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 2019 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!
New Mexico State Fair Hours of Operation:
Sunday-Thursday: 10am to 9pm
Fridays and Saturdays: 10am to 10pm
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 9/5-9/15. 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 2019, 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 2019, 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
Live music acts include: Aaron Watson, Pepe Aguilar, Mitchell Tenpenny, Eli Young Band, Clay Walker, and Smash Mouth & Spin Doctors. Tickets can be purchased online 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 $35 per night, and dry camping or parking is $25. 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. Find the full list here.
The simplest way to get to the New Mexico State Fair is traveling via I-40 and exiting at the San Mateo or Louisiana exit. From the exit, follow the directions to Expo New Mexico. Right hand turns are only allowed into the fairgrounds.
Parking at the fairgrounds is available, and costs are as follows:
Gate 1 on Central: $5 and $10 Monday through Thursday, $10 and $20 Friday through Sunday. Handicap parking is available in this lot.
Gate 8 on Louisiana: $5 all week long. Spots in this lot fill quickly.
Keep in mind that there is no parking for the New Mexico State Fair or any Expo New Mexico events west of San Pedro in the Fair West Neighborhood, and tow restrictions are enforced.
On Saturdays and Sundays from 10am – 10pm, Park & Ride is also available for free for those attending the State Fair. It is located at the southwest lot of the Coronado Mall at San Pedro and Uptown, and patrons are encouraged to purchase their fair admission in advance to avoid long lines.
For more information about parking, including other methods of getting to the fair such as ride sharing and specific bus routes, click here.
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.