Ticket tips


Concert tickets go on sale Monday morning at 10 a.m.  So I’m recycling some tips that we provided last year on how to have a successful concert ticket purchase:

  • Go to the State Fair’s web site a few minutes before 10 a.m. You can either go to the Tickets page and scroll to the bottom OR go to the Dorton Arena Nightly Entertainment page to buy tickets for a specific artist. When it gets close to 10 a.m., start refreshing your browser. You’ll see “Buy Now” buttons when it’s time to go on sale. Note: It doesn’t matter what time it is on your computer. The tickets go on sale when the eTix server says it is 10 a.m., so it may be a few minutes earlier or a few minutes later than 10, based on your computer clock. But keep in mind that if you refresh too often, your computer may cache the page and not actually refresh. Check your browser settings to clear the cache if you still don’t see the “Buy Now” buttons.
  • You’ll want to buy your concert tickets FIRST. Then go back and buy your admission and ride books.  For the first few hours, the “shopping cart” feature will be turned off, so if you want to buy multiple types of tickets, you will have to make multiple purchases. This is because of the number of people who are on the site at one time. We’ll turn the shopping cart on later in the day when traffic dies down. Also, for the first few hours, there is not a 15-minute time limit because of the traffic on the site. So be patient and it will be worth the wait! UPDATE: Because of the Early Bird Ticket Special, the shopping cart is on.
  • Have your credit card ready- we can only accept MasterCard & Visa. Don’t type spaces or dashes as part of your credit card number. Also, you’ll need to know your credit card’s security code, so go ahead and identify that ahead of time.
  • If you aren’t happy with the seat selection, you can try to check back a little later as better seats MAY be released. This is because a seat selection is held for at least 15 minutes. If the seats aren’t purchased within that time frame, or if a credit card transaction is not approved, those seats will be re-released into the general pool of tickets available for purchase. WARNING: you are not guaranteed better seats if you wait because it depends on whether or not people go through with their transactions or not, so try this tactic at your own risk!

Good luck and happy shopping!


Q: Is there a limit on the number of tickets you can purchase?
A: No, you can purchase as many as you like. (well, at least up to 99 tickets.)

About Firecracker

Firecracker (aka Jen Kendrick) Appears as a guest blogger with a special 22-year history with the State Fair. She now works with the N.C. Pork Council, but she still lends a hand in the press office when she can. Thanks, Firecracker!


  1. Is there a max number of concert tickets that can be purchased in one transaction? I need to purchase 10 for one show. Can this all be done at once?


  2. Are general admissions tickets needed along with concert tickets if we are only going to the concert

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