Skip Navigation


N.C. State Fairgrounds Events

September 2019

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 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Each weekend, the Commercial and Education buildings, the Shoppes at Dorton and the outside grounds are host to hundreds of dealers, craftsmen, and booths.
The Flea Market will close Sunday, Sept. 29, in preparation of the annual State Fair and reopen on Saturday, Nov. 9.

Commercial & Education Bldgs.
Outside grounds

919-899-3532 (919-899-FLEA)

Equestrian Exchange Consignment Sale
Equestrian Exchange Tack Consignment Sale is North Carolina's largest equine item consignment sale. It offers the opportunity to buy and sell any equestrian tack, saddles, show clothing, barn supplies, horsewaer and riding needs for all disciplines of riding. New bar code tagging system - refer to website for all details. Consignors earn 75% of all sold and shop before public. Anything related to the equestrian sport is represented at this sale. Barn supplies, show clothing and more! Encourage all non-profit horse progrms and equestrian camps to be involved in buying and selling horse items. Large items such as carts, wagons welcome.
Receiving dates: (Consignors drop off your items) Tuesday-August 27 from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Large Volume Consignors 150+ items call for appointment. Pick-up unsold items Wednesday 8/28 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (this is a no shopping day).
Thursday 8/29 Volunteers Shop 12 Noon- 9 pm and Consignors (and 1 guest - passes required) shop 3 pm - 9 pm.; Also Volunteers may shop on Monday 9/2 from 10 am - 7 pm and Consignors (and 1 guest - passes required) from 10 am - 7 pm.
Special Premier Shopping Night Thursday August 29 from 5 - 9 p.m. with $10 (CASH ONLY) Admission.
FREE Admission on Friday thru Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Monday - Sept. 2 from 12 noon - 7 p.m. Some items marked half off on last day of sale. Please visit our website for additional event details.

Holshouser Building

336-362-6248 Event Info
336-697-1097 Consignor/Vendors

8/29-9/2 Kennel Club Dog Shows-Tarheel Labor Day Cluster
AKC (American Kennel Club) registered dogs will compete each day for points leading to championships, as well as dog obedience trials for degrees and obedience championship points.  Championship all breed dog show, obedience and rally trials - a different Kennel Club hosts competitions each day. The schedule is: Thursday, Fayetteville Kennel Club; Friday, Alamance Kennel Club; Saturday, Durham Kennel Club; Sunday, Raleigh Kennel Club, and Monday, Cary Kennel Club. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday is $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for senior adults and children 7-11 years of age. Free admission with military ID and for children under 7 years of age. Special outdoor attraction each day: North American Dock Diving Dogs - bring your dog (and current health records) to participate. This is a free spectator attraction sponsored by AKC and located outside the South end of the Graham Building near Hillsborough Street.
Graham Building Dennis McKoy
8/29-9/2 Treasures of the Earth 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. Wirewrappers 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.; Monday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Scott Building  (804) 642-2011 (757) 641-2124

NCDCTA Labor of Love Dressage Horse Show I & II
Recognized dressage equestrian competition - dressage through FEI - vendor fair
Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday & Saturday and Sunday. This is a FREE spectator admission event.

Hunt Horse Complex

Sandy Donovan
Martie Healey 352-363-0085

4 *NC Structural Pest Control Licensing and Certification Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
6-8 Greek Festival
38th Annual Greek Festival - Authentic Greek food - Homemade Greek pastries & marketplace - Live Greek music - Greek Dance Groups - & More...... Portions of the event proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity.
COME JOIN US IN OUR LARGER FACILITY Event Hours: Friday 5 - 10 pm, Saturday 11 am - 10 pm, Sunday 11 am - 6 pm.... GENERAL ADMISSION: Adults - $4, Ages 13-18 and Senior Citizens - $3, Ages 12 and under admitted free. Visit our website at for more info or to purchase your admission ticket. Tickets are also available at the door.
Graham Building 919-781-4548
6-8 NCQHA Tar Heel Futurity Fall Classic
2019 Tar Heel Quarter Horse Futurity Fall Classic Show - estimated $90,000 to be awarded in money & prizes. Circuit awards for each class: Open, Amateur, 13 & under and 14-18 all arounds.
Hunt Horse Complex Registration/Participation
Event Info: 910-395-4306 Susan Daniels


