In 2011 over one million people, Arizona residents as well as visitors from other states, visited the fair. The phrase "something for everyone" has never had more meaning than when applied to the Arizona State Fair. Of course kids and teens love the fair, but adults can enjoy the entertainment and activities just like their younger counterparts.
When is it?The dates for the 128th Arizona State Fair are October 12 through November 4, 2012.
The Fair is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Wednesday through Friday the AZ State Fair opens at 12 noon. On Saturdays and Sundays gates open at 10 a.m.
Admission CostAdult: $10
Child (ages 5 - 13): $5
Senior (ages 55 and up): $5
Children under 5 are admitted free.
Included in the Price of AdmissionGoing to the Arizona State Fair doesn't have to use up your monthly entertainment budget. There are plenty of things to do that are free once you are in. Rodeos, racing, petting zoo, science and 4-H exhibits and more are available at no extra charge once you have paid your general admission to the fair.
RidesThe Midway is where a lot of the action takes place. You can buy tickets in various package options, including all day ride wristbands. There's a service charge for buying tickets online.
Advance ticket sales for the 2012 Arizona State Fair usually begin in September.
Additional Admission PackagesIn addition to all day wristbands for rides, Season Passes and FastPasses (front-of-the-line ride passes), VIP parking and advance daily admission passes are also offered. You can check out all the ticket package options online.
Win First PrizeThere are several competitions at the Arizona State Fair this year, including Coco’s Pie Eating Contest, Wendy’s Chicken Dance and Chickin’ Flickin’, Frozen T-Shirt, Toddler Town Diaper Derby, A2Z Txt Frnzy Texting Contest and the Fairfield “My Favorite Bug” Contest.
Where Is It?The State Fair is held at the Fairgrounds (where else?) at 1826 W. McDowell Rd (19th Ave & McDowell Rd) in Phoenix, AZ. There is a $10 charge for parking at the fairgrounds. Parking is $5 in the 20th Ave. & Encanto parking lot (SW corner of 19th Ave & Encanto). There's also a free shuttle service on weekends. Here's a map, parking details, shuttle details and directions.
The Arizona Department of Transportation usually provides detailed motorist information, including any travel or road restrictions, for this event. Call 5-1-1, then *7. The call is free.
Schedule, Tickets, Discounts, Concerts, Map, Seating Chart, Photos in Your Arizona State Fair Guide