Arizona State Fair 2016

There's Something for Everyone at the State Fair

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••• Arizona State Fair. © Judy Hedding

Each year about one million people, Arizona residents as well as visitors from other states, visit the fair.

Video: Attending the Arizona State 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 the Arizona State Fair?

The dates for the 132nd Arizona State Fair are October 7 - 30, 2016.

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

Prices in 2016 remain the same as last year:

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

Season passes, good for unlimited admissions during the run of the Arizona State Fair, are also available.

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.

Rides

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 2016 Arizona State Fair 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 various cooking and eating contests as well as a texting 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). 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.

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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.

One of the most popular attractions at the Arizona State Fair has to be the concert program. Where else can you see internationally known performers for the price of admission? Here's this year's concert schedule. Check back here, as I'll list more shows as they are added to the schedule.

Video: Attending the Arizona State Fair

General Admission concert seating is free with your admission to the Arizona State Fair.

You can also reserve seats in advance; reserved seats are cheaper than your typical concert tour ticket charge. Reserved seats will go on sale in mid-September. You may purchase tickets for reserved seats:

1. at the Box Office located at 1826 W. McDowell Road in Phoenix from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. The Arizona State Fair box office is open for walk-up sales only, no phone calls.

2. online

Arizona State Fair 2016 Concert Schedule

Saturday, October 8
BIG & RICH with Cowboy Troy - 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 9
Koolapalooza - 4 p.m.

Wednesday, October 12
Cheap Trick - 7 p.m.

Thursday, October 13
B.O.B. - 7 p.m.

Friday, October 14
Fiesta Friday - 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 15
Iggy Azalea - 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 16
Luis Coronel - 5 p.m.

Wednesday, October 19
Scotty McCreery - 7 p.m.

Thursday, October 20
Cash Cash - 7 p.m.

Friday, October 21
Charlie Puth - 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 22
The Flaming Lips - 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 23
Jack & Jack - 5 p.m.

Wednesday, October 26
Slayer - 7 p.m.

Thursday, October 27
Garbage - 7 p.m.

Friday, October 28
Gavin Degraw & Andy Grammer - 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 29
Old School Jam - 7 p.m.

Tip: Doors open one hour before concert time. For popular concerts, it is not unusual for people to line up an hour before the doors open (two hours before concert time) for general admission seating. There are more than 14,000 seats in the Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

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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.

People come from all over the country to attend the Arizona State Fair, and it can be difficult to determine which hotel to choose. Here are a few things for you to consider.

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  • The address of the Fairgrounds is 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85007. It is located on McDowell Road at 18th Avenue. This location is in the middle of the City of Phoenix, and it is west of Central Avenue.
  • If you want to stay close, your best bet would be in the following zip codes: West of Central Avenue: 85003, 85007, 85009, 85013, 85015, 85031, 85035 and 85043. East of Central Avenue: 85004, 85006, 85008, 85012, 85014, 85016, and 85034. All of these zip codes will put you within ten miles of the Fairgrounds. The higher the zip code, the farther away you'll be. Sky Harbor International Airport is in zip code 85034, and it is about seven miles away.
  • There are some pretty seedy hotels and motels in downtown Phoenix, and in the immediate area near the Fairgrounds. Before you make a reservation, either have someone check out the property for you, or stick with the well-known chains.
  • If you will be using public transportation to get from your motel to the Arizona State Fair, several bus routes will get you there. If you aren't sure if the motel you’ve selected is easily accessible to a bus route, get transportation advice directly from the motel. Note: METRO light rail does not come directly to the AZ State Fair, but you might be able to connect by bus (or take a long walk). Here's a map of hotels on the Valley Metro Rail route.

