May 26th - 28th, 2023

Guest Announcements and event planning are underway!

Carolina Fear Fest is a horror convention in Raleigh, NC each Memorial Day weekend.

Celebrity Guests

Meet celebrity guests for autographs, photos ops, meet and greets, Q&A's and more.

Unique Shopping for Horror Fans

Shop horror products and collectables from small makers, crafters, artists, and collectors.

Horror Themed Special Events

In Raleigh's only horror con, we offer unique programing, showings, and unique outings.


Huge Indoor Space

Featuring 100,000 sq ft of wheelchair accessible space and ample free parking.

Exclusive Panels

Learn about horror from books to film in panels and Q&A's.

Great Location

Plenty of hotels and attractions in a blossoming Southern metropolis.

About The Venue

Located at the NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, NC, the Jim Graham building is the largest of the fairground buildings, with over 100,000 square feet of convention space, a restaurant, panel rooms, and more. 


Convenient Location

Located at 4285 Trinity Rd, Raleigh, North Carolina 27607.


Free Parking

Ample parking is available at no charge


Wheelchair Accessible

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2023 Celebrity Guests

Dee Wallace

ET: the Extra-Terrestrial, Cujo, The Hills Have Eyes, The Howling, The Twilight Zone, Murder She Wrote, Halloween, Just Add Magic

Naomi Grossman

2023 Celebrity Guests

Seth Gilliam

Starship Troopers, The Walking Dead, Courage Under Fire, Teen Wolf, The Wire, Elementary, Criminal Minds, Oz

Naomi Grossman

2023 Celebrity Guests

Barbara Crampton

Re-Animator, Castle Freak, Jakob's Wife, From Beyond, Chopping Mall

Naomi Grossman

2023 Celebrity Guests

Heather Matarazzo

Scream, Scream 3, Hostel: Part 2, The Devil's Advocate, The Princess Diaries

Learn more about our show through the years:


Haunts in NC, SC, & VA – 2022 Edition

Our region is one of the best states for haunted attractions! We put out a post on our Facebook page and pulled from our previous list of haunts in NC, created last year. We'll continue to be updating it! Have a suggestion for us to add? Let us know on Facebook,...

2022 Cos-Slay Contests: Rules & Info

Not in Costume? No problem - come on down to the stage to cheer on your favorites for the Audience Choice Awards! Craftsmanship Judging involves having your costume looked at up-close by our panel of cosplay judges. This competition is best for those who want to...

2022 Press Release

Raleigh NC – Friday May 27th- Sunday May 29th YOU HAVE BEEN SUMMONED!!     You have been officially summoned to join us at Raleigh’s Premier Convention Experience! Carolina Fear Fest and horror fans from around the region are requesting the pleasure of...

Haunted Attractions in the Carolinas

North Carolina is one of the best states to visit haunted attractions! We put out a post on our Facebook page about some haunted attractions that attended our 2021 horror convention, and the comments were full of suggestions of other amazing haunts in the state. We...

COVID Guidance Update – 5/14/21

Following new guidance issued by Governor Cooper on May 14th , Carolina Fear Fest will be working under the following regulations for COVID Safety. We strongly encourage every attendee, vendor, volunteer, and guest of the convention to be vaccinated. Our core staff...

Usagi Medical Group: COVID-19 Plan Review

Original post by Usagi Medical Group. Usagi Medical Group is a fan-focused group of nurses, EMTs, Paramedics, behavioral specialists, clinical pharmacists and other medical professionals. More than just a contractor for medical needs during the convention, where they...

Carolina Fear Fest 2020 Film Fest

Obviously since our event was cancelled, our 2020 Film Fest entries weren't showcased in the way they deserved. Check out some of our favorite films from our entries here! Full Horror Films 🏆 Flesher Two serial killers work together to skin their victims and sell them...

COVID Safety Information:

Remember when the only thing we worried about at cons was Con-Crud (head colds)? And the only reason to worry about getting too close to a fellow con goer was when they were so excited that they forgot deodorant?  Yeah.  Good times.  Now we have more...

2020 Event Cancelled

Regretfully, we have decided to cancel Carolina Fear Fest for 2020.  Our team had hoped that our reschedule to July would be enough time to hold the event safely, however, there does not appear to be a way to do so and stay within local guidelines for gatherings....

3 Ways to Support Small Businesses Right Now

On behalf of the Con and event industry at-large, we at Carolina Fear Fest Horror Convention want to ask a favor of you. We know you plan months in advance for events that have now been cancelled or changed to a date you can’t attend. It sucks. It sucks for the...