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N.C. State Fairgrounds Events

December 2019

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every Sat. & Sun. 

The Flea Market will be open during Winter months from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Each weekend, the Commercial and Education buildings and the outside grounds are host to hundreds of dealers, craftsmen, and booths.

Commercial & Education Bldgs.
Outside grounds

919-839-4560 or click on our website for complete info:
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The Christmas Carousel Holiday Gift Market…..Raleigh’s Premier Christmas Show!
For over 30 years the Christmas Carousel Holiday Gift Market has been a Thanksgiving tradition in Raleigh. Over 250 exhibitors showcasing original art, pottery, apparel, holiday décor, jewelry, foods, and many, many specialty items for that hard to find person on your gift list! We have lots of wonderful new exhibitors and many of your favorites returning this year!  Santa will be at the show all weekend to share that special moment with your child!  

Event hours are 9 am to 6 pm on Friday, 9 am to 6 pm  Saturday and 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday.
Admission: Adults - $9, Seniors (60+) and Military w/ ID - $8, Child (6-12) - $5.
Tickets are good for all three days with a return pass available at the show exit!

For more information on the show please visit our website at or call 336-855-0208.

Avoid the ticket lines….purchase your online tickets here…

Graham Building 336-855-0208
11/30-12/1 Repticon Raleigh Reptile & Exotic Animal Show
Repticon Raleigh is a reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. Exciting, educational, family-oriented fun for everyone!
Hours: Saturday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm (VIP Entry at 9:00am) and Sunday: 10:00 am-4:00 pm (No VIP Early Entry)
Admission: Ages 13 and up - $10, Children (5-12) - $5, Under 5 - Free Admission. Visit our website for special offers on 2-day and VIP tickets
Exposition Center
1 *Ford's Produce Annual Awards Dinner
*Private Event - By Invitation Only.
Martin Building 919-833-7559
3 *NC Structural Pesticide Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
5 *Sears Contracting Christmas Party
*Private Event - By Invitation Only.
Holshouser Building 919-754-0750
5 *Starr Electric Company Employee Appreciation & Safety Fair Event
*Private Event - By Invitation Only.
Martin Building 919-772-3200
6 *DPS Prisons Christmas Party
 Private Employee event.
Martin Building


Classic Car Auction
The Raleigh Classic - four private collections offering more than 250 vintage vehicles. Registered Bidder preview on Thursday, December 5 from 5 - 8 pm. Public may preview the cars on Friday, December 6 from 7 a.m. to 10 am. Auction time on Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Adult $10 per day or $15 for a two-day pass.
Age 12 and Under $5 per day or $7 for a two-day pass. Free Admission to registered bidders.

Graham Building and Exposition Center



6-8 10th Annual Holiday Classic Open Horse Show
Statewide open horse show classes for youth and adult exhibitors in western, hunter and saddleseat divisions to benefit the NCSU Intercollegiate Western Riding Team and the North Central District 4-H Horse Program. Free spectator admission. Open to public beginning at 8 am - 10 pm daily.
Hunt Horse Complex

Richard Isley
Richard Isley 336-908-3302
Nan Garcia 919-884-9338
Robin Lynnn 919-842-6648


Scandinavian Christmas Fair
The Scandinavian Christmas Fair is an authentic celebration of the traditions of the Scandinavian countries of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. This event features Scandinavian favorites like homemade foods, unique crafts and entertainment. There will be cultural exhibits and children's activities. Come and enjoy a traditional Scandinavian Christmas, certain to get you in the spirit. Entertainment includes folk dancing, folk music, and the popular Lucia-procession. The food court will have Swedish meatballs, gravlax, and baked goods. Event is sponsored by SWEA (Swedish Women's Association) and VASA (Swedish-American organization). Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 for ages 13 and over, children under 13 admitted free. Buy your tickets here BUY TICKET or at the door. Click our link for more information

Holshouser Building

Participant/Exhibitor Info:
919- 846-3785


*NC Pumper Group & Portable Toilet Group
Continuing education for septage management firms and portable sanitation firms. Includes mandatory industry training - Registration and certification $100.00 per person. Seminar is 7 am - 5 pm.

Martin Building 252-671-1559
7 *Lazer B'Nai Mitzvah
*Private Event - By Invitation Only.
Dorton Arena  

Toy Train Sale and Swap Meet
Over 100 vendors featuring Lionel, K-Line, MTH, Weaver, Atlas, American Flyer, Marklin Bachmann, Varney "N", "HO", "O", "S". and "G" gauge trains, accessories, track, switches and hard to find parts, and other toy train related items. Event features over 100 tables plus operating layouts, Kids Club activities, hands-on layouts and train races for the children. Workshops and minor on-site repairs. Auction at 1 p.m. Special Raffle at 3 p.m. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m on Saturday and Sunday. General admission is $6 for adults ($1 off coupon in News & Observer or Event Flyer), free for children under age 13 accompanied by paying adult.

