North Carolina Gourd Society

NCGS Presents The 77th Annual NC Gourd Arts and Crafts Festival

Saturday Nov. 3rd, 2018 9am - 5pm & Sunday Nov. 4th, 2018 10am - 4pm

NC State Fairgrounds - Holshouser Bldg.

Admission $2 - Kids under 16 free!

Instructors click here to go to the information and application page

Vendors click here to go to the information and application page

Click here for competition information

The NC Gourd Arts & Crafts Festival takes place annually on the NC State Fairgrounds, in the Holshouser Building, at 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607 Click here to see map.

At this celebration of the venerable cousin of squash, you will see gourds from around the world and from our own backyards. Displays of historic and exotic gourds will show how this garden oddity has served in our households since the beginning of civilization. You will meet crafters and growers who can teach you how to turn a moldy gourd straight from the garden into an object of lasting beauty. On sale will be gourds, gourd craft, crafting supplies and seeds. Buy a dried gourd straight from the gourd patch, or try your hand at gourd craft. Choose some seed and grow a gourd or ten. Gourd growers and crafters will compete for ribbons from heaviest and longest to best gourd animals, flowers, masks, bowls and more. Click to see pictures from past festivals. Come to the festival to experience the following:

Festival Classes

Once again this year we will have classes for beginners and experts alike. Check back for class listings. NEW THIS YEAR: We will be having a "Make and Take" table for quick crafting.


Come to the Festival to see all of the wonderful gourd craft creations that have been entered into the competition and even vote for your favorite for the People's Choice Award. Or, better yet, enter some of your gourd creations! This year our special category will have the Festival Theme of "Gourd Creatures Great and Small". For competition information, click here.


We will have vendors from near and far selling dried gourds, crafted gourds, and crafting supplies. Also, stop by the NCGS club table for gourd books, t-shirts, seeds, etc... Check back later to see a vendor list.

Gourd Displays

Come see the Gourd Displays showing how gourds have been used around the world. Also, you can see many gourd instruments, utensils, dolls, bowls, rattles, etc... Also, don't miss NCGS's giant music playing gourd.

Youth Table

Calling all kids! Come to the free youth table to have some fun making a gourd craft.

Silent Auction

NEW THIS YEAR: We will be having a Silent Auction during the festival. All proceeds support the Festival and educational work of NCGS. Please consider making a donation to be auctioned off.


Join or renew your NCGS membership at the festival and enter to win a gift basket. Annual Membership costs $12.


It takes many people to run a 2 day gourd festival. Volunteers do all of the setup work, provide table coverage and assist with the competition. Each person who volunteers 4 or more hours receives a free gourd t-shirt. One volunteer will be awarded the 'Cliff and Maggie Teague Award', which has a $50 cash award and a 1 year NCGS membership. Contact Ellen Healy ( for more information.

NCGS Quarterly Meeting

Each year our Fall Quarterly Meeting and Festival Awards Presentation is held on the Saturday evening of our Festival. We would love to have you attend!! The NC Gourd Society will host its Fall Quarterly Meeting dinner on Saturday November 3, 2018 at 6:30pm only 1 mile from the festival at the Backyard Bistro, 1235 Hurricane Alley Way, Raleigh, NC 27607, 919-851-6203