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FastTrack Gate Admission skips the ticketing line at all N.C. State Fair gates. FastTrack Gate Admission does not apply to carnival rides, the State Fair Flyer or the State Fair SkyGazer. This promotion is for gate admission only. Buy tickets online for your family, friends, or your co-workers. There are ticket and package options for groups of any size!

 


Ticket price includes all applicable state and local sales tax. The N.C. State Fair operates rain or shine, and does not offer refunds. Each ticket purchased online will be assessed a convenience fee (ranges from 5-15%). If you have questions about ordering tickets online, go to Etix Online Support or call 919-653-0443.

 

 

 Rides & Attractions

Ride Tickets

Online
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Or at
Circle K

Ride Ticket Sheets

 

Advance Sale: August 1-October 14

$10 for a sheet of 18 ride tickets.*

Most rides require 5-6 tickets each.

 

At the Fair, Online or at Circle K: October 14-October 24

$1 per ticket at carnival ticket booths
or $18 for a sheet of 18 tickets online*

 


 

Advance sale ride sheet vouchers will be redeemed at the N.C. State Fair Ride Redemption Tents. Once the Fair begins, ride tickets will be available both online and at carnival ticket booths.

 

Ride Tickets do NOT include admission to the N.C. State Fair and are not valid at the State Fair Flyer or State Fair SkyGazer.

 

Ride Redemption Tents are located near Gate 8, near Dorton Arena and in Kiddieland. Look for the neon green tents with stars on top. Tents will be open on Thursday, Oct. 14 from 12 p.m.-10 p.m. and then daily from 8 a.m.-10 p.m.


Wristbands

Online
Tix

 

Or at
Circle K

 

Ride Wristbands

 

Advance Sale: August 1-October 14

$30 per wristband*

 

At the Fair, Online or at Circle K: October 14-October 24

$40 per wristband*

 



Each wristband will be valid for one day only during the 2021 N.C. State Fair. Advance sale wristband vouchers will be redeemed at the N.C. State Fair Ride Redemption Tents. Once the Fair begins, wristbands will be available both online and at carnival ticket booths.

 

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

 

Unlimited Ride Wristbands do NOT include admission to the N.C. State Fair and are not valid at the State Fair Flyer or State Fair SkyGazer.

 

Ride Redemption Tents are located near Gate 8, near Dorton Arena and in Kiddieland. Look for the neon green tents with stars on top. Tents will be open on Thursday, Oct. 14 from 12 p.m.-10 p.m. and then daily from 8 a.m.-10 p.m.


Flyer

 

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State Fair Flyer - Chair Lift

 

Advance Sale: August 1-October 14

$5 one-way or $8 round-trip*

 

At the Fair or Online: October 15-October 24

$6 one-way or $9 round-trip*

 


 

State Fair Flyer tickets do NOT include admission to the N.C. State Fair and are not valid for carnival rides or the State Fair SkyGazer.

 

State Fair Flyer tickets purchased online may be redeemed at the State Fair Flyer.


SkyGazer

 

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State Fair SkyGazer - 155' Ferris Wheel

 

Advance Sale: August 1-October 14

$6

 

At the Fair or Online: October 15-October 24

$7

 


 

State Fair SkyGazer tickets do NOT include admission to the N.C. State Fair and are not valid for carnival rides.

 

State Fair SkyGazer tickets purchased online may be redeemed at the State SkyGazer.


*Online sales are print-at-home tickets. Ticket sheet(s) and/or wristband(s) purchased online will be assessed a convenience fee (ranges from 5-15%). Ride sheets and ride wristbands will be print-at-home voucher(s) to be redeemed at the fair for ride ticket(s) or wristband(s).

 

  Promotional Days and Discounts

Dizzy Pass

 

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Dizzy Pass - $38

 

Advance Sale Only: August 1-October 14

 

Includes:

1 FastTrack Gate Admission Ticket

1 Unlimited Ride Wristband

 

Dizzy Passes are only available online in advance of the Fair and must be purchased by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14.

 

Each wristband will be valid for one day only during the 2021 N.C. State Fair. Advance sale wristband vouchers will be redeemed at the N.C. State Fair Ride Redemption Tents. Unlimited Ride Wristbands do NOT include admission to the N.C. State Fair and are not valid at the State Fair Flyer or State Fair SkyGazer.

 

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

 

FastTrack Gate Admission skips the ticketing line at all N.C. State Fair gates. FastTrack Gate Admission does not apply to carnival rides, the State Fair Flyer or the State Fair SkyGazer. 

