A beginner’s guide to Packapalooza

A beginner’s guide to Packapalooza

Hey, N.C. State students: Here's everything you'll want to see at Packapalooza on Hillsborough Street on Saturday, Aug. 19.

Above, Wolfpack students, fans and families come to Hillsborough Street for Packapalooza in 2016. Photo from the News & Observer.

This story was written by Rilee Vo, a communications intern at Live It Up! Hillsborough Street.

Packapalooza marks the end of N.C. State’s Wolfpack Welcome Week. It officially welcomes college students to their new city and brings back old alumni to re-experience the Red and White.

Packapalooza starts at 2 p.m. on Hillsborough Street on Saturday, Aug. 19, and lasts until 10 p.m. You can find out more about the event here.

For those who have never been to Packapalooza, N.C. State and Hillsborough Street go all out on freebies, information and entertainment for new students, their families, and alumni.

The daylong block party is broken up into different zones, and entertainment stages are spread throughout the street. Here are several things you won’t want to miss

Wolfpack Zone
This is where you’ll find most of the student athletes and coaches signing autographs. Keep your eyes peeled for the football, basketball and volleyball teams. If you’re trying to get tickets for the first home football game, stop by the athletic department tent here for more information.

International Zone
Here, you can learn to write Chinese calligraphy or play African drums! Many of the university’s international groups will be there showcasing their culture’s highlights, and there will be a parade of flags at the end.

Green Zone
This zone highlights ways students can save money and reduce their carbon footprint. You’ll get a guide to the Triangle transit system and can talk to local YMCA groups to hear about how to live a healthy lifestyle.

Art Zone
If arts is more your thing, check out this zone for performances by the Cirque de Vol performers, the Pickle Mamas and One Tribe. A “Before I Die” wall will be available for those who want to express their bucket list goals. You’ll also find an adult coloring tent here — the perfect way to de-stress before diving into school work.

Live entertainment stages
Performers include South 85, Great Father Whale, Milk N’ Honey, Quency, Katie Rose, local ComedyWorx entertainers and so many more. There will also be student organizations performing, like the N.C. State a cappella groups and the Pipes and Drums.

Other things
The main event is always the big concert by the Bell Tower. This year, the Spin Doctors are headlining.

Packapalooza is sponsored by Coca-Cola this year. Look out for their tent, where they’ll let festival goers customize their own Coke bottles.

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