Ticket price includes all applicable state and local sales tax. The N.C. State Fair operates rain or shine, and does not offer refunds.

 

*Advance sales will begin online from Aug. 1 until Oct. 12 at 11:59 p.m. Sales at your local Food Lion will be Aug. 31 until Oct.12 at store closing. Sales at the State Fairgrounds (Gate 9), State Farmers Market, and Triangle Town Center will be Sept. 28 - Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. Sales at the N.C. Museum of History will be Sept. 28 - Oct. 12 and closes at 5 p.m.

 

**The online price is a discount for purchasing admission tickets online once the fair starts. If you order online prior to the fair starting, you will receive tickets at the advance sales price. Online sales are print-at-home tickets. Each ticket purchased online will be assessed a convenience fee (ranges from 5-15%).

 

Ride Tickets & Wristbands

Advance Price* Ride Tickets

 

Tix

NO LONGER AVAILABLE

$10 for a sheet of 18 ride tickets.

Most rides take 5-6 tickets each.

Regular Price* Ride Tickets

 

Tix

 

$1 per ticket at the Midway ticket booths
or $18 for a sheet of 18 online*

 

Advance Price* Unlimited Ride Wristbands

 

Tix

NO LONGER AVAILABLE

$25 online only from August 1 - October 12 at 11:59 p.m.

Each wristband will be good for one day only and will be redeemed at the N.C. State Fair Ride Redemption Tents. Wristbands may be purchased at the advance rate ONLINE ONLY. Once the Fair starts, wristbands will be available both online and at the midway ticket booths.

 

**New for 2017: Wristbands are valid any day of the Fair, Oct. 12-22**

 

Rider must be present at redemption for wristband to be applied.

 

Wristbands do NOT include the State Fair Flyer.

Regular Price* Unlimited Ride Wristbands

 

Tix

$35 online once the Fair begins, or purchased at a midway ticket booth.

 

Each wristband will be good for one day only.

 

**New for 2017: Wristbands are valid any day of the Fair, Oct. 12-22**

 

Rider must be present at redemption for wristband to be applied.

 

Wristbands do NOT include the State Fair Flyer.

 


*Online sales are print-at-home tickets. Each sheet purchased online will be assessed a convenience fee (ranges from 5-15%). The ride sheets and ride wristbands will be a print-at-home coupon(s) to be redeemed at the fair for the actual ride coupons/tickets. Ride ticket redemption booths will be open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

 

Deals and Discounts

150

Thursday, Oct. 12 - 150th Kickoff

The N.C. State Fair is EXCITED to announce our plans for our 150th Kickoff Day - Thursday, October 12!
1) $1.50 admission!
2) $1.50 portions from participating food vendors!
3) WRAL  Button Bonanza: The first 15,000 fairgoers through the gates will receive a commemorative button!
4) Each hour, State Fair staff will hand out 150 free ride passes and other prizes to fairgoers wearing their button!

Thursday, October 12th is going to be a GIANT way to kickoff a milestone year! The Fair is a great deal any day, but you can't beat this!!

Admission tickets will be available from 3 p.m. (opening) through 9:45 p.m. when our ticket booths close. Tickets MUST be purchased at the gates, and are not available in advance. Tickets MUST be used on Thursday, Oct. 12, and will not be valid any other day of the Fair.


Family 4-Pack

Family 4-Pack - $44 - NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Start a new family tradition! Bring out the whole family with this package!

 

Includes:

4 adult admission tickets

2 ride sheets (18 tickets per sheet)

 

Family 4-Packs are only available online in advance of the Fair. This package must be purchased by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12.

 

Tix


Mini Pass

Mega Fan Mini Pass - $30 - NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Can't get enough of the Fair? This is for you!

 

Includes:

Mini Pass allows the bearer admission any 5 days of the Fair. The pass is only valid for one scan per day. Multiple scans per day are not permitted.

 

Mini Passes are only available online in advance of the Fair. They must be purchased by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12.

 

Tix


SFF

 

State Fair Flyer

Soar above the midway lights on our BRAND NEW State Fair Flyer. Traverse the carnival from the west end "Orville Terminus" near the Scott Building down to Gate 8 via the "Wilbur Terminus" as you watch the magic of the midway below your feet!

 

Pricing

Advance Tickets: $4 one way, $7 round trip. These tickets are available online only through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, October 12.

 

During the Fair: $5 one way, $8 round trip. These tickets are available at the State Fair Flyer ticket booth at one of the two terminus points.

 

NEW TICKET PACKAGE FOR 2017! - NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Purchase 2 State Fair admission tickets and 2 round trip State Fair Flyer tickets for only $26! This package is only available online in advance of the Fair. This package must be purchased by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12.

 

Tix

 

One Way Tickets

Tix

 

Round Trip Tickets

Tix

 

State Fair Flyer Package


WCPSS

 

Click here to download your

WCPSS School Code

Wake County Schools Promotion - NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Support your Wake County Public School by purchasing tickets in advance of the N.C. State Fair with your school code.

 

For every adult ticket purchased using a school code, the State Fair will donate $2 to the school. For every child ticket purchased using a school code, the State Fair will donate $1 to the school.

 

To support your school, simply enter your school code under "Membership" at check-out on the WCPSS Admission Ticket link. This promotion is only available online in advance of the Fair. Tickets must be purchased by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12.

 

Tix


DMD

Daily Military Discount

Active-duty service members, reservists, retirees, National Guardsmen and their dependents (ages 13-64) pay only $6 daily at the gate. That’s a 44% discount! Proper identification (outlined below) must be presented at the ticket window to receive this discount. One valid identification is required per discounted ticket.

