State fairs are a wonderful way to get an overview of a region and the people who live there. From the agriculture to the artistic talents to the events they choose for entertainment - few things give you a better glimpse into how people in the area you’re visiting live than seeing the things they choose to showcase.
The Arizona State Fair, held every October in Phoenix, is famous for its La Grande Wheel - the largest transportable Ferris Wheel in the world. Soaring almost 132 feet into the air, you can get a bird’s-eye view of the fairgrounds and the surrounding area.
The fair has over seventy other rides visitors can choose from as well, from sedate ones like the carousel, to competitive ones like the Euroslide (race your siblings or friends!) Classic spinning rides like the Cyclone and the aptly named Dizzy Dragon are sure to get your blood moving (and perhaps your lunch), and rides like the Wiggle Wurm are perfect for younger visitors.
Along with the midway rides and entertainment, there are plenty of competitions showing off the livestock and agriculture of the state, and the nearby states as well. There are youth livestock prizes for sheep, goats, cattle, pigs, poultry, pigeons, and more.
Admission to the fair is only $10.
Be sure to check out the evening entertainment as well. Concerts on fair days usually include big country music stars and rock bands. In the past, the fair has hosted Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, ZZ Top, and Meat Loaf.
There are plenty of amenities on-site at the fair. Choose from 110 food booths, with every kind of food imaginable. Guests can also bring in their own food or unopened bottled water. Glass containers and alcohol are prohibited. There is also a lost and found available at the security office, and there are guest services and information booths around the fairgrounds to answer your questions and help you find things.
1826 W. McDowell Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
RVing is a great way to explore the fair! It allows you to spend all day enjoying the rides and looking at the exhibits, and be able to come back to the comforts of home and your own food and bed at night. There are several RV campgrounds near the fairgrounds where you can stay while you visit.
Whether you drive your own RV to the Arizona State Fair or use an RV rental, RVing is a great way to experience the fair! You can come home after a busy day of games, rides, concerts, and exhibits, and take a nice, hot shower in your own space before going to sleep in your comfy bed.
There are also plenty of hotels in the Phoenix area where you can stay while visiting the fair. The best place to find information on hotels and services near the fair are at visitphoenix.com.
From East Valley and southern Arizona cities (and the airport):
From I-10 westbound, take exit #143C (the 19th Ave. exit). Make a right on 19th Ave. Pass McDowell Rd. and head to either the Monte Vista or Encanto parking entrances.
From the West Valley:
From I-10 eastbound, take exit #142 (the 27th Ave. exit). Make a left on 27th Ave. to Thomas Rd. Turn right on Thomas (east) and continue to 19th Ave. Make a right on 19th Ave. to the Monte Vista or Encanto parking entrances.
From the North Valley:
Take I-17 to exit #197 (19th Ave., State Capitol exit). Travel north on 19th Ave. to the Monte Vista or Encanto entrances.
You can park free on weekends at the State Capitol parking lots at Washington between 18th and 19th Avenues and take the free Park & Ride shuttle from the lot to the fairgrounds.
The only parking lots that are the official Arizona Exposition and State Fair lots are:
Other lots are privately owned.
As of Summer 2019, information regarding purchasing tickets is not yet available. For updates, check out the official Arizona State Fair website.
At RVshare we love to see people check out new things and to learn about the people, livestock, cultures, and activities that happen in the states they visit. Whether you go to Arizona frequently or this is your first time there, heading to the fair is a great way to learn more about the history of the area and its unique offerings. Visiting the fair in an RV is a stress-free way to experience it, knowing you can be out exploring all day and then head home to a hot shower and warm bed nearby. It also allows you to make and bring your own food when you head out, and to bring other comforts from home. Whether you visit the fair in an RV rental from us or use other facilities, we’d love to see pictures of your trip! Send us photos at [email protected], and tag us on social media to share stories of your visit. Your adventures could be featured on our blog or social media.
Check out @AZStateFair on Facebook and Twitter, and @ArizonaStateFair on Instagram for event updates!
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.