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N.C. State Fairgrounds Events

April 2014

Date Event
* indicates the event is not open to the public
Building Contact Info
every Sat. & Sun. 

The Flea Market is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Each weekend, the Commercial and Education buildings and the outside grounds are host to hundreds of dealers, craftsmen, and booths.

Tuesdays At Dorton Arena lot Introducing the Flea Market - Every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Commercial & Education Bldgs.
Outside grounds 

Lot south of Dorton Arena at Hillsborough Street
919-899-3532 (919-899-FLEA)
1 *NC Structural Pesticide Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
2 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
4 *National Wild Turkey Federation -State Chapter Banquet
Email for ticket information. Event Hours: 6 - 11 pm
Martin Building
4-6 Region 12 & 15 All-Arabian Horse Show
3 day 38th Annual NCAHA/ODAHA Dual Region Qualifing All-Arabian Horse Show. Arabian-Half Arabian competition includes various events performance, halter, sport horse, dressage, hunter jumper and carriage driving. Free admission. Begins Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m. each day through 9 pm.
Hunt Horse Complex
919-906-3510 Rory Meacham

Participant/Exhibitor registration:
4-6 Supercar Autocross Ride & Drive Experience
Get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime driving experience in North Carolina! Our Ferrari and Lamborghini Agility Experience is a 60-minute group-based experience that provides education-based instruction on driving an exotic supercar, drive 3 laps around our autocross course in a Ferrari 360 Modena or Lamborghini Gallardo, and the opportunity to meet fellow supercar enthusiasts. At the end, you'll feel the responsiveness and distinction of these dragons and you'll develop a new bond between your new driving team-mates. Leave your caffeinated beverage at home - adrenaline comes free of charge!
Student driver registration required. Family and friends free admission.
Blue Ridge & Trinity Road Lot



All About Autism Expo
Awareness is essential and being informed is crucial! Join us to explore all the avenues of support for our children. Parents, grandparents, caregivers, extended family, clinicians & therapists, educators, nutritionists, nurses - this expo offers something for everyone. Meet therapists and organizations that offer services. Shop for products and find out more about the products for therapy, diets, etc… Receive valuable information by a vast variety of speakers on important topics. Top private schools from the Triangle Region will be here, find out what they offer and how they can help your child. Bring the entire family, there will be something for everyone. Check out the PlayZone, designed specifically for the children. Take advantage of the on-site childcare services. Event Hours: Saturday 10 am to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 - 4 p.m. Early Bird Admission Special Advance admission $15 per day - available through 10 pm on March 22 on our website: or cash purchase of $20 general admission tickets at door. Free admission for Children 12yrs old & under and for special needs children and special needs adults.
Scott Building 301-401-5775

6 Southern Bridal Show and Expo
You will meet over 150 Triangle wedding experts who will inspire you! Also enjoy wedding fashion previews featuring the latest trends in bridal wear and tuxeda. Pre-register and purchase tickets on line to recieve a discount. The ultimate wedding one-stop shopping with fun, food and fashion previews every hour!
Event Hours: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission: $10 per person at the door (cash only) - $8 advance purchase. Click on our website for advance tickets and to register:
Jim Graham Building 919-873-1700
7 *NC Law Enforcement Meeting
Martin Building 919-839-4508
9 *NC Board of Agriculture Meeting
Martin Building 919-707-3008
10 *NC Drought Management Council Meeting
Martin Building 919-707-9033
10-12 Raleigh Invitational Horse Show
American Saddle Bred and Morgan horse show - This is an AMHA two star rating show featuring the Equine Roadster Cup and the Equine Pony Cup and is a qualifier for the World Championship Horse Show. Free spectator admission. Session times: Thursday morning (April 10) 9:00am and evening 6:00 pm;
Friday morning (April 11) 9:00 am and evening 6pm; Saturday (April 12) 9am until approximately 4pm
Hunt Horse Complex

Joyce Wilson

10-13 Chatlee Boat Show & Sale
Boat Show and Sale presented by Chatlee Boats -Large selection of saltwater, skiffs, ski & deck boards to choose from~ a Boat for every Budget~ Event Hours: noon - 8 pm on Thursday and Friday, 9 am - 7 pm on Saturday, and 11 am - 5 pm on Sunday.
Free admission.
Scott Building
11-13 Geranium Sale 
The Pilot Club of Raleigh will be selling geraniums to raise money for their charity work.
L.R. Harrill Center
Gate 6
11-13 Southern Ideal Home Show - Spring Edition
The show features hundreds of building, remodeling, kitchen and bath, landscaping, outdoor living and interior design companies. This three-day event provides homeowners with opportunities to shop, compare, and seek advice from professionals and see the latest in home improvement trends. The show is a convenient, one-stop shopping, and has set the standard as the “must-see” home and garden event of the year.
Event Times:
Friday: 11 am - 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 8 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 5pm

At the Door: $9 (Under 15 free with a paying adult)
Advanced Tickets: $8 online
Special Days:
(55+) Day: Friday, April 11: $7 (No Coupons)
Hero Day: Friday, April 11: Free Admission with Active and Valid Military, Police, Fire or EMT ID (No Coupons)
$5 After 5pm on Saturday and Sunday (No Coupons)

Graham Building &
Exposition Center

Show Info: 1-800-849-0248

Exhibitor/Participant Registration:
704-376-6594 Ext. 134

10-13 Adidas Clearance Sale
Clearance sale of Adidas apparel, footwear and accessories.
Thursday thru Sunday.
Daily Hours: 10:00 am - 7 pm
Holshouser Building

