HomeYour Guide to the 2021 Arizona State Fair: Tickets, Tours, Discounts, Live Music, and More

Your Guide to the 2021 Arizona State Fair: Tickets, Tours, Discounts, Live Music, and More

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Halfway at the Arizona State Fair.

Melissa Fossum

If you need another sign that life is slowly getting back to normal, then Arizona State Fair It returns this month after a two-year hiatus. There have been some changes (such as Cancellation of her popular concert series at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum), but the event is more still than ever.

For the next four weeks, Metro Phoenix residents can tour the Arizona State Fairgrounds at 19th Street and McDowell Street and take part in all the regulars for the event, which runs from Friday, October 1, through Saturday, October 30. Rides and carnival games dotting the middle of the road. Vendors selling food full of enough cholesterol to get worried looks from your doctor. And more homely and cunning creations than you see in an entire season of make it.

What could be in this year’s fair? The following event guide contains extensive details on literally everything you need to know, including what to eat, prepare, do and see.

When and where did it happen this year?

The 2021 edition of the fair runs from Friday, October 1, to Saturday, October 30, at the Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 West McDowell Road. It will work from Wednesday to Sunday every week and closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

What are the working hours?

The gallery will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, October 1, for the opening day. Regular hours will be noon to 9 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays, noon to 10 pm on Fridays, 11 am to 10 pm on Saturday, and 11 am to 9 pm on Sundays.

How much is admission?

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 55 and older and children 5 to 13, and free for kids 4 and under. It is available for purchase through Exhibition site or at the event.

Will there be discounts or deals this year?

Yes really. From 6 to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays, fair-goers can bring in 10 non-perishable food cans or items to donate to Operation Santa Claus and Saint Mary’s Food Bank and entry is free. Anyone 55 and older can get free admission on Wednesday, October 13, through the fair’s website as part of the Upgrade Humana Friends 55+ (There is a limit of 2 tickets per person and you have to use the password “21FAIRFUN”). Veterans will also be eligible for free entry on Friday, October 15th (click here for more details).

Beneficiaries can register $3 for food items at each food stall from noon to 6 p.m. every Friday (excluding opening day). Children ages 5 to 14 who read three age-appropriate books approved by a parent, guardian or teacher will receive free ride tickets (full details are Available here).

Click to enlarge The scene at the Arizona State Fair in 2018. — Melissa Fossum

The scene at the Arizona State Fair in 2018.

Melissa Fossum

Where are the entrances?

People can enter through the main gate off Monte Vista Avenue and 19th Street, a second gate just north of the Colosseum, or on the opposite end of the Fairgrounds near the intersection of McDowell Road, 19th Street and Grand Street. (A fourth gate along McDowell near the cattle pens will not be used this year.)

What is the best way to get there?

East Valley drivers can take Interstate 10 to the 19th Street exit and then head north. Those coming from the West Valley should get off at 27th Street, head north to Thomas Road, west to 19th Street, and then south to Fairgrounds. If you’re in the North Valley, take Interstate 17 to the McDowell Road exit and head west. Valley Metro offers bus service to the fairgrounds along McDowell via Route 17.

What does the parking situation look like?

official Parking It will be available on both sides of 19th Street. The entrance to the western part is located along Encanto Road near 20th Street and costs $8 per vehicle. The northern part costs a bit more ($12 per vehicle), but it’s located inside the fairgrounds. The entrance is on 19th Street and Monte Vista Street. Reserved parking is also available in the VIP section of the North Zone for $25 per vehicle and you can Pay online.

Another option is the privately owned lots along Grand Avenue or McDowell Road near the fairgrounds, which will pay you anywhere from $10 to $50. Residents of neighboring neighborhoods have also been known to allow people to park their cars in their driveways or on their front lawn for a fee, although this is not approved by the fair.

Will there be security checks?

Yes really. According to the organizers, security will use a metal detector wand on everyone entering the exhibition, and all backpacks, bags, purses and bags will be scanned for prohibited items (see below). Patrons can either return the offending items to their vehicles or throw them in the trash.

What should you bring?

Comfortable walking shoes are a no-brainer, as are a fully charged smartphone, face covering or mask, as are hats, sunglasses, or other sun protection if you’re going to be there during the day.

What can’t you bring?

Outside food and beverages (including alcoholic beverages) are not permitted. The same applies to firearms, drugs, laser pointers, selfie sticks, bottles, markers, sharp metal objects, weapons of any kind and anything else that could be considered dangerous, destructive or destructive.

What are the exhibition policies for COVID-19?

No negative COVID-19 test result or proof of vaccination is required to enter or attend the fair. And there are no masks either, although they are “strongly encouraged” by the organizers. (They will have free masks available to everyone.) Social distancing is recommended, especially while in exhibition buildings, in food queues, or in seating areas such as the amphitheater. Hand washing and sanitizing stations will also be distributed throughout the fairgrounds.

Click to enlarge Flying Dutchman and OMG are touring the show.  - Melissa Fossum

Flying Dutchman and OMG are touring the show.

Melissa Fossum

What type of rides will be available?

