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Spotlight On The Arizona State Fair

The 2013 Fair Concert Series promises something for everyone. No matter what kind of music gets you dancing in the aisles, you’ll be exhilarated at the star studded line-up which includes country stars Trace Adkins and Billy Currington, and legendary performers Jerry Lewis, ZZ Top, and Megadeth. Snoop Dogg AKA Snoop Lion, Prince Royce, and Alabama Shakes will also return to the Fair and you’ll find plenty of shows for the kids, including the newest boy band, The Wanted; Zendaya; and KIDZ BOP KIDS.

Concert Series

    Trace Adkins
    Sat, October 12

    ZZ TOP
    Sun, October 13

    Cheap Trick
    Wed, October 16

    Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers
    Fri, October 18

    The Wanted
    Sat, October 19

    Prince Royce
    Sun, October 20

    Snoop Dogg AKA Snoop Lion
    Wed, October 23

    Alabama Shakes
    Thu, October 24

    Fri, October 25

    Billy Currington
    Sat, October 26

    Jerry Lewis
    Sun, October 27

    Wed, October 30

    Old School Jam
    Fri, November 01

    Sat, November 02


1826 W. McDowell Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Corner of 19th Avenue and McDowell Road

Regular Admission Pricing:

    Adults $10
    Kids (ages 5-13) $5
    Seniors (ages 55+) $5
    Kids under 5 FREE Fair


    Opening Times:
    Wed. - Fri. 12 noon
    Sat. - Sun. 10am
    Closed Mondays & Tuesdays

    Closing Times:
    Commercial Buildings
    10:30pm nightly

    Entries Buildings:
    Wed. - Sun. 10pm

    Midway and Grounds:
    Closure times vary per day

    Admission Gates:
    Sun. - Thurs. approximately 9pm
    Fri. - Sat. approximately 10pm

    Sorry, no pets allowed on the fairgrounds.

General admission seating at the concerts is free with Fair admission on a first come, first served basis the day of the show. Reserved seat tickets may be purchased beginning September 7, 2013 through Ticketmaster at 1 800-745-3000 or and the Coliseum Box Office (walk up only.) Ticketmaster and the Arizona State Fair Box Office are the official ticketing outlets for the 2013 Arizona State Fair Concert Series. Reserved seat tickets do require the purchase of a separate Fair admission. View the full lineup, artist bios and photos at
The 129th annual Arizona State Fair runs October 11 to November 3 (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays) and hosts a variety of fun filled attractions, activities and rides for all ages at its traditional location at 19th Avenue and McDowell Road in Phoenix.
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Arizona Exposition and State Fair - 128 Years of Fair Fun!

The Fair's history spans three centuries. It was 128 years ago, in the territorial days before statehood, when Arizonans first began coming together to show their best livestock, share their agricultural accomplishments, and have fun.

In November of 1884, a group of citizens in the territory of Arizona wanted to organize an event with the family in mind. The very first Arizona Territorial Fair was held in Phoenix in late fall, near the Salt River west of Central Avenue. Fairgoers of the day were treated to horse, pony, and mule races along with exhibits including agriculture, home economics, and dairy and beef cattle. Fairs were held here annually until 1891, when the untamed Salt River flooded and destroyed the site's buildings and racetrack.

Reviving the Fair became the mission of a citizens' group which formed the Arizona Territorial Fair Association in 1905. Financed by its members, the group led by hotelier J.C. Adams purchased the present location for $9,200.

The Association immediately developed the property, adding two racetracks, a grandstand, and a wooden fence around the grounds.

To aid the Association with their 80-acre development, the Territory of Arizona created a Fair Commission. With a legislative appropriation of $22,500, the Commission constructed two buildings on the property.

After renting the property from the Fair Association for $10 a year, the Fair Commission purchased the property in 1909 for $30,000. With statehood granted in 1912, the State Fair Commission continued the work of the Territorial Fair Commission in presenting the annual Fair. With the exceptions of 1921 (cotton crop failure), 1934 to 1939 (Depression era), and 1943 to 1945 (World War II), the Fair has been presented yearly.

The 2012 Arizona State Fair preserves the best of the Fair's traditions, while moving forward with 21st century innovations in technologies for education and entertainment. This year's Fair marks the 67th consecutive time Arizonans have celebrated with an annual State Fair.

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