The 2018 Oklahoma State Fair

Fun Rides, Live Shows, and Bunches of Competitions

Oklahoma State Fair
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The Oklahoma State Fair has been an annual favorite event since 1907, right around the time when Oklahoma was a newly emerging frontier land. With entertainment that most everyone can love from food and rides to events and performances, the 2018 Oklahoma State Fair runs September 13 to 23.

Main gates open at 10 a.m. each day, but most of the carnival rides will not begin operation until 1 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. on the weekends.

Location and Parking

The Oklahoma State Fair is held at State Fair Park just off Interstate-44, northeast of the Interstate-40 and Interstate-44 intersection in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the capital and largest city in the state. Oklahoma City is about 100 miles from Tulsa, Oklahoma; 150 miles from Wichita, Kansas; 190 miles from Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas; and 300 miles from Kansas City, Missouri.

Free parking is available for the Oklahoma State Fair, located both north and south of State Fair Park. Handicapped parking is also available just outside the main gates. Premium parking at 10th Street and May & Reno avenues can be purchased for $5 per vehicle per day if purchased in advance otherwise premium parking costs $10 at the lots. Season parking passes are available for purchase, too.

Tickets to Enter

Tickets for the Oklahoma State Fair can be purchased online at the State Fair Arena Box Office. Adult admission is $12 while children ages 6 to 11 are $6. Children 5 and under are admitted free. Discount tickets ($4 off adults, $2 off per child) are available until September 12.

Season Pass

If you plan on attending more than two days, then you will want to purchase a season pass. For $30, you can enter as often as you would like. As with regular tickets, there is an advanced purchase discount for season passes. Buy by September 12 and a season pass is $25.

Entry Discount

There are a few ways to save on your entry tickets to the fair:

  • Opening Day Discount (September 13): Gate admission is $2 for everyone.
  • Military Monday (September 17): Armed forces personnel and spouses get free admission with military identification. Other discounts include $3 JFK Exhibition tickets and $3 Sky Eye Wheel rides.
  • Dr. Pepper $2 Tuesday (September 18): Gate admission, carnival rides, and more at $2. No Dr. Pepper can is needed.
  • Senior Citizens' Wednesday (September 19). All Seniors 55 and over get free admission with proof of age, $3 JFK Exhibition tickets, and $3 Sky Eye Wheel rides.

Ride Coupons

Ticket prices are for gate admission only and do not cover events, rides, or entertainment. Those tickets must be purchased separately. Event tickets purchased before fair opening often also include gate admission.

From the famous historic carousel to the heart-pounding Mega Drop, each ride typically requires anywhere from four to six coupons. As with previous years, there is a sheet of ride coupons available for purchase, 30 tickets for $30 or 50 tickets for $55.

In addition, wristbands can be purchased that give unlimited ride access. Wristbands are $35 during the week and $45 on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. If you purchase early, you can get a discount ($20 during the week and $30 for the weekend).

Competitive Events

Every year, the Oklahoma State Fair has competitive exhibitions for livestock, horses, arts and crafts, and other creative arts. In addition, the fair accepts entries in more than 30 cooking competition categories from breads and cakes to meal challenges with grilled cheese sandwiches, breakfast, crock-pots, and more. Cash prizes are given, and cooking contests are free to enter. Detailed rules, schedule, and entry forms are available online.

Shows and Special Events

There are competitions for every age and every interest from the Miss Oklahoma State Fair pageant (and teen pageant), parade band competition, cheerleading competition, and the food vendor competition.

Check out special performances like Disney on Ice's "Dare to Dream" show and the Xtreme Bulls bull-riding show. If you want a break from the action, sit back, relax, and enjoy jazz, blues, hip-hop, rock, country, and Christian band music, as well as ethnic and classical dance, soloists, choirs, drama, and magicians. 

Other great shows for kids include the dog show, "Puppies of Penzance," the magic show "Pirate Magic," a one-ring family circus, the pig races, martial arts demonstrations, and much more.

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