're here. A complete Family Days schedule will be posted in late August, but a sample of the events offered can be found below.

Help us prepare for your arrival by signing up here for this year's Family Days activities!

Here's a sneak peak of some of the things happening during Family Days:

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019

9 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Family Days Information - Student Union (702 Franciscan Way)
Stop by the Student Union Front Desk to get your questions answered and to pick up Family Day schedules.

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Service Saturday and Reflective Lunch
Families are encouraged to participate in Service Saturday, a staple at Viterbo University. You will get a chance to serve at one of several locations in La Crosse, learn about our amazing community partners, and enjoy lunch as we reflect together afterwards. Online sign-up is required for this and other Service Saturday events - please click here to sign up for a site.

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Campus Bookstore Open - Student Union
Come purchase some VU gear for the entire family.

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Family Days Lunch - The Caf
Enjoy lunch in the Caf.

1-2 p.m. Outside Scoop for Students & Sibs - Marian Courtyard (rain location: Hawk's Nest)
Students and their siblings get to relax in the Marian Courtyard, play outdoor games, and enjoy some ice cream (dairy-free options available).

1-2 p.m. Inside Scoop for Parents and Families - Student Union Lobby
Parents and families are invited to join University staff and administrators for information about key areas of interest, including scholarship, internships, career services, and more.  Ice cream (including dairy-free options) and answers will be served.

2-3 p.m. Mary of the Angels Chapel Tour - St. Rose Convent 
Enjoy a tour of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration's beautiful St. Mary of the Angel's chapel, located just across the street from the Assisi Courtyard on Franciscan Way.  Don't miss this opportunity to view a local gem styled after the classic cathedrals found throughout Europe.

8 p.m. Mission ImPROVable! - Fine Arts Center Recital Hall
This is a free event, and all students and families (and siblings!) are welcome. Space will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis. No ticket required! Enjoy the comedic stylings of Mission Improvable, an outrageously funny improv group. This program will have your entire family laughing, and is kid-friendly.

Looking to head downtown?  Check out the following events:

8 a.m.-1 p.m. Cameron Park Farmer's Market
Check out the weekly Farmer's Market and everything it has to offer.

12:15 p.m. Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Tour the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe located in La Crosse. Take a walk on their paved meditation trail through the beautiful Wisconsin bluff side. In addition to the many beautiful chapels, statues, gardens, and devotional areas, the Shrine has a full service café and gift shop open daily. There is never a charge for visiting and everyone is welcome.

Sept 21-22: La Crosse Hmong New Year's Festival, West Salem Fairgrounds, Veteran's Memorial Park
Take in this wonderful cultural festival just a few miles up the road!

Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019

9 a.m.-11 a.m. Family Days Information - Student Union (702 Franciscan Way)
Stop by the Student Union Front Desk to get your questions answered and to pick up Family Day schedules.

9 a.m. What's New @ VU Tour - Assisi Courtyard (rain location: Brophy Center Room 123)
Hop on a tour with student tour guides and University Vice Presidents to see What's New @ VU!  Meet at the Dancing Francis statue, on the Franciscan Way side of Assisi Courtyard, to start our tour.

10 a.m. Parents Reception - Brophy Center (Dahl School of Business) Room 123
Join Viterbo staff and other parents and family members for doughnuts, coffee, juice, and conversation.

11 a.m. Catholic Mass - San Damiano Chapel

5 p.m. Family-Style Dinner in the Caf (available for purchase or through students' V-Hawk Bucks/guest passes). RVSPs are required for all attendees and can be submitted via this link.


Hotel Information 

Ask about a Viterbo visitor's rate when you book at the following hotels:

Fairfield Inn and Suites
434 3rd St S, La Crosse, WI 54601
P: 608-782-1491

Candlewood Suites La Crosse
56 Copeland Avenue | La Crosse, WI
P: 608.785.1110