We can accommodate any size show, conference or exhibit. The North Carolina State Fairgrounds consists of 344 acres of land and more than 398,000 total square feet of building space. Our buildings accommodate party sizes from fewer than 100 to over 10,000. (Compare buildings at a glance.) Because of the roomy facilities, great location, excellent parking and award winning landscape, the fairgrounds is a popular rental spot.
Easy access from all major highways. The N.C. State Fairgrounds is easily accessible from the I-440 Beltline, Interstate 40, as well as from Blue Ridge Road, N.C. Highway 54 (Hillsborough Street) and now Edwards Mill Road (see directions below). Free parking is available on State Fair and Carter-Finley Football Stadium property for events scheduled at the Fairgrounds, except for recreational vehicles that park between the hours of midnight and 8:00 a.m.
The fairgrounds is already home to hundreds of events each year. Each weekend, except during the month of October due to the State Fair, the buildings are transformed into different events that appeal to different members of the same family. On a typical weekend the event may be a dog show, trade show or auction in the Graham Building; a coin/stamp show, train show, or social event in the Holshouser Building; Dorton Arena may host a trade show, concert, conference or sporting event; and a sportscard show, equipment expo or festival could take place in the Kerr Scott Building. The Exposition Center is home to several trade shows, banquets and special events. A broad range of horse disciplines are hosted each week at the Hunt Horse Complex. Several unique venues on the grounds host company outings, festivals, family reunions and special outdoor events. All events have ample parking available. In addition to these special events, the Flea Market, the largest in the state, is held each weekend November through September. A calendar of events is posted on our Web site.
Our prices are reasonable. In addition to ample parking and a great location, building rental prices at the fairgrounds are reasonably priced. At the N.C. State Fairgrounds you can have a meeting, conference or exhibit that is easily accessible without having to spend most of your budget on the building rental. For rental prices, please click on individual building links located at the top of this page.
RV hook-up access available (except during State Fair). Recreational vehicle hook-up access for visits of 14 days or less. Water, sewer and electrical access is available on more than 350 sites (electricity access ranges from 30 – 50 amps). Rental cost for a 24 hour period is $25 per unit. Primary access is through Gate 11 from Blue Ridge Road. Individual units should check-in with Fairgrounds Public Safety at mobile 919-612-6767. Clubs and groups should contact the Fairgrounds at 919-821-7400 prior to arrival to reserve space. Visit our Calendar of Events at /events/calendar.htm for a listing of other activities scheduled at the Fairgrounds.
I am a proud fair-goer of the North Carolina State Fair. I am now a resident of South Carolina but every time that I am able, i return to Raleigh for the fair. By far they have the best variety of vendors and exhibits that I have seen thus far. Every year it is something new and exciting that I and my family look forward to.
With every deep fried food imaginable, this state fair is incredible! There was plenty for our little children to do and we loved that it was separate from the rides and activities for teenagers. It felt safe and rather clean. We only wish we would've been more prepared with a map and activities, because we discovered we'd missed a whole lot of the fair by not know where everything was.
We love the state fair and there is certainly something for everyone!!!! Whether you enjoy trying all of the fair foods like fried twinkies, fried oreos, kripsy kreme burgers, and even koolickles; riding rides; or checking out the agriculture and animal exhibits you will definitely have fun. Be prepared to stay the whole day and even be ready to make a second trip before the fair leaves town; yes it is just that fun!!!! The kids love it and we parents love it!!!!
The best time to visit Raleigh is in the fall, when the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, near the university, come alive with the excitement of the annual state fair. The fair is a traditional festival featuring rides, games, and farm-related events and exhibitions. It is usually held for ten days in the middle of October. When the fair isn’t in town, the grounds are host to a flea market on the weekends and a variety of other shows, including livestock and pet shows. Rodeos are also periodically held here, and the fairgrounds are the Raleigh venue for the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus.