Festival Map

Festival Gate Hours
Friday: Noon – 10 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Building and Exhibit Hours
Friday: Noon - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Carnival Hours
Friday: Noon – 10 p.m.*
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.*
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

*May extend for one hour based on attendance

Friday: 9:15 p.m.
Saturday: 9:15 p.m.

Carnival Wrist Bands
Friday: Purchase from Noon to 9 p.m., good all day for unlimited rides
Sunday: Purchase from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., good all day for unlimited rides

Participant Registration:
Antique Tractors & Equipment
Festival Vendor Application
Bluegrass Competition Entry Form

Got to be NC Festival
Food, Wine & Beer Expo Registration:

Member Letter
Vendor Application

Official Lodging Partner of the 2015 Got to Be NC Festival

Fairfield Inn and Suites Marriott
Fairfield Inn & Suites Raleigh Crabtree

Or, call the hotel directly:


2015 Festival Information

Join your friends and family for three great days of down-home celebration North Carolina-style at the
2015 Got to Be NC Festival at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds.


Schedule coming soon
Admission and Parking are FREE
Festival Map coming soon


Festival Gate Hours
Friday:  Noon -10 p.m.
Saturday:  9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday:  9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Carnival Hours
Friday:  Noon - 10 p.m.
Saturday:  10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday:  10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Building and Exhibit Hours
Friday:  Noon - 8 pm
Saturday:  10 am - 8 pm
Sunday:  10 am - 6 pm

There will be a free shuttle from Carter-Finley Stadium to Gate 9 during the peak hours of 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Saturday and Noon - 7 p.m. on Sunday.


Driving Directions
North Carolina State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC 27607
Map (driving directions)



Is everything free at the Got to Be NC Festival?
You can enjoy a full day of family fun without spending a dime at the Got to Be NC Festival. However, some of the events and activities cost money or require a special admission. They are:

Carnival Rides and Games
Food from Independent Vendors
Got to Be NC Food, Wine and Beer Expo - $2 adult admission
Pony Rides
Carolina Masonic Pig Jig - $15 adults, $5 ages 7-11, Free under 7

Where is the Red Cross located?
The Red Cross is located in the Jim Graham Building.

What if I become separated from my party?
Please go to the front desk of the Exposition Center to have your party paged.

What if I need a wheel chair or stroller?
Wheel chairs, power scooters and strollers can be rented in the handicap parking lot by the Scott Building.
Motorized Scooters - $35
Manual Wheelchairs - $15
Children's strollers/wagons - $10

Can I bring my dog?
No pets allowed. However, certified service animals are permitted.

What other activities are going on at the fairgrounds during the Got to Be NC Festival?
The N.C. State Fairgrounds hosts countless special events during the year. In addition to the Got to Be NC Festival, the fairgrounds is also hosting the following events the weekend of May 16-18: Chatlee Boat Show and Sale, Got to be NC Mega Flea, Independent Labrador Specialty Dog Show, Wake County 4-H Horse Show, and North Central District 4-H Horse Show.