Big Time Wrestling
Big Time Wrestling returns to the legendary Dorton Arena with a 6 Man Tag Team Main Event and much more! Glenn Jacobs fka KANE!, WWE Hall of Famer KURT ANGLE, WWE Diva EMMA, ARN ANDERSON, THE NASTY BOYS, THE PATRIOT, and all the stars of Big Time Wrestling. Meet & Greet 5:30PM. Belltime 7:30PM.Doors open: 5:30 p.m. Meet & Greet 5:30-7:30 p.m. Bell time: 7:30 p.m. Advance Admission Tickets: $75 VIP, $50 Golden Ringside rows 3-4, $30 Floor Seating Rows 5-8, Arena Seating $20. (Special Meet & Greet Combo Tickets also available plus featured wrestlers will also have tables offering purchase of autograph and/or photo.) Any available seats on September 7 will be sold at the Dorton North Box Office beginning at 5 p.m. on September 7. Check our website for more details coming soon.
Dorton Arena

7-8 NC Kid Expo Raleigh 2019
The NC Kid Expo is the ultimate event for kids and those kids at heart! During the event, attendees will be able to explore, shop, play and learn at this unforgettable event. American Ninja Warrior Jr, Positive Ninja appearing Saturday and Sunday. The Expo is part businesses, non-profits on display and part experiences and fun for all! Expect to see local and national companies that have products and services catered to kids and families. Meet instructors and coaches teaching karate, soccer and football. Or sign up for gymnastics, dance schools and so much more! Event Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission: age 13 and over: $10; Ages 5-12 $5; Grandparent General Admission $8; General Admission for Family 4-Park $25. For more information go to
Exposition Center

UPHA Chapter 12 NC State Championship Horse Show
The First Annual UPHA Chapter 12 North Carolina State Championship Horse Show - Morning sessions the 13 & 14 start at 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning Academy starts at 9:00. Evening sessions every night at 6:30.  For more information

Hunt Horse Complex Show Entries Secretary:
Show Manager: 803-431-1991

NC Structural Pest Control & Pesticides Board Meeting

Martin Building


11 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
11 *NC DOT Materials Test Concrete Field Performance Seminar
Scott Building


14 Raleigh Fall Bird Fair
Exotic Bird Show - Raleigh Bird Fair - Educational opportunity - shop for pet birds and their needs. Everything needed for a pet bird cave will be available. Vendors offering food, supplies, cages, birds, information, education, fellowship and make contacts with other bird enthusiasts. Event Hours: 9 am - 4 pm. Admission $2 (Ages 11 & under and 65 & older admitted free.)
Holshouser Building
828-443-0434 day
828-439-8477 night
14-15 Old North State Antique Gun & Military Collector Show
Antique guns, U.S. and foreign military arms and memorabilia exhibited, bought, sold, and traded - WWI, WWII, Civil War, and other conflict bought, sold and traded. Hours are Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $1 for children 7 -12 and free for children age 6 and under.
Scott Building Richard Shields

Great American Tiny House Show
Productions by Design/AMP Expos the latest in tiny house living with Tiny Homes, Container Homes, Modular Homes and Portable Structures. Additional exhibits will include building equipment, tools, supplies, real estate brokers, accessories, travel destinations and recreational products. Event Hours: Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission at the door $15 for Ages 13+ both days or $10 for single day, and $5 for Military/Veterans/Seniors. Free Admission for ages 12 and under. Click on our link for more advance tickets and more information.

Exposition Center



Party with the Pugs
A family friendly charity event to benefit Pawsitively Pugs Rescue.  There will be a costume contest, raffle items, coloring tables, DJ, vendors and the Running of the Pugs. FREE admission with donation to rescue. Hours: 12 Noon to 4 p.m.  Check out our website for updates. 

Holshouser Building Renee Clark 919-495-5475
15 *Y Guides Tribe Event: "Rise Against Hunger"
Private Event - Stop Hunger Now service event.
Dorton Arena 919-719-9622

*Mastec Town Hall Meeting
Private training event.

