Both the Carolinas have rich agricultural heritages, and a visit to a State or County Fair is a great way to experience that heritage. The fairs are back in full force for 2023. You’ll have a lot to choose from.
You can find livestock competitions, local or regional food and drink, live music, rides, and, of course, lots and lots of fried food.
The fairs are primarily held in the fall, with the earliest in late August and the latest in early November.
The biggest of all the fairs in North Carolina is the N.C. State Fair. Over on Triangle on the Cheap, we’ve put together a list of ways to save money at the N.C. State Fair, so make sure to check that out.
These fairs in North Carolina are listed by proximity to Charlotte. Make sure to click each link for more info, including the exact dates for the current year, when available.
But, scroll down for the fairs in South Carolina too. We’ve listed a few that are relatively close to Charlotte, and they will be closer than some of the North Carolina fairs.
North Carolina State, County and Regional Agricultural Fairs
Cabarrus County Fair
September 8 to 16, 2023
Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4759 NC-49, Concord (26 miles from Charlotte)
More than 40 rides, 30 games, livestock competition, rides, entertainment.
Iredell County Agricultural Fair
September 1 to 9, 2023
Iredell County Fairgrounds, 630 N. Main Street Troutman (36 miles from Charlotte)
This is a low-cost fair run by the Kiwanis of Statesville.
Rowan County Fair
September 18 to 23, 2023
1560 Julian Rd, Salisbury (39 miles from Charlotte)
Entertainment, games, much more.
Cleveland County Fair
September 7 to 10, 2023
1751 E. Marion Street, Shelby (42 miles from Charlotte)
This fair has been taking place for over 90 years, and features a wide range of entertainment, including a demolition derby, live music and magic, as well as midway rides. There are numerous discounts available.
Davidson County Agricultural Fair
September 18 to 23, 2023
400 Greensboro Street Ext. Lexington (60 miles)
The Lexington Kiwanis Club uses the proceeds from the fair to sponsor Kamp Kiwanis, a summer camping experience for more than 180 Davidson County boys and girls selected for attendance by the Department of Social Services. Fair proceeds help to maintain the camp’s wooden cabins, nature trails, playground, and swimming pool.
Carolina Classic Fair
September 29 to October 8, 2023
421 27th Street NW, Winston-Salem (81 miles from Charlotte)
Rides, demolition derby, rodeo, tractor pull, more
Formerly known as the Dixie Classic Fair
Wilkes County Agricultural Fair
October 4 to 7, 2023
1414 W Park Lane, North Wilkesboro (88 miles from Charlotte)
Surry County Fair
August 9 to 13, 2023
Veterans Memorial Park, 691 W. Lebanon Street, Mt. Airy (101 miles from Charlotte)
This fair showcases the livestock, artwork, musical talent, crafts, cooking and more, with plenty of midway rides.
N.C. Mountain State Fair
September 8 to 17, 2023
1301 Fanning Bridge Rd., Fletcher (113 miles from Charlotte)
Entertainment includes attractions like the Human Cannonball, Hogway Speedway, Comedy Hypnotist, Cowboy Circus and more.
Robeson Regional Agricultural Show
September 29 to October 7, 2023
Robeson County Fairgrounds, 3750 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Lumberton (124 miles)
Carnival rides, live music, entertainment, more
Chatham County Fair
September 28 to October 7, 2023
191 Fairgrounds Rd, Pittsboro (133 miles from Charlotte)
Cumberland County Fair
September 1 to 10, 2023
1960 Coliseum Dr, Fayetteville (136 miles from Charlotte)
Local arts and crafts, music, animals, more
Lee Regional Fair
September 13 to 17, 2023
505 N 7th St, Sanford (142 miles from Charlotte)
This fair is sponsored by the Sanford Lions Club and it includes agricultural exhibits, an antique tractor show, demolition derby, pageants, midway rides and more.
N.C. State Fair
October 12 to 22, 2023
N.C. State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh (161 miles from Charlotte)
The N.C. State Fair pulls out all the stops with an extensive entertainment schedule. Make sure to check out Triangle on the Cheap for a list of ways to save money at the N.C. Fair, including the Food Lion Hunger Relief Day, at which you get free admission for donating canned food.
Wilson County Fair
September 19 to 24, 2023
2331 US-301, Wilson (215 miles from Charlotte)
Helicopter rides, midway rides, entertainment, agricultural competitions, more.
Cape Fear Fair & Expo
Check back soon for details. It used to be at the Wilmington International Airport. It didn’t take place in 2022.
Lenoir County Agricultural Fair
October 3 to 7, 2023
401 Fairgrounds Road, Kinston (248 miles from Charlotte)
Expect to find tractor driving competition, cheerleading, line dancing and more.
Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair
September 28 to October 7, 2023
2801 US 117 S, Dudley, NC (225 miles from Charlotte)
Everything from K9 shows, livestock shows, a math contest, talent contests, masonry contest, amusement rides and more.
Duplin Agribusiness Fair
September 14 to 16, 2023
195 Fairgrounds Drive, Kenansville (247 miles)
Pitt County Fair
September 19 to 25, 2023
3901 Greenville Blvd NE, Greenville (254 miles from Charlotte)
Children’s barnyard, karaoke, midway rides, games, scavenger hunt, more
South Carolina State and County Fairs
Union County Agricultural Fair
October 17 to 22, 2023
120 Kirby Street, Union, SC (67 miles from Charlotte)
Chainsaw artist, cowboy show, magic show, comedy circus, livestock shows, rides, more.
Piedmont Interstate Fair
October 10 to 15, 2023
575 Fairgrounds Road, Spartanburg, SC (76 miles from Charlotte)
Animals, musical entertainment, rides, contests.
South Carolina State Fair
October 11 to 22, 2023
1200 Rosewood Drive, Columbia, SC (99 miles)
Animals, rides, crafts, flower shows, sand sculptures, more.
South Greenville Fair
September 15 to 16, 2023
Simpsonville United Methodist Church, 215 S. E. Main Street, Simpsonville, SC (105 miles from Charlotte)
This is a 2-day fair with free admission. Goat show, horse show, dairy show, engine-tractor show, rabbit and dog show, art and flower show.
Upper South Carolina State Fair
August 31 to September 10, 2023
3804 Calhoun Memorial Highway, Easley SC (110 miles from Charlotte)
Entertainment like Banana Derby, Wolves of the World, motorcycle show, demolition derby, more, plus a full carnival midway.
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