It’s the first weekend of fall at the state fairgrounds, which means the N.C. State Fair is right around the corner. It also means that this the last weekend to enjoy the Raleigh Flea Market before in closes in preparation for the annual State Fair. Each weekend, the Commercial and Education buildings and grounds host hundred of dealers selling antiques, furniture, bargains, collectibles and more. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The flea market will reopen Saturday, Nov. 7.
Discount N.C. State Fair admission tickets and ride books will be available this weekend at Gate 9 off Trinity Road and in the Graham Building at the Southern Ideal Home Show.
The Southern Ideal Home Show- Fall edition is the area’s premier home show. The event features two buildings filled with hundreds of exhibitors to answer questions, help with your next building or remodeling project, decorating or landscaping your home. Enjoy shopping, comparing prices, talking to experts and finding resources for any home or garden project. Hours are Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults (ages 15 and over) and free for children 14 and under. Friday is 55-plus day when seniors ages 55 and older receive admission for $7 (no coupons).
Other events this weekend:
- The Hunt Horse Complex hosts two events this weekend. The 2015 Tar Heel Quarter Horse Fall Classic Show and the NCHJA “C” Outdoors Horse Show. Both shows are open to the public. Go online for shows times and more information.
- TGA Navaratri, presented by the N.C. Triangle Gujarati Association, is Saturday in Dorton Arena. This event is a pre-celebration of the Hindu Navaratri festival, which takes place in October, and presents the traditional cultural line dancing from Gujarat, India. Hours are 8 to 11 p.m. Admission for TGA members is $12 and $15 for non-members.
- Triangle Preschool Expo is Saturday in the Martin Building. This is an interactive, family-friendly event connecting area preschools and resources with families. Children’s activities include an obstacle course, a magic show, balloon animals, craft table and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is free.
- Doggone Fast Flyball Club Flyball Tournament is Saturday and Sunday at the Holshouser Building. Flyball is a fast-paced family-oriented dog relay sport that has become a hit on Animal Planet and ESPN’s Great Outdoor Games. This is a relay event with four dogs on each team. Each dog jumps four hurdles and steps on a spring loaded box, which shoots out a tennis ball. The dog catches the ball and runs back over the 4 hurdles. When the dog crosses the starting line the next dog goes. The first team to have all four dogs run without errors wins the heat. Hours are Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spectators and leashed dogs are welcome to come and watch. Free admission.
- North State Toy and Hobby Show is Saturday and Sunday in the Scott Building. Items available include antique to modern and collectible toys, sports cards & sports memorabilia, including Barbie, diecast and plastic models, Star Wars, Hot Wheels, Hallmark ornaments, Yu-gi-oh, Lord of Rings, Sci-Fi toys, Western toys, NASCAR, etc. More than 70 exhibitors will be buying, selling and trading. Hours are Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 daily and a weekend pass is $7. Ages 15 and under admitted free.
- Join Meredith College for its 11th annual Sizzlin’ September Concert on Sunday in Dorton Arena. Country artist Easton Corbin will headline the night. NCSU’s Grains of Time will start the show followed by country artist Dylan Scott. Doors open at 5 p.m. and concert starts at 6 p.m. Public admission is $10. Tickets available online at meredithcollege.brownpapertickets.com.