Destination Weekend

Inviting families, supporters, alumni and others to campus to celebrate all things Stout!
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Join Us at Stout!
April 5-6, 2024

Destination weekend invites supporters and families to campus to celebrate their student(s), enjoy a slate of academic events, and engage with the campus and community.  

Signature, highly sought after events such as Fashion Without Fabric; multiple academic showcases; and a theater production anchor this early April weekend. While some activities are ticketed, most activities do not require advance registration. (See the calendar below for further details.)

Indoor climbing image of student with headlamp
GLOW Climb invites guests to climb the walls by light of headlamps and glowsticks.

Friday, April 5, 2024

Graphic Design BrandLab Partnership Poster Exhibition

Led by Professor Nagesh Shinde, graphic design students design large-scale posters in partnership with The BrandLab, a nonprofit that's “[changing] the face and voice of the marketing industry...by creating more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplaces.” View the posters before they hit the road as part of a traveling exhibition!

Micheels Hall, Atrium | All Weekend
(Open to Public; No Registration Required)


Sidewalk Symposium

Student researchers partner with comics students to illustrate their research in the open air.

Outdoor Quad (between Bowman & Harvey Halls) | Noon–4:00 p.m.


Library Fun Map

Explore every nook and cranny of the University Library and enjoy its unique special collections, hands-on play areas, and exhibits such as the Board Game Collection, the Lego Collection, and various art exhibitions. (Maps available in the library lobby.)

Robert S. Swanson Library & Learning Center | Noon–9:00 p.m.
(Open to Public; No Registration Required)


Academic Open House

Join students, faculty, and staff across multiple buildings and labs to experience applied learning and research, view laboratories and equipment, and more! 

  • Interactive Printmaking Demonstration: Create your own Blue Devil print! (Micheels Hall Atrium)
  • Metals Jewelry Sale (Micheels Hall Atrium)
  • Additional events to be announced in March

Micheels Hall Atrium, Jarvis Science Wing & Heritage Hall | 2:00–4:00 p.m.
(Open to Public; No Registration Required)

Opening Reception

Metals & Fashion Exhibition: "In Motion"

Student Gallery, Applied Arts Building (Room 209) | 2:00–4:00 p.m.
(Open to Public; No Registration Required)


Free Climbing

Sports & Fitness Center (Room 56) | 3:00–9:30 p.m.
Glow climb begins at 8:00 p.m.
(Open to Public; No Registration or Experience Required)


Open Video Game Lab

Try 650+ vintage and new video game titles on one of our 17 gaming consoles, and try out a VR headset while you are in the lab!

Robert S. Swanson Library & Learning Center, Gaming & Innovation Lab (Room 103) | 3:00–5:00 p.m.
(Open to Public; No Registration Required)


Opening Reception

Artist Exhibition: "Entireverse"

View and celebrate the student creativity of Honors College student Dillan Olson in a newly developed exhibition space on the first floor of the University Library.

Robert S. Swanson Library & Learning Center, Art Lab | 3:00–5:00 p.m.
(Open to Public; No Registration Required)


Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony

UW-Stout Foundation Juried Student Art Exhibition

Awarded works will be featured on UW-Stout cards and scholarship reception materials. Refreshments will be served.

Louis Smith Tainter House | 4:00–5:00 p.m.
(Open to Public; No Registration Required)

Opening Reception

Drawing Exhibition: "Inspired by Mabel"

Featuring artwork created by first-year students from all of UW-Stout's six bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) programs.

Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, Upper-Level Gallery | 5:00–6:00 p.m.
(Open to Public; No Registration Required)


Blue Devil Productions & Involvement Center Presents

Movie Night: Wonka

Applied Arts Building, Room 210 | 6:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.
(Open to Public; Tickets Not Required: Seating First-Come, First-Serve)

Pickleball/Yard Games

Sports & Fitness Center (Room 41) (Outdoor, if Weather Permits) | 7:00–9:00 p.m.
(Open to Public; No Registration Required)


Stout Theatre Presents

"Dogfight"

Learn More About Stout Theatre

Harvey Hall Theatre | 7:30 p.m.
(Open to Public; Tickets Required)

Image of student at Fashion Without Fabric 2022 portraying Marie Antoinette
Fashion Without Fabric 2022

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Graphic Design BrandLab Partnership Poster Exhibition

Led by Professor Nagesh Shinde, graphic design students design large-scale posters in partnership with The BrandLab, a nonprofit that's “[changing] the face and voice of the marketing industry...by creating more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplaces.” View the posters before they hit the road as part of a traveling exhibition!

Micheels Hall, Atrium | All Weekend
(Open to Public; No Registration Required)


Academic Open House

Join students, faculty, and staff across multiple buildings and labs to experience and celebrate applied learning and research, view laboratories, equipment, and more!

  • Splash Photography Demonstrations: See how advertisements are created in product photography (Communications Technology Building | 10:00 a.m.–Noon)
  • Fashion Design Coat Exhibition (Fryklund Hall | 10:00 a.m.–Noon)
  • Social Sciences Activity (Harvey Hall, Fourth Floor | 1:00–2:00 p.m.)
  • Psychology in Action: Watch your brain in action. (Harvey Hall, Rooms 456, 479 & 480 | 1:00–2:00 p.m.)

Communication Technology Building, Fryklund Hall & Harvey Hall | 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
(Open to Public; No Registration Required)


StoutProud Bingo

Join us for a family-friendly afternoon of bingo and StoutProud-themed prizes! This popular event fills quickly, so arrive early to secure a seat.

Memorial Student Center, Terrace | 10:00 a.m.
(Open to Public; Free; No Registration Required)


Pickleball/Yard Games

Sports & Fitness Center (Room 41) (Outdoor, if Weather Permits) | 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
(Open to Public; No Registration Required)


Free Climbing

Sports & Fitness Center (Room 56) | Noon–4:00 p.m.
(Open to Public; No Registration or Experience Required)


Stout Amazing Race

Join us in our campus version of the popular TV show, Amazing Race. Be the fastest team to race around campus, solving puzzles and completing tasks. Teams should plan to start the one-hour race around campus by 3:00 p.m. to be sure they finish on time! (The race will be moved indoors in the case of inclement weather.)

Starting Location: Memorial Student Center, Involvement Porch | 2:00-4:00 p.m.
(Open to Public; No Registration Required)


Reception & Awards

Prometheus Reading: "Revival"

Celebrate the relaunch of UW-Stout's venerable student-published literary journal, Prometheus, which features prose, poetry, and visual art from talented Stout students across all programs. Join us in historic Harvey Hall for readings of the prize-winning pieces on this year's theme: “Revival.”

Harvey Hall, Coffee Shop | 3:00-4:00 p.m.
(Open to Public; No Registration Required)


Student Pop-Up Shop

Made@Stout

Browse and select from a wide array of student made creative and utilitarian items made by UW-Stout students from multiple programs and disciplines, including: Ceramic Guild Sale, Metals & Contemporary Jewelry Sale, Student Interior Design Organization (SIDO), Industrial Designer’s Society of America (IDSA), Retail Association Pop-up Shop, and the Comix Club.

Memorial Student Center, Lower Level | 4:00-7:00 p.m.


Fashion Without Fabric

Memorial Student Center, Great Hall | 7:00 p.m.
(Open to Public; Tickets Required)

Each year students compete for $3,000 in scholarships and awards, and we are grateful for supporters, alumni, and partners whose support enables us to continue to make this happen!

Note: This event sells out quickly. Tickets will be available to purchase in March 2024, with seating options at the runway in the Memorial Student Center Great Hall or in the Low Stimuli Room, an environment with reduced lighting and lower volume.

Learn More About Fashion Without Fabric


Stout Theatre Presents

"Dogfight"

Learn More About Stout Theatre

Harvey Hall Theatre | 7:30 p.m.
(Open to Public; Tickets Required)