Comedic duo Rhett & Link bring their N.C. history to the fairgrounds Oct. 12

Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal may shoot their million-hit YouTube videos in Burbank, California, but the comedians got their humble beginnings just an hour’s drive from the N.C. State Fairgrounds. The pair host a whimsical daily morning talk show on YouTube called Good Mythical Morning, or GMM, which has over 14 million subscribers. Their four channels have a whopping 7 billion subscribers total. GMM has featured notable actors such as Daniel Radcliffe and Amy Schumer, other YouTube stars like Colleen Ballinger of the web series Miranda Sings and even popular young adult novelist John Green. Their one-night-only live fair performance,…

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Weekend Update: Aug. 17 – 19

Sail to the Carolina Boat Show Boat lovers will want to be at the Fairgrounds this weekend. The Carolina Fall Boat Show & Sale features 12 marine dealers and more than 200 boats on display. Hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Graham Building. Admission is $7 for adults and $6 for seniors and military members. Admission is free for children younger than 12. Tickets are available online. Also, be sure to check out the Original Coin & Currency Show. This event features a…

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Weekend Update: Aug. 9 – 12

Learn about wellness at the Fairgrounds If you or your children are intolerant to gluten and other food allergens, the Raleigh Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event may be the place for you this weekend. The event will feature presentations from experts in allergic living, free lectures, cooking demonstrations and product samples. A Kid’s Corner will be provided by Parents of Allergic Kids. Adult admission is $10, and admission for students, seniors and military members is $8. Admission is free for children younger than 13. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday in the Scott Building. Be sure to…

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Weekend Update: Aug. 2 – 5

A day to enjoy Japanese culture The 2018 Japan Summer Festival is Saturday in the Exposition Center. This year’s Japanese Natsu Matsuri Summer Festival will feature traditional street food and drink, including Japanese beer. Attendees can enjoy stage entertainment and traditional Japanese bon odori dancing, performances with taiko drums and other Japanese musical instruments, Japanese choir and musicians, martial arts demos and other Japanese cultural entertainment. Tables will be hosted by other Japanese interest groups and will feature traditional Japanese games for children, displays of Japanese arts and crafts, cultural presentations and Japanese items for sale or trade. Advance ticket admission is…

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Weekend Update: July 27 – 29

Sports card and comic collectors will convene at Fairgrounds Sports Card, Memorabilia & Comic Con Sports Card, Memorabilia & Comic Con will feature more than 80 exhibitors that buy, sell and trade vintage to new sports cards, memorabilia and comics on more than 225 tables. Featured autograph guests include UNC Tar Heel and 2005 National Champion Melvin Scott, racing legend and 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee Rex White, former Major League Baseball pitcher and N.C. State Hall of Famer Mike Caldwell, 1974 World Series Champion Jim Holt and Barry Foote, who was the third overall pick in the 1970 MLB…

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Weekend Update: July 20 – 22

Buy, sell and serve at the Kid’s Exchange The Kids Exchange Consignment Sale features new clothes, toys and other children’s items offered at discounted prices. Most items will be sold at about a third of their original value. You can register online to sell items. Admission is free. Hours are Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Graham Building and Exposition Center. The biggest deals can be found Sunday when items are marked half-price on. You can also check out the NCHJA “C” Indoors Horse Show…

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Weekend Update: July 12 – 15

Left Hook, Right Hook Triangle Kickboxing Promotions presents the premier amateur and professional kickboxing event “Lightning Strikes” July 14 in the Scott Building. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event starts at 7 p.m. Advance ticket prices for general admission is $35, floor preferred seating is $45 and ringside seating is $60 with limited VIP tables. Advance tickets are available at outlets and online at ETIX. Any available seats can be purchased at the door at $10 above the advance price. Be sure to check out other events this weekend at the Fairgrounds: Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza The Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza features more…

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Weekend Update: July 5-8

Saturday is for beer lovers No craft beer lover should miss the 13th annual World Beer Festival this weekend at the Fairgrounds. With over 75 breweries participating from all parts of the country, it bills itself as the premier beer festival in the Triangle. Attendees can sample from more than 250 beers in a variety of styles, enjoy a meal from the food truck rodeo and live entertainment, silent Disco and more. Hours are Saturday, July 7, noon to 4 p.m. or 6 to 10 p.m. in the Graham Building. General Admission tickets are $35, VIP tickets are $50 and designated driver tickets…

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Weekend Update: June 28 – July 1

Lizards and snakes and turtles, oh my! The Repticon Reptile & Exotic Animal Show is coming to the Scott Building at the Fairgrounds June 30 and July 1. Repticon is a reptile and exotic animal convention that showcases vendors from around the country offering live animals, animal supplies and related merchandise. Live animals, presentations and educational seminars are presented throughout the show. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. VIP admission for 9 a.m. Saturday is $12. General admission for ages 13 and older is $10, admission for ages 5 through 12 is $5…

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Weekend Update: June 22-24

The Fairgrounds is where the car lovers go If you’re a vintage car lover, the Fairgrounds is the place to be this weekend. The Raleigh Classic Car Auction features the most desirable and collectible vintage automobiles nationwide. Preview cars available on Friday, June 22, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Graham Building and Exposition Center. Auction hours are Friday and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission for adults is $10 per day or $25 for a two-days pass. Admission for ages 12 and younger is $5 per day or $7 for a two-day pass. Registered bidders are admitted…

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