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Homecoming is the biggest event the Alumni Association hosts each year.

Homecoming is the biggest event the Alumni Association hosts each year. With an array of events, including the Hillsborough Street Music Festival, the traditional Homecoming parade and football game, there is something for everyone. Come back to campus and help us celebrate NC State!

Sunday October 27

Spirit Competition
All week | For updated information on the winners, follow @ncsuhomecoming.

University Recreation Homecoming 5K
Centennial Campus | 8:30 a.m. (registration) | 10 a.m. (race start)
Stretch your legs at the University Recreation Republic Wireless Homecoming 5k at 9 a.m. at 851 Partners Way, located on Centennial Campus. The race, free of charge, is open to NC State students, faculty/staff and affiliates. Register at the University Recreation website or come early to the race.

Homecoming Kickoff
Miller Field | 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Celebrate with “Pack” and show your NC State pride! The excitement begins to build as we enjoy music, food, giveaways and free Homecoming T-shirts. Paint your body red, dress like a wolf - go crazy! Back by popular demand, make your own personalized Red, White and Wolfpack street sign!



Monday October 28

Vote Leader of the Pack
Online | All Day
It's time to decide who you want representing NC State as our 2013 Leader of the Pack! In NC State's unique Homecoming competition, finalists are judged on scholarship, leadership, service and Wolfpack pride. Show your support and cast your vote online:

Wear Red, Get Fed
Brickyard | 11 a.m. until food runs out
It's everybody's favorite time of year - delicious, FREE food on the Brickyard, and all you have to do is wear red! Pull out one of your many NC State shirts and get free pizza from Marco’s. Get here early; this food goes fast! Check out Marco’s homepage!

Inter-Residence Council Decorating Competition
Resident Halls | 12 p.m.
The Inter-Residence Council encourages you to get in the Homecoming spirit with a residence hall decorating contest. Each residence hall will be provided materials to decorate their common spaces. East Campus, West Campus, Central Campus - show us what you've got!

Spirit Banner Competition
Around campus | 6 p.m.
Show your Wolfpack Pride and inner Picasso with the Spirit Banner Competition. Just remember to include the Homecoming theme, “Red, White and Wolfpack.” The rest is up to the judges! Don’t forget to have your banner hung by 6 p.m.

Paint the Town Red
Hillsborough Street | 6 p.m.
Hillsborough Street is ready to live it up, Homecoming style! Individuals and organizations paint the windows of Hillsborough Street establishments, adding some Wolfpack spirit to our favorite thoroughfare. Spirit Competition competitors, don't forget to have your window painted by 6 p.m.


Instagram Video Challenge
Around campus | 6 p.m.
Spirit Competitors get creative with your best Instagram video. Make sure to incorporate the Homecoming theme, “Red, White and Wolfpack,” and show your Wolfpack pride. We will be tweeting out the submissions from @ncsuhomecoming so make sure you are following to see the latest uploads! Don’t forget to have your video emailed to the Spirit Chair, Anna Sossaman by 6 p.m.

Red, White and Rock with the Young Alumni Council
Witherspoon Cinema | 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Join the Young Alumni Council for the second annual "Red, White and Rock!" Groups must sign up as a team of four to compete for the winning title. Only 24 slots are available for groups! Once you have signed up, pick your favorite hit on the Rock Band 3 playlist and find your best rocking outfit. Participants will be selected on creativity, enthusiasm and overall performance. In the event of a tie, extra points will come from those in attendance, so bring your friends!

ESPN 30 for 30: Survive and Advance
Hunt Library | 7 p.m.- 9 p.m.
“In 1983, the Wolfpack, coached by Jim Valvano, stayed alive in NCAA post-season play through a series of nine overtime and one-point games. The unlikely squad made it to the national championship game against No. 1 Houston, a team featuring future NBA Top 50 all-time players Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. NC State was one of the biggest underdogs ever in a final game that has become a basketball classic, ending with one of the most well-known plays of all time. Homecoming teamed with NC State’s Derek Whittenburg, executive producer and a member of the 1983 team, and the NCSU Libraries to show this inspiring story. Join us at the brand new Hunt Library auditorium to watch the NC State men’s team defeat countless opponents in this riveting movie. Make sure to check out the trailer!

