Weekend Update: The Got to Be NC Festival celebrates 10 years!

It’s a celebration of food and agriculture at the 10th annual Got to Be N.C. Festival.  Come enjoy a mix of food, fun, music, carnival rides, tractors and more. Gate admission is free. Highlights include: Homegrown Fare presented by Lowes Foods, in the Exposition Center. Nearly 100 North Carolina companies will be sampling and selling their products. Admission is $3 for ages 12 or older, but visitors can show their Lowes Foods loyalty card and receive two free admissions at the door. 9th Annual Masonic Carolina Pig Jig BBQ Cook-off will be Saturday beside the Exposition Center. Enjoy barbecue from…

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Weekend Update: May 12-14

Saturday could be the perfect girl’s day out at the fairgrounds. The Raleigh Spring Lula Palooza is in the Exposition Center. More than 30 LuLaRoe consultants will have more than 13,000 items including skirts, dresses, shirts, leggings and more. Sizes range from XXS to 3XL. The event features multiple dressing rooms and a central check out location. Admission is free. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. While at the fairgrounds check out the antiques and one-of-a-kind gifts for moms or yourself at the Raleigh Flea Market. The market is open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m….

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Weekend Update: May 5-7

Calling all bookworms! The popular Wake County Public Library Festival of Reading and Book Sale is this weekend in the Exposition Center. Books are copies that have been pulled from circulation or come from donations. All books are in good condition. Plenty of bestsellers are up for grabs, as well as cookbooks, textbooks and books on history and religion. Cash, checks and all major credit cards accepted. Admission is free.Customers can bring wagons and carts to assist with their purchases. Daily door prizes are given. Hours and Prices: Thursday, 5 to 9 p.m. & Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m….

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Weekend update: April 28-30

Goodguys takes over the fairgrounds this weekend for it’s third annual North Carolina Nationals Giant Automotive Festival. Explore more than 1,500 candy-colored and chrome-plated 1972 and older hot rods, customs, muscle cars, tricked-out trucks and classics on display. Grab a seat in the stands or put your vehicle and driving skills to the test at the pavement-pounding Goodguys AutoCross timed racing competition. Shop more than 100 vendor booths and check out the huge swap meet and the AutoTrader classics car corral. Other events include live music, a kids zone, model car show and Saturday night demolition derby. Late model American-made…

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Weekend Update: April 20-22

Want action, adventure and one-of-a-kind shopping? Check out the events this weekend at the Fairgrounds. The Southern Women’s Show is back with spa treatments, makeovers, jewelry, gifts, food, wine, cooking classes, health screenings and more. For more than three decades, the show has been recognized as a premier event for women in the Triangle community. Hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $12. Advance tickets are $10 online or $8 at Walgreens locations; admission for ages 6 to 12 is $6. Special 3-day passes are…

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Weekend Update: March 31 – April 2

Beer, brides-to-be and bargains make the fairgrounds a hot spot this weekend. Events will include the return of the World Beer Festival Raleigh, Southern Bridal Show and the J. Crew Warehouse Sale. See below for event details. J.Crew Warehouse Sale starts Friday and runs through Sunday in the Holshouser Building. Items include J.Crew, Madewell & Crewcuts merchandise and accessories. Some product may be samples or second quality. All sales are final. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. The Precious Gem & Mineral Show celebrates its 41st…

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Weekend update: March 17-19

India Fest, with more than 1,200 performers, returns to the fairgrounds this Saturday and Sunday in an expanded location. Enjoy the largest Indian cultural celebration of it’s kind in the nation. Discover Indian cultural arts through dance, music, cuisine and traditional crafts in a bazaar-style atmosphere in the Exposition Center. Event hours are Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, 11  a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Raffles and door prizes will be held throughout the event.  Admission is $6 daily. Free admission offered Saturday after 7 p.m. and Sunday after 5 p.m. Other events: Raleigh Indoor Spring Classic “A” Show…

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Weekend Update: March 10-12

Need a little variety? Head on out to the fairgrounds this weekend. We’ve got something for everyone. The Carolina Collector Auto Fest takes over Dorton Arena, the Graham Building and the grounds between the buildings this weekend. This event is celebrating its 31st year and will include a swap meet with more than 100 vendors, indoor and outdoor car corral for buying and selling. Friday and Saturday will have car and truck shows for 1900-1989 vehicle years. On Sunday, the inaugural XTREME Car & Truck Showdown will be held in the Graham Building. Come see the baddest, coolest, tallest, most customized, wildest…

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Weekend Update: March 3-5

This weekend is for the deer hunters. The popular Dixie Deer Classic returns for its 37th annual event. Come check out the latest hunting equipment from more than 200 vendors in Dorton Arena, the Exposition Center, Graham, Scott and Holshouser buildings and outdoor exhibitors. Other activities include seminars, displays, trophy scoring, archery competition and the N.C. State Championship Turkey Calling Contest. More than $50,000 in hunting gear and prizes are given away each year. Special guests include Lee and Tiffany from Crush along with Chris Brackett from Fear No Evil.  Hours are Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 9…

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Weekend Update: Feb. 24-26

  Come on out to the fairgrounds this weekend and check out the “original” tiny houses at the North Carolina Dealers Assocation Spring RV Sale. The show and sale runs Friday through Sunday in the Graham Building, Exposition Center, Dorton Arena and grounds. Promoted by N.C. RV Dealers Association, this event offers the largest selection of new and used RVs under one roof. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.;  and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and older and children 12 and under are free. See the website for special…

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