FallFest will return in person this year on Sunday, Aug. 14, after being canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19 and inclement weather, respectively.
The annual event, hosted by the Carolina Union, brings together UNC students to kick off the new school year.
This year, FallFest will include a dance party in the Pit, student organization performances and music performances. Students will have the opportunity to learn more about campus, get free items and make connections.
Victoria Boykin, associate director for event services at the Carolina Union, said there will also be food vendors.
Both incoming and returning Tar Heels will be able to engage with academic departments and student organizations at the event.
Sarah Levine-Ingebretson, student activities program coordinator at the Carolina Union, said this year, instead of taking place on Hooker Fields, FallFest will be mainly located at the Carolina Union, with events happening all over campus.
“It still offers that component of being able to bring the Carolina community together to have fun,” Boykin said. “I mean, that’s really what it’s about.”
McKenzie Martin, a rising senior at UNC, attended FallFest as a first-year student in 2019.
"I would describe it as my first experience as a student that felt so stereotypically college," Martin said. "It was like college in the movies."