Tuesday October 29

Vote Leader of the Pack
Online | All Day
It's time to decide who you want representing NC State as our 2013 Leader of the Pack! In NC State's unique Homecoming competition, finalists are judged on scholarship, leadership, service and Wolfpack pride. Show your support and cast your vote online.

Blood Drive
Carmichael Play Zone | 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
NC State loves to give back. As one of only five universities named last year to the President's Higher Education Honor Roll for Community Service, help continue the tradition of Wolfpack service and save lives by donating blood in the Carmichael Play Zone. This year, a pint of blood will earn the first 150 donors a pint of Howling Cow ice cream. Schedule your appointment at and encourage others to sign up! Enter "NC State" in the ***Sponsor Code*** field.


Wear Red, Get Fed
Brickyard | 11 a.m. until food runs out
It's everybody's favorite time of year - delicious, FREE food on the Brickyard, and all you have to do is wear red! Pull out one your many NC State shirts and get free food from Zoe’s Kitchen! Get there early because food goes fast! Check out Zoe’s Kitchen at

Red & White Food and Beverage Festival
The State Club | 6 p.m.
The State Club and the Poole College of Management are hosting the second annua; Red & White Food and Beverage Festival. Enjoy food, beer and wine from NC State alumni vendors. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Wine to Water, a nonprofit founded by alumnus Doc Hendley and focused on providing clean water to people around the world. To attend, register online at

Homecoming Speaker | Sponsored by the Alumni Association Student Ambassadors
McKimmon Center | 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
The 2013 Homecoming speaker, First Sergeant Matt Eversmann (Ret.), is immortalized in the epic film Black Hawk Down and the 2004 book The Battle of Mogadishu, which tells the heroic story of a group of elite United States soldiers sent to Somalia in 1993 as part of a United Nations peacekeeping operation. Eversmann retired from the Army as an Infantry Company First Sergeant after 20 years of service. He continues to serve others as vice president of business development at Allegeant, a population risk management company in Baltimore. Eversmann is co-author of The Battle of Mogadishu. Eversmann’s earned the Army Service Ribbon, the National Defense Service Ribbon, eight Army Achievement medals, four Army Commendation medals and two Meritorious Service Medals. For his service in Somalia, he was awarded the Bronze Star.

Wednesday October 30

Cupcake War
Brickyard | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
It's NC State cupcake time! Participating groups bake and decorate cupcakes depicting the “Red, White and Wolfpack” Homecoming theme and sell them in the Brickyard from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Support these bakers by buying a cupcake! Sales success and judge's rankings on taste and appearance will determine who reigns victorious in this year's Cupcake War. Proceeds benefit the Kay Yow Foundation! Last year more than $1,000 was raised; this year’s goal is $2,000! Help support Breast Cancer Awareness Month and your own Wolfpack community with your donations for cupcakes.

Canned Food Drive
Brickyard | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Continue the tradition of Wolfpack service by donating cans in the Brickyard! This food will benefit local Triangle food shelters, providing meals for those in need. Last year we collected 14,000+ cans, and this year our new goal is 16,500!

Wear Red, Get Fed
Brickyard | 11 a.m. until food runs out
Pull out one of the many RED NC State shirts in your closet and get free wings from Wing Zone! Arrive early because everybody loves wing? Visit the Wing Zone homepage!


Ram Roast Pep Rally, Paint the Tunnel, and Craziest Fan Contest!
Wolf Plaza | 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
It’s THE most important pep rally of the year – Ram Roast! Coat NC State's Free Expression Tunnel with Homecoming spirit and UNC disdain. Student Government will provide the paint; you provide the creativity. All registered Student Alumni Association members will receive a limited edition BEAT UNC T-
shirt customized specifically for the Homecoming Ram Roast and Marco’s pizza! Make sure you are a member. Join at Spirit Competition rivals will be strutting their costumes, painting their bodies and acting crazy to bring home the title of Craziest Fan.