Scott Building

Event Info:919-847-5393

Exhibitor Info:252-756-7842

10 NC ABANA Meeting & Workshop
North Carolina ABANA, an affiliate of Artist-Blacksmith's Association of North American is hosting a meeting designed to teach the craft of blacksmithing for those interested in acquiring the training and skill. Interested in learning the art? Send us an email or come out and meet with us. Meeting/workshop starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Forge in Heritage Circle.
Heritage Circle Forge
11 *Southern Cross Utilities Annual Christmas Lunch
 Private Employee event.
Martin Building

11 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Graham - Hall of Fame Meeting Room 919-733-6100
11 *WSO Christmas Party
 Private Employee event.
Scott Building


12 *NC Board of Ag Meeting
1:30 p.m.
Graham Building - Sales Arena Meeting Room 919-707-3008
12 *DPS Engineering Christmas Party
 Private Employee event.
Martin Building



Bulls, Bells & Barrels - Bull Riding Event
Carousel Farms present "Bulls, Bells, & Barrels" championship bull riding - barrel racing - western and equestrian christmas shopping - entertainment for the whole family. Admission $12 General; $17 VIP; Age 5 and under free admission.
Doors open at 6 pm on Friday and Saturday for shopping - show starts at 7:30 pm.

Hunt Horse Complex

Jeff Mullen
919-796-8375 or 919-872-6898


St. Nicholas European Christmas Market
Like the wonderful Christmas Markets of Europe, we feature food and gifts from Poland, Ukraine, Germany, Slovakia, The British Isles, Scandinavia, and Italy. You'll find unique, handmade, collectible, and vintage gifts, baked goods from traditional recipies, piroghi and kielbasa sales, delicious Slavic foods, and entertainment including, Irish Step Dancers and old fashioned caroling Friday evening and The Little German Band and Dancers mid-day on Saturday, children's activities, and even a visit from the real St. Nicholas. Look for matroyshka nesting dolls, Polish pottery, Czech crystal, vintage ornaments, hand carved wood gifts, special children's section, beer and barware for papa, boxed ornaments, cashmere scarves from Scotland, and so much more you won't find anywhere else! Visit our specially selected vendors of Old World goods and stop by Koehl's Bakery for mulled wine and dessert or get a brew at Fortnight Brewing. Shop Europe without leaving Raleigh! Hours are Friday Dec.13th 5-9 pm and Saturday Dec.14th 10 am - 5 pm. Free admission! and

Holshouser Building

13-15 Raleigh Sports Card, Memorabilia & Comic Book Show
Over 80 exhibitors will be buying, selling and trading vintage to new sportscards, memorabilia and comics on over 225 tables! Featured autograph guests TBA. Show Hours: Friday 2 - 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission: $5 daily; Weekend Pass $7. Free admission for Ages 15 and under. Check our website for discount admission coupon.
Scott Building 


14 *Accent Imaging Annual Holiday Party
Private event.- Invitation required.
Martin Building 919-782-3332 or 919-926-3027
14-15 Dinosaur Adventure

Dinosaur Adventure is an all-new, one of a kind exhibit featuring realistic, life-sized dinosaurs that come alive with their life-like movement and roars. Learn about the most popular dinosaurs -Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, Diplodocus, Velociraptor, and explore recent finds with exciting discoveries!

As part of Dinosaur Adventure, children of all ages will enjoy a variety of activities: fossil crafting, Jurassic jeeps, themed obstacle courses, riding their favorite dinosaur, and more! The whole family will also be amused by our live entertainment featuring a walking dinosaur show, and a baby dinosaur meet & greet.

Don't miss the Dinosaur exhibit, Make & Take Fossils, Cretaceous Crafts, Dino Dig, Scavenger Hunt, Dinosaur Rides, Bounce Houses, Dino Golf and face painting. Live entertainment includes a walking dinosaur show, a baby dinosaur show and a dinosaur dance along. Show Hours: Saturday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Check our website for tickets:.
Graham Building 


18 *DPS Facilities Christmas Party
 Private Employee event.
Martin Building


20 *Brodie Contracting Christmas Party
 Private Employee event.
Scott Building


20 *ACG Annual Christmas Party
 Private Employee event.
Martin Building



Fiesta Navideña / Community Outreach Event
Community Outreach Event offering family information, children's toys as well as health and other professional services. Free Admission
Event Hours: 12 Noon - 4 pm

Holshouser Building


Capital City Gun Show
Buy - Sell - Trade event : guns, knives, ammo, hunting supplies and anything related to shooting sports. Event hours are: Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Daily admission is $10 ages 12 and up; under 12 years of age admitted free when accompanied by parent. Cash only. Saturday admission good for both days. Discount coupons available in local newspapers and on our weblink:.

Exposition Center



Carolina Piedmont Dog Agility Competition

Hunt Horse Complex Andy Hartman 919-345-7714
Greg Fontaine 828-275-8010
23 *Fred Smith Company Year-End Event
 Private Employee event.
Graham Building

Raleigh Indoor Holiday Classic
Hunter Jumper Horse Show - USEF "A" Rated - Saturday thru Tuesday - Daily show begins at 8 a.m. FREE SPECTATOR ADMISSION

Hunt Horse Complex

Joan Petty


N.C. State Fair, G. Kent Yelverton, Manager
Mailing Address: 1010 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1010
Physical Address: 4285 Trinity Rd, Raleigh NC 27607
Phone: (919) 821-7400; FAX: (919) 733-5079

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