N.C. State Fair

October 12-22, 2017

It's the favorite week of North Carolinians (and our neighbors). It's N.C. State Fair week in Raleigh, and the capital city area is happy to welcome every one of the expected 1,000,000+ visitors to the fair.

Below is some information to get you started; for full details, find the fair's website at ncstatefair.org.


Get tickets!

Admission, including deals and Mini and Mega Passes, plus ride tickets and more.
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See the stellar lineup of free concerts at this year's fair, featuring bands from N.C. View More

There are some great deals on hotels in Raleigh if you want to turn your fair trip into an overnighter. View More

The best option for getting to the fair is to park in a Park and Ride lot and ride the bus. View More

The favorite part for many fair-goers—the food. View More

Meet Homegrown Music Fest concert curator: Raleigh, N.C.'s Dave Rose

Although you may not know Dave Rose by name, if you've seen live music in Raleigh, N.C., chances are that you've seen and heard his handiwork. His company, Deep South Entertainment, got its start in 1995 as a record label and eventually segued to managing bands. After experiencing festivals and outdoor events around the country with his artists, Dave saw an opportunity to make his own memorable events in Raleigh, based on everything he learned on the road. Read more


Homegrown Music Fest

For the past three years, Dave and his company Deep South Entertainment have booked concerts for the Homegrown Music Fest at the N.C. State Fair, with free local music daily with admission (yes, even the headliners have N.C. roots and are general admission and free to see!). Here are some things that Dave's excited about, plus tips on which concerts not to miss:

"I love that all the acts have N.C. roots. You go to the State Fair in part to discover all that is wonderful about N.C.... N.C. agriculture, arts, foods and more. So it makes sense that you also discover N.C. music. We have some of the best talent in the world, and we're thrilled to be showcasing that at the State Fair for the third year now."

Who Dave's looking forward to:

"Who am I looking forward to hearing this year? That's difficult. It's like choosing a favorite child. We booked over 75 artists and singers this year, and it was no easy task narrowing it down from the thousands of talented artists this state has to offer. I feel like each artist we booked, playing throughout three stages, represents an exciting segment of the N.C. music culture." 

Can't-miss shows:

"Spend some time on the State Fair website before coming out. It's likely you'll want to attend several nights. But here are a few that I might personally recommend folks pay attention to: 

  • Parmalee (five Top 40 country hits; from Greenville), Oct. 14, Dorton Arena
  • Ronnie Milsap (country music legend; born in Robbinsville), Oct. 16, Dorton Arena
  • Marcy Playground and Athenaeum (90s alternative; Raleigh and Greensboro, respectively), Oct. 19, Dorton Arena
  • Preeesh! (rock; Chapel Hill), Oct. 21, Dorton Arena
  • Jump Little Children (baroque pop; from Winston-Salem), Oct. 22, Dorton Arena
  • Yarn (Americana/roots; based in Raleigh), Oct. 13, Waterfall Stage
  • Buzzov-en (metal legends; from Salisbury), Oct. 14, Waterfall Stage
  • Jive Mother Mary (Southern rock; from Burlington), Oct. 16, Waterfall Stage
  • Bruxes (modern experimental rock; from Raleigh), Oct. 17, Waterfall Stage
  • Kate Rhudy (singer/songwriter; from Raleigh and Boone), Oct. 19, Waterfall Stage
  • ZenSoFly (electronic/hip hop; Raleigh), Oct. 20, Waterfall Stage
  • Shana Tucker (jazz and contemporary folk; from Durham), Oct. 22, Waterfall Stage
  • The Hey Brothers (bluegrass; Raleigh), Oct. 13, Heritage Circle
  • The Lang Sisters Band (folk bluegrass; Raleigh), Oct. 15, Heritage Circle
  • The Barefoot Movement (newgrass; Oxford), Oct. 22, Heritage Circle"

See the full schedule, here!