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N.C. State Fairgrounds Events

November 2020

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every Sat. & Sun. 


*************** THE RALEIGH FLEA MARKET IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. The health and safety of our vendors and customers remains our highest priority, and we appreciate your understanding as we work with the State to be able to have a safe and successful reopening. When we have a reopen date, we will publish it on our facebook page and website.*************

Each weekend, the Commercial and Education buildings and the outside grounds are host to hundreds of dealers, craftsmen, and booths.

Commercial & Education Bldgs.
Outside grounds

919-839-4560 or click on our website for complete info:
Email us:

3 *NC Structural Pest Control Licensing and Certification Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
4 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
5 Raleigh Ducks Unlimited Banquet
Raleigh Chapter annual banquet celebrating our 53rd Anniversary. Fundraiser event includes dinner, annual membership, raffles, live band, and information on the conservation of North America's wetlands and wildlife. Doors open 5:30 pm Event Hours: 6:30 -10:30 pm. Reservations required. To learn more about how you can make a difference call 1-800-45-Ducks.
Scott Building

Tickets & Event Information:
Email: Paul Warren


Capital Area Handbell Festival
Hundred of handbell ringers from throughout the region will come together to work with clinician Fred Gramann, Director of Music at the American Church in Paris for the 32nd Annual Capital Area Handbell Festival! Five pieces (plus an optional piece) will be rehearsed in preparation for a Free Public concert at 4 p.m. on Saturday. This festival will include OVER 300 handbell ringers from several States who will join together for two days of ringing and learning under a nationally-known handbell clinician. The festival is produced and run by The Raleigh Ringers - registration fee is required for festival participants. Workshop early registration participation fee $42/person; $47/person after Oct.16. Workshop: Friday hours are 6 - 10 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The final PUBLIC concert at 4 p.m. is open to the public and FREE admission.

Scott Building 919-847-7574
6-8 Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza
The Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza - qualtiy exhibitors from Florida to New England, featuring quality antiques and old collectibles! Event Hours: Friday 10 am - 5 pm, Saturday 10 am - 5 pm, Sunday 11 am - 4 pm. Admission:  $7.00 Daily or $8.00 Weekend (3-day pass). Discount admission coupon available. Check our website for more details.
Exposition Center

336-924-8337 or

7 Annual Family Congress
This annual family congress is a healing retreat for the faithful of the Diocese of Raleigh under the guidance of Bishop Luis R. Zarama. Featured speakers Fr. Claudio Olszanski and Deacon Fernando Marin. Activities 8 am - 5 p.m.
Dorton Arena anastaciogonzales12@gmailcom
7 *NC State Alumni Association Reunion ***Cancelled - Event Rescheduled to 2021************
Private Event - By Invitation Only - Permit Required for access.
Heritage Circle/ Tobacco Pavilion/Public House  
7-8 Neuse River Trains - 36th Annual Train & Railroadiana Show & Sale
Model railroad show and sale sponsored by Neuse River Valley Model Railroad Club, a non-profit educational organization chartered to promote the hobby of model railroading. Several operating layouts on display with many vendors selling train related merchandise. Great fun for kids of ALL ages! Come see us in our expanded building beside the Exposition Center. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission: $9 covers BOTH days for age 12 and older - free admission to age 11 and under when accompanied by adult. $1 discount coupon available with Club Flyer or New & Observer coupon, or click on our website. Call or email George Lasley, 919-834-5531, for more information.
Graham Building 919-834-5531(7-9 PM please)
7-8 NC Gourd Arts & Craft Festival *****CANCELLED - NEXT SCHEDULED EVENT November 6-7, 2021 *********
The 79th Annual North Carolina Gourd Arts & Crafts Festival features a variety of growing, crafting, and artistic competitions as well as gourd crafting workshops and vendors of gourd crafts, dried gourds, seeds, books, t-shirts and gourd crafting supplies. The Festival also features a display of historical gourds and a free gourd crafting table for kids. Event Hours: Sat from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sun 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission: $2 age 16 and older. Free admission for under age 16 and NC Gourd Society members.
Holshouser Building 919-696-0744
10 Fellowship of Christian Athletes Banquet
Free admission by reservation only.
FCA Fund Raiser Banquet - Expanded LOCATION at the Fairgrounds - featured keynote speaker TBA..

We're excited to have THIS SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER join us on an important night for our miniistry - more details coming soon! Event starts at 6:30 p.m. and lasts until 9 p.m.

Exposition Center 919-848-4646
10 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing & Structural Pesticides Board Meeting
Martin Building 919-733-6100
12 *Urban Ministries Annual "Stone Soup Supper 2020" ********CANCELLED - Next Scheduled November 2021*
Urban Ministries of Wake County annual fundraiser.
Dorton Arena  

Raleigh Facilities Maintenance Expo ******** RESCHEDULED from: April 16, 2020*****
ExpoSource presents a trade show for building facility managers. Event Hours: 11 am - 3 pm. Free admission.

