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2021 Arizona State Fair: Everything you need to know
Before you head out for the 2021 Arizona State Fair, here are all the handy details you need to know first. With this guide in hand, you’ll be more than ready for all of the fun and excitement of one of the best October events Phoenix has to offer – see you there!
Where to Buy Arizona State Fair Tickets
As always, you can find Arizona State Fair tickets for sale at the gates. But this year, we’re giving you the option to get a head start with the brand-new FunPass app! Skip the ticket lines and toss the paper tickets because the FunPass app makes everything easier, faster, and more convenient when you go digital. Instead of waiting in long lines for entry tickets and rides, you can just tap, scan, and go – here’s how:
- Download the FREE FunPass app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
- Set up your free account, then click “My Passes.”
- Buy your Arizona State Fair tickets with just a few taps.
- Your tickets will be stored in the app, no need to print or pick up anything!
- When you get to the AZSF, head right to the entrance gates, and we’ll scan your tickets there – it’s that simple!
Planning to bring the whole family to the fair? Then you’ll be happy to hear that Arizona State Fair ticket prices are as affordable as ever. Kids and seniors can qualify for discounted State Fair tickets, and children five and under are free.
When is the Arizona State Fair 2021?
Opening Day for the 2021 State Fair is on Saturday, October 1 (gates open at 5:00pm). There’s nothing quite like being among the first to see all of the exciting new rides, games, and attractions – not to mention snap some great pics to share with all your social media friends! But don’t worry, if you can’t make it out for Opening Day, the AZSF runs through Saturday, October 30, 2021.
October 1 – 30, 2021
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
- Wednesday and Thursday: 12:00pm – 9:00pm
- Friday: 12:00pm – 10:00pm
- Saturday: 11:00am – 10:00pm
- Sunday: 11:00am – 9:00pm
Gates are closed every Monday and Tuesday so that we can keep the fairgrounds, rides, and exhibits in tip-top shape for all our fairgoers. Hours may vary on occasion due to special events or performances. But once you see the iconic La Grande Ferris Wheel dim its legendary lights, it’s time to start making your way to the exit gates.
Parking at the Arizona State Fair
Wondering where to park at the Arizona State Fair? We’ve made parking hassle-free, thanks to multiple lots directly adjacent to the fairgrounds:
- North Lot parking: Enter at the Monte Vista Gate at 19th Avenue and Monte Vista (the lot is located just north of the AZSF fairgrounds). Fee: $12.00/day.
- West Lot parking: Enter on Encanto Blvd. between 19th Ave. and 20th Ave (the lot is located directly west from the North Lot and northwest of the fairgrounds). Fee: $8.00/day.
- VIP Parking in the North Lot: If you’d like to get to the fairgrounds as fast as possible, upgrade to VIP parking to be just steps away from the entrance gates. For families and seniors, VIP parking can be especially convenient. Fee: $25.00/day.
Purchase Arizona State Fair parking passes ahead of time online for the ultimate inconvenience.
You may see parking offered at lots other than the ones noted above, but the North and West Lots are the only official AZSF parking locations. All other lots are privately-owned and subject to owners’ pricing and other stipulations.
Directions to the Arizona State Fair
First time making the trip to the fair? We have you covered with detailed directions from every part of the Valley. Or, enter the AZSF fairgrounds address into your navigation app or device for turn-by-turn directions: 1826 W. McDowell Road., Phoenix, AZ, 85007.
Arizona State Fair: FAQs
Find answers to many of the most commonly-asked questions about the fair here:
Will there be an Arizona State Fair for 2021?
Yes! We missed everyone in 2020, but we’re thrilled to say that the 2021 Arizona State Fair will be kicking off on October 1!
Can I bring water to the fair?
Yes. Each fairgoer is allowed one unopened 20-ounce (or smaller) bottle of water. No glass bottles please – we want to keep the fairgrounds safe for everyone! Look for water bottle refill stations situated throughout the fairgrounds, so you can quickly fill up and get on with the fun.
Of course, if you forget your water bottle, don’t worry: our food and beverage vendors offer a wide variety of drinks for sale. Stay hydrated with bottled water, lemonades, Aguas Frescas, and many more thirst-quenching options!
Are face masks/coverings required at the Arizona State Fair?
Your health and safety are important to us, which is why the AZSF is following all COVID-19 recommendations from the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Center for Disease Control. Masks are not required, though we strongly recommend that guests wear face coverings. Fair vendors and staff will be operating in accordance with current guidelines.
What precautions are in place to keep guests safe?
The Arizona State Fair is a family-friendly event hosted by organizers that prioritize health, safety, and happiness. We ask all fairgoers to be considerate of others and adhere to our code of conduct.
Security will conduct bag checks at the entrance gates and ask all fairgoers to pass through a metal detector for extra precautions. Please leave the following items at home for your every fairgoer and the safety of others:
- Pepper spray/mace
- Tasers/any stun devices
- Knives with a blade longer than 2 inches
- Sharp metal objects
- Any item that could be considered a weapon
- Illegal substances (narcotics)
- Glass bottles
- Sharpies (permanent markers)
- Laser pointers
- Selfie sticks
What events are planned for the 2021 State Fair?
As always, the AZSF Calendar is packed with plenty of exciting events, exhibits, and competitions. In keeping with State Fair tradition, you can experience rodeos, Figure 8 racing, monster truck shows, and a multitude of entertaining shows scheduled every weekday and weekend. Don’t forget to check out the competitive exhibits to see incredible art, animals, plants, food, and more!
Check out the 2021 State Fair Calendar for details, and keep an eye out as we add more information.
Celebrate 2021 at the Arizona State Fair
We can’t tell you how excited we are to welcome Arizonans back to the State Fair this year – so, let’s make 2021 the best year yet! Download the Arizona State Fair FunPass app today to purchase your tickets now, and you’ll be ready for Opening Day.
For more information about everything, the fair has in store for 2021, explore our website and join the Fair Fan Club to be the first to know about exclusive deals, information, and more.
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