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N.C. State Fairgrounds Events

April 2018

Date Event
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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, the Shoppes at Dorton and the outside grounds are host to hundreds of dealers, craftsmen, and booths.

Commercial & Education Bldgs.
Outside grounds 
919-899-3532 (919-899-FLEA)


Triangle Farms Spring Indoor III NCHJA "C" Indoors Show
Hunter Jumper Horse Show - Daily show begins at 8 a.m. Free spectator admission.
Hunt Horse Complex Joan Petty 919-669-9877
1 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. Heavily diverse, multi-cultural congregation with Contemporary worship that includes rock-sounds, gospel and hip-hop music.
The general public is invited to attend. Free admission. Learn more about the church and find event details at
Dorton Arena 919-367-9250

3 *NC Structural Pesticides Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
4 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100

Raleigh Facilities Maintenance Expo
ExpoSource presents a trade show for building facility managers. Event Hours: 11 am - 3 pm. Free admission.



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: 10 am - 8 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 8 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm
Box Office: $9 Adults; $5 Seniors (60+)
Kids 12 and under are admitted free.
Advanced Tickets:
Online Only: $7 Adults; $5 Seniors (60+)
Fairgrounds Fans & Followers: Use promo code FAIR for Buy One, Get One FREE tickets, online only!

Special Days:
Hero Day is Friday, April 6th - Free admission for active and retired military, first responders, and teachers with ID at the box office
Show Info:

Graham Building & Exposition Center

Show Info: 919-334-0051

Exhibitor/Participant Registration:

6-8 Precious Gem & Mineral Show
CELEBRATING THEIR 42nd YEAR at the State Fairgrounds, this show is sponsored by the Tar Heel Gem & Mineral Club and includes 29 dealers. The Club Demonstration area includes club members faceting, cabbing, chainmaking, wirewraping, bead stringing and gem tree creating. Club members will also provide lectures about minerals and demonstrationf of gem polishing, geoge cutting plus associated hobbies. The Hospitality area sells grab bags with mineral specimens. Some could contain a faceted gem. Tickets for the geode raffle, door prizes and rock candy are in this area. Buy a rock at the Geode booth and be the first to see what is inside. The on-going Silent Auction has new items every hour. Dealers provide minerals, fossils, finished jewelry, gemstones, findings and beads for sale.
FREE admission.
Friday 3 to 8 p.m. * Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. * Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Scott Building 
6-8 Region 12 & 15 All-Arabian Horse Show
3 day 42nd Annual NCAHA/ODAHA Dual Region Qualifing All-Arabian Horse Show. Arabian-Half Arabian competition includes various indoor and outdoor events performance, halter, sport horse, dressage, hunter jumper and carriage driving. Free admission. Begins Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m. each day until 10 p.m.
Hunt Horse Complex
919-906-3510 Rory Meacham

Participant/Exhibitor registration:

NC Strongest Man & Woman Competition
Train Strongman presents the 2018 North Carolina Strongest Man & Woman.  Public Welcome! Come see the strongest men and women in North America compete for cash and glory!
Who will bring home the title of the Strongest Man or Woman in North Carolina?
Tickets: $20 Event hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information:

Dorton Arena

Contact: Lynn Morehouse (919) 389-2270

7 The Pipe and Tobacciana Expo
Pipe and tobacciana expo includes multiple vendors showcasing both new and estate pipes plus pipe accessories as well as tobacco and tobacco samples from leading suppliers.  Event Hours: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Admission: $5
Holshouser Building 984-500-8366
8 Unleashed Mutt Spring Fling
Unleashed's 5th Annual K9 Spring Fling dog and cat fundraiser! A family-friendly fun Spring celebration full of good times for good causes. This event is focused on helping local area animal rescue groups. Many rescues will be there along with local vendors. and games. The most popular event is the largest Doggie Easter Egg Hunt around with thousands of eggs filled with special prizes! Donations for local rescue groups appreciated. Free admission for all - welcoming dogs and people of all ages!
Event hours: 11 am to 3 pm.
Holshouser Building, Heritage Circle & Tobacco Pavillion 919-521-0325

International Marketing Division - Chinese Trade Meeting

Martin Building



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 - 11 a.m.

Martin Building


12 *NC Drought Management Council Meeting Martin Building 919-707-9033

J.Crew Warehouse Sale
Warehouse sale of J.Crew, Madewell & Crewcuts merchandise and accessories. Some product may of sample or second quality. All sales are final.
Event Hours: Thursday and Friday 10 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-7:00 p.m; Sunday: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Free admission.

Holshouser Building

12-15 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~ Free admission.
Event Hours: Thursday. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.,
Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Scott Building 919-775-7259
13-15 Geranium Sale 
Plant Sale to benefit the Pilot Club of Raleigh, Inc, a civic club with an interest in brain-related disorders. Proceeds benefit various community projects.
L.R. Harrill Center
Gate 6
13-15 Southern Women's Show
Spend the day doing the things you love! Come enjoy a festive atmosphere at the 2018 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! You'll find unique shopping, creative cooking demonstrations, trendy fashion shows, healthy lifestyle tips, interactive workshops, and celebrity guests. Learn new ways to improve your lifestyle and much more. For over three decades, the show has been recognized as a premier event for women in the Triangle community, featuring everything important to women from fashion and asccessories to health and food. Show is fully accessible and wheelchairs are available for rent in Exposition Lobby ($5 per day with photo ID). Hours are Friday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Regular admission is $12 at the door - Advance tickets $10 on line or $8 available at Walgreens locations; child 6 - 12 admission $6. Click on our weblink for more information and advance online tickets $10 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

