The Arizona State Fair and the Maricopa County Fair are the most well-known occupants of the Arizona State Fairgrounds. The Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum is located on that property, and there are some concerts, sporting events and trade shows held there even when there's no Fair in session. Several times per year you can attend the Maricopa County Home and Garden Show at the Fairgrounds.
The Fairgrounds are about 7 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
Arizona State Fairgrounds Address
1826 W. McDowell Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Directions to the Arizona State Fairgrounds and Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
From I-10 Westbound, exit 19th Ave., turn right.
From I-10 Eastbound, exit 27th Ave. left, turn right on Thomas, turn right on 19th Ave.
From I-17 Southbound, exit Thomas left, turn right on 19th Ave.
From I-17 Northbound, exit Thomas right, turn right on 19th Ave.
From Grand Ave., turn east on Encanto.
Parking lots near the Arizona State Fairgrounds
- North Lot: Enter at 19th Ave. and Monte Vista or 19th Ave. and Encanto
- South Lot: This is the State Fair Credential Gate. Enter at 17th Ave. (Coliseum Way) & McDowell Rd.
- 20th Ave. & DPS Lots: Enter at Encanto just West of 19th Ave.
Note: There is a charge to park in the Fairground parking lots.
Biggest Annual Events
Arizona State Fair, October 2019 (dates TBD) - The Arizona State Fair is the state's largest festival, attracting over 1 million guests annually to rank as the 3rd highest attended state fair in the country and in the top 15 of North American Fairs. Featuring professional midway rides and games by Ray Cammack Shows, unique Fair foods, livestock and animal attractions, national headline and local entertainment, special shopping vendors, and various contests, the Arizona State Fair has something for everyone! The fair is a showcase of Arizona talent, community, and spirit all in one location.
Lights of the World: Phoenix, December 5, 2018 - January 7, 2019 - The largest holiday lights show in North America with more than 20 carnival rides (free with admission) and acrobatic and sea lion shows.
Maricopa County Home & Garden Show, January 11-13, 2019 - The largest show in Arizona, featuring more than 1,100 vendor booths, family-friendly activities and the opportunity to learn new skills and take advantage of experts at the DIY & gardening stages (all free with show admission).
Arizona Bridal & Wedding Expo, March 10, 2019 - The show is a unique, interactive event, with food to taste, dresses to see, flowers to enjoy, music to dance to and fun to be had.
For the Arizona State Fair Only
When it's time for the Arizona State Fair you can park for free on weekends and take a free shuttle to the Fairgrounds. The free Park & Ride Shuttle from the State Capitol parking lots at Washington between 18th and 19th Avenues is available from about 6 p.m. on Fridays, and from 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays for the run of the Fair.
For Any Event Held at the AZ State Fairgrounds
You might consider taking public transportation. The nearest METRO Light Rail Station is at Central Avenue and McDowell.That's about 1 -1/2 miles, if you don't mind walking.
Where to Stay Nearby
Below are a few of the closest hotels to the Arizona State Fairgrounds, although many other hotel options are located within a few miles of the grounds.
Americas Best Value Inn
424 West Van Buren Street, Phoenix, 85003
1344 N 27th Ave, Phoenix, 85009
Extended Stay America Phoenix Midtown
217 W Osborn Rd, Phoenix, 85013
Fairfield Inn & Suites Phoenix
2520 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 85004
160 W Catalina Dr, Phoenix, 85013
Hilton Garden Inn
4000 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 85012
Hilton Phoenix Suites
10 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, 85012
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