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New Ticket Packages and Promotions

150th Kickoff

Thursday, Oct. 12 - 150th Kickoff

The N.C. State Fair is EXCITED to announce our plans for our 150th Kickoff Day - Thursday, October 12!
1) $1.50 admission!
2) $1.50 portions from participating food vendors!
3) WRAL  Button Bonanza: The first 15,000 fairgoers through the gates will receive a commemorative button!
4) Each hour, State Fair staff will hand out 150 free ride passes and other prizes to fairgoers wearing their button!

Thursday, October 12th is going to be a GIANT way to kickoff a milestone year! The Fair is a great deal any day, but you can't beat this!!

Admission tickets will be available from 3 p.m. (opening) through 9:45 p.m. when our ticket booths close. Tickets MUST be purchased at the gates, and are not available in advance. Tickets MUST be used on Thursday, Oct. 12, and will not be valid any other day of the Fair.


Unlimited Ride Wristbands

$25 online only from August 1 - October 12 at 11:59 p.m.

Each wristband will be good for one day only and will be redeemed at the N.C. State Fair Ride Redemption Tents. Wristbands may be purchased at the advance rate ONLINE ONLY. Once the Fair starts, wristbands will be available both online and at the midway ticket booths.


$35 online once the Fair begins, or purchased at a midway ticket booth.


Each wristband will be good for one day only.


Wristbands do NOT include the State Fair Flyer.






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!



Advance Tickets:: $4 one way, $7 round trip. These tickets are available online only through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, October 12.


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.



Purchase 2 State Fair admission tickets and 2 round trip State Fair Flyer tickets for only $26!




One Way Tickets



Round Trip Tickets



State Fair Flyer Package


New Rides
Air Raid
Fun Time Railroad

Air Raid

8 tickets


5 tickets

Fun Time Railroad

3 tickets

Chop Shop

Dodgems Chop Shop

5 tickets


New Attractions & Exhibits
PH ICon Our State Public House

For the first time, visitors to the N.C. State Fair will be able to purchase flights of beer and wine to sample.


The beverages will be available in the new Our State Public House in Heritage Circle. Sponsored by Our State magazine, the Public House will showcase 40 breweries and 40 wineries from across North Carolina. Daily offerings will include several different styles of craft beer and wine, including award-winning examples of each.


Patrons of the Our State Public House will be able to choose from wine or beer. Each wine or beer tasting flight will contain four different samples. Wine samples will be 1½ ounces each, and each beer sample will be 4 ounces. Tickets cost $10 each and will be sold from noon to 8:30 p.m. There is a limit of one ticket per person. IDs will be checked at the door, and no one under 21 will be admitted.


The new attraction is a partnership with the N.C. Craft Brewers Guild and the N.C. Wine and Grape Council. The guild will use a portion of the proceeds for research and marketing benefiting North Carolina’s craft beer industry. North Carolina is home to 215 craft breweries and 185 wineries.


Our State Public House offerings

Wine flights

Red: Fruity, full-bodied wines.

White: Bright wines ranging from dry to sweet.

Sweet: Juicy, sweet palate-pleasers in red, white and rosé.

Carolina Sampler: A rotating mix of the styles above, plus a few surprises.


Beer flights

Light: Crisp, light-bodied beers.

Dark: Full-bodied, sweeter beers ranging from amber to brown.

Hoppy: Pale ales and IPAs showcasing hop flavor and aroma.

Carolina Sampler: A rotating mix of the styles above, plus a few surprises.

New Grounds Entertainment


ARCY Live!

Breezeway between Graham Bldg. and Expo Center


Known for his paint splashed style of large scale mural art, Ryan ‘ARCY’ Christenson has been defining his skills for over a decade. ARCY will be painting one large scale mural a day this year at the Fair! Stop by and watch him work! 

Bubble Wonders

Bubble Wonders



Bubble Wonders is fun, inspiring, educational, and captivates both young and old. Bubble Wonders is full of amazing bubble tricks including the bubble caterpillar, bubble volcano, the dancing bubble, bubbles inside of bubbles, Kid inside a Bubble and more.


Dream City LotuSapiens

Flower & Garden Show - Roving


No, your eyes are not deceiving you...those are giant lotusapians frolicking around the Flower and Garden Show! Don't worry, they're friendly!


Ostrich Rider

Near Gate 11


Look out! We've got a runaway ostrich near Dorton Arena!

Team Rock

Team Rock: The Ninja Experience

Behind the Scott building, near Gate 10


This team of martial arts experts has been wowing audiences around the world with high-flying, jaw-dropping performances that showcase an extraordinary display of extreme breaking and theatrics.


Chicken Rider

Near Gate 11/Kiddieland


That's the biggest chicken we've ever seen! We promise he doesn't peck!