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Arizona State Fair 2024

Cowboy hats and country music are a must at this traditional entertainment event of the American West

Dates: September 20-October 27, 2024

Arizona State Fair
Arizona State Fair

The Arizona State Fair is an annual event, which is held every October. The Arizona State Fairground is located at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, on McDowell Rd., in Phoenix. The fair is famous for its La Grande Wheel, which is the largest transportable Ferris Wheel in the world. If you aren't afraid to look down 40 meters, take a ride and check out a bird's-eye view of the fairgrounds. The fair hours are from noon to 9 pm on weekdays and from 11 am to 9 pm on weekends. The admission price is $8–12.

The Arizona State Fair, attended by about a million people every year, has 75 amusement rides, 110 food booths and 300 commercial vendors. It's one of the top five fairs in the country. The concerts at the Fair often feature big stars of country music and great rock bands. The past has hosted musicians such as Bob Dylan, ZZ Top, Sheryl Crow, Meat Loaf, Slayer and Megadeth.

The Arizona State Fair was first held in 1884, during the cotton crop failure, the Great Depression, and World Wars there was a an interruption in service. It has been held every year, since 1946. The fair first took place by the banks of the Salt River, the main attractions were horse or mule races and agriculture exhibits. The fairgrounds also host Maricopa County Fair, the Arizona National Livestock Show, the Maricopa Home and Garden Show.

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How much does the ticket to Arizona State Fair cost?

General admission (ages 14+): $12; Kids (ages 5–13) and Seniors (ages 55+): $8; Kids under 4 enjoy free admission. Show more

Is there alcohol at the Arizona State Fair?

Fair organizers put the safety and happiness of their guests first. Fairgoers have to adhere to the code of conduct. The State Fair guests are strictly asked to leave alcohol, glass bottles, weapons, and selfie sticks at home. Consumption of alcohol and use of drugs are strictly prohibited during fair hours. Show more

Are concerts free at Arizona State Fair?

Fair admission includes free concert admission, but prime reserved seats are available for additional fee. Show more

Where to park at the Arizona State Fair and how much is parking?

There are two large parking lots just north and west of the fairgrounds. North Lot parking is $10 a day, but there is also an option to upgrade to VIP parking for a spot right next to the gates for $20 (needs to be reserved in advance). West Lot, located between 19th and 20th Ave., is $5. Show more

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