Weekend Update: Raleigh Flea Market returns Nov. 4

The Raleigh Flea Market returns this weekend

The Raleigh Flea Market reopens Saturday, Nov. 4, after a month-long break for the N.C. State Fair. The flea market is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays except during October, when the annual State Fair is held. The flea market will be open regular hours on Thanksgiving weekend, but will not be open Friday, Nov. 24.

The Raleigh Flea Market is one of the largest flea markets in the Southeast with more than 600 vendors offering everything from antiques to handicrafts, furniture and homemade goods. Parking is free.

Other events this weekend:

  • The Captial Area Handbell Festival is Friday and Saturday in the Scott Building. More than 300 handbell ringers from several states will join together for two days of ringing and learning under a nationally-known handbell clinician. The festival is produced and run by The Raleigh Ringers. Registration fee is required for festival participants. Hours are Friday, 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a free concert Saturday at 4 p.m. Canned goods are also being collected for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
  • The Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza is Friday through Sunday in the Exposition Center. Exhibitors from Florida to New England will be selling quality antiques and old collectibles. Hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7, or $8 for a three-day pass. Children under 12 are admitted free. Discount admission coupons are available online.
  • Triangle Farms NCHJA “C” Indoors Horse Show is Friday through Sunday at the Hunt Horse Complex. Daily shows begin at 8 a.m. The hunter horse shows are NCHJA “C” rated, admission is free for spectators.
  •  Neuse River Train’s 32nd Annual Train & Railroadiana Show & Sale is Saturday and Sunday in the Graham Building. This is a model railroad show and sale sponsored by Neuse River Valley Model Railroad Club, a nonprofit educational organization chartered to promote the hobby of model railroading. There will be several operating layouts on display with vendors selling train-related merchandise. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $8 and covers both days for ages 12 and older. Admission is free for 11 and under when accompanied by an adult. $1 discount coupon available with club flyer, The News & Observer coupon, or click on our website.
  • The 76th Annual North Carolina Gourd Arts & Crafts Festival  is Saturday and Sunday in the Holshouser Building. The event features a variety of growing, crafting, and artistic competitive categories, and gourd crafting workshops. Vendors include gourd crafts, dried gourds, seeds, books, t-shirts and gourd crafting supplies. The festival also features a display of historical gourds and a free gourd crafting table for kids. Hours are Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $2 for ages 16 and older. Admission is free for under 16, N.C. Gourd Society members and workshop students.
  • On Sunday, Change the World: One Life at a Time celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Area churches are hosting a free event for the public in Dorton Arena. A worship service with music directed by Dr. Alfred Sturgis of the North Carolina Master Chorale will begin at 12:30 p.m. There will be a music festival, art show, kids zone and exhibitors from across the region. The afternoon also includes a free medical and personal-care clinic with services provided by professionals from across the region. Activities continue until 7 p.m.

About Funhouse

On the blog I go by Fun House (AKA Heather Overton). At the Fair you'll find me checking out the blue ribbon winners or hanging out in Heritage Circle. It would be hard for me to pick a favorite part of the Fair, but I can tell you one thing I hate - leaving it on the last day. I can't wait for opening day!

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