Community Stage

Arizona has some of the most talented residents anywhere.

Showcase your hip-hop moves, tap out a few songs, strum a few chords, make us laugh with your jokes, tell us stories with your hula hands, share your voice, and give us a melody to sing along with.

To help set the stage for your performance, we’ll provide a professional sound system and a pro sound tech. Two tables, 50 chairs, a dozen music stands, a digital keyboard (shared), and 6 microphones. You bring costumes, props under 6 feet in height, instruments, and your talent! (Specifics in the Handbook below.)

Community Stage applications are now being accepted, and many of your questions may be answered in our Community Stage Handbook, or by emailing [email protected].

IMPORTANT – Please read our Handbook as booking processes will be different this year. Thank you.

 Community Stage FAQs

ANYONE!!! If you would like to show off your talents, you are more than welcome to apply. We try to book as many acts as possible. When we book, we do it on a first come first serve basis.

You can apply online here. Applications are open now. The deadline to apply is September 9, 2024.

You will need to provide:

  • Name of the organization (if applicable)
  • Contact name
  • Mailing address (this is for all of your passes)
  • Phone number
  • Email address

AESF does not sell your information and it is used solely for the purposes of the community stage

Yes, you will also need to know:

  • Type of Group. (School Affiliated, Dance School, Band, Solo Act)
  • Type of Performance. (Marching Band, School Band or Orchestra, Stand Up/Storytelling, Dance/Cheerleading, Band/Musical Act)
  • Number of performers.
  • Number of directors (this number needs to include chaperones too).
  • Number of vehicles. This number needs to be the number of vehicles used to transport the performers that you will need parking passes for. We are sorry, but we are not able to provide passes for all parents, friends, and family members coming to the performance.
  • Number of equipment vehicles. These are vehicles that are used to haul equipment that will need close access to the stages. These passes are NOT for passenger vehicles. There is a limit of 2 passes per group.
  • Number of chairs if applicable.
  • Number of music stands if applicable.
  • Whether you need a keyboard for your performance.
  • Your 1st and 2nd choices for when you want to perform and your desired time frame.

This will vary by year, but we try to give as many people the opportunity to perform as possible. We try to have everyone perform only once. Typically, the only time someone will perform more than once is if there is a cancellation. If there are performance slots still available as we near the dates of the Arizona State Fair, we will announce on our social media pages and website that you can apply again.

Yes and no, due to printing deadlines, the Community Stage acts are not included in the printed program. However, with your approval, and the inclusion of a photo, we will include you in our digital program/calendar of events on azstatefair.com.

  • Tables: 2 tables
  • Chairs: 50 (more than this won’t fit on the stage safely)
  • Music Stands: We have 35 music stands to split between all of our stages.
  • Instruments: We have one keyboard available. Please make sure you notify us if you need a keyboard.
  • Microphones: 6 microphones

The sound system that we provide is a professional sound system. You are encouraged to leave as much of your equipment at home as possible. You can plug into our system, which is run by professional sound techs. We do have CD players and can support MP3 players (iPod’s, etc).

This will vary depending on the type of group. Obviously, a choir can have more people on stage than an orchestra due to space. Typically, 50 people is a good rule of thumb.

32ft X 32ft, Surface: carpet.

Yes, there are dressing rooms for the performers to change in.

Things that we allow:

  • Instruments or sound equipment
  • Props for a show
  • Costumes

Things that we won’t allow, but not limited to:

  • Choral risers
  • Chairs
  • Large props

Ask us if you have any particular questions.

Please let us know ahead of time so that we can give others a chance to perform in that time slot. If credentials were mailed to you, please mail them back. If you don’t send credentials back you will no longer have the chance to perform at the State Fair in future years.

The Arizona State Fair is open rain or shine, and we expect the same of our stages! Our stages are under tents and rain doesn’t phase them!

*In the event of high-risk weather for the safety of your performance, we will ask you to stop performing until it is safe. If this interrupts your performance we will try our best to rebook with what is available.

Yes, as long as they are weighted and not stapled/nailed/zip tied/taped/etc. We do not provide weights.

No. The sale of merchandise is not permitted on the Community Stage.

No. No discounts of any sort are provided to the Community Stage participants.

Yes. Due to high demand, applications are only accepted online. You will not be able to call, mail, email, or fax in applications.

For more questions email [email protected]


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