 

Ride Redemption Tents are located near Gate 8, near Dorton Arena and in Kiddieland. Look for the neon green tents with stars on top. Tents will be open on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 12 p.m.-10 p.m. and then daily from 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

 


KCP

 

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Kegs & Corks Pass - $17

 

Online Advance Sale Only: August 1-October 14

 

1 FastTrack Gate Admission Ticket

1 NC Public House Beer+Wine ticket providing your choice of two 8oz. N.C. craft beer samples or two 3oz. N.C. wine samples. Craft soda may be purchased on-site for $5 each.

 

 

Kegs & Corks Passes are only available online in advance of the Fair and must be purchased by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14.

 

This offer is limited to one admission to the NC Public House per person, per day. ID is required to redeem Kegs & Corks Passes that include beer or wine.

 

FastTrack Gate Admission skips the ticketing line at all N.C. State Fair gates. FastTrack Gate Admission does not apply to carnival rides, the State Fair Flyer or the State Fair SkyGazer. 


State Fair Flyer

 

Tix

 

State Fair Flyer Package - $32

 

Online Advance Sale Only: August 1-October 14

 

Includes:

2 FastTrack Gate Admission Tickets

2 Round-Trip State Fair Flyer Tickets

 

State Fair Flyer tickets are not valid for carnival rides.

 

State Fair Flyer tickets purchased online may be redeemed at the State Fair Flyer. This package is only available online in advance of the Fair and must be purchased by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14.

 

FastTrack Gate Admission skips the ticketing line at all N.C. State Fair gates. FastTrack Gate Admission does not apply to carnival rides or the State Fair Flyer. 


State Fair SkyGazer

 

Tix

 

State Fair SkyGazer - $14

 

Online Advance Sale Only: August 1-October 14

 

Includes:

1 FastTrack Gate Admission Ticket

1 State Fair SkyGazer Ticket

 

State Fair SkyGazer tickets are not valid for carnival rides.

 

State Fair SkyGazer tickets purchased online may be redeemed at the State Fair SkyGazer. This package is only available online in advance of the Fair and must be purchased by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14.

 

FastTrack Gate Admission skips the ticketing line at all N.C. State Fair gates. FastTrack Gate Admission does not apply to carnival rides or the State Fair Flyer.


Tools for Schools

 

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Tools For Schools Program - $$ For Your School

 

Online Advance Sale Only: August 1-October 14

 

For every Adult FastTrack Gate Admission Ticket purchased using a school code, the State Fair will donate $2 to the school. For every Child FastTrack Gate Admission 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 Tools for Schools link. This promotion is only available online in advance of the Fair. Tickets must be purchased by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14.

 

FastTrack Gate Admission skips the ticketing line at all N.C. State Fair gates. FastTrack Gate Admission does not apply to carnival rides, the State Fair Flyer or the State Fair SkyGazer.

 

WCPAA

Granville

Mil Disc

Daily Military Discount

 

Active-duty service members, reservists, retirees, National Guardsmen and their dependents (ages 13-64) pay only $8 daily at the gate. That’s a 38% 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 in advance of the Fair at our retail locations at Gate 9 at the State Fairgrounds, The N.C. Museum of History and the State Farmers' Market. 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


Friday Frenzy

Friday, October 15 - $8 Admission

Student Discount with School ID or Report Card

 

Students can take advantage of an $8 admission ticket by presenting their school identification or recent (2020/2021) report card at the ticket booth. Tickets are not available online or in advance.

 

One ticket may be purchased per student ID at the reduced price.

 


acess ABILITY Day

Sunday, October 17

We are excited to announce N.C. State Fair accessABILITY Day presented by Bandwidth. For years, our team has been brainstorming ways to make the fair more inclusive. We’ve spoken to advocates in the community about what steps we can take to be more welcoming to all North Carolinians, regardless of ability.

Running from 8 a.m. – noon on Sunday, Oct. 17, visitors can expect the following on accessABILITY Day:
• Rides and games will open at 9 a.m. and will operate with no lights or music playing.
• Vendors will operate with no lights or music at their booths.
• Music stages will only play acoustic sets with light amplification.
• The public address system will only be used for lost visitor announcements.

All-day activities on accessABILITY Day include:
• A “Bandwidth Chill Out Zone” will be available to guests in the Graham Building with tables/chairs, low lighting and soft music playing for those who need to take a break from the busy atmosphere outside.
• Guests can compete in specially designed inclusive and/or adaptive “on the spot” competitions.
• Adult changing stations will be added into existing family restrooms as space allows and will be available year-round.
• Noise cancelling headphones will be available to check out in the “Bandwidth Chill Out Zone” for those who need them.
• Guidebooks will be available to download online or pick up from guest services highlighting all the inclusive activities and amenities the Fair offers.

Check out all the details on N.C. State Fair accessABILITY Day presented by Bandwidth here!