Hotels and Motels Within About Three Miles of the Arizona State Fairgrounds

Americas Best Value Inn
424 West Van Buren Street, Phoenix, 85003
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Comfort Inn
1344 N 27th Ave, Phoenix, 85009
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Extended Stay America Phoenix Midtown
217 W Osborn Rd, Phoenix, 85013
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Fairfield Inn & Suites Phoenix
2520 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 85004
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Hampton Inn
160 W Catalina Dr, Phoenix, 85013
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Hilton Garden Inn
4000 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 85012
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Hilton Phoenix Suites
10 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, 85012
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La Quinta Inn
2725 N Black Canyon Hwy, Phoenix, 85009
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Rodeway Inn
402 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix, 85003
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If you are unfamiliar with the greater Phoenix area, this map will help you see where the cities are in relation to one another. You can click on various cities, and get hotel information for that city.

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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.

The Arizona State Fair delights the crowds with standard favorites activities and events. The midway, the rides, and the animal exhibits are all part of the grand tradition. Every year, the organizers of the event always introduce new attractions to add some variety and appeal to the programming.

Video: Attending the Arizona State Fair

Here are the attractions that are scheduled to take place during this year's State Fair.

Not all of these performances/exhibits will be offered every day of the Fair. Check the schedule online for dates and times.

New in 2016 - Scheduled To Appear at the Arizona State Fair

  • Rock U: The Institute of Rock 'n 'Roll ($5 separarate admission charge)

  • The Edible Journey Interactive Exhibit

  • Lights of the World

  • Jurassic Trail: A Dinosaur Adventure

  • Arizona Street Artists Live Mural Paintings

  • Monster Trucks & FMX featuring Big Foot

Arizona State Fair Annual Favorites

  • Arizona Milk Producers’ Milking Parlor

  • Copper Gloves Boxing

  • Flying Meatball Circus

  • Fry’s Culinary Stage

  • Godfrey The Magician

  • The Great American Petting Zoo

  • Kerr’s Farm Tours

  • Mitchell’s Marionettes

  • Native Spirit

  • rePercusssion

  • Roberto the Magnificent

  • Sale of Champions

  • Swifty Swine Swimming and Racing Pig Show

  • The Backyard

  • Thunderbird Model Railroad Club Display

  • Tyzen the Hypnotist

  • Quarter Midget Racing

  • FMX & Democross & Freestyle Monster Trucks

  • All-Indian Rodeo

  • Figure 8 Racing

  • High School Rodeo

Bring Your Appetite and Your Courage!

Arizona State Fair foods are always a big hit, with something new every year. My favorite foods are pretty traditional. You know, like spuds and chocolate covered scorpions.

In 2016, make it a point to try at least five of these unique fair delicacies!

  • Deep Fried Banana Split (Sally’s Ice Cream, J&L) 
  • Deep Fried Chocolate Covered Cinnamon Roll (Sweet Cheeks Fried Treats) 
  • Deep Fried PB&J Cheesecake (Sweet Cheeks Fried Treats) 
  • Deep Fried Butterfinger (Sweet Cheeks Fried Treats) 
  • Bacon Wrapped French Toast Bombs (Bacon A-Fair) 
  • Deep Fried Reese-Oreo (Granny’s Cheesecake & More) 
  • PB & J Funnel Cake (Funnel Lot; J&L) 
  • Deep Fried Caramel Macchiato and Deep Fried Hot Chocolate (Funnel Lot; J&L)
  • Siracha Mayo Dog (Fhat Dawgs; Tin Lizzy) 
  • Frito Pie Chili Cheese Burger (Gourmet Burger; Top Notch Concessions) 
  • Blueberry Pretzel (PHD & Me Pretzel)
  • Mexican Carne Asada Fries (Carne Cafe Taco Stand) 
  • Deep Fried Tamale on a Stick (Carne Cafe Taco Stand) 
  • Dragon Wings (Egg Roll On A Stick) 
  • Cherry and Peach Supreme Funnel Cakes (Funnel Cakes West) 
  • Mowie Wowie Pineapples (Ricardo’s Hawaiian Feast) 
  • Shrimp Tacos and Tilapia Tacos (Ricos Man Jares Mosita) 
  • Tostada De Ceviche (Ricos Man Jares Mosita) 
  • The Sun Devil (Affogato) 
  • The Affogato (Affogato) 
  • Turkish Delight (Dessert World) 
  • Coconut Macaroons and French Sable Cookies (Eli’s French Bakery)
  • Gourmet Licorice (Timbo’s II) 
  • Picked Cheese on a Stick (Get Pickled O Pete’s)
  • Bacon Nutella Pickle (Get Pickled O Pete’s)
  • Pickle Fries (Get Pickled O Pete’s)
  • Deep Fried Nachos (Spud Ranch BBQ)
  • Truffle Shuffle Baked Potato (Spud Ranch BBQ)
  • Reese’s Funnel Cake (Dutchmen’s Funnel Cake)
  • Nutella Funnel Cake (Dutchmen’s Funnel Cake)
  • Oreo Funnel Cake (Dutchmen’s Funnel Cake)
  • Oreo Churro (Dutchmen’s Funnel Cake)
  • Deep Fried Butter (Fried A Fair / Fried A Fair #2)

