Nothing quite gives the feel of a particular state like heading to the fair. In one place, you’ll find the foods, crafts, livestock, art, and activities that make that state unique. Of course, along with showcasing the state’s agriculture and the talents of its people, the fair is home to rides, carnival games, and concerts. The Alabama National Fair shares all these and more for ten days every fall. In fact, while it used to be called the South Alabama State Fair, it was renamed when organizers realized people were coming from around the country to attend.
The Alabama National Fair has many competitions you can visit to see the talent and wares of local citizens. Walk through the gallery and look at the art show, listen to the choral festival, or wander through the creative living center and see needlework, birdhouses, jams, and other homemade goods, and watch live cooking events. Don’t miss the flower show, and be sure to get a look at the livestock, team roping competitions, and the mounted shooting competition.
You can also get a wristband that allows you to ride all rides on the midway (check the schedule for Dollar Day and half-off day for bargains!). You can also visit Grandpa’s Farm to see live ducks, chickens, chicks in their incubators, rabbits, pigs, and other livestock. The farm also has farm equipment, examples of woodworking, and other educational displays to help kids understand what goes on on a farm.
Finally, be sure to check out the acts on the main stage - there are concerts throughout the fair which are a huge draw for fans!
There are plenty of amenities on-site at the fair. You can purchase food & beverages there, or you can bring in coolers (they will be inspected at the entrance, and alcohol is not allowed in). You can purchase souvenirs on-site as well. Security is on-site, and you’ll want to check the rules of what is and is not allowed onto the fairgrounds.
1555 Federal Dr.
Montgomery, AL 36107
There are plenty of places to stay nearby the Alabama National Fair! You can enjoy a full day at the fair and then return to a comfy bed and your favorite food, right in an RV nearby. Renting an RV with RVshare means even if you don’t own an RV, you can enjoy the ease of a home away from home near where you’re playing all day.
There are a few places you can stay nearby, including:
Whether you own your RV or use an RV rental, RVing is the way to visit the fair! You’ll be able to come home to a cozy bed, and whip up food in your kitchen. Plus a private bathroom doesn’t hurt either!
There are also plenty of hotels around Montgomery where you can stay while visiting the fair. Most major chains have a hotel in town, and there are also some locally operated motels as well. AAA is a great source of information on available motels and hotels, as well as Expedia.
Directions from I-65 and the airport
Take Exit #173, Northern Blvd. Follow Northern Blvd. to Coliseum Blvd. (the State Coliseum sign) and turn right. Go to Federal Drive and turn right and you’ll be at the Alabama Agricultural Center (Garrett Coliseum, 1555 Federal Dr.)
Directions from I-85
Turn right on Eastern Blvd, exit #6. Follow Eastern Blvd. to Wetumpka exit (Exit 231) and turn left onto William L. Dickinson Dr. Proceed to fairgrounds.
General Parking is $5 per vehicle each night. There are five parking lots at the fair that are open for public parking...the south parking lot, the north lot, the farmer’s market, and two parking lots at the livestock entrances. Parking is first come first serve and there is no reserved parking.
You can purchase tickets to the fair online or at the door. They have been known to sell out, so it’s safest to purchase tickets ahead of time on their website.
At RVshare we love to help people explore the amazing outdoors or to explore new towns and states and to learn about all that goes on there. Whether you’re an Alabama native, or new to the state, attending the National Fair is a great way to learn more about Alabama and it’s offerings, to have fun riding carnival rides, and to experience great bands on the main stage. Visiting the fair in an RV is a great way to experience the event stress-free, with your own shower and bed nearby, and with the ability to make and bring food along. Regardless of whether you visit the fair in an RV rental from us or use other accommodations, we’d love to see pictures of your experience! Send us photos at [email protected], and tag us on social media to share your visit. Your adventures could be featured on our blog or social media!
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Please note, this is not the official source of the event information. While we try to be as comprehensive as possible, some details may have changed since the time this article was written. Please confirm final details with the official event page.