The Arizona State Fair is over 125 years old. While most cities are stocking up on road salt and preparing for the winter, Phoenix is drawing in people from all over to attend the Arizona State Fair. Last year alone, the fair drew in over one million people. This year should be better than ever.

Events: There are plenty of events that are included in the ticket price.

Scottsdale State FairHere are a few:

  • Rodeos
  • Petting zoo
  • 4H exhibits
  • Native Spirit Dancers
  • Demolition Derby
  • United States Armwrestling Championships
  • Copper Gloves Boxing

Rides: The Midway at the Arizona state fair has all the traditional fair rides that you’d expect from the Ferris wheel to fun houses. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time online or at the gate.

Concerts: The Arizona State Fair brings in a lot of big names and the great news is that the concert ticket price is included with your admission to the park, but you’ll want to stand in line early or purchase fancy seating at the box office if you want to get in to see them so plan ahead. Some of the big names that are going to be performing are:

  • The B52s -October 16th
  • Bret Michaels Roses & Thorns World Tour 2010 – October 23rd
  • Snoop Dogg – October 29


Food: Fairs are known for their fried food and the Arizona State Fair is no exception. Get the antacid ready to go:

  • Chef John – Specializes in food that even Fear Factor contestants would be hesitant to try like meal worm caramel apples (yep, you read that right). He also makes deep fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for those of you who aren’t into eating insects.


  • Donut Hamburgers – These put KFC’s double down to shame.
  • Salami Suckers – Salami dipped in batter and deep fried on a stick. You may not want to have a romantic moment on the Ferris wheel after eating one of these.

Time and Place: The fair is being held in Central Phoenix from October 15th until November 7th. The exact address is 1826 W. McDowell Rd (19th Ave & McDowell Rd) but if you’re anywhere near downtown during this time period, you’ll notice it.

Where to stay: The hotels will be booked so check into vacation homes and resorts. You’ll be close to the action without having to hear the sounds of the fair while you’re trying to get a good night’s sleep. See you at the fair!