The Utah State Fair is a fun and family-friendly experience held each year in Salt Lake City starting on the Thursday following Labor Day. Ever since the fair first started all the way back in 1856, it's been a source of joy and local culture to Utahns. Rides, attractions, performances and plenty of delicious food all come together to make for a great way to start off autumn. If this sounds like something you'd be game for, amp up the experience by camping near the fair in a convenient RV rental from RVshare.
There's a ton to see and do when you visit the Utah State Fair. As a major event, it offers no shortage of fun to be had.
Rides are one of the main attractions at the Utah State Fair since there's such a good variety each year. Kids will love things like the Giant Yellow Slide and the Merry Go Round while adults will enjoy the Starship 4000 or Thunderbolt. For an extra-exciting ride, try the Black Out spinning gondola ride. Just remember not to eat a big lunch ahead of time!
At the Barnyard Friends buildings, you can see baby farm animals and learn about what makes a farm tick. It's both educational and adorable, making it perfect for just about everyone, and kids will definitely love it. You can even enter a raffle for the chance to feed a baby calf by bottle.
There's a ton of great food to eat at the Utah State Fair. As you'd expect, you'll find classic festival fair from sodas and pizza to fried food. You can also take part in the all-you-can-eat Ice Cream Festival, which hands out tons of frozen treats alongside informational displays on dairy farming. However, the star of the show each year is definitely the Beef Feast. Grill masters are on standby to serve you some restaurant-quality sirloin sandwiches. It's not to be missed if you like beef.
The Utah State Fair has some of the most exciting arena events you can find. Participate in everything from the rodeo to the demolition derby to the full-contact knight joust. You can even catch Monster Truck Insanity Tour dates there featuring the beloved classic Bigfoot.
The Utah State Fair takes place at the Utah State Fairgrounds. It is an area that has been specially designed to host the fair and is considered important enough to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Utah State Fairgrounds
155 North 1000 West
Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
While the Utah State Fair has winter storage for RVs and boats on its grounds, it does not allow camping overnight there. However, the fairground's website does recommend some campgrounds nearby that would be able to accommodate you during your stay.
The KOA is a perfect place to camp out in your RV rental. Not only is it located almost down the street from the Utah State Fair and several other attractions, but it also has tons of amenities and extras that will make you feel right at home. It's a full-service campground with Wi-Fi, a cooking area and even a pool, so the party doesn't have to stop even after the fair closes for the day.
Pony Express is a great RV park with tons of options for renters looking to stay here during the fair. Not only are there pads with full RV hookups for you to try, but the park also offers cabin rentals and a chance to stay in vintage Airstream trailers. Even if you plan to spend most of your trip at the Utah State Fair, it would be worth taking a peek into this campground just to see all the cool things they have to offer.
Anyone who's taking advantage of an RVshare RV rental already has a great place to stay while attending the Utah State Fair. Even if you don't, there are many accommodations for you around Salt Lake City.
The Utah State Fair's website recommends the Crystal Inn as a place to stay while you're visiting for the event. There's plenty on offer at the hotel from free Wi-Fi and oversized rooms to a breakfast buffet and a heated pool. If you'd rather stay somewhere else, there's no shortage of hotels in Salt Lake City to begin with. As the city is a major tourist destination, however, it's smart to reserve your room well ahead of time so that you aren't stuck with nowhere to go during the fair.
Getting to the Utah State Fair is easy given how central of a location it is. No matter where you're coming from, all you have to do is follow these simple directions:
• From downtown:
If coming in from downtown, just travel from North Park to the North Temple Viaduct crossing I-15. After that, turn right onto 1000 West.
• From I-15:
Coming from I-15, get off via Exit 309 before heading down 1000 West. Once there, hang a left and travel around four more blocks until you see the grounds.
• From I-215:
To make it from I-215, get off on Exit 23 and go toward 1000 West. Turn right once you're there and follow it about four blocks to get to the fairgrounds.
• From I-80:
Get off I-80 and head down Redwood Road. Turn left and drive three blocks or so until you get to North Temple. Turn right onto North Temple until you see the grounds.
You can catch a FrontRunner train to the fairgrounds every day but Sunday. The Green Line on TRAX will also take you to the fairgrounds.
You can get to the fairgrounds by bus if you take Route #519 or Route #520. Stops happen every half-hour.
You can park at one of any of the four lots in the surrounding area. Lot A is located west of the Jordan River. Lot B at the White Ball Park is on the south side of North Temple. Lot C, which is the main parking area, bus and oversized vehicle parking area and handicap accessible lot, is located on 2nd North and 1000 West. Lot E is located on 3rd North and 1100 West. Parking at any of these locations costs a flat $10 in cash and covers you for the whole day.
Buying tickets for the Utah State Fair is easy. For buying online, there are many different websites selling tickets to the event. The Fair recommends Smith's Tix for this, but any of them will work fine. Be aware that a convenience fee is charged for each ticket purchased online, but this generally balances out thanks to an early purchase discount that can save you a lot of money.
Purchasing tickets in person is also an option and can be done at the gate. Children age 5 and under get in for free while regular tickets cost $10. Seniors age 62 and older and children ages 6 to 12 can get tickets for $8. Additionally, tickets for groups of 15 or more can get a discounted rate of $7 per person; the venue hosts request that you contact them in advance to arrange this. You can also purchase a $40 season pass to get into each day of the fair.
As for rides, you can choose to pay each as you go or purchase either the All-You-Can-Ride-Wristband or Matinee All-You-Can-Ride Wristband for $28 and $20, respectively. Each entitles you to ride any ride you like on the day of purchase from opening, but the Matinee Wristband is no longer valid after 6:00 p.m. If you'd like to ride attractions on more than one day, you'll need to purchase a new wristband to do so.
Fairs are a staple of wholesome fun, and the Utah State Fair is no exception. It has tons of great activities for you to enjoy over 11 days of excitement. You can make things even more exciting simply by adding on the transportation and hospitality that come with a quality RV rental from RVshare. Show everyone what you got up to on your trip; send your vacation pictures to [email protected] You might see your photos featured on RVshare's social media pages or blog.
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