Senior Day

Tuesday, October 19

On Tuesday, Oct. 19, seniors ages 65+ get free admission to the Fair! They can also enjoy a free Bojangles' breakfast and entertainment at the Senior Citizen Fun Festival. The event will take place at 9 a.m.

Handicap parking is available on a first come, first served basis outside Gate 10. Access the parking lot via Blue Ridge Rd. Overflow parking and overflow handicap parking will be available at Carter Finley Stadium (Gate A). Trams will be available to move fairgoers from the parking lot to Dorton Arena. Buses may drop off passengers at Gate 1, the closest gate to all the activities in Dorton Arena and then move to Carter Finley Stadium for parking.


SFHRD

Thursday, October 21

Bring 6 cans of food and get in free!

 

Hunger Relief Day began at the N.C. State Fair in 1993 and since then, fairgoers have donated over 5.3 million pounds of food to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina and its partners. It has become one of the largest one-day canned-food drives in the state.

 

Smithfield Foods Hunger Relief Day will take place on Thursday, Oct. 21. Fairgoers can bring six cans of food to the fair gates to exchange for free admission.

 

 

  Advance Sale Purchasing Options - Discounts available on all tickets and packages!
Tix

 

 

Tuesday, Aug. 1 - Thursday, Oct. 14

 

 

 

Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. -

11:59 p.m. on October 14

 

Admission

Ride Tickets

Ride Wristbands

Group Tickets

Special Event Tickets

State Fair Flyer Tickets

State Fair SkyGazer

Specialty Packages


Circle K

 

Monday, Sept. 13 - Thursday, Oct. 24

 

Tickets will be sold exclusively at all central North Carolina Circle K stores. Click on the Circle K logo for a map of participating locations by city and zip code.

 

 

 

Admission

Ride Tickets

Ride Wristbands


N.C .State Fairgrounds

Gate 9 (Trinity Rd.)

1025 Blue Ridge Rd.

Raleigh, NC 27607

Saturday, Sept. 25 and

Sunday, Sept. 26

 

 

Thursday, Sept. 30 - Thursday, Oct. 14

 

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Gate 9 off Trinity Road

 

 

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Gate 9 off Trinity Road

Admission

Ride Tickets

Ride Wristbands

Group Tickets

Military Admission

Special Event Tickets

State Fair Flyer Tickets

State Fair SkyGazer Tickets


N.C. Museum of History

5 East Edenton St.

Raleigh, NC 27601

Thursday, Sept. 30 - Thursday, Oct. 14

Weekdays Only

 

 

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Admission

Ride Tickets

Ride Wristbands

Group Tickets

Military Admission

Special Event Tickets

State Fair Flyer

State Fair SkyGazer


State Farmers Market

1201 Agriculture St.

Raleigh, NC 27603

Thursday, Sept. 30 - Thursday, Oct. 14

 

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Ticket booth located between the Farmers Building and Market Shoppes

Admission

Ride Tickets

Ride Wristbands

Group Tickets

Military Admission

Special Event Tickets

State Fair Flyer

State Fair SkyGazer

 

  Special Events

Tractor Pull


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United Pullers of the Carolinas Tractor Pull
Rand Grandstand - $10

Friday, October 15

6 p.m.

 

Saturday, October 16

Noon

 

Saturday, October 16

6 p.m.

 

Sunday, October 17

1 p.m.

 

 

Each $10 ticket is valid for one show, and does not include Fair admission.

 

Children 5 and under are free.


Motorsports Mayehm

 

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Motorsports Mayhem
Rand Grandstand- $10

Friday, October 22

 

7.30 p.m.

 

Demolition Derby, Monster Truck Freestyle & Championship Double Figure 8 Race

Saturday, October 23

 

7:30 p.m.

 

Demolition Derby, Monster Truck Freestyle & Championship Double Figure 8 Race

Sunday, October 24

2:30 p.m.

Championship Demolition Derby & Monster Truck Freestyle


 

Each $10 ticket is valid for one show, and does not include Fair admission.

 

Children 5 and under are free.


Draft Horse Pull

 

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Pulling for Autism Draft Horse Pull
Hunt Horse Complex - $10

Friday, October 22

6 p.m.

 


 

Each $10 ticket is valid for one show, and does not include Fair admission. A donation will be made to The Autism Society of North Carolina.

 

Children 5 and under are free.


Mini Horse Pull

 

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N.C. State Fair Miniature Horse Pull
Hunt Horse Complex - $10

Saturday, October 23

7 p.m.

 


 

Each $10 ticket is valid for one show, and does not include Fair admission.

 

Children 5 and under are free.

 

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, no food is included.