Holshouser Building

12 NCSU Ducks Unlimited Banquet
NCSU Chapter annual banquet. Fundraiser event includes dinner, annual membership, raffles, live band, and information on the conservation of North America's wetlands and wildlife. Doors open 5:30 pm Event Hours: 6:30 -11:30 pm. Reservations Required. To learn more about how you can make a difference call 1-800-45-Ducks.
Scott Building

Tickets & Event Information:
Andrew Williams
Drew Clapp
Zach Pegram 252-425-1913



Vintage Market Days of the Triangle
Vintage Market Days™ presents "Home for the Holidays"--an upscale vintage-inspired market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and a little more. Vintage Market Days® events offer a unique opportunity for vendors to display their talents and passions! Bringing the Vintage Experience to you! For information email us or visit our website at:

Hours & On Site Admission:
Friday ($15) & Saturday ($10): 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday ($5): 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tickets are available all 3 days at the door.

Graham Building

contact email:
14 Cheer Ltd Regional PreState - Triangle
Flat Mat Cheer - PreState Competitions. All-star teams will compete in the morning session with Spirit Xpress. Spectator Admission: $10 Adult, $5 Student/Military/Senior Citizens, Ages 4 and under admitted free.
Click on our website for more info:
Dorton Arena 1-800-477-8868 or 910-605-2507

17 *NCDA March Across Carolinas

Exposition Center/
Graham Sales Arena



*NC Soil & Water Commission
*Tuesday: Work Session 6 - 10 p.m.
Wednesday: Public Meeting 8 a.m. - 12 Noon
Martin Building 919-707-3771
18 *Triangle Apartment Association Trade Show ****RESCHEDULED from April 29, 2020***

Closed show for TAA members and invited guests. Admission is by reservation only.
Call (919) 782-1165 for reservations.
Graham Building 919-782-1165 Ext.7
19 *NC DOT Materials Test Concrete Field Performance Seminar
Holshousert Building


19 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
20-22 Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show
This show offers a vast array of precious and semi-precious gem stones, pearls, beads and beading supplies, minerals, crystals, gems, and finished jewelry in gold and silver including 14K, 18K and platinum fine jewelry, hand-crafted, custom designs, fashion jewelry, and sterling silver. Special collection of rare fossils. Wire wrappers and jewelers on site. Various discounts offered by vendors. Admission: Adults $5 general admission $1 discount with website coupon or mailer - Under age 16 admitted free. Show hours:
Friday: noon - 6 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Scott Building  (757) 641-2124

Dixie Gun & Knife Classic
Buy, sell or trade. Modern and collectible firearms, custom made knives, hunting and fishing equipment, ammo, gun accessories, reloading supplies and much, much more....something for the whole family. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $9 for adults and children under 12 are free with paying adult. Visit our website for a $1 discount admission coupon.

Graham Building


21-22 Carolina Coin and Stamp Show 
Coins, postcards and stamps, currency (U.S., foreign, ancient, gold & silver) will be available. Dealers will be buying and selling foreign, domestic and ancient currency. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. 
Holshouser Building  Dot Hendrick
22 X-Evolution Cheerleading
Cheerleading one-day regional event - Fun and instructional cheerleading competitions.
Dorton Arena Email click below:

The Christmas Carousel Holiday Gift Market …..Raleigh’s Premier Christmas Show!
For over 30 years the Christmas Carousel Holiday Gift Market has been a Thanksgiving tradition in Raleigh. Over 250 exhibitors showcasing original art, pottery, apparel, holiday décor, jewelry, foods, and many, many specialty items for that hard to find person on your gift list! We have lots of wonderful new exhibitors and many of your favorites returning this year!  Santa will be at the show all weekend to share that special moment with your child!  

Event hours are 9 am to 6 pm on Friday, 9 am to 6 pm  Saturday and 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday.
Admission: Adults - $9, Seniors (60+) and Military w/ ID - $8, Child (6-12) - $5.
Tickets are good for all three days with a return pass available at the show exit!

For more information on the show please visit our website at or call 336-855-0208.

Avoid the ticket lines….purchase your online tickets here… [

Graham Building 336-855-0208
28 *Mia's Sweet 16
*Private Event - By Invitation Only.
Dorton Arena  
28-29 Repticon Raleigh Reptile & Exotic Animal Show
Repticon Raleigh is a reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. Exciting, educational, family-oriented fun for everyone!
Hours: Saturday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm (VIP Entry at 9:00am) and Sunday: 10:00 am-4:00 pm (No VIP Early Entry)
Admission: Ages 13 and up - $10, Children (5-12) - $5, Under 5 - Free Admission. Visit our website for special offers on 2-day and VIP tickets
Exposition Center


N.C. State Fair, G. Kent Yelverton, Manager
Mailing Address: 1010 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1010
Physical Address: 1025 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh NC 27607
Phone: (919) 821-7400; FAX: (919) 733-5079

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