Thursday October 31

Hillsborough Street Cleanup
Hillsborough Street | 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
On the spookiest day of the year, students will prep Hillsborough Street to host ghouls, ghosts and goblins. Students will scare away debris and trash before a night of frightful festivities. Student groups are each assigned a section of Hillsborough Street to beautify; judges will decide who does the best job. Visit the Live it Up! Hillsborough Street office, located at 100 Maiden Lane, to receive your tools and materials.

Wear Red, Get Fed
Brickyard | 11 a.m. until food runs out
Wear red and get free barbecue from Backyard Bistro! Don’t be late if you feel the need for some ‘cue. Check out the Backyard Bistro homepage.

NC State Staff Alumni Homecoming Social
Carmichael Playzone | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Wolfpack love runs deep for those who both graduated from and work at their alma mater. Meet and greet fellow NC State alumni staff members and get a better understanding of how the Alumni Association benefits the campus community. Light refreshments will be served.

Scream on the Green
Harris Field | 8 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Happy Halloween! It's Thursday night on Harris Field! Be ready to scream as the Union Activities Board airs a special spooky movie and chases students through a haunted house! Gather up your friends and a blanket, and get ready for a horror-ble evening!

Official Soul Karoake & After Party
Thaiphoon Bistro | 301 Glenwood Ave. | 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Enjoy our first NC State Black Alumni Society event for Homecoming 2013! Sing, dance, see old friends and make new ones. Be sure to purchase tickets at



Friday November 1

Swing into Homecoming
Lonnie Poole Golf Course | 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Show your Wolfpack spirit with a round of golf and fun at Lonnie Poole Golf Course. Wear red and receive the Affiliated Rate and a complimentary gift, including a LPGC sleeve of golf balls, koozie, divot tool and tees when you purchase a round of golf. Need an NC State shirt for the game? All shirts will be 25 percent off Nov. 1 and 2. Hit it close on the Par 3’s and win NC State merchandise. Show your pride by having a photo taken with the NC State Cheerleaders overlooking hole 18 and downtown Raleigh from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All players wearing RED are automatically entered to win 2 tickets to the Homecoming football game against UNC!

Wear Red, Get Fed
Brickyard | 11 a.m. until food runs out
Today, it’s Italian food from an NC State staple, Amedeo’s, if you wear RED. Come early. Visit Amedeo’s homepage!

Engineering Leadership and Homecoming Day
Hunt Library Auditorium | 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Kick off the annual Homecoming Weekend with fellow NC State engineering alumni! The NC State Engineering Foundation is holding its second annual homecoming event: “Moving NC State Forward During a Time of Change in Higher Education.” Provost Warwick Arden and Dean Louis Martin-Vega will provide university and college updates, respectively. Faculty members Ola Harrysson and Michael Dickey will discuss the future of 3-D printing. Student teams will present their work, including the student entrepreneur team who invented the Jar~with~a~Twist. Enjoy tours of the Engineering buildings on Centennial Campus, an Engineering Mini-Camp for Kids (5 to 12 years) and a barbecue dinner at the end of the day! Then, we will head to Hillsborough St. to watch the Homecoming Parade at 6 p.m.. For complete information, visit the COE Homecoming website To register, visit Registration closes on Oct. 25.

College of Sciences: Young Alumni Council Event
TBD | 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
More information will be delivered by Marla Gregg, Director of Development, Alumni and Donor Relations.

College of Education: Homecoming Party
Court of North Carolina | 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. 
Join fellow College of Education alumni for a family friendly evening on the Court of North Carolina. Enjoy good company, good food, good music and the Annual Homecoming Parade! RSVP by Oct. 28 at this link  Park in the Boney Drive Parking Lot across from Poe Hall (corner of Stinson Dr. and Boney Dr.), in the Coliseum Parking Deck or in the parking lot between the Oberlin Road and Hillsborough Street traffic circles. Parking in these areas begins at 5 p.m. for non-employees. The Homecoming Parade may block exits from parking areas until after 7 p.m. 

Black Alumni Society Welcome Reception & Fundraiser
Sheraton Raleigh Hotel | 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Come enjoy a dinner amongst friends and Wolfpack family as we learn about “Giving Back and Giving Black.”