Martin Building
17 NC Board of Agriculture Meeting
1:30 p.m.
Hunt Horse Complex 919-707-3000
18 Savor The Triangle
Eat your heart out at the Mix 101.5 Savor The Triangle Food Festival this Wednesday evening!
Taste cuisine from the Triangle's hottest restaurants during this night of food, shopping, and fun on Wednesday - September 19 at the Kerr Scott Building - NC State Fairgrounds. Portions of Proceeds Benefiting the Inter-Faith Food Service. Event hours 6 - 9 pm. Early Bird Ticket: $35 General Walk-up Admission at door: $45 Get more info at: Advance Tickets on sale beginning June 30:
Scott Building 919-890-6132
19 Nexsen Pruet Client Event
Private event - by invitation only.
Martin Building 919-653-7823
20-22 Southern Ideal Home Show - Fall 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: 10 am - 8 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 8 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm

At the Door/Box Office: $10 Adults (Children 12 and under admitted free)
Online Tickets: $8 (Use promo code FAIR to save an additional $1 online, not valid at Box Office)
Senior Day: $6 Friday Only (60+ at Box Office with ID)
Hero Day: Friday Only (Military & First Responders admitted free with ID at Box Office)
Teacher Day: Sunday Only (Educators admitted free with ID at Box Office)
Trade Day: Sunday Only (Trade Professionals admitted free with employee or trade school ID at Box Office).

Graham Building Exposition Center

Show Info: 919-839-4680

Exhibitor/Participant Registration:

21 *Schram-Whitley Wedding and Reception
*Private Event - By Invitation Only
Public House/ Tobacco Pavilion
21-22 North State Toy & Hobby Show
Antique to modern and collectible toys, sportscards & sports memorabilia,including Barbie, diecast and plastic models, Star Wars, Hot Wheels, Hallmark ornaments, Yu-gi-oh, Lord of Rings, Sci-Fi toys, western toys, NASCAR, etc. Over 70 exhibitors buying, selling & trading! James Spence Authentications will be present both days! EVENT HOURS: Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is $5 daily - Weekend pass $7. Age 15 and Under admitted Free.
Scott Building 540-392-2884
21-22 DogGoneFast Flyball Club Flyball Tournament 
Flyball dog racing! Come out and watch the flyball dogs! Flyball is a fast-paced family-oriented dog sport that has become a hit on Animal Planet and ESPN's Great Outdoor Games. Dogs and people alike go wild over this relay race with 4 dogs per team. Each dog jumps 4 hurdles and steps on a spring loaded box, which shoots out a tennis ball. The dog catches the ball and runs back over the 4 hurdles. When the dog crosses the starting line the next dog goes. The first team to have all 4 dogs run without errors wins the heat. Sat. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Spectators and leashed dogs are welcome to come and watch. Free admission.
Holshouser Building
9/21-10/3 IBMA Camping
For tickets and information about the International Bluegrass Music Association and World of Bluegreaa 2019 click on:
GROUP RV/CAMPING RESERVATIONS FOR IBMA AVAILABLE between September 21 - October 3, 2018 for full service water, sewer, and electric RV access. Click here to email:
New Campground 919-839-4501

*Industrial Hemp Commission Meeting
The purpose for the meeting will be to establish an agricultural pilot program for the cultivation of industrial hemp in the State. Meeting time is 9 a.m. - 12 Noon.

Martin Building


25 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100

The Professional Firefighters and Paramedics of NC Presents Kelby Costner in Concert
Annual Fundraiser featuring rising young country music superstar Kelby Costner. General Admission $30. Buy tickets on line now or beginning at 4 pm day of concert at Dorton Arena Box Office. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Concert begins at 7 p.m. For more information:

Dorton Arena

In Raleigh/Wake County:

27-29 Special Olympics
Over 125 athletes from 20 local programs (counties) across NC will compete for equestrian championship in dressage, showmanship and English and Western trails and equitation. Free spectator admission. Show times Friday: 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.; and Sunday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Hunt Horse Complex
Kelly Vaughn

NCHJA " C" Outdoors Horse Show
Hunter Jumper Horse Show -Friday through Sunday. Daily show begins at 8:00 am. These shows are hunter horse shows with most of the competitors being from North Carolina. NCHJA "C" Rated Show to be held in 3 rings outdoors. Free spectator admission.

Hunt Horse Complex - Barn E Ring

Joan Petty

28 AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day
Public Free event for dog lovers and their dogs. Microchip clinic, Canine Good Citizen testing, dog sport demonstrations, My Dog Can Do That opportunity to try agility with your dog, vendors, games for kids, Meet The Breeds and more!
Event Hours 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free admission.
Holshouser Building 919-816-3749
28 TGA Navaratri Garba Dance
Annual Garba Dance presented by TGA - South Asian Indian Community
Triangle Gujarati Association of NC
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

How can we make this page better for you?
Contact the NCDA&CS

Found a bug? Have a suggestion? Fill out the form below and we'll take a look!

Your Name:
Your E-mail:
Question or Comments:

Back to top

Get Email Alerts

Stay up to date with NCDA&CS. Sign up to receive the latest news and upcoming events via email.