13-15 Raleigh Invitational Horse Show
American Saddle Bred and Morgan horse show - a qualifier for the World Championship Horse Show. Free spectator admission to show competition. Session times: Thursday morning (April 13) 9:00 a.m. and evening 6:00 p.m.; Friday morning (April 14) 9:00 a.m. and evening 6:00 p.m.; Saturday (April 15) 9:00 a.m. until approximately 4:00 p.m. Exhibitor party Friday night and morning hospitality each day of show.
Hunt Horse Complex

Joyce Wilson


Carolina Roller Derby
Women's flat-track double header home game events:
Bootleggers vs. Ring City
All-Stars vs. Rouge
4:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Dorton Arena

17 Wake County School Bus Roadeo Luncheon & Competition Midway/Martin 919-857-7691
18 NC DPS Recruiting Blitz
Consider a career that makes a difference! Department of Public Safety is hiring across the State in the following areas: Healthcare, Law Enforcement, Juvenile Justice, Corrections, SBI-ALE, Training, Engineering, National Guard, Probation/Parole, Emergency Management, Administrative Support, and IT. Check out the Career Event 9:00 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Scott Building 919-733-2126
18 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
18 ODB Co. Equipment Show
Hunt Horse Complex Carl Brewster
804-226-4433 or 804-337-8244
18 *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
20 *UNC Rex Healthcare Celebration of Service
Exposition Center 919-784-4463
20 *Garner Magnet High School Army ROTC Military Ball
7-11 pm.The Military Ball is an opportunity for JROTC cadets to participate in a formal social event and teaches the traditions and customs of the US Army.
Private Event by invitation only.
Martin Building 919-662-5605



NCHJA "C" Outdoors Show
Hunter Jumper Horse Show - Daily show begins at 8 a.m. Free spectator admission.
Hunt Horse Complex
Barn E
Joan Petty 919-669-9877
21 ReefSMART
ReefSMART is an expo put on by the non profit Sustainable Reef and consists of vendors offering goods and services throughout the day, raffles drawn throughout the day, and fragging demonstrations in the late afternoon. Come learn how to make your own rock, or participate in a round table discussion on the hot topics in the hobby. Reefers on our local forums refer to ReefSMART as "a frag swap on steroids" or a "mini-MACNA". Doors open 11 a.m. with $20 admission between 11 a.m. - 12 Noon. Free general admission from12 noon - 6 pm.
Holshouser Building 919-875-8055
21 *Bowling-Wheeler Wedding Reception Tobacco Pavilion  
21-22 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. daily. 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
21-22 North Central Open Benefit Show-Spring Holiday Classic
Annual Holiday Classic Open Horse Show - Proceeds benefit the Equestrian Western Club at NCSU and the North Central District 4-H Program.
Hunt Horse Complex Richard Isley 336-908-3302
Class info:
27-30 Easter Bunny Quarter Horse Circuit Horse Show **CANCELLED**
Hunt Horse Complex Margaret Byrd 910-410-9859
Tom Ellis 910-740-3177

Goodguys 4th Annual North Carolina Nationals
Goodguys returns to the Carolinas for another thrilling weekend of nostalgic hot roddin’ fun!  Gas up your hot rod and grab all your family and friends and head on over to the Goodguys 4th North Carolina Nationals Giant Car Show at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, NC April 27-29 to explore over 1,500 1987 & older hot rods, customs, muscle cars, trucks and classics on display!  Make sure to grab a seat in the stands or put your vehicle and driving skills to the test and experience the pavement-pounding Goodguys AutoCross timed racing competition!  And don’t miss your opportunity to shop over 100 vendor exhibits, the earth-shaking Nitro Thunderfest Dragster Exhibition, a Swap Meet and the Cars 4 Sale Corral as well as enjoy Live Music Entertainment, special parking areas on Saturday, a FREE Kids Zone, Model Car Show and the not-to-be-missed Saturday Night Demolition Derby!  Plus, late model American made or powered muscle cars, customs and trucks are welcome on April 29th for K & N Filters All American Sunday! 
For complete details and to register your vehicle or purchase tickets, visit www.good-guys.comShow Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 8:00 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Sunday.
General Admission (ages 13+) - $17.00; Kids (ages 7-12) - $6.00;
Kids (ages 6 & under) - FREE Adm.

Demolition Derby - Saturday April 28. Gates open 5 pm - event starts at 6 pm. Requires Separate Admission: $10-Adult; $6 kids at Grandstand Ticket Booth or at any gate AFTER 4 pm on Saturday.

Event Combo packages (Saturday Car Show & Derby) also available at Ticket Booths:
Adult Combo Ticket (Goodguys Car Show & Demolition Derby GA Ticket) - $22
Kids 12 & Under Combo Ticket (Goodguys Car Show & Demolition Derby GA Ticket) - $12

On-Line discounts available. Credit Card and Cash accepted at all Show Ticket Booths. Parking at the NC State Fairgrounds is Free.
For complete details and to register your vehicle or purchase tickets, visit  Goodguys… Cool Cars, Cool People, Good Times!

Graham Building, Exposition Center, Dorton Arena, Scott Building, Rand Grandstand, Martin Building, Grounds

Membership & Registration (925) 838-9876

(925) 218-9151

Swap Meet & Cars 4 Sale Corral:
Jeff Johnson 614-268-1181

Camping: 919-839-4501 or 919-612-6767
Event Information: 919-839-4981
Venue Information: 919-821-7400 - Press 0

Accessibility: Venue Accessible for private scooters, but NOT private golf carts. Scooters available at Gate 9 from Trinity Road - $70/day first arrive/first served or call 262-677-2697 for reservations.

FREE parking and FREE tram from Trinity Road lots to all GOODGUYS gates and the Flea Market.



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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