12 The Pipe and Tobacciana Expo
Pipe and tobacciana expo includes distributors, collectors and pipe clubs. A selection of smoking pipes, pipe racks, humidors and smokers accessories will be available as well as custom blended tobaccos from around the world, pipe makers and pipe trading. Hourly raffles and door prizes.  Event Hours: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Admission: $3, free admission for one with ad from News & Observer or NC State Technician.
Martin Building 919-848-0685
16 *Triangle Apartment Association Trade Show
Closed show for TAA members and invited guests. Admission is by reservation only. Call (919) 782-1165 for reservations.
Exposition Center (919) 782-1165 Ext.7
16 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
16 ODB Co. Equipment Show
Hunt Horse Complex Carl Brewster
17-20 Cole Brothers Circus of the Stars
The World's Largest Circus Under The Big Top!® Two hour performance of traditional circus - under the Big Top including tigers, elephants, comedy dogs, clowns, showgirls, acrobats, highwire, dare-devels Globe of Death,and the human cannonball !

In a world that seems to be turning ever faster, few family traditions have remained as intact as the annual Circus coming to town. Even today, this popular entertainment mainstay continues to offer a rich and magical immersion into the colorful and theatrical tapestry celebrating the exemplar of man.

Thursday: 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Friday: 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Saturday: 1:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 7:30 pm
Sunday: 1:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 7:30 pm

General Admission Day of Show:
Adults $21, children $16
Reserved Seating rows 6-14:
Adults $25, children $20
VIP Seating rows 1-5:
Adults $27, children $22
Advance Admission Tickets:
Free Kids tickets distributed to schools for under age 12 free admission if accompanied by paid adult ticket - limit 2 free children's tickets per paid adult ticket.

Upper Bunn Field at Trinity & Blue Ridge ENTER from Trinity Road at Gate 9 1-800-796-5672 or 1-888-332-5200

19 42nd Annual Raleigh Hamfest
All in one building, huge electronic flea market for new & used amateur radio and electronic equipment. Amateur Radio License Examinations start at 9 a.m. Forums, construction projects, youth lounge. Show hours are  8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m, Saturday - April 19. Advance tickets are $7 pre-registration prior to Sunday - April 13 or $8 at the door.
Graham Building

Info: 919-872-6555

Exhibitor/dealers call:

19 Sportscard and Sports Memorabilia Show
Nearly 75 exhibitors will be selling sportscards and collectibles on approximately 160 tables at the show. Hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Admission is $5 for adults. Children ages 15 and under are admitted free.
Scott Building 540-392-2884
20 Easter Service - Calvary Chapel Cary Easter Celebration
Easter worship service. Doors open at 9:15 am. Service begins at 10 am and concludes at noon. The general public is invited to attend. Free admission.
Dorton Arena 919-367-9250

19-20 North Central Open Benefit Show
Annual Holiday Classic Open Horse Show - Proceeds benefit the Equestrian Western Club at NCSU and the North Central District 4-H Program.
http://classic-open-horse-show.htmlct 4-H Horse Program.
Hunt Horse Complex Richard Isley 336-908-3302
Class info:
24 Wake County School Bus Roadeo
8 am - 2:30 pm
Midway/Martin 919-857-7691
25-27 Easter Bunny Quarter Horse Circuit Horse Show
AQHA horse show, Exhibitors Party and Queen's Contest. Show begins daily at 8 a.m. Free Spectator admission.
Hunt Horse Complex Margaret Byrd
25 The Raleigh Professional Firefighters Association Presents The Family Stone with beach favorites The Entertainers
Annual Fundraiser - General Admission $26. Doors open at 7 pm. Concert begins at 8 pm. For more information call or email.

Dorton Arena 919-714-7944
25-27 Southern Women's Show
Spend the day doing the things you love! Come enjoy a festive atmosphere at the 2014 Southern Women's Show and relax with spa treatments and makeovers, value shop for clothes, jewelry and gifts, gourmet food & wine, travel ideas, beauty tips, health screenings, cooking classes, fashion shows, and have FUN! Learn new ways to improve your lifestyle and much more. Hours are Friday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.,
Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission is $12 at the door - Advance tickets $7 available at Walgreens locations; child 6 - 12 admission $6. Click on our weblink for advance online tickets or $2 Adult admission discount coupon. A $5 return ticket can be purchased at the show office and used with original ticket stub for return visit to the show.
Graham Building,
Exposition Center
704-494-7560 or 800-849-0248

26 Unleashed Mutt Spring Fling
Join us for fun, contests and games for dogs and people - a Spring fun celebration full of good time for good causes. Rescue groups, Easter Egg Hunts, games, contests, vendors and more! Free admission - Accepting donated items (food, supplies and cash) for local animal rescue. Event hours: 11 am to 2 pm.
Heritage Circle 919-858-6460
26 NC Persian Festival
Join us for the 4th Persian Festival in North Carolina - a celebration of Persian culture and cuisine sponsored by Iranian Culture Society of NC features Persian dances performances, live music, art, food, cultural exhibits and displays, handicrafts, silent auction and vendor exhibits for entire family to enjoy. Do not forget to visit our children's activity center. Event hours: 11 am to 7 pm. Free admission.
Scott Building 919-616-6166
16 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100




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