So much to do, and only three weeks in which to do it!

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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.

The only thing better than going to the Arizona State Fair is getting a great deal when you go! Here are the special promotions and discounts being offered at the Arizona State Fair this year. Ride promotions do not include Extreme Rides, Gravity Storm, or rock wall rides. Check back often, since I add more specials as they are announced.

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Discounts on Admission and Rides at the 2016 Arizona State Fair

These offers may not be used in conjunction with other offers or coupons.No refunds.

Ride deals don't include Extreme Rides, Gravity Storm or rock wall. 

Presale Discounts
This year admissions are available to purchase online at a discounted price. A General Admission ticket is good for any one day of the Fair and admits one person.

Opening Day is $2 Day
On Friday, October 7 admission is $2 from noon to 5 p.m.

3 Every Day 3 Dollar Discountby AZ Milk Producers
Buy 3 dairy products - milk, cheese and yogurt - and receive $3 off any regular full-priced Fair Admission on any day. Items must be purchased in one transaction, and show one each milk, cheese, yogurt of any brand. Receipt must detail items purchased, and must be surrendered to receive discount. Products must be dairy, no soy, or nut products may be substituted. Not valid online or with any other offer or discount. One offer per receipt.

$2 Before 2 Saturdays
$2 gets you in before 2 p.m. on Saturdays. At the gate only, not available online.

$2 to Play Sundays
$2 games available all day Sunday.

Free Hour Thursdays
Free admission for everyone between noon and 1 p.m. every Thursday.

Thursdays Unlimited Ride Wristband
For one charge you can ride all day long on Thursday. Priced in addition to regular Fair admission, sold until 9 p.m.

We Care Wednesdays
Free admission from noon to 6 p.m. with a donation of four non-perishable food items to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank. (No bottled water or ramen noodles.)

Sundays Unlimited Ride Wristband
For one charge you can ride all day long on Sunday. Priced in addition to regular Fair admission, sold until 9 p.m.

Read & Ride Discount presented by Salt River Project
Students ages 5-14 read books, then fill in the Official Read & Ride book report form with brief summaries of approximately 25 words in length each. Children age 6 and under are welcome to draw pictures instead. Students bring the signed form to the Guest Services booth to redeem for ride passes. The student must be present to redeem form for ride tickets. Maximum of 3 free rides per student. Other restrictions apply.

MetroPCS 30 Cent Thursdays
Stop at a participating MetroPCS location for a 30 cent admission coupon. Valid at admission gates on Thursdays until 6 p.m.

Fry's Free Fridays
Beginning September 26, 2016, when you spend $40 or more at any Fry’s location, your receipt will feature a voucher for two free adult admissions for one of three Fridays:  October 14, 21, 28. Bring your receipt to any admission gate. Valid from noon until 6 p.m. $40 purchase must be in a single transaction and excludes tax, alcohol, tobacco, prescriptions, fuel, and gift cards. Limit two (2) Admissions. Original receipt only. No copies accepted. Receipt must be surrendered to receive discount.

Note: Ride promotions may exclude certain rides and activities.

Visit the Arizona State Fair online for additional discount details.

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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.