The gallery’s options of 59 different rides range from comfortable, engaging rides (such as Ferris wheels, carousel, and Skyride) to more exciting experiences guaranteed to get a rushing beat, including Mach 1 “Booster”, various rollercoasters, or a rave-like wave of centrifuges. central. You can also take part in such long-time favorites as the towering Euroslide, the Flying Dutchman’s swing, and Tilt-A-Whirl. here it is Full flight list.

How much are game tickets and midway games?

It depends on how many you want to buy. It costs about $5 for 10 tickets, which can be purchased either at the fair, Online, or through a file FunPass app employment iOS or Android. The amount required for each ride varies: kiddie tickets range in value from 4 to 8, while premium experiences like the La Grande XL Ferris or Titan wheel (which flies 170 feet in the air) are 20 tickets or more.

Is it possible to beat games?

Perhaps, if you have enough skill, practice, patience and luck. There is, too Lots of YouTube videos Reveal all the secrets and pitfalls of the most famous carnival games. YMMV.

Click to enlarge Watermelon whip taco casserole.  Arizona State Fair

Watermelon whip taco casserole.

Arizona State Fair

What type of food will be available?

That’s the fair we’re talking about, so foods are pretty much going to be the fatty or sugary or bad for you types. More than 40 confirmed food vendors will sell staples like fried bread, kettle corn, tacos, pizza, funnel cakes, and all kinds of hot dogs and corn dogs. The Bacon A-Fair Comet Fun spot, which wraps everything from Parmesan-stuffed Brussels sprouts to turkey legs in stir-fry, will return in 2021.

What are the new food items this year?

Fun selections like cotton candy ice cream tacos, Flamin Hot Cheetos soda, fried chicken funnel cakes, pickled dogs, mermaids and candy apple llamas, Flavor Burst ice cream, chocolate tamales, and fried olives will make their debut at this year’s show. You can also buy huge watermelon slices in the shape of Dole Whip pineapple tacos, topped with Tajín seasoning, and featuring a tarredo straw.

Will alcohol be available for purchase?

naturally. Many beverage vendors sell beer, wine, and mixed drinks. Naturally, you must be 21 or older to drink it.

Can you bring water or empty bottles?

Yes really. Patrons will be allowed to bring a sealed 20-ounce water bottle or an empty plastic bottle, which can be refilled at water stations around the event. You can also buy new water bottles from vendors.

Click to enlarge Metalachi will rock the Arizona State Fair on Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17 - Jeremy Whiffer

Metalachi will rock the Arizona State Fair on Saturday, October 16th and Sunday, October 17th.

Jeremy Savir

Will there be live music this year?

Yes really. The Colosseum’s popular concert series will not take place for financial and safety reasons, but local and tour honors and cover bands will perform at the Wallace Theater and Ladmo in the northeast corner of the fairgrounds. Shows will take place every night as the show runs until Thursday 28th October, groups will be at 6 and 8:30 p.m. and here’s the schedule:

  • Friday 1 October: Bench command (hard rock/metal covers)
  • Saturday 2 October: Unchained (Van Halen Salute)
  • Sunday 3 October: Forbidden Love (Selina Tribute)
  • Wednesday 6 October: Queen of the Nation (Queen’s Tribute)
  • Thursday 7 October: Prince again (Prince salute)
  • Friday, October 8: Queens (2) (A Tribute to Aretha Franklin / Tina Turner)
  • Saturday 9 October: Lucky Son (Tribute Creedence Clearwater Revival)
  • Sunday 10 October: Evil Waze (Santana’s Salute)
  • Wednesday October 13: Unauthorized flight (greeting flight)
  • Thursday 14 October: AZ/DC (AC/DC salute)
  • Friday 15 October: Honoring the country artist
  • Saturday 16 October: Metallacci (metal caps with a mariachi touch)
  • Sunday 17 October: METLACE
  • Wednesday 20 October: Life in the Fast Lane (Eagles Salute)
  • Thursday October 21: Bad Miller (Bad Company Greetings
  • Friday, October 22: Uptown Funk (Tribute to Bruno Mars)
  • Saturday 23 October: riff ruff (ac/dc salute)
  • Sunday 24 October: Adventures in Parrotdise (Tribute to Jimmy Buffett)
  • Wednesday 27 October: Syknnyn Lynnyrd (Greetings by Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  • Thursday 28 October: Hard Night (The Beatles Salute)

What about other entertainment?

They will have that, too. The Grandstand Arena will host events such as Figure 8 Racing October 1-3 and October 28-30; Monster Trucks October 8-10 and October 22-24; High School Rodeo on October 14th; Native American Rodeoes on October 15 and 16; and a quarter dwarf race on October 20 and 21.

Meanwhile, the community stage will feature a variety of artists throughout the exhibition, including hypnotist Chris Mabry, magician Louie Fox, Zuma Zuma African Acrobats, indigenous soul dancers, and “Balloon Man” Skip Banks, a comedian. verb of You have to see to believe. Furthermore, if you want to watch strongmen fight for supremacy, the arm wrestling tournament is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 23, inside The Hangout.

Can be a complete entertainment schedule and schedule found here.

What is there to do?

Check out the Thunderbird Model Railroad Club trains below the runway. Buy whimsical shirts or funky jewelry from Mercado. Spend some time staring at cute rabbits and other livestock. Browse the things you can’t afford at Shopping Pavilion. Get a sneak peek at innovative creations or gorgeous photography and artwork under the Colosseum.

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