We attract students, faculty, and staff from every part of the world. Come learn about the different cultures that make up our global community. We want you to be at home in the world here at NC State! Watch some of our amazing students as they perform and share talents from all the continents we call home.​


NC State and the local community are committed to sustainability, and we want to showcase how the University is leading the way. In the Green Zone, find out about the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences and how many campus student organizations are making a difference in the community, view alternative vehicles, and learn more about how you can be green friendly and live a healthier lifestyle. New Belgium Brewing has also joined the Green Zone and will be rolling out the new Old Tuffy Lager.


Come and meet the people that keep NC State University and the Raleigh safe! In the Public Safety Zone, you’ll have a chance to interact with the brave men and women of the NC State PD, Raleigh PD, Raleigh Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services, and the Armed Forces. Don’t miss your chance to see a real fire truck. This year we will also feature one of the FedEx race cars.


Community service and civic engagement is at the core of our identity here at NC State. Participate in a hands on service with our #PackthePantry food drive, register to vote with the Wake County Board of Elections, and find out how you can get involved with a number of campus and community organizations throughout the year, all of this happening in our Service Zone!


The Play Zone will feature water activities, including a roaring rapids water slide and the rampage slide, so bring your bathing suit and towel! Have you ever wanted to kick a field goal or do a flip on a trampoline? You can try your hand with our sports attractions. Learn to shoot a hockey puck with the Carolina Hurricanes or tee off on the golf range with Drive Shack. Our own Wellness & Recreation department will help get you in the mood to be active.


Dance, song, boat races, chalk, and theatre will all be a part of our Arts Zone. Whether you enjoy mixed media or live performances we will have something for you. This will also be a great time to connect with arts opportunities on campus. Featured this year will be a performance area to listen to smooth voices, watch amazing dancers, or listen to some comedy.


NC State has a rich athletic history. Experience the tradition by meeting Wolfpack athletes. Learn about game day activities, the loyalty program and The Wolfpack Club. We will also be able to meet your NC State apparel needs with local stores on hand as well. This Zone would not be complete without our amazing Alumni Association and tours of the NC State Belltower with the famed Dr. Tom Stafford.


Packapalooza will feature food vendors of all sorts along the street in multiple places. Get sweet treats, savory dishes, and drinks of all sorts from 2-10:30 p.m. We also want you to visit all of the restaurants along Hillsborough Street. There is something for everyone. ATMs for cash are available within the event footprint (service fees may apply).


Our Young Alumni Zone is situated in the center of the venue footprint on Chamberlain Street right across from the Coke Stage. Raleigh Brewing is our sponsor and has been a long time partner of Live It Up Hillsborough Street and NC State for Packapalooza. Come join our young alums and hang out talking with friends and listening to music.


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