New students have the opportunity to partake in a UNC tradition this fall — FallFest is an annual welcome back to campus celebration open to both new and returning students.
This year's FallFest will be hosted on Sunday, Aug. 20, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. following New Student Convocation. Last year, FallFest had giveaways, free food, games, music and both indoor and outdoor activities.
FallFest logistics are primarily planned by Carolina Union professional employees. Tori Holder, associate director of communications and creative services, said that the Union staff wants to keep the event fresh for returning students while also bringing back popular activities from past years.
Holder said that this year’s FallFest will be offering favorite activities from prior years such as a build-your-own ram activity and a blacklight party.
“FallFest traditionally has had the focus being first-year students, but really all students, everyone from first-year to graduate students, should feel welcome at FallFest,” Holder said.
Victoria Boykin is the associate director for event services at the Union. Holder and Boykin co-chair the sponsorship committee and manage the event's social media.
Boykin said that the Union is hoping to provide an exciting welcome back experience for all students.
“We do have a large number of new students, but we do see a lot of returning students as well as Carolina community members, like staff and faculty, so continuing to have an inviting welcome back to campus experience for everyone,” Boykin said.
This year's event will be the 28th annual FallFest and the second FallFest after returning from the pandemic. Holder said that they were also considering the COVID-19 impact on this year’s planning.