Spring Family Weekend

Welcome to Puget Sound! We're so glad you're with us. 

Spring Family Weekend is a UPS tradition that's been going on for years. Every year, we students put together a host of cool and exciting events (including many that we perform in!) to give you a taste of what being a student is like. On this page, you'll find events we organized and are performing in, or cool things around town that you might like. Enjoy your time with us! 


Wednesday, April 5

T.S. Monk, Jr. with the UPS Jazz Orchestra

Location: Blue Mouse Theater

Time: 7:30pm

It’s National Jazz Appreciation Month and Tacoma is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of the legend Thelonious Monk.

On the eve of what would have been Thelonious Monk’s 100th birthday, his son T. S. carries on his father’s legacy in the groundbreaking “Monk On Monk” 16-piece configuration. Whether newly discovered compositions by his father or the legendary songs such as ‘Round Midnight’, the music is overpowering, swinging, and timeless - just see the reviews!

T. S. Monk’s tribute to his iconic father, Monk On Monk, garnered numerous awards, critical praise, and fan acclaim. Guest artists came from around the world to celebrate Monk paternis and pay homage to the man who many have claimed as the “High Priest of Bebop” and the “Father of Modern Jazz”. In his ten-piece ensemble, taken with the instrumentation Thelonious himself employed in his legendary Town Hall concert, T. S. Monk performs unknown compositions he discovered several years ago, as he documented his father’s material.

Tickets are $12 General Public.

Thursday, April 6th

Jose Antonio Vargas

Location: Kilworth Chapel

Time: TBD

In June 2011, the New York Times Magazine published a groundbreaking essay in which JOSE ANTONIO VARGAS revealed and chronicled his life in America as an undocumented immigrant. A year later, he appeared on the cover of TIME magazine worldwide with fellow undocumented immigrants as part of a follow-up cover story he wrote. He then produced and directed Documented, a documentary feature film on his undocumented experience. It world premiered at the AFI Docs film festival in Washington, D.C. in 2013, was released theatrically and broadcast on CNN in 2014, and received a 2015 NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary. Documented is now available on various digital platforms.

Friday, April 7th

Band Performance

Location: Outside Safeway/The Met

Time: 4-6:30pm

Details TBD


The Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Co. with UPS’s Ubiquitous They and UPS Improv Performance Groups

Location: Blue Mouse Theater, Proctor

Time: 7:30pm

Upright Citizens Brigade TourCo brings the best improv comedians from the legendary Upright Citizens Brigade Theatres in New York and Los Angeles to new audiences all around the country. The UCB Theatre - founded by Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh - has been home to some of the biggest stars in comedy today. From TV shows like Broad City, Saturday Night Live, Silicon Valley, Veep, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, to films such as Bridesmaids, The Hangover, and The Heat, our performers are everywhere. Not to mention the writing rooms of Key and Peele, the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Inside Amy Schumer, and many more. They’ll be supported by some of the improvisational talents at University of Puget Sound.  

Advance tickets: $8 General Public

For advance tickets, go to tickets.pugetsound.edu, beginning March 10, or call the UPS Information Center, 253-879-3100.

Presented by ASUPS Performing Arts

Art - Isabella Gresser and Student-curated Abby Williams Hill

Time: All day April 7th, 2017

Location: Kittredge Gallery


Saturday, April 8th

Proctor Farmers Market

Location: N. 27th & Proctor

Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm

Rain, Snow, or Shine

Sports - Home Games

  • Men’s Tennis against Whitman @ 10:00am & 1:00pm

  • Softball against Linfield @ 12:00pm & 2:00pm

  • Baseball against Willamette @ 12:00pm & 3:00pm

  • Women’s Lacrosse against Linfield @ 12:00pm

Music - Opera Scenes

Time: 7:30pm

Location: Schneebeck Concert Hall

Director: Dawn Padula

Contact: Office of Public Events, 253.879.3555, events@pugetsound.edu

Tickets: Available at the Info Center, by Phone at 253-879-3100, Online at tickets.pugetsound.edu, and at the door.

  • $15 General Admission
  • $10 Students, Seniors, Military, UPS Faculty & Staff
  • $6 UPS Students


Theater - Senior Theatre Festival B: “The Pillowman” by Martin Mcdonagh

TimeApril 8th at 2:00pm & 7:30pm

Location: Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall

When a writer is arrested for their stories coinciding with the murders of children, a story of freedom of speech versus government censorship ensues. Katurian is fighting not only for his brother and his freedom, but for the chance for his stories to be saved while at the same time dealing with the demons of his past and the horror that his brother endured.

Content Warnings: gunshots, child abuse, child murder, death onstage, excessive violence, mental illness

  • Director: Courtney Seyl

  • Dramaturg / Ariel: Jenna Deml

  • Katurian: John Miller Giltner

  • Tupolski: Justin Brush

Contact: Office of Public Events, 253.879.3555, events@pugetsound.edu

Tickets: Available at the Info Center, by Phone at 253-879-3100, Online at tickets.pugetsound.edu, and at the door.

  • $8 General Admission
  • $6 Students, Seniors, Military, UPS Faculty & Staff




For the 47th year University of Puget Sound students are bringing the warmth, rhythm, and beauty of Polynesia to Tacoma, with an invitation to the 2017 Spring Lūʻau.

The Saturday, April 8th event will include a Hawaiian dinner and an internationally inspired stage show, with traditional dances from Pacific Ocean cultures. The university’s Spring Lūʻau is one of the biggest celebrations of Polynesian culture in the state, attracting nearly 1,000 people each year.

Dinner will be served from 5:00 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. in the Wheelock Student Center, near the Alder Street entrance to campus. The stage show will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Memorial Fieldhouse, near the corner of Union Avenue and N. 11th Street.

The organizers, the university’s Ka Ohana me ke Aloha student club, have chosen the theme this year of Aia Ka Home Me Ka Pu`uwai, or “home is where the heart is.” For more than four decades, Puget Sound students have shared the aloha spirit through song, dance, food, and story. Over those years Spring Lūʻau has often narrated stories of Hawaiian gods and goddesses, representing perseverance, unity, and love. This year the Aia Ka Home Me Ka Pu`uwai theme encourages students and visitors alike to reminisce about family, friends, and experiences in Hawaii and on the campus of Puget Sound.

“Home can mean a myriad of places for many different people,” said Austin Chikamoto ’17, president of Ka Ohana Me Ke Aloha. “Home can mean where one has spent their childhood, or where one has moved after their college experience, or for the students, right here at the University of Puget Sound.”

Music during the dinner will be provided by Northwest Blend, a local group specializing in Hawaiian infused music, who include the use of four-part harmonies in their songs. The show will include numerous dances from cultures including Hawaiian and Tahitian, as well as colorful island dresses and general Aloha attire.

Lūʻau Dinner: 5:00pm - 6:20 pm, Wheelock Student Center

Lūʻau Show: 6:30pm, Memorial Fieldhouse


General Admission:

  • Combo - Show and Dinner: $20
  • Show only: $10
  • Dinner only: $11

Puget Sound Campus Members, Seniors, and those 12 and under:

  • Combo - Show and Dinner: $15
  • Show only: $8
  • Dinner only: $9

To pay with credit card call Wheelock Information Center at 253.879.3100.

To order online go to: tickets.pugetsound.edu

Tickets can be picked up on the day of Lūʻau, 10 am-6:30 pm, at the information Desk in Wheelock Student Center, or 5:30pm-6:30pm at the box office in Memorial Fieldhouse

For more information, send an email to: luautix@pugetsound.edu