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Arkansas State Fair 2023

Enjoy a family weekend full of rides, livestock competitions, rodeos, sweet funnel cakes and cotton candy

Dates: October 13–22, 2023

Arkansas State Fair
Arkansas State Fair
Arkansas State Fair

Every October, the Arkansas State Fair takes place in Little Rock, Arkansas, attracting about 450,000 attendees. The largest entertainment event in the state offers a diverse program at the Arkansas State Fair Complex, which includes the Barton Coliseum, Hall of Industry, an impressive midway and lots of other venues. The family-oriented fair provides lots of fun and educational opportunities for all ages, with an emphasis on agriculture, livestock, technology and arts.

The musical entertainment of the Arkansas State Fair offers something for every taste. There are many free events that gather thousands of fairgoers. Famous headliners on the Main Stage present classic rock, country, alternative, and R&B acts. Previous headliners of the fair include The Charlie Daniels Band, P.O.D., Ginuwine, Joe Nichols, Stokley, Pop Evil, Mark Chesnutt, Ralph Tresvant, and many others.

The admission is $10, but advance purchases offer lower prices. Children, seniors, and group visitors enjoy discounted tickets. The admission includes free concerts on the Main Stage. Rides require separate tickets. Organizers also provide free shuttle services. Fairgoers can park in the designated parking lots Friday evening or get on a shuttle to the fair gates, to have a hassle-free family weekend.

Practical info

How much does it cost to get in the Arkansas State Fair?

General adult admission is $10. Children and seniors pay $5. Children 5 and under get in for free. Show more

How much is parking at Arkansas State Fair?

Parking on the Fairgrounds is $10. Show more

How late is the fair open?

The gates are open from 11 am to 9 pm. Show more

How much are wristbands at the Arkansas State Fair?

Unlimited Ride Bands are available for $30. Show more

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