General Information

 

Get to the Fair - Parking

Free parking is available on State Fair, Carter-Finley Football Stadium and PNC Arena properties.

 

Fairgoers are encouraged to take Wade Avenue to the Edwards Mill Extension to park in these lots. There may be exceptions if events are scheduled at Carter-Finley or PNC Arena.

Recreational vehicles are not allowed to remain in the parking spaces managed by the State Fair between the hours of midnight and 8 a.m.

Neighboring Private Lots: During the Fair, neighboring residents frequently convert parts of their property to small parking lots.This is not controlled by the State Fair.

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Get to the Fair - Park and Ride

Skip the parking hassle, and take advantage of our convenient Triangle-area Park and Ride options.

 

Park and Ride buses will drop you off at Gate 1 on Hillsborough Street, the perfect starting point for your fun-filled day. When you are ready to leave, just head back to the Gate 1 transit zone to head back to your car. Make note of the last pick-up of the night!

 

Raleigh / Cary | Durham | Garner | Chapel Hill & RTP

 

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Daily service to the N.C. State Fair

  • Cary: Cary Towne Center Shopping Mall
    (near the Triangle Aquatic Center)
    • 8:30am- Midnight* | Non-Stop Express Shuttle- Every 30 Minutes
    • Take I-40 to Exit 291- Follow the green State Fair signs
  • North Raleigh: Triangle Town Center Shopping Mall
    • 8:30am- Midnight* | Non-Stop Express Shuttle- Every 30 Minutes
    • Park and Ride is located in the Dillard's parking lot.
  • Raleigh: Hillsborough Street Route
    • Monday-Friday | 8:00am- 2:00pm* | Departs Downtown at the top of the hour (:00).
    • Monday-Friday | 2:00pm- Midnight* | Service Every 30 Minutes
    • Saturday-Sunday | 8:00am- Midnight | Service Every 30 Minutes
    • Free parking available on Saturday and Sunday in the state government lots bounded by Edenton, Wilmington, Jones and Blount Streets - look for the blue State Fair signs.

 

*October 13th: GoRaleigh shuttles will operate from 2:30pm-Midnight on the first day of the fair.

 

For more information: Call 919-996-FAIR (3247) or visit www.goraleigh.org/.

 

GoDurham

 

All DATA buses operate daily and drop off/pick up outside Gate 1. Regular fare is $5 round trip.

 

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Saturday and Sunday service ONLY

Regular fare: $5

 

Chapel Hill Locations

UNC Campus - South Rd. at Country Club Rd. (GOLIVE Stop #3430)

NC 54 Park and Ride Lot - Off Friday Center Dr. Go past the Friday Center lot, and it's on the left-hand side of the road (GOLOVE Stop #3024)

 

RTP Location

GoTriangle Park and Ride at the Regional Transit Center - 901 Slater Rd. near the Sheraton Imperial Hotel

 

To the Fair on Saturdays:

South Rd at Country Club Dr. UNC

NC 54
Park and Ride Lot

Regional Transit Center

State Fairgrounds

Gate 1

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Leaving the Fair on Saturdays:

State Fairgrounds

Gate 1

Regional
Transit Center

NC 54 Park and Ride

South Rd at Country
Club Dr. - UNC

2:00 PM

2:20 PM

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To the Fair on Sundays:

South Rd at Country Club Dr. UNC

NC 54
Park and Ride Lot

Regional Transit Center

State Fairgrounds

Gate 1

10:50 AM

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11:30 AM

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12:00 PM

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Leaving the Fair on Sundays:

State Fairgrounds

Gate 1

Regional
Transit Center

NC 54 Park and Ride

South Rd at Country
Club Dr. - UNC

2:00 PM

2:20 PM

2:40 PM

2:50 PM

3:00 PM

3:20 PM

3:40 PM

3:50 PM

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6:50 PM

 

Garner Park and Ride

McLaurin Parking Company Buses, Saturday and Sunday ONLY

Garner buses operate on Saturdays and Sundays only and drop off/pick up outside Gate 1. Regular fare is $4 round trip.

  • Garner: McLaurin Park-and-Ride lot at 500 Chapanoake Road, located off Hwy 70 East/401 South, South Wilmington Street. 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, with trips leaving the fairgrounds until midnight.
 

Get to the Fair - Take the Train

AMTRAK TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT FOR 2016

 

For a real adventure, visit via North Carolina's AMTRAK with our special stop right in front of the North Carolina State Fair Oct. 14-23. The train stop is located just outside Gate 1 at the corner or Hillsborough St. and Blue
Ridge Rd.

 

Getting to the N.C. State Fair

Simply take the morning Carolinian 80 train that departs Charlotte at 7 a.m. The train stops in Kannapolis, Salisbury, High Point, Greensboro, Burlington, Durham and Cary before reaching the State Fairgrounds at
10:08 a.m.

 

Departing the N.C. State Fair

To get home, take the return train Carolinian 79 departing the State Fairgrounds at 4:56 p.m. with stops in Cary, Durham, Burlington, Greensboro, High Point, Salisbury and Kannapolis, arriving in Charlotte at 8:12 p.m.

 

The special train stop is wheelchair accessible.

 

Book tickets online using Station Code NSF, and prepare to enjoy all the fair has to offer this year!

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