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
Concession Vendor Application
Bluegrass Competition Entry Form

Got to be NC Homegrown Fare presented by Lowes Foods:
Home Grown Fare Vendor Application

Official Lodging Partner of the 2016 Got to Be NC Festival

Holiday Inn - Crabtree Valley
Holiday Inn - Crabtree Valley


2016 Festival Information

Join your friends and family for three great days of down-home celebration North Carolina-style at the
2016 Got to Be NC Festival at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds.


Check out the Daily Schedule Here
Gate Admission and Parking are FREE
Download the Festival Map Here



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 p.m.
Saturday:  10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday:  10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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 Homegrown Fare presented by Lowes Foods- $3 adult admission
Pony Rides
Masonic Carolina 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 Building 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 20-22: Chatlee Boat Show and Sale, Adidas Clearance Sale, Island Spring Festival, Bill Plemmons RV Open House Celebration Sale, Independent Labrador Specialty Dog Show, Wake County 4-H Horse Show, and North Central District 4-H Horse Show.