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North Carolina State Fair 2024

Raleigh hosts one of the largest and oldest fairs in the country

Dates: October 17-27, 2024

North Carolina State Fair
North Carolina State Fair
North Carolina State Fair
North Carolina State Fair
North Carolina State Fair
North Carolina State Fair
North Carolina State Fair

The North Carolina State Fair is an annual entertainment and agricultural event held in Raleigh, North Carolina, for 11 days in October. The famous fair draws over a million people every year. Agricultural competitions, educational exhibits, carnival rides, and lots of delicious treats are the main attractions of the fair.

The fair dates back to 1853 when the North Carolina State Agricultural Society held it for the first time. NC State Fairgrounds, occupying about 1.4 square km (344 acres), has been hosting the NC State Fair since 1928. Its most famous building is the 7,500-seat Dorton Arena with a large suspended roof. The arena hosts many top performers during the fair, mainly in country, rock, and R&B. KISS, The Platters, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Clint Black, Patty Loveless, Travis Tritt, Blake Shelton, Alan Jackson, Ray Charles, Trisha Yearwood, Waylon Jennings, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Three Dog Night, George Jones, Trace Adkins, Toby Keith, Village People, Josh Turner, Rascal Flatts, Clay Aiken, Edwin McCain, Third Day, Earl Scruggs, Clay Walker, Brandy Clark, Vanilla Ice, and Bruce Springsteen have performed on this stage.

The main exhibits of the fair include Antique Farm Machinery, Field of Dreams agricultural exhibit about harvesting, Flower and Garden Show, Heritage Circle, State Fair Ark, and Village of Yesteryear. Competitions feature wine, cheese, agronomy, forage crops, horticulture, bees, livestock, poultry, rabbits, and horses. Carnival rides and games will keep the whole family busy and smiling all day long.

The North Carolina State Fair offers its visitors lots of free entertainment included in the price of the admission ticket. You'll meet roaming ground entertainers across the fairgrounds, enjoy staged entertainment in Kiddieland Fun Park and outside the Expo Center, also listen to continuous musical performances on the Waterfall and Bluegrass stages.

Practical info

How much does it cost to get into the NC State Fair?

The price is $13 for adults, $7 for youth, and free children under 5 and for seniors 65 and over. Show more

How long is the North Carolina State Fair?

North Carolina State Fair lasts for 11 days. Show more

How much is parking at NC State Fair?

Parking is free on State Fair, PNC Arena properties, and Carter-Finley Football Stadium. Show more

Where can I buy NC State Fair tickets?

NC State Fair discount admission tickets, ride tickets, and unlimited ride wristbands can be purchased in advance at Food Lion stores. Show more

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