 

Additionally, veterans are offered the same discount for themselves, plus one discounted ticket for a guest or dependent, for a total of two tickets at the reduced rate. Proper identification (outlined below) must be presented at the ticket window to receive this discount.

 

This offer is available at our retail locations at Gate 9 at the State Fairgrounds, The N.C. Museum of History, the State Farmers' Market and Triangle Town Center. You must present proper identification at the ticket window to receive this discount. A valid identification must be presented for each discounted ticket. This offer is NOT available online or at Food Lion.


Identification accepted for discount:

  • Valid Uniformed Services ID

  • Valid Common Access Card (CAC)

  • Valid North Carolina Driver’s License with Veteran Designation

  • Valid Veteran's Affairs Health Identification Card
  • Photocopy of valid DD-214 Form

  • Photocopy of valid NGB-22 Form


FF

Friday, Oct. 13

Student Discount with School ID or Report Card

 

Students can take advantage of a $5 admission ticket by presenting their school identification or recent (2016/2017) report card at the ticket booth. That's a 50% savings off the gate price! These tickets are not available online or in advance. One ticket may be purchased per student ID at the reduced price. All applicable local and state sales taxes are included in your purchase price.


FLHRD

 

FLF

Thursday, Oct. 19

Bring 5 cans of food and get in free!

 

Food Lion Hunger Relief Day at the Fair is one of the largest one-day canned-food drives in the state, held each year to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Since 1993, more than 4.4 million pounds of food have been donated by fairgoers. Food Bank volunteers and employees of Food Lion and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will exchange cans for Fair tickets at each admission gate.

 

 


 

Advance Sales Purchasing Options

Location
Dates
Times
Tickets Sold
Tix

 

Tuesday, Aug. 1 - Thursday, Oct. 12

 

 

Starts at 10 a.m. on Aug. 1 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 12

Admission

Ride Tickets

Ride Wristbands

Group Tickets

State Fair Flyer

Specialty Packages

FL

 

 

 

Wednesday, Aug. 30 - Thursday, Oct. 12

 

 

 

Tickets will be sold at all check-out lanes during normal store hours.

 

 

 

Admission

Ride Tickets

N.C .State Fairgrounds

Gate 9 (Trinity Rd.)

1025 Blue Ridge Rd.

Raleigh, NC 27607

 

Thursday, Sept. 28 - Thursday, Oct. 12

 

 

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Admission

Ride Tickets

Group Tickets

Military Admission

N.C. Museum of History

5 East Edenton St.

Raleigh, NC 27601

Thursday, Sept. 28 - Thursday, Oct. 12

Weekdays Only

 

 

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Admission

Ride Tickets

Group Tickets

Military Admission

State Farmers Market

1201 Agriculture St.

Raleigh, NC 27603

Thursday, Sept. 28 - Thursday, Oct. 12

 

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Ticket booth located between the Farmers Building and Market Shoppes.

Admission

Ride Tickets

Group Tickets

Military Admission

Triangle Town Center

5959 Triangle Town Blvd.

Raleigh, NC 27616

Thursday, Sept. 28 - Thursday, Oct. 12

 

Tickets will be on sale during regular mall hours at the counter on the lower level just off the escalator near AT&T and Express except Oct. 12 when ticket sales will end at 6 p.m.

Admission

Ride Tickets

Group Tickets

Military Admission

 

Grandstand Shows

 

Friday, Oct. 13

 

6 p.m.

 

United Pullers of the Carolinas Tractor Pull

 

$10

Tix

 

 

 

Saturday, Oct. 14

 

 

Noon

 

United Pullers of the Carolinas Tractor Pull

 

$10

Tix

 

6 p.m.

 

United Pullers of the Carolinas Tractor Pull

 

$10

Tix

 

Sunday, Oct. 15

 

1 p.m.

 

United Pullers of the Carolinas Tractor Pull

 

$10

Tix

 

Friday, Oct. 20

 

7:30 p.m.

Demolition Derby and Monster Truck Freestyle
4,6,8 Cylinder Cars/Large Pick-Up Trucks/ SUVs / Mini-Vans

 

$10

Tix

 

Saturday, Oct. 21

 

7:30 p.m.

 

Demolition Derby and Monster Truck Freestyle

4,6,8 Cylinder Car/Double Figure 8 Racing/ Championship Compact

 

$10

 

Tix

 

Sunday, Oct. 22

 

2:30 p.m.

Demolition Derby and Monster Truck Freestyle
1-Qualifying Heat and 4, 6, 8 Cylinder Championships

 

 

$10

Tix

All applicable local and state sales taxes are included in your purchase price.

 

Weekday Lunch Pass Program - ADMISSION ONLY

Take your lunch break at the fair!

How it works:

  • Visit Gate 9 off Trinity Road, or Gate 1 off Hillsborough Street ONLY after 11:30 a.m. on weekdays. This offer is not valid at other gates or on weekends.

  • Purchase a lunch card at the gate for $10 with cash (cash sales only).

  • Buy your lunch from the many fair food vendors on site. Fair food vendors take cash. ATMS are available inside the fairgrounds.

  • Return the lunch card by 1:30 p.m. to the same gate you entered on the same day purchased the card for a full $10 cash refund.

  • If you leave later than 1:30 p.m., then you forfeit your $10. The card is good only on the day purchased. This program is only for adult admission.