Both cash and credit/debit are accepted for fair entry and ride tickets/wristbands. Some vendors may only accept cash. We recommend you bring some cash for games and food.
Yes! There are more ATMs than ever located throughout the fairgrounds. Please note they do include surcharges. The fair does not provide refunds. Plan accordingly.
$5 per vehicle.
Ride ticket booths are located inside the fairgrounds. Rides are 3-7 tickets each. Unlimited ride wristbands can be purchased online or in person for $35 cash/ $37 card every day. Wristbands are $5 off with a handbill (valid Mon-Thurs). Or, you can purchase a single ticket for $1.50, a sheet of 20 for $30 (valid Mon-Thurs) $32 (valid Fri-Sun), or a sheet of 50 for $60 (Mon-Thurs) $62 (Fri-Sun). Ticket sheets are recommended for smaller riders. Tickets can be used any day of the event.
We do not currently offer group specials.
Yes! Anyone 60 or older will get $2 off. Active and retired military members, with a valid military ID, will get $5 off (one discount per ID). PLUS, Wednesday, March 27 is a special Deal Day for the Military and First Responders to get free parking AND entry!
The Charlotte Fair has a “No Refund” policy. Foxtrot Productions and our Dreamland Amusements partner do not provide refunds or rain checks for admission tickets, ride tickets, or ride armbands for any reason. All sales are final. Weather Notice: During periods of inclement weather, such as high/gusting winds, rain, or nearby lightning, some rides may not operate.
Prices, policies, programs, schedules, entertainment, and shows are subject to change or cancellation without notice. The Fair is not responsible for lost, stolen, or misplaced tickets. Ticket holders assume responsibility for him/herself and for each minor in the charge of the ticket holder. No rain checks. No refunds. The Charlotte Fair reserves the right, without any refund of the ticket purchase price, to refuse admission to or eject any person from the Fair for inappropriate conduct. Persons entering the facility assume all risks incidental to the event.
The 2024 Charlotte Fair is March 21 – April 1. Hours of operation are: Monday-Thursday: 4-10pm, Fridays: 4-11pm, Saturdays: 1-11pm, Sunday: 1-10pm
All fairgoers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult (21+) at all times at the Charlotte Fair.
For our little ride enthusiasts, children as small as 36″ can enjoy certain rides if they’re accompanied by an adult. Otherwise, they need to be at least 42″ or 48″ (depending on the ride) to ride alone.
We are open rain or shine. However, bad or severe weather can close, delay, or cancel the fair entirely or just some attractions and events. We will keep everyone updated via our Facebook and Instagram accounts about whether we will delay opening due to inclement weather. In the event of cancelations and/or inclement weather, the Charlotte Fair does not offer refunds or rain checks.
Some acts, entertainment, activations, and booths may close up to an hour before the fair closes. Please prepare accordingly with your shopping, eating, and experience.
We do not currently provide rentals for these items. We encourage you to bring your own. Though some grass and gravel areas exist, most of the fair’s walkways are paved. Please plan so everyone in your party will enjoy their time here.
Yes! We have an area near the main gate exclusively reserved for handicap parking. Please note that while most of the fair is pavement, there are wire covers and ramps. Also, during peak hours, our handicap zone reaches capacity. For the convenience of our handi-capable patrons, we suggest arriving early for best parking.
For the safety and security of our patrons, re-entry back into the fair is prohibited.
The fair discourages smoking of cigarettes, vapes, or e-cigarettes of any kind. If you must, please respect the air of those patrons around you.
No. Pets are not allowed unless they are a licensed service animal.
ALL PERSONS ENTERING THE CHARLOTTE FAIR ARE SUBJECT TO RANDOM SEARCH.
THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE PROHIBITED ON THE FAIRGROUNDS:
• Backpacks and bags larger than 17” x 14” x 8”. All bags are subject to search before entering.
• Alcohol, Illegal drugs or substances
• Bicycles, skateboards, hoverboards or roller skates
• Balloons of any kind
• Laser pointers
• Banners, signs, posters or fliers
• Bull horns or air horns
• Food and beverages of any type
• Coolers, bottles, and cans
• Glass containers
• Lawn chairs
• Selfie Sticks
• Cameras and recording devices capable of producing professional-quality photos, video, or audio recording.
SHIRT & SHOES REQUIRED.
Patrons entering the facility assume all risks incidental to the event.
Fair staff reserves the right to refuse admission or eject any person violating any law, rule, or policy or acting in any manner deemed inappropriate by management. The fair does not provide refunds.
First Aid/Medical are available during open hours at the Charlotte Fair located under a red medical tent near the Main Gate.
Lost and found items are reported at the front gate and at the Midway (Dreamland Amusements) Office near the front gate.
You will be able to interact with the animals at the Petting Zoo. Some things to remember are:
1. WASH YOUR HANDS – Washing hands with soap and water after touching any animals or animal areas is the best way to combat transmission of disease
2. Don’t eat or drink in the Petting Zoo
3. Adhere to all warning and informational signs regarding animal contact.
All sales, marketing, campaigning, and fundraising must happen from inside an officially contracted booth space only. Distribution of flyers, promotional, campaign, or other marketing materials; the placement of signs; conducting business of any kind; or soliciting for sales or donations on Fairground property, including parking lots and easements, without a contract is strictly prohibited. Contracted vendors may only conduct business from inside their booth. To find out how to be a vendor please click here.
The Charlotte Fair is a ticketed and privately managed, but open event. Professional photographers, media contracted or employed by the Fair, and local reporters will be present taking pictures and footage at the event. These images may be used, without further notification, at a later date to market this event. All persons entering the Fair are subject to having their image and/or likeness reproduced for promotional and/or publicity purposes in Fair, Sponsor or Media photography, video, broadcasts, and/or webcasts.
No drones are allowed on CMS property unless permissed by CMS and Charlotte Fair management.
The Charlotte Fair is managed by Foxtrot Productions. The company which provides the midway rides and games is Dreamland Amusements.