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


Join your friends and family for three great days of down-home celebration North Carolina-style at the
Got to Be NC Festival at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds.
Gate Admission and Parking are FREE!

Daily Schedule and Map

2024 Daily Schedule
2024 Festival Map



Festival Gate Hours
Noon -10 p.m.
  9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Carnival Hours
Noon - 10 p.m.
10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Building and Exhibit Hours
Noon - 8 p.m.
10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.


There is no general public parking inside the gates on the Fairgrounds during the Festival. All parking is located off Trinity Rd.


Driving Directions


North Carolina State Fairgrounds
4285 Trinity 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
  • Food Lion Local Goodness Marketplace (local food, wine & beer vendors)
  • State Fair Flyer
  • Annual Masonic Carolina Pig Jig

Where are emergency services located?
Wake EMS is roaming the grounds and has a fixed location on the north side of the Agri Supply Exposition Center.


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?
Wheelchairs, power scooters and strollers can be rented in the handicap parking lot by the Scott Building. For pricing and reservation information, please call 919-612-5132.