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.
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
If you are attending a concert or event here, these hotels are close to the Arizona State Fairgrounds. Keep in mind that this is not otherwise a particularly desirable area, so I would stick to the well-known hotel chains.
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