FAQs

How can a group sign up to be vendor at Packapalooza?

All vendors (campus, Hillsborough Street Merchants, for profit organizations, and non profit organizations) need to submit an online request form.  You can do so on the Festival Vendor page.  There are deadlines, so make sure to submit your request soon!

How can someone sign up to be a volunteer at Packapalooza?

We will need hundreds of volunteers and if you are interested in helping we would love to have you!  You can sign up on the Event Information page.  After you sign up you will be contacted to confirm your availability and orientation sessions will happen closer to the event.

What should I do in the event of an emergency?

We will have police, security, and emergency personnel on scene during the event. However, if you have an emergency please call 911. There will be an Information tent located on Hillsborough Street at the intersection of Horne Street. We also have a Packapalooza Guide App that can be downloaded. This will have live push information in the event of an emergency.

Is Packapalooza a child/family friendly event?

Absolutely! There are activities and attractions for all ages. The musical artists between the three stages will span all genres of music for all different age groups. We encourage families to join in the fun and help us celebrate the start of another academic year at NC State.

Will there be free food and water available during the event?

Unfortunately there is not free food available during the event. However, all of the merchants along Hillsborough Street will be open during the event and we encourage people to visit them. There is just about every type of food available along the street. We will also have outside food vendors serving things like roasted corn on the cob, turkey legs, lemonade, etc.

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

Are there ATMs available along Hillsborough Street?

Yes, there are multiple banks along Hillsborough Street within the footprint of the event. Applicable bank fees are assessed.

Will there be additional restrooms available at the event?

Yes, we will have additional portable restroom facilities brought in for the event. They will be located along Hillsborough Street in the Play Zone, near the Young Alumni Zone and the Arts Zone. For exact locations you can check our Information Tent or the interactive map closer to the day of the event. All merchants have restroom facilities if you are a customer of their establishment.

Can I bring a pet to Packapalooza?

Only service animals are allowed.

Are there any items that I cannot bring to the event?

Yes, weapons of any kind (including pocket knives and wallet chains), illegal substances, and fireworks. Bicycles and skateboards are not permitted at the event for pedestrian safety.

Will there be alcohol served at the event?

Alcohol is not permitted at the event. There are merchants along Hillsborough Street that have permits to sell alcohol on their designated property and will be participating as partners in the event. All participants are subject to City of Raleigh ordinances and North Carolina law regarding alcohol consumption.

Can I bring a lawn chair and/or blanket to stage areas?

At the Belltower Stage we will permit lawn chairs and blankets on the lawn adjacent to the Belltower. During the day there may be space on the street for lawn chairs in front of the stage but for our evening performances chairs will not be permitted. There are no chairs or blankets permitted in front of the Show Stage or the DH Hill Stage.

Please be mindful of your surroundings and the impact your seating option may have on others around you. We reserve the right to ask anyone to remove a seating item from the premises.

Are cameras permitted at the event?

Yes and we encourage you to snap photos and share them via Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.