General Information


Getting Here

  • Save on admission to the N.C. State Fair.

    • An easy way to save on admission to the State Fair is to come Thursday, Oct. 20, on Food Lion Hunger Relief Day at the Fair. Exchange five cans of Food Lion brand food for one free admission ticket to the Fair. The food collected benefits the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

    • Plan early and buy tickets in advance. Advance tickets are available from Aug. 1 through Oct. 13 and are $8 for adults ages 13-64 and $3 for kids 6-12. Kids age 5 and younger are always free. Groups of 40 or more people can order tickets in advance for $6 each, plus a small convenience fee for online purchases. Check the Tickets page for more information.


  • You can unload and load your bus at Gate 10 located at the corner of Blue Ridge and Trinity roads. Enter the parking lot via the entrance on Blue Ridge Rd. Parking lot attendants or security personnel will direct you to the appropriate place to park. If the lot is full, you will be directed by parking attendants to an overflow parking lot in Carter-Finley Stadium.

  • View a map of the fairgrounds, including the Gate 10 drop off location, by visiting the Visitor Info section of this website.

What to bring/What's available

  • You can bring your own diaper and lunch bags, wagons, strollers, umbrellas and other personal items to the fair, just be aware that all baggage is subject to search at the gate for weapons, glass bottles, alcohol, drugs and other prohibited materials.

  • As for meal packages, organizers can contact our on-site restaurant, Murphy House, to ask about possible group meal discounts. Contact Johnny Sledge with Murphy House at 919-497-2046 to discuss options.

Plan your day

The State Fairgrounds is a large space, and navigating the grounds to take in all the sites on your "to-visit" list can be a challenge without a plan, so let's get started!


  • The N.C. State Fair provides a scavenger hunt that helps direct students to various educational exhibits and displays on the fairgrounds. Print out a copy to bring with you and set out to explore exhibits such as Field of Dreams, the Flower and Garden Show, Horticultural Exhibits and Heritage Circle.

  • Download our mobile app in the App Store or on Google Play and create your own schedule or pick up a copy of the Daily Schedule at entrances and information booths. The program includes a map of the grounds that will help you locate buildings and exhibit halls of interest.

  • Most exhibits have people on hand that can answer questions and create an interactive learning experience for children. Check out our Insider Tips for "can't miss" experiences!


  • We publish a Newspapers in Education Supplement on even numbered years in conjunction with The News and Observer. Teachers can order supplements for their classroom at