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Capital Fest

2017 Capital Fest March 7, 2017

Held every two years in Raleigh during the long sesson of the North Carolina General Assembly. NCHE arranges a special day full of activities for NC homeschoolers to meet with their legislators, attend special workshops on North Carolina's legislative, executive and judicial systems and enjoy museums. You don't have to be an NCHE member to attend this event. The workshops are lectures, and the speakers know that they will be speaking to students of all ages.

Sign in will start at 8:30 in the 1200 courtyard of the Legislative Building, 16 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601. Enter the building from Jones Street and check with the welcome desk just inside the door to your left. There you can ask for directions to the 1200 courtyard.

The best time to meet with lagislators is in the morning. Call at least a week ahead to a make an appointment with your NC representative and senator. If you don't know who your representative or senator is click here and follow the instructions.

Bring Homemade Cookies!

We will have a table set up in the 1200 courtyard of the Legislative Building, and we want people to come and learn about home education. We think homemade cookies will create goodwill with our legislators and will attract people to our table.

The 2017 Capital Fest Schedule will be posted by February


The following information is from the 2015 Capital Fest

The deadline for registering for a lunch is 10:00 AM February 26. If you miss the deadline you can still register to participate in the activities, but you are on your own for lunch. To register after the lunch order deadline, send an email with your name, address, phone number and the number of people in your party to :

2015 Capital Fest Schedule, March 3

8:30-9:30       Sign in (1200 courtyard inside the Legislative Building)
9:30–10:10    Workshop, Lt. Governor, Dan Forest—The NC Executive Branch (in the Legislative Building auditorium 3rd floor)
10:20–11:00   Workshop, Senior Policy Analyst, Greg Sinders—The NC General Assembly (in the Legislative Building auditorium 3rd floor)

11:10–12:10   Greetings from our elected officials (in the Legislative Building auditorium 3rd floor)
12:10-1:10      Lunch – NC History Museum outdoor picnic area [Order a box lunch (Chick-fil-A sandwich, chips, a chocolate chip cookie and bottled water), or bring your own.]
1:10–1:50       Workshop, Supreme Court Associate Justice, Robert EdmundsTour of the Supreme Court and learn about the judicial system. (The Justice Building, 224 S Dawson St, Raleigh, NC 27601)
2:00                House Session begins, The gallery is available for families to sit and listen. (Legislative Building, 3rd floor)

Printable map of the government area of Raleigh with visitor parking lots marked.

2015 Capital Fest Schedule & Info.pdf

Capital Fest rates for Dinosaurs Exhibit

There are more details to come. If you are not already a subscriber, you may want to subscribe to the weekly NCHE email update to be sure you get Capital Fest details when they are available.

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