Here are some things NCMS employees, members, and YOU are talking about this week!

Djokovic, Sabalenka, Alcaraz, or Siatek?  (If you know these names, you know it is US Open time!)

The main draw of the 2023 US Open doesn’t start until Monday, Aug. 28—but there’s plenty of fun to be had at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center during US Open Fan Week, which kicks off on Tuesday, Aug. 22 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 27.

During Fan Week, the grounds are open to the public, and visitors can experience a variety of fun, tennis-centric activities for newbies and die-hard fans alike. From exhibition matches featuring top players and the US Open Qualifying Tournament to a concert headlined by a Grammy-nominated singer, there’s something for everyone.

With so much to do, here are five things you should know about Fan Week before you jump on the 7 train to Flushing Meadows.  Look for more on the tournament next week in OTLS!

Concerts Are Still Going Strong!


  • Parker McCollum, Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre, Charlotte
  • Bret Michaels & Warrant, Elmwood Park, Roanoke, VA
  • Bronco, Martin Marietta Center, Raleigh
  • Bill Bellamy, Parkside Main, Cary


  • 3 Doors Down, Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh
  • Nickelback, Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
  • The Isaacs, Liberty Showcase, Liberty
  • Calvin Richardson, Rocky Mount Event Center, Rocky Mount
  • The Castaways, Blackmon Amphitheater, Mt. Airy


  • Shakti, Koka Booth Amphitheater, Cary
  • Pepe Aguilar, PNC Arena, Raleigh
  • Clutch, The Fillmore, Charlotte
  • Adam Hood, Bird’s Nest, Dunn

NCSU is Back!  Time for Packapalooza 2023!

An all-day block party and street festival that caps off Wolfpack Welcome Week, commencing the academic year with a bang. NC State students, faculty, staff, alums, families and members of the local community pack Hillsborough Street for a day filled with music, entertainment, family-friendly activities, food and everything that embodies the Wolfpack spirit.

All you need to know to attend is here. 

Beat the Heat at the Winterville Watermelon Festival

The legendary Winterville Watermelon Festival is a multi-day event featuring activities the whole family can enjoy. You can hear local and nationally known music acts throughout the event. One of the biggest events of the festival is the Watermelon Parade through town. The watermelon-eating contest is always a favorite. Festival-goers young and old can enjoy carnival rides and midway games all weekend. In addition, visitors can check out the flea market and commercial vendors set up through the festival grounds. Food vendors serve both watermelon treats and classic fair food such as funnel cakes, turkey legs, and corn dogs. The Winterville Watermelon Festival has so much to offer. You don’t want to miss it!

All you need to know to enjoy is here!


If you have an event you would like added to On The Lighter Side, email Randy Aldridge at [email protected].