10th Annual Poole Homecoming Porch Party
Nelson Hall | 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
The Poole College of Management Porch Party will include games, drawings for prizes, a photo booth and more. Catch up with fellow alumni, faculty, staff and meet current students. Visit

Young Alumni Council Porch Party
The Keg | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Get together with fellow young alumni and recent graduates. The Alumni Association Young Alumni Council will celebrate Homecoming with the Class of 2014 at the Keg! Enjoy discounts, great food and festivities with fellow Wolfpackers!

***The Nov. 1 homecoming parade on Hillsborough Street has been cancelled due to rain.***
Homecoming Parade

It's parade time! Join us to celebrate with campus clubs, local organizations, sororities, fraternities, bands and special VIPS as they march down Hillsborough Street to pump up the Pack. Our guests of honor will be NC State head football coach Dave Doeren and the football team captains! Bring your friends and families to line the streets. Don’t forget to use the app to “Vote for the Float!”

Hillsborough Howls Music Festival
Hillsborough Street | 7 p.m. - until
Immediately after the parade, dance the night away to music ranging from hip-hop to Irish to country at eight venues on Hillsborough Street. This family-friendly event will run late into the night and many Hillsborough Street merchants will offer specials for the Wolfpack faithful. Participating Locations: Brickhouse, The Alley, Sadlack's, East Village Bar and Grill, The Irregardless Cafe, The Keg, McDaids Irish Pub and The Loft Bar and Lounge. Full band schedule. Join the Facebook event

Pep Rally and Pack Howl
Reynolds Coliseum | 7 p.m.
Don't miss this year's Pack Howl concert! We will be revealing the artist shortly! Check back for updates and to purchase tickets online! Doors open at 7 p.m. The Pep Rally begins at 7:30 p.m. and the artist(s) will follow immediately.

Young Alumni After-Party
Zinda | 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Meet friends and recent graduates at the Homecoming Parade After-Party, hosted by the Young Alumni Council and the NC State Alumni Association. Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and drink specials on the top floor of Zinda. Mrs. Wuf will stop by. Preregistration is encouraged, but walk-ups will be accepted. Register here.

Black Alumni Society Official Welcome Party
Mirage | 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Don’t miss out on the Official Welcome Party, hosted by the NC State Black Alumni Society and Velvet Entertainment. Enjoy a night on the town. Register at

Saturday November 2

Alumni Association Homecoming Members Tailgate
PNC Center (East Terrace) | 2 ½ hours before kickoff
Alumni Association members will enjoy barbecue, live music, games, face painting, freebies, contests and special guests. This event is sold out.

Black Alumni Society Homecoming Tailgate
PNC Center (West Terrace) | 2 ½ hours before kickoff
NC State’s Black Alumni Society will enjoy barbecue, live music, games, face painting, freebies, contests and special guests. and special guests. Football ticket packages are sold out! You can purchase tailgate meals only or tailgate/PNC game-watch tickets. See the Official Game Watch below.

NC State vs. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Carter-Finley Stadium | Game time to be announced
Homecoming wraps up with NC State's football game against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill! Come cheer the Pack to victory! For additional game day information visit

Official Game Watch
PNC Center | Game time to be announced
The NC State Alumni Association will host a Game Watch in the Arena Club of PNC Arena immediately following the tailgate for those who do not have game tickets but want to gather in a Pack to watch State trample the Tar Heels. Enjoy snacks and a cash bar while you watch the game on the big screens. To attend, register here:


Black Alumni Society Legacy Dinner (Class of 1987 and earlier)
Sheraton Raleigh Hotel | 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
More information to come. Alumni Association Members $35, Nonmembers $45. Ticketing information will be available.

Black Alumni Official Homecoming Party
Sheraton Ballroom (2nd Floor) | 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
This party to remember is hosted by the NC State Black Alumni Society and Velvet Entertainment. Register at

Got questions about Homecoming activities? Contact Jim Gresham, coordinator of student programs for the Alumni Association. For questions about the Alumni Association Homecoming Tailgate, contact Kathy Hart, associate executive director for marketing and communications for the Alumni Association.