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Arizona State Fair 2023 Opens September 22!

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The Arizona State Fair is a fall tradition. It’s concerts and farm animals, it’s carnival rides, and ridiculous deep-fried food combinations that are intriguing, disgusting, or mouth-watering and it’s back September 22-Ocotber 29, 2023.

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For 139 years, the Arizona State Fair has been a gathering place for our diverse residents from the far corners of the state, to honor the past, celebrate the now, and explore the future. The Fairgrounds, established in 1905, is home to the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, which opened over 50 years ago and has been visited by the likes of Elvis, Pope John Paul II, President Obama, and Cher!

The Arizona State Fair has been and continues to be an ever-evolving place of fun, food, rides, shows, and competitions every year.

Concerts and Shows

After a three-year hiatus, the popular Coliseum Concert Series at the Arizona State Fair returns this fall! Performers scheduled to take the stage at Veterans Memorial Coliseum this year include Walker Hayes, Becky G, Ne-Yo, Brothers Osborne, Violent Femmes, and Carly Pearce.

Tickets are on sale now! Visit for more information or to get your tickets.

In addition to the amazing concerts check out some of the great attractions at the fair including the Flying Royals, Native Spirit, The Funny Waiter Show, Fairytales on Ice, Hockey Circus Show, and so much more! Check out all the fun attractions at

Carnival Rides

Of course, rides at the fair are a must! From the Ferris wheel to the carousel, kid-friendly rides to rides for the adventurous, the Arizona State Fair has a ride that is perfect for just about everyone. Catch a ride on the Sling Shot, the Crazy Coaster, G-Force, Tilt-a-Whirl, or the Zipper, it’s all about the fun!

Rides can be purchased with tickets ranging 4-9 tickets per ride. Thrill seekers can also purchase Unlimited Ride Wristbands inside the fairgrounds every Thursday between 12:00 pm-6:00 pm for $50. Want to get ahead in line? Purchase Fast Passes for only $30. Purchases for Unlimted Ride Wristbands and Fast Passes must be made inside the Fairgrounds. Fast Passes are available on a limited basis. Learn more about the rides at the Arizona State Fair at


Of course, competitions are part of the Arizona State Fair. Check out competition entries for livestock, culinary works, arts and crafts, and so much more!

Competitions include:

  • Sheep Show (Thu-Sun, Sept 28-Oct 1)
  • Poultry Show (Thu-Sun, Oct 12-15)
  • Culinary Entries (Thu-Sun, Sept 22-Oct 29)
  • Rabbits and Cavy Show (Fri-Sun, Sept 22-24)
  • Home Arts Entries (Thu-Sun, Sept 22-Oct 29)
  • 4-H Entries (Thu-Sun, Sept 22-Oct 29)
  • Quilts Entries (Thu-Sun, Sept 22-Oct 29)
  • Horticulture Entries (Thu-Sun, Sept 22-Oct 29)
  • Student Art Entries (Thu-Sun, Sept 22-Oct 29)
  • Fine Arts Entries (Thu-Sun, Sept 22-Oct 29)
  • Photography Entries (Thu-Sun, Sept 22-Oct 29)
  • Floriculture Entries (Thu-Sun, Sept 22-Oct 29)
  • Kids in Focus Display (Thu-Sun, Sept 22-Oct 29)
  • Meat Goat Show (Thu-Sun, Oct 5-8)
  • Youth Livestock Show-Youth Week (Thus-Sun, Oct 12-15)
  • Sales of Champions – Livestock Auction (Sat, Oct 14, 6:00 pm)

See more information on this year’s competitions at

There are many more things to see and explore at the Arizona State Fair this year including tribute bands, monster truck shows, figure 8 races, rodeos, and more.

The Arizona State Fair runs September 22 through October 29 and the hours are Thurs, 12:00 pm-9:00 pm, Friday and Saturday, 12:00 pm-10:00 pm, and Sun, 12:00 am-9:00 pm. The Arizona State Fairgrounds are located at 1826 W. McDowell Rd, Phoenix, 85007. For directions, parking costs, and other information check out Directions and Parking. For more information, you can also call 602-252-6771.

Get the full details on dates, tickets, and more on the Arizona State Fair website at

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