Hokie Hi & Gobblerfest

Hokie Hi at Virginia Tech is a series of events and Hokie traditions designed to welcome you back to campus and to continue preparing you for success in and out of the classroom. Kick off the school year by connecting with your campus and community through a variety of interactive social, artistic, and academic activities. From the Welcome Back Picnic in Lane Stadium, to a movie on the Drillfield, to academic success Seminar Series, to Gobblerfest , there's something for everyone.

Hokie Hi is a great tradition at Virginia Tech—it’s your time to get acquainted with your new home, to make new friends, and to explore different parts of campus interaction. Event details will be added throughout the summer so be sure to check back often.


Event Schedule

Thursday, August 24

Goat Yoga: 4 and 6 p.m. on the Moss Arts Center Lawn (190 Alumni Mall)
Join the Blacksburg Yoga Collective and Hoof Hearted Farm for an hour of free Goat Yoga at the Moss Arts Center. About a dozen goats will join us as we stretch and flow through a basic yoga practice. The goats are gentle and playful, but may nudge or climb on you! Beginners are welcome, and practice will be held outdoors on grass, so please bring your own mat or towel—a limited supply of extra mats will be available for you to borrow. Sponsored by: Moss Arts Center.

Movie on the Drillfield: 9 to 11 p.m. on the Drillfield
Join us for a FREE showing of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 outside on the Drillfield. Bring a blanket, chair, and friends. We'll bring the popcorn. Sponsored by: Student Engagement and Campus Life.

Friday, August 25

Hokie Night Live: 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Burruss Auditorium
Free comedy event. Sponsored by: Student Engagement and Campus Life.

Saturday, August 26

RHF Kickoff: 5 to 8 p.m. at Dietrick Field
Annual welcome social sponsored by the Residence Hall Federation. Food, inflatables, music, and more! Sponsored by: Residence Hall Federation.

Demetri Martin Performance: 7:30 p.m. at Moss Arts Center (109 Alumni Mall); Street and Davis Performance Hall’s Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre
Demetri Martin started doing stand-up in New York City, became a staff writer at Late Night with Conan O’ Brien, and then became a regular on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He has released two standup comedy albums and three hour-long specials, including Netflix’s Demetri Martin Live (At the Time). He had starred in his own series for Comedy Central, Important Things with Demetri Martin. $25 general admission; $10 students with ID and children 18 and under. Sponsored by: Moss Arts Center.

Sunday, August 27

Lane Stadium Cookout: 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Lane Stadium and Dietrick Lawn
Come join the rest of your incoming first-year and transfer students at Lane Stadium to walk down the tunnel the football team uses and touch the legendary Hokie Stone before grabbing a bite to eat and hearing from our athletic and cheer teams! Sponsored by: Virginia Tech Athletics, Dining Services, and New Student Programs.

Aspirations Ice Cream Social: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Dietrick Lawn
Stop by Dietrick Lawn for ice cream provided by Homestead Creamery and for a chance to get one of our brand new Aspirations t-shirts. Sponsored by: Division of Student Affairs.

Thursday, August 31

Community Kick-Off and Welcome Receptions: 4 to 7 p.m. in Squires Student Center
All new Hokies are invited to connect with returning students, faculty, and staff in in identity-based communities and a combined welcome reception. Find your network for social and academic success! Sponsored by: Cultural and Community Centers.

Women"s Soccer vs. William & Mary: 7 p.m. at Thompson Field
Join fellow Hokies and cheer on the women's soccer team at Thompson field as they take on William & Mary.

Friday, September 1

Tailgate Party: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Smith Career Center
Come meet our Career and Professional Development Staff, and learn how we may help you with all your career related needs -- no matter where you are on your career journey. Meet our Employer Sponsors, participate in activities to earn tickets for some fabulous door prizes, and enjoy free pizza! Sponsored by: Career and Professional Development.

SAA Spirit Rally and Concert: 6 p.m. at Squires Plaza on College Avenue
A high-energy event, the annual SAA spirit rally includes performances by the Virginia Tech HighTechs, an always memorable routine by the LowTechs, music, and tons of Hokie pride. Sponsored by: Student Alumni Associates.

Saturday, September 2

Fall Frisbee and Volleyball Bash: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Prairie Quad Lawn
Impress your friends by crushin' it on the court, or just trying something new! Lots of beachy fun and free frisbees for those who attend!

Downtown Blacksburg
Indulge your 90's nostalgia with a throwback movie at The Lyric, just steps away from campus on College Avenue in downtown Blacksburg.

Monday, September 4

Labor Day BreakZONE Hours: noon to 10 p.m.

Bowling Specials: Lucky Train All Day

  • 12 to 2 p.m. -- 50 cent games
  • 2 to 4 p.m. -- "Get Low" -- lowest bowling score gets a prize
  • 4 to 7 p.m. -- Red pin games
  • 7 to 10 p.m. -- $25 cosmic bowling

Billiard Specials

  • 12 to 4 p.m. -- $1 pool hours
  • 2 to 7 p.m. -- $2 pool hours

Bingo: 4 to 7 p.m. -- with prizes!

Thursday, September 7

Omar Offendum, Karim Nagi, and Saba Taj: 7 p.m. at Eggleston Quad (Rain Location: Moss Arts Center)
Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American hip-hop artist born in Saudi Arabia; raised in Washington, D.C.; and living in Los Angeles. Karim Nagim, a native Egyptian drummer, DJ, composer, and folk dancer, is the creator of Turbo Tabla and has released four internationally distributed CDs of his unique brand of Arab house/electronica using acoustic instruments. Saba Taj, a Pakistani-American artist and activist native to North Carolina, draws from her identity as a queer Muslim in the American South, and her work challenges racism and xenophobia through empowered representations of people of color. Free, open to the public, no tickets required. Sponsored by: Moss Arts Center.

Friday, September 8

Gobblerfest: 4 to 7 p.m. on the Drillfield
Gobblerfest is an annual event that showcases Virginia Tech student organizations, departments, offices, and local businesses. Complete with food, games, and live entertainment, Gobblerfest is one of the easiest ways to get connected at Virginia Tech! Sponsored by: Student Engagement and Campus Life.

Thursday, November 2

Virginia Tech Common Book Project: 7 p.m. in Burruss Hall
Wes Moore's “The Other Wes Moore” will be Virginia Tech’s Common Book for the 2017-18 academic year. The author will speak at this campus event. Sponsored by: The Office of the First-Year Experience.