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Arizona State Fair - 2013

There's Something for Everyone at the State Fair



Arizona State Fair

© Judy Hedding

Each year about 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.

See a picture gallery of the Arizona State Fair. You can also see photos of my favorite Fair foods!

When is it?

The dates for the 129th Arizona State Fair are October 11 through November 3, 2013.

The Fair is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Wednesday through Friday the AZ State Fair opens at noon. On Saturdays and Sundays gates open at 10 a.m.

Single Day Regular Admission

Adult: $10
Child (ages 5 - 13): $5
Senior (ages 55 and up): $5
Children under 5 are admitted free.

Included in the Price of Admission

Going 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.


The 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 2013 Arizona State Fair usually begin in September.

Additional Admission Packages

In addition to all day wristbands for rides, Season Passes and Fast Passes (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 Prize

There are several competitions at the Arizona State Fair this year, including an Opening Day Scavenger Hunt, Coco’s Pie Eating Contest, Frozen T-Shirt, Diaper Derby, Arm Wrestling and more.

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). You can park for free at the State capitol Building parking lot at Washington and 19th Avenue on Friday nights and after 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. That's about a mile and a half away. Here's a map, parking details, shuttle details and directions to the Fairgrounds.


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.

Page 1: Schedule, Tickets, Location
Page 2: Concert Schedule
Page 3: Where to Stay Nearby
Page 4: What's New This Year
Page 5: Discount Days and Special Promotions
More: Your Arizona State Fair Guide

All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.

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