Weekend nights with nothing to do? That’s not a thing anymore. With WVUp All Night, there’s always something to do.

Up All Night turns the Mountainlair into a participatory three-ring circus. Something interactive is always happening in the food court—a game show, maybe, or a band playing. “We work with the big entertainment companies to get giant laser tag in there sometimes,” says Sonja Wilson, senior programming administrator for the Division of Student Life. “It fits in the food court like a glove.” The Vandalia Lounge hosts a craft. “Students can walk in and make something and take it home with them. Build-A-Bear is really popular, and tie-dyeing is another activity students love.” There are tutoring and free bowling and billiards as well as movies and, sometimes, stand-up comedy. Not to mention plenty of free food.

Every weekend has a theme that’s carried through all of the activities. “We’re going to have a ’90s nostalgia weekend—we’ll have an Easy-Bake Oven Bake-Off, a ’90s game night, and have of one of those parachutes like you used in kindergarten,” Wilson says. “For Harry Potter weekend we’ll show one of the movies, the Quidditch Club will be on the plaza, we’ll have a Harry Potter dog costume contest, a butter beer station, and wand-making.”

WVUp All Night takes place from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. every Friday and Saturday night during the fall and spring semesters.

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Pam Kasey
Written by Pam Kasey
Pam Kasey has traveled, brewed, farmed, counseled, and renovated, but most loves to write. She has degrees in economics from the University of Chicago and in journalism from West Virginia University. She loves celebrating Morgantown and West Virginia as executive editor at New South Media.