General Information

 

Ticket Information

Ride Tickets | Deals and Discounts | Weekday Lunch Pass |Grandstand Shows

 

Admission Prices


Ticket price includes all applicable state and local sales tax. The N.C. State Fair operates rain or shine, and does not offer refunds.

 

*Advance sales will be online from Aug. 1 until Oct. 13 at 11:59 p.m. Sales at your local Food Lion will be Aug. 31 until Oct.13 at store closing. Sales at the State Fairgrounds (Gate 9), State Farmers Market, and Triangle Town Center will be Sept. 29 - Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. The N.C. Museum of History closes at 5 p.m.

 

**The online price is a discount for purchasing admission tickets online once the fair starts. If you order online prior to the fair starting, you will receive tickets at the advance sales price. Online sales are print-at-home tickets. Each ticket purchased online will be assessed a convenience fee (ranges from 5-15%).

 

Ride Tickets

Regular Price*

 

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$1 per ticket at the Midway ticket booths
or $18 for a sheet of 18 online*

 

Unilited Ride Wristbands

Unlimited Ride Wristbands will be available on the following days:

Thursday, Oct. 13 - $28

Friday, Oct. 14 - $35

Monday, Oct. 17 - $35

Tuesday, Oct. 18 - $35

 

Wristbands must be purchased at a ticket booth at the Fairgrounds so that the band can be applied to the wrist of the rider.


*Online sales are print-at-home tickets. Each sheet purchased online will be assessed a convenience fee (ranges from 5-15%). The ride sheets will be a print-at-home coupon to be redeemed at the fair for the actual ride coupons. Ride ticket redemption booths will be open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

 

How many tickets are needed for each ride?
Kiddie rides are typically two to four tickets each. Larger rides are three to five tickets each and spectacular rides can be as many as six to ten tickets each.

Ride tickets cannot be used for carnival games. Games are cash only and are at least $1 per play.

 

Deals and Discounts

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One Way Tickets

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Round Trip Tickets

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State Fair Flyer

Soar above the midway lights on our BRAND NEW State Fair Flyer. Traverse the carnival from the west end "Orville Terminus" near the Scott Building down to Gate 8 via the "Wilbur Terminus" as you watch the magic of the midway below your feet!

 

Pricing: In advance of the Fair: $4 one way, $7 round trip. These tickets are available online only through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, October 13.

 

During the Fair: $5 one way, $8 round trip. These tickets are available at the State Fair Flyer ticket booth at one of the two terminus points.

 


 

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Daily Military Discount

Active-duty service members, reservists, retirees, National Guardsmen and their dependents (ages 13-64) pay only $6 daily at the gate. That’s a 44% 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 not available online or in advance. You must present proper identification at the ticket window to receive this discount. A valid identification must be presented for each discounted ticket.


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

 


 

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Friday, Oct. 14 - Friday Frenzy

Student Discount with School ID or Report Card

Students can take advantage of a $5 admission ticket by presenting their school identification or recent (2015/2016) report card at the ticket booth. That's a 50% savings off the gate price! These tickets are not available online or in advance. One ticket may be purchased per student ID at the reduced price. All applicable local and state sales taxes are included in your purchase price.

 

Don't forget it's an Unlimited Ride Wristband Day!
$35 from 10 a.m. - midnight!

Wristbands must be purchased at a ride ticket booth inside the Fairgrounds so that the band can be applied to the wrist of the rider.

 


 

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Thursday, Oct. 20 - Food Lion Hunger Relief Day

Fairgoers can bring five cans of Food Lion brand food to the N.C. State Fair on Thursday, Oct. 20, to exchange for one free admission ticket. 

Food Lion Hunger Relief Day at the Fair is one of the largest one-day canned-food drives in the state, held each year to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Since 1993, more than 4.4 million pounds of food have been donated by fairgoers.

 

The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina will distribute the cans to needy people and hunger-relief agencies in a 34-county area surrounding Raleigh, as well as with Second Harvest Food Banks in other regions, such as Fayetteville, Winston-Salem and Elizabeth City.

Food Bank volunteers and employees of Food Lion and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will exchange cans for Fair tickets at each admission gate.

 

 


 

Grandstand Shows

Friday, Oct. 14

6 p.m.

United Pullers of the Carolinas Tractor Pull

$10

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Saturday, Oct. 15

 

Noon

United Pullers of the Carolinas Tractor Pull

$10

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6 p.m.

United Pullers of the Carolinas Tractor Pull

$10

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Sunday, Oct. 16

1 p.m.

United Pullers of the Carolinas Tractor Pull

$10

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Friday, Oct. 21

7:30 p.m.

Demolition Derby and Monster Truck Freestyle
4,6,8 Cylinder Cars/Large Pick-Up Trucks/ SUVs / Mini-Vans

$10

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Saturday, Oct. 22

7:30 p.m.

 

Demolition Derby and Monster Truck Freestyle

4,6,8 Cylinder Car/Double Figure 8 Racing/ Championship Compact

$10

 

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Sunday, Oct. 23

2:30 p.m.

Demolition Derby and Monster Truck Freestyle
1-Qualifying Heat and 4, 6, 8 Cylinder Championships

 

$10

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All applicable local and state sales taxes are included in your purchase price.

 

Weekday Lunch Pass Program

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.


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