Event Information

August 20, 2016

  • 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Hillsborough Street (from Brooks Street to the roundabout near the Memorial Belltower)
  • Free and open to the public

Packapalooza Public Site Map 2015

Persons with a disability who desire any assistive devices, services, or other accommodations to participate in this program should email us at packapalooza@ncsu.edu.  Someone will be in touch to discuss accommodations.

Components of the Festival

Throughout the day you will have opportunities to learn about NC State’s traditions, including the history of the Belltower and what makes it chime. We’ll also show how we are making an academic impact on the world around us.

A festival would not be complete without food. Restaurants and merchants along Hillsborough Street are looking forward to being a part of NC State’s annual Packapalooza Festival. There will also be Fair foods like turkey legs, roasted corn, and deep-fried candy bars.

The weather for Packapalooza is going to be steamy, so we will have various locations along Hillsborough Street distributing free water. The Sports Zone will have a sustainable Blue Green Water filtration trailer. Feel free to bring your own refillable water bottles.

Green Zone

NC State and the local community are committed to sustainability, and we want to showcase how the University is leading the way. Take a look at an alternative vehicle showcase, learn something about recycling, or just hang out in the misting tent.

Arts Zone

Paint, clay, chalk, theater, and fire hooping will all be a part of our Arts Zone. Whether you enjoy mixed media or dance we will have something for you. This will also be a great time to connect with local artisans. Tell us what you want to do before you die on our visual “Before I Die” project.

Wolfpack Zone

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.

Play Zone

The Play Zone will feature water activities, including a roaring rapids water slide and a huge water balloon battle, so bring your bathing suit and towel! You can also try your hand at chipping golf balls, hitting baseballs, playing video games, laser tag, or bouncing on a bungee trampoline. Our own University Recreation department will help get you in the mood to be active.

International Zone

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.


Have you ever seen a fire truck up close? How about a police canine dog? We will have just the opportunity for you to engage with our Public Safety partners in the City of Raleigh and on campus. You will also have the opportunity to engage with police, EMS, and military organizations. NC State prides itself on being a leader in public safety!