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

Carnival Wristbands
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

Be a Part:

Food Lion Local Goodness Marketplace Application

Antique Farm Equipment Registration

Heritage Arts Corner Application

Become a Sponsor



Following the Executive Order from Governor Cooper and the recommendations of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the North Carolina State Fairgrounds will not be hosting events at this time, to reduce the risk of person-to-person transmission of COVID-19.

The safety of our guests is always our highest priority here at the Fairgrounds, and we believe following these recommendations is in the best interest of our community. We will continue to closely monitor the course of COVID-19, and will resume normal operations as soon as possible. We will announce any new updates on our website and through social media.

North Carolina food companies, breweries and
wineries will be sampling and selling some of
the most delightful flavors North Carolina has to
offer in the Food Lion Local Goodness Marketplace.
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