Skip the mall and the big box retail stores this weekend and find unique one-of-a-kind gifts at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. There will be two shows this weekend offering crafts, original artwork, photography and more. Also, the Raleigh Flea Market will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Commercial and Education buildings and outside grounds. Read on for more details about the events happening this weekend.
A Christmas Carousel Holiday Festival
It’s a complete holiday experience for the entire family in the Graham Building Friday to Sunday. The event will feature live holiday music, Santa and cooking demonstrations, as well as original artwork and crafts. Join in the fun Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and military with ID, and $4 for children ages 6-12. Admission is good on all three days. Discount admission coupons are available on the festival’s website.
45th Annual Carolina Designer Craftsmen Fine Crafts Show
Find something special for the art lovers on your shopping list in the Exposition Center this weekend. N.C. crafters will have a variety of handmade items for sale, including pottery, wearable fiber, blown glass, jewelry, metalworks, woodworks, furniture and photography. Hours are Friday from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 daily or $10 for a weekend pass. Admission is free for children under 15. Discounts and a complete lineup of artists are available on the show’s website.