NAKFest is the signature event of Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, Inc. It is the annual family reunion of our brotherhood. Alumni reconnect with old friends. Undergraduates gain motivation to pursue greater success in community service and campus participation. For initiates and new members it is often the event that opens their eyes to the power of NAK as a living organization.

The first NAKFest took place in 1989 when the Founding Chapter, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo hosted the only other chapter at that time, San Jose State University. It was originally held on the weekend that coincided with the date of NAK's anniversary, February 26. In 1999 the event was officially moved to the month of April to take advantage of better weather.

No more than 50 NAK brothers attended the first NAKFest. The two chapters competed against each other in games of softball, football, and basketball. Although we don't know the exact outcome of each game, Cal Poly claims to have won the sports championship that year, and for several years following. The rest of the weekend included an official business meeting to discuss NAK's constitutional by-laws, and performances by the chapters.

By 1996 NAK had added two more chapters to its ranks. Although the fundamental essence of NAKFest remained, several significant changes had occurred. That year when the chapter at Sonoma State University hosted approximately 200 NAKs, including the brothers from San Diego State who chartered a bus for the trip, the attendance had nearly quadrupled in size compared to the first year of NAKFest. What had started out as a regular business meeting had come to serve as the venue for electing members of our National Board. As for the official NAKFest party, by now featuring a dinner and dance at a local hotel or banquet hall, it had begun to develop the reputation throughout the state as an event not to miss.

2010 Hosting Chapter:
Beta Chapter; San Diego State University

2011 Host Chapter:
Xi Chapter; CSU, Monterey Bay

NLDC was started in 1997 with the mission to empower the leadership of Nu Alpha Kappa with the skills to run their chapter effectively during the upcoming school year. NLDC is an annual event to prepare our undergraduate chapter officers and emerging leaders for the coming academic year. Chapters send delegates to NLDC in order to learn skills relating to their elected positions, gain perspectives on chapter operations from other members and bond with the brothers from each chapter.

NLDC also serves as a venue for our NAK leaders of all chapters, both undergraduate and alumni, to gather in open forums and discuss the important issues facing our brotherhood.

2009 Hosting Chapter:
Rho Chapter; University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

2010 Host Chapter:
Sigma Chapter; Univesity of Northern Colorado

For many of our brothers, the first national event they have attended is Pledgefest.

Pledgefest began at our U.C. Santa Barbara (Zeta Chapter) in 1995 and exists to foster a sense of unity among all attending Little Brothers in order that they develop lasting relationships, thus strengthening our inter-chapter bonds. This event also allows the existing brotherhood to reflect on their experience as a Little Brother while reminding brothers of the fraternity of NAK’s goals and purposes. It is a one of a kind activity for our organization as it represents our commitment to our goals of academics, culture and brotherhood.

During PledgeFest our Little Brothers interact with their counterparts from the various NAK chapters. They spend the weekend participating in team-building activities and attending training sessions to develop their leadership and organizing skills.

Our Little Brothers especially appreciate the opportunity to meet and talk with undergraduate and alumni Brothers from other chapters, as well as members of the National Board during this early stage of the NAK experience.

2008 Hosting Chapter:
Pi Chapter; California State University, Northridge

2009 Hosting Chapter:
Theta Chapter; Chico State University

2010 Hosting Chapter:
Founding Chapter; Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

The NAK Sports League (NSL) was created as a way to encourage inter-chapter competition and foster a sense of brotherhood among our brothers in all of our chapters. Every year, a new sport is chosen by our chapters including the location and dates to compete. NSL has provided all chapters with the opportunity to network and interact with undergraduate and alumni brothers throughout the year. The games involve participation by alumni, undergraduates, advisors and little brothers to formuate a team.

The 2009-2010 NSL season will consist of 21 teams/chapters competing in a single elimination softball tournament under Intermural Rules. The season began September 1st and concluds with the Semi-Finals and Final Games played a week before NAKFest in late April. The last season, the Northern Division Champions (Eta Chapter, Santa Clara) played aggressively against the Southern Division Champions (Beta Chapter, San Diego State Univ.) at NAKFest in San Jose in 2008, with the Eta Chapter walking away with their first NSL Trophy.

National Programs
Our national programs work to develop the brother as an individual in mind, body and culture and develop the brotherhood as a collective. The four national programs allow each brother an opportunity to develop and nurturer those bonds throughout theirs lives and are designed to provide the brotherhood to develop its brothers at all levels of their academic, personal and professional lives.