May 26th - 28th, 2023


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

2023 Celebrity Guests

Tara Reid

Sharknado series, Ouija House, Vipers, Van Wilder, The Big Lebowski, American Pie, Cruel Intentions, Josie and the Pussycats

Naomi Grossman

2023 Celebrity Guests

Dana DeLorenzo

Ash vs Evil Dead, Evil Dead: The Game, The Late Late with Craig Ferguson, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, King Tweety

Naomi Grossman

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

David Naughton

An American Werewolf in London, Ice Cream Man, Hot Dog... the Movie, Detroit Rock City, Brutal Massacre: A Comedy, Twilight Zone, American Horror Story, Grey's Anatomy, Psych

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

Celebrity Guests

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

Carolina Fear Fest Guest List

Unique Shopping for Horror Fans

Shop one-of-a-kind pieces from horror artists,  SFX artists, fan-created products, and industry collectables from makers, crafters, artists, and collectors.

View our Vendor List or Apply

Horror Themed Special Events

In Raleigh's horror con, we offer unique programing, showings, and unique outings during our convention weekend - stay tuned for afterparties and more!

Schedule coming soon!


NC State Fairgrounds

Located in the Fairground's - or should we say, Fearground's - biggest venue, featuring 100,000 sq ft of accessible indoor con space and ample free parking.

Connect with Fellow Horror Fans

Learn and discuss horror movies, games, books, and more in our fan-led panel discussions, behind the scenes, and celebrity Q&A's.

Great Location

A community-driven North Carolina horror convention offering plenty of hotels and attractions in the blossoming Southern metropolis of Raleigh, NC.



About The Venue

North Carolina's horror convention scene comes to Raleigh in a big way with Raleigh's own Fear Fest!

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

Click for Directions


2023 SFX Battle Info & Rules

Our legendary SFX battles let SFX makeup artists in NC battle it out for the best special effects makeup look in two unique categories - Original Character, and Grab Bag. Our grab bag SFX challenge ups the difficulty with a bag of assorted materials and items that...

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....