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A large crowd at Gobblerfest.

Gobblerfest is an annual festival intended to engage students in campus activities and connect with the surrounding community while inspiring curiosity, civility and self-understanding. Gobblerfest was conceived in the fall of 2008 as a festival welcoming people to the Blacksburg community. This free event has become a highlight of the start of the academic year.

Gobblerfest is an excellent way for students to meet each other, explore common interests, and become a part of the Virginia Tech community, all in a healthy, alcohol-free setting. Student organizations, businesses, non-profit organizations, and Virginia Tech departments will offer food, games, free giveaways, and volunteer service information at booths around the Virginia Tech Drillfield. The day's schedule will also include a variety of entertainment.

Welcome Week typically culminates with Gobblerfest.

However, due to the fluid nature of the response to COVID-19 and the actions required to promote public health, we want people to be aware that Gobblerfest may look different this year.

However, we know Gobblerfest serves an important purpose of connecting students at Virginia Tech with ways to engage in the community, learn about campus, and of course, meet potential organizations they’d like to join! Student Engagement and Campus Life will strive to fulfill this purpose, regardless of what the fall looks like for Hokies.

Details for this year's event will be announced over the summer, and at that point, we will facilitate sign-ups for the event.

students at gobblerfest

Want to volunteer?

You are invited to take part in this exciting event by volunteering for the many support roles an event of this size requires. Volunteer duties include everything from setting up tables and production equipment to providing information to participants, directing traffic, helping with load-in, staffing the Gobblerfest headquarters tent, driving shuttle vans, serving as clean-up crew, and breaking down the tables and packing away the memories when the fun is over.

For any questions regarding volunteer opportunities please contact Gobblerfest at 540-231-5431 or

Gobblerfest Weather Announcement

Gobblerfest is rain or shine event. In the case of predicted severe weather, a notice will be posted to our social media channels.