Event Information

August 19, 2017

  • 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 2016

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 Play Zone and Green Zone will have a large water containers. 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. In the Green Zone, find out about the College of Natural Resources and how CNR students are making a difference in the community, view alternative vehicles, and learn more about how you can be green friendly and healthy.

Arts Zone

Paint, clay, chalk, theatre, 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.

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 slip and slide, so bring your bathing suit and towel! Have you ever wanted to be on the show Wipeout? You can try your hand at our version with a climbing wall or the 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.


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!

Service ZONE

Think globally and act locally is a mantra that the NC State community lives by. Service is in our DNA and we want to engage people in getting involved in the local community. The NC State family cares about everything from homelessness, housing, food insecurity, and global health.