Central Carolina Fair

The Central Carolina Fair will light up the sky around the Greensboro Coliseum Complex once again this fall.

fair_2016_logo_smallLocation: Greensboro Coliseum Parking Lot 

Tickets: $6 - $8. Seniors, college students and military (with valid ID)
and patrons under 42’’ - FREE.

Unlimited Ride Wristbands --$26 (individual ride tickets also available)

Featuring spectacular rides from Michael's Amusements, carnival food and games, musical entertainment and attractions for all ages, the 119th annual edition of the Central Carolina Fair will begin Friday, September 8 and run through Sunday, September 17.

Central Carolina Fair Schedule

Friday, Sept. 8*, 5–11 p.m. (gates close at 10 p.m.)
Saturday, Sept. 9, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. (gates close at 10 p.m.)
Sunday, Sept. 10*, 1-10 p.m. (gates close at 9 p.m.)
Monday, Sept. 11 - CLOSED
Tuesday, Sept. 12 - CLOSED

Wednesday, Sept. 13 -  5 –10 p.m. (gates close at 9 p.m.)***
Thurs, Sept. 14, 5 –10 p.m. (gates close at 9 p.m.)
Friday, Sept. 15, 5–11 p.m. (gates close at 10 p.m.)
Saturday, Sept. 16,  11 a.m. – 11 p.m. (gates close at 10 p.m.)
Sunday, Sept. 17*, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

*Free Admission Day


Saturday, Sept. 9

The Fieldhouse, 5 p.m.

100.3 KISS FM presents the “Back to School Jam” with AJR, in concert on Saturday, September 9 at 5 p.m. The concert will take place at The Fieldhouse at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex and is FREE with paid Fair admission ($8 for adults).

There is no band, no song, no video, no sound that is more “now” than AJR. The band — three brothers born and raised in New York City — has achieved a startling quick level of success with “I’m Ready,” a buoyant electro-pop single that’s taking off on social media. The numbers: over 10 Million views on YouTube, Gold record in the USA and Double Platinum Internationally, features in Billboard, the New York Post, and on MTV. They have also performed on the Today show, X-Factor, Live! with Kelly and Michael and numerous other national television shows.

Previously announced opening act Jorge Blanco will not perform at the Central Carolina Fair on Sept. 9 due to travel issues. Blanco is unable to travel to Greensboro from Mexico due to the impact of the earthquake that hit Mexico’s Pacific Coast late Thursday.

La Batlla.jpgLa Batalla Kids
Sunday, Sept. 10, Noon - 8 p.m.
White Oak Amphitheathre

LA LEY 101.1FM, presenta La Batalla Kids, a FREE family event during the Central Carolina Fair at the Greensboro Coliseum, live music, talent contest for children, guest artists and personalities, typical food and endless stalls With free information for attendees. Do not miss this great event of the largest Spanish-speaking radio in North Carolina.

thursday, Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m.
White Oak Amphitheatre

Coolio initially took over the world rap scene through the “Gangsta’s Paradise” release, which won a Grammy in 1996 for Best Rap Performance, Solo. “Gangsta’s Paradise” would also be featured on the “Dangerous Minds” soundtrack and movie. “Gangsta’s Paradise,” also featuring L.V. on vocals, was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Song of the Year. It sold over six million copies and was Billboard Magazine’s number one single in 1995.

The world recognition led to Coolio’s music being featured in several major motion pictures including: “Space Jam,” “Clueless,” “The Big Payback,” “Panther,” “New Jersey Drive,” “The Jerk Boys,” “Eddie,” “Half Baked” and many more. He also composed the theme song for the popular TV series “Kenan and Kel” on Nickelodeon.

Coolio’s long list of accolades include an American Music Award, three MTV awards, two Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards and a World Music Award. He has received six Grammy nominations (1994, 1995 and 1996), two Billboard Music Awards (1994 and 1996), two ASCAP awards(1996, 1997), four American Online awards (1996) and was the Playboy Music Poll winner in 1997.  

SLICK-RICK-383x400.pngSlick Rick
Friday, Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m.
White Oak Amphitheatre

97.1 QMG presents Martin Lloyd Walters, better known to the world as “Slick Rick”, is a Grammy-nominated, English-born performer and the most successful British-American rapper in music history. Originally from London, the hip-hop veteran began his career in 1983 as a member of Doug E. Fresh’s Get Fresh Crew, pioneering what is referred to as the “Golden Age of Hip- Hop”. With four albums to his credit – the landmark The Great Adventures of Slick Rick (1988), The Ruler’s Back (1991), Behind Bars (1994) and The Art of Storytelling (1999). 

Rick has collaborated with a range of musical icons, from Jay-Z and Missy Elliot to Outkast, Jermaine Dupri, Mos Def Common, R. Kelly and Aaliyah. His music has been sampled and interpolated over 650 times, by such artists as Eminem, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Beastie Boys, TLC, Nas, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, Black Star, The Notorious B.I.G., Snoop Dogg and Color Me Badd. In the process, he became the most sampled (over 600 times) hip-hop artist ever. Many of the new songs became hit singles, underscoring his timeless influence. Slick Rick has also acted and made cameo appearances in 10 movies and videos.

saliva-thumb.pngSaliva & Trapt
Saturday, Sept. 16, 5 p.m.
White Oak Amphitheatre

105.7 Man Up! presents “Rock & Ride” featuring hard rock bands Saliva and Trapt in concert at White Oak Amphitheatre on Saturday, September 16.

The concert will begin at 5 p.m. with a performance by 105.7 Man Up’s ‘Battle of the Bands’ contest winner. The concert is FREE with paid Fair admission ($8 for adults).

Saliva’s mix of hard rock and hip-hop credits them with a double-platinum certification for its sophomore album, Every Six Seconds. Today the band is passionate about their most recent release Love, Lies and Therapy. New members - Bobby Amaru on vocals and Brad Stewart (formerly of Shinedown) on bass coupled with the unwavering talent of original members Paul Crosby on drums and Wayne Swinny on guitars create an electrified performance and must-see live show.

Since its formation in 1997, Trapt has released seven studio albums, one live album, one compilation album, three EPs and 13 singles. The band has enjoyed numerous top 20 hits, three No. 1 hits, a platinum album and numerous placements in movies and video games. Trapt has traveled the world with alternative and hard rock’s biggest names, while selling 2.5 million records worldwide.

El Grito FestivalEl Grito.jpg
Sunday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m. 6 p.m.
White Oak Amphitheatre

Presented by 98.3 La Raza, El Grito Festival is a celebration of Mexican Independence Day featuring live music, cultural entertainment, authentic Latin and Mexican food and beverages and games for children. Admission to the Fair and the El Grito Festival on Sunday is free. 




The Circus Smile Show

Circus Smile is presented by the Christiani family. With a rich history dating back from the 1840s to the present, the Christiani family has been featured in countless major circuses and events around the world.

Wilkie Farms Animal Exhibit

The Wilkie Farms animal exhibit is set up in the Midway. Featuring exotic and traditional farm animals and pony rides, the animal exhibit is always one of the most popular attractions for fairgoers young and old.