Festival Info

General Information

  • The North Carolina Wine Festival will take place at Midtown Park at North Hills
  • Festival entrances are located on either side of Chuy’s Restaurant () and by the parking decks on Cardinal St.
  • Gates Open:
    • At 11am for VIP Tickets
    • At 12pm for General Admission tickets
  • Festival ends at 6pm
  • Parking Deck Map
  • Rain or Shine (Rain umbrellas are permitted)
  • Tickets are non-refundable
  • Hotel Information

Frequently Asked Questions


Are pets, coolers, tents, lawn chairs or outside food/beverages allowed?

Outside food & beverages or coolers are NOT allowed.

Pets are NOT allowed.

Tents are NOT allowed.

Lawn Chairs are NOT allowed.

Rain umbrellas are allowed.



Where should I park?

There are seven free parking decks located in North Hills for festival use.

Please park in designated spots as towing by the City is enforced.

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What about handicap access?

There really is no easy way around this. The massive crowds, cobblestone, grass and general terrain just don’t allow for the best wheelchair access. We will be happy to make accommodations and help where we can, though. Just allow us a few moments and we’ll figure out how to accommodate anyone with a special need.



Is there medical assistance on site?

Yes, EMS will be onsite to help provide immediate assistance.



Does this festival benefit a charity?

Yes, the North Carolina Wine Festival began in Winston-Salem 16 years ago and since then they have supported numerous charities and local agencies including the Boy Scouts, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the Jaycees.

This will be the second year the event will offer a second location in the state’s capitol of Raleigh, N.C. This festival will give back to our local Raleigh Jaycees and the Foundation of Hope which provides research and treatment of mental illnesses.

This festival also promotes the agricultural and grape-growing efforts of the North Carolina vineyards across our great state by promoting their grape varieties and offering North Carolina vineyards the opportunity to sell their wines by the bottle and by the case to festival attendees.



Are children allowed?

This is considered a responsible adult event so bringing children is highly discouraged as there is nothing for them to do.

However if you must bring them you are responsible for them and tickets may be purchased at the regular general admission price.  Only children age 12 and under are free.



What if it rains and are there ticket refunds?

This is a rain-or-shine event. No refunds will be given for any reason.

Your Eventbrite ticket receipt is your ticket for admission, no tickets will be mailed to you.



Will there be ATM machines?

Yes, at least one; maybe two



How does the wine tasting work?

Wineries are prepared to pour a ‘standard’ taste sample. Please be respectful and allow others to enjoy their product too.

Tasting is free with your admission.



Are there any other higher priced VIP specials? Upgrades?

Yes, VIP tickets are available with advance purchase only. Visit our ticket site to purchase this experience.

VIP ticket holders get to beat the lines and come in earlier at 11am. They will also have access to Chuy’s back porch deck with additional wines and food samplings.



Where do we get our tickets? 

Right here on our ticket website!



Where to Stay/Area Hotels

For NC Wine Festival goers, the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown is offering a discounted room rate of $99 a night.

They will extend complimentary transportation to and from the Wine Festival.

Guests can book reservations by calling Hilton Worldwide reservations line at 1-919-872-2323, OPTION 1 or book online; by referencing the group code WINE, they will receive the group rate. Book your room now!



Is there security?

Yes. We make certain that we have enough security to help provide direction, maintain control and protect the rights of our business partners as well as our patrons.

Please go out of your way to say ‘thank you’ to the members of the Raleigh Police Department and if you need any help at all, just talk with any of these fine men and women.



What does my ticket provide?

All the stage entertainment, sample tasting from over 20 wineries, a program guide, a commemorative wine glass, special offers from our sponsors and a ‘seat on the grass.’



Can I volunteer for the event?

We are looking for energetic smiling faces. We will keep you busy, but you will certainly be entertained!

We ask that all volunteers work a minimum four-hour shift and some work as many as eight depending on your energy, your interest, and your availability.

All volunteers will receive a North Carolina Wine Festival shirt and a ticket to enjoy the tastings after their shift or for a friend.

Please email us to sign up as a volunteer: ncwinefestival@curtismedia.com. Let us know your availability, skills, past experience, etc.

Click here fore more information on volunteering for the NC Wine Festival.



Miscellaneous information

The Raleigh Police Department will be checking bags at the front gate before entry. Please remember – COOLERS, TENTS, OUTSIDE FOOD OR BEVERAGES are NOT allowed. NO exceptions.

You must at least 21 years of age and present your state issued ID in order to participate in the wine sampling and purchase.

Absolutely no concealed weapons are allowed – it’s the law. Anyone found in possession of a concealed weapon will be immediately removed from the festival. No refund will be given.

We cannot guarantee that every wine and winery listed will arrive as planned the day of the festival. We encourage all festival attendees to arrive early for the best possible selection of wines, as the most popular flavors will run out quickly!