A family-friendly affair with something for everyone both young and old, the New Mexico State Fair has been a part of family memories for 80 years! Visit the New Mexico State Fair in 2021 and take in live concerts and music, a rodeo series, carnival rides and games, an annual parade, themed Main Street Days, livestock exhibits, contests and competitions of a wide variety, and so much more. Occurring in early September, it’s the perfect way to say farewell to summer before fall arrives!
Whether you’re a fan of country or rock music, love to peruse arts and crafts exhibits or view livestock, there’s something for everyone at the New Mexico State Fair.
Main Street Days: Takes place from 9/9-9/19. For more information on each day’s specific theme, click here.
New Mexico State Fair Beer: Details about the New Mexico State Fair Beer can be found here.
Special Entertainment and Spectaculars: As of Summer 2021, information about Special Entertainment and Spectaculars is not available. For updates, check back here.
Rodeo: The largest rodeo in New Mexico can be enjoyed at the New Mexico State Fair! As of Summer 2021, the schedule is not live. For updated info, click here.
Competitions: View the competitions as a visitor or participate in them! Some of the competitions include: agriculture, art, creative arts, floriculture, green chile cheeseburger challenge, home arts, horse shows, livestock shows, mutton bustin’, national anthem audition, unique food competition, school arts and queen competition. For more information on these competitions, including entry information, click here.
Car Shows: View special cars on display during both weekends of the fair!
You won’t be left high and dry without food, water or other amenities while at the New Mexico State Fair! Some of the available amenities include food and drink concessions, motorized wheelchair, scooter and stroller rental, first aid and security, shopping, and a new, “New Mexico State Fairy Sensory Station,” which provides a safe space for special needs and sensory sensitive guests. The area offers sensory input activities, regular visits from State Fair Ambassadogs therapy dogs and meet and greets with the State Fair queen.
The New Mexico State Fair takes place at Expo New Mexico, which is located at:
300 San Pedro NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
The 2021 lineup is still in the works and will be announced soon. For more information, click here.
RV rentals are available at the New Mexico State Fair, making it even easier to enjoy the festivities! Full hook up including electricity, water and sewer are $40 per night, and dry camping or parking is $30. Keep in mind that all RV parking, including location, is at the discretion of Expo New Mexico. For more information on RV rental rules and contact information for reservations, click here.
Even if you don’t own your own RV, you can enjoy the comfort, ease and of course, fun of camping right at the State Fair. Thanks to RV rental from RVshare, you can rent an RV in your hometown and travel to the fair in the ultimate in comfort and ease, or rent an RV right in Albuquerque.
If you choose not to RV on site at Expo New Mexico, there are still plenty of options for RV camping! Some of the local campgrounds to choose from include:
The New Mexico State Fair has platinum and gold hospitality sponsors.
Albuquerque Marriott Hotel
2101 Louisiana Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Best Western Airport Inn/Suites
2400 Yale Blvd. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Driving to the Fair
The best way to get to the State Fair is to take I-40 and exit at the San Mateo or Louisiana exit. From there, follow directions to Expo New Mexico. Right hand turns are only allowed into the State Fair grounds.
Park & Ride
Saturdays & Sundays from 10:00 AM until 10:00 PM
The new state fair Park & Ride will be located at the southwest lot of the Coronado Mall, located at San Pedro and Uptown.
Park & Ride is FREE for those attending the New Mexico State Fair, and fair patrons are encouraged to purchase fair admission online in order to avoid lines at the ticketing gate once they arrive.
**Off-site parking is available on Saturdays and Sundays only.
Ride Share to the Fair
The New Mexico State Fair was the first big local event to establish a transportation partnership ride share companies for access to the fair and other EXPO New Mexico events. Ride share vehicles will utilize dedicated entry gates and pre-planned routes into the fairgrounds to further expedite access to the fair.
Bus to the Fair
ABQ Ride is once again providing convenient options for patrons to take the bus to the fair.
ABQ RIDE has four bus routes, including two Rapid Rides which provide a direct ride to the fair. Check the ABQ RIDE website (www.myabqride.com) for Park and Ride locations.
Fair officials recommend catching the bus at the Uptown Transit Center near Albuquerque Public Schools Headquarters.
Bike to the Fair
10:00 AM until 9:00 PM
EXPO New Mexico offers patrons the most convenient and secure options to "bike to the fair." The free valet service is a collaboration with BikeABQ.
Bikes will be secured while riders enjoy the fair, and the state fair will man the racks to ensure the security of the bicycles. Patrons can access the Bike Valet, which is located just south of Villa Hispana, via Gate 4 (enter via San Pedro, in between Copper and Lomas).
Designated bike routes along San Pedro further enhance safety options into the fair. Bike riders are issued a ticket in order to retrieve their bicycle upon exiting the fair.
Bike Valet hours mirror the state fair opening and closing schedule and bikes not retrieved at closing will be stored overnight.
Gate 1 on Central offers to park for $10.00 and $20.00. Gate 8 on Louisiana offers $5 parking but fills quickly. Handicap parking is available if you have a handicap placard. Parking in the Fair West community on the west side of the fairgrounds is prohibited
Ticket prices for the New Mexico State Fair vary based on age. Senior and Children tickets are available for $7, while adult tickets are $10. For more pricing information, click here.
If you’ll be having fun at the New Mexico State Fair this year, make sure it’s not just fun, but comfortable, easy and stress-free, too! It’s easy to do when you rent an RV from RVshare and travel to the fair in style and comfort. Regardless of whether visit in an RV rental from us or use other accommodations, we’d love to see pictures of your trip. Send us photos at [email protected], and tag us on social media to share details and tips about your visit. Your adventures could be featured on our blog or social media!
Check out @NMStateFair on Twitter and Instagram, and @NewMexicoStateFair on Facebook 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.