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We are so grateful to have shared five amazing years (so far) with all of you. Thank you so much for 2024! More news from us soon.

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

A community-driven North Carolina horror convention offering...

Celebrity Guests

Meet horror movie celebritys for autographs, meet and greets, Q&A's and more - including professional and special edition photo ops!

Unique Shopping for Horror Fans

Shop one-of-a-kind horror art, sculptures, jewelry, clothing, oddities, and official collectables from makers, crafters, artists, and collectors.

Horror Themed Special Events

Raleigh's horror con offers horror movie film fest showings, and unique after parties during con weekend.


Spacious Venue

Located in the NC State Fairground's biggest venue, featuring 100,000 sq ft of accessible indoor con space and ample free parking.

Horror Gaming Area

We're celebrating all things horror, including VR, social and tabletop gaming, and video games in our gaming area!

Connect with Fellow Horror Fans

Discuss horror in our fan-led panel discussions, behind the scenes, and celebrity Q&A's, plus hands-on horror workshops.

... and more, all in the blossoming metropolis of Raleigh, NC!

Saturday Night Sideshow

Official After Party
May 25th, 8 pm - 11 pm

Join us and our party planning partners, Twisted Whiskers Sideshow, in our second annual after party:

Join in our Twisted Talent Show, play games, and star in our costume contest to win prizes, plus delight in roaming entertainers, music, and games, snack on appetizers, and sip on themed drinks.

Costume theme for the evening is Curious Carnival or Vicious Vintage.
Costume winners will be chosen by our wandering judges throughout the evening.

All attendees must be 18 or over and all attendees will need to show ID on entry.
Held at our Partner Hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn - just downstairs from our room block!

About The Venue

North Carolina's horror convention in Raleigh is celebrating five years of fear!

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

Gate 9, located at 4285 Trinity Rd, Raleigh, North Carolina 27607.


Free Parking

Ample parking is available at no charge.


Wheelchair Accessible


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