Looking for something to do during the nearly eight-hour stretch between ESPN’s College GameDay broadcast and the scheduled kickoff for the matchup between 12th‑ranked Oregon and No. 25 Washington State?
From a visit to Ferdinand’s, WSU’s gourmet ice cream shop, to bear viewing, wine tasting, and maybe even nine holes at the Palouse Ridge Golf Club, the Pullman campus and surrounding community have plenty to offer in addition the customary world-class tailgating.
Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe
Located in the Food Quality Building on the WSU Pullman campus, two blocks east of the new Biotech/Life Sciences building. Ice cream and the world-famous Cougar Gold cheese along with other delicious dairy items are made on site at WSU’s creamery.
Location: 2035 NE Ferdinand’s Lane.
Hours: Open until 4:30 p.m. Friday and from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
Schnitzer Museum of Art
This is Washington’s largest public fine-arts facility east of the Cascades. Built mostly with private donations, it features seven galleries and 14,000 square feet of exhibit space all within the giant, attention-grabbing red cube.
Location: Terrell Mall across from the CUB.
Hours: Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission.
Conner Museum of Natural History
This museum can trace its roots to 1894 and features the largest public display of taxidermy mounts of birds and mammals in the Pacific Northwest.
Location: 125 Abelson Hall on the WSU campus.
Hours: Open seven days a week 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bear Research, Education, and Conservation Center
During the non-hibernating period (approximately April–October), the bears are visible from a viewing area in the parking lot, and often can be seen foraging or playing in the exercise yard, splashing in their pool, or lounging in their outside runs. Learn more about the center, it’s proposed new facility and how you can help.
Location: Corner of Grimes Way and Terre View Drive.
Fieldhouse Food Fair
With several vendors offering beer, wine, soda, water, cocktails and food, along with multiple televisions, an on‑site The Bookie location and a friendly, open layout, the Hollingbery Fieldhouse Food Fair is a great place to meet fellow WSU fans, enjoy football games around the country and prepare for Cougar football gameday! Make your way to the north side of Hollingbery Fieldhouse two hours and 30 minutes before kickoff for the Cougar Prowl as coach Mike Leach and the Cougar football team arrive on campus and walk through Hollingbery Fieldhouse to the locker room before the game.
Location: Hollingbery Fieldhouse.
Hours: Opens three hours before kickoff.
Wine tasting at Visitor Center
The tasting will feature two wines each from WSU alumni wineries Gamache Vintners and Clearwater Canyon Cellars. Tasting tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at the door beginning at 3 p.m. The Brelsford WSU Visitor Center is located in downtown Pullman — an easy walk from campus.
Location: 150 E Spring Street.
Center Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
Wine Tasting: 3 to 7 p.m. Friday.
Compton Union Building
Barbeque and carvery items to be sold for a Kickoff event at 1:30 p.m. Family-fun entertainment, games, giveaways and affordable food will be available on the second floor of the CUB, in the M.G. Carey Senior Ballroom.
Location: Along Terrell Mall west of the south entrance to Martin Stadium.
Hours: The CUB will remain open 24 hours beginning Friday, with some food court vendors opening as early as 5 a.m.
Washington State looks to get back on track in Pac‑12 play after falling to both No. 2 Stanford, and California on the road last week. The Cougars, ranked 23rd nationally, will welcome No. 14 USC at 8 p.m. Friday, and No. 20 UCLA at noon Sunday, with both showdowns at Bohler Gym.
Location: Bohler Gym
Start Time: No. 14 USC at 8 p.m. Friday, and No. 20 UCLA at noon Sunday.
WSU men’s basketball open practice
Washington State University men’s basketball will hold a practice open to the public, Saturday, Oct. 20 at 12:30 p.m. in the basketball practice gym, P.E. Building 146. Fans will get a glimpse of WSU’s seven newcomers, two freshman and five junior college transfers. This season’s men’s basketball poster will be available to those in attendance and members of the men’s basketball team will be available to sign autographs following the conclusion of practice.
Location: Basketball practice gym, P.E. Building 146.
Start Time: 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Student Recreation Center
A $12 guest pass can be purchased for the weekend for anyone looking to hit the gym while they’re in town.
Location: On North Fairway Road, behind Beasley Coliseum and across from the tennis courts.
Hours: Open 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Palouse Ridge Golf Course
Carved into a broad expanse of rolling hills, Palouse Ridge Golf Club is one of America’s finest public-access courses. Special $95 offer for home football games, located along the east edge of the Pullman campus at 1260 Palouse Ridge Drive.
Location: 1260 Palouse Ridge Drive.
Tee Times: 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.
School of Music faculty and students perform regularly on the Pullman campus, and there’s two performances set for Friday.
- Second-year graduate student Raul E. Blanco will perform a selection of his own original compositions and arrangements of jazz piano. The performance is set for 3:10 to 4 p.m. Friday at the Kimbrough Music Building, and is made possible by WSU School of Music and the Jazz Society at WSU.
Location: Kimbrough Music Building
Hours: 3:10 to 4 p.m. Friday.
- The Faculty Artist Series features Brad Ard Opus 62, performing original works as well as selections from standard repertoire with his group ‘Fatt Jazz’. The quartet includes Dan Smith on drums, Dave Snider on bass and Mindy Ard on percussion. The performance is set for 8 to 10 p.m. in the Kimbrough Music Building. General admission: $10, students w/ cougar card free.
Location: Kimbrough Music Building
Hours: 8 to 10 p.m. Friday.
Multicultural Student Services BBQ
Tickets can be purchased before the event for $20 or $25 at the door. Children get in for $5. Washington State University’s Multicultural Student Services invites the community to a pre-game barbecue and raffle on Saturday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., at the ZZU Club + Grub in Pullman. Proceeds from the event will help WSU Dreamers renew their DACA status and support the Cougs Feeding Cougs Program which helps feed WSU food insecure students. Live performances from Brissa Folklórico Dance Group, a Samoan dance group, The Hawaii Club, God’s Harmony, Dan Maher, Broken Jukebox and Legado SN.
Location: ZZU Club + Grub in Pullman.
Hours: Saturday, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Pets and Petrol Donation
Pet items can be donated during the month of October. You can bring your items to this meet, donate to the shelters directly, or contact Katie Iverson to leave donations with her. Pets and tailgaters are welcomed.
Location: Sunnyside Park.
Hours: 12–3 p.m. Saturday.
Hotel Transylvania 3
Hotel Transylvania 3 will be shown multiple times through the weekend. Films are free with WSU CougarCard and $2 for guests in the CUB auditorium.
Location: CUB auditorium.
Hours: Showtimes are Friday–Saturday 6 & 9 p.m. Sunday 4 & 7 p.m.
Moscow Farmers Market
This award-winning market operates from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. along Main Street and Friendship Square in nearby Moscow, Idaho — just a short, 9‑mile drive east of Pullman along state Highway 270.
Location: Friendship Square (Moscow, ID).
Hours: 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday.
This popular civic gathering occurs in downtown Palouse, a scenic farm town 15 miles north of Pullman. Two haunted houses and a haunted hay ride are available as part of admission. All participants must be 12 years of age or older. No exceptions.
Location: Palouse, WA — 15 miles north of Pullman along state Highway 27.
Dates: Oct. 19, 20, 26, 27
Hours: Ticket sales are from 7 to 10 p.m. next to Banner Bank.
Shark Week 5K Saturday morning
A 5 kilometer race to raise money for WSU Shark Conservation Club’s shark tagging expedition, $20.
Location: Corner of NE Stadium Way and Ferdinand’s Lane.
Hours: 9 a.m. Saturday.