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Here’s everything you need to know for the 2022 Arizona State Fair

Sep 21, 2022, 4:25 AM | Updated: Sep 22, 2022, 11:21 am
(Facebook Photo/Arizona State Fair)...
(Facebook Photo/Arizona State Fair)
(Facebook Photo/Arizona State Fair)

PHOENIX — The peculiar tastes, smells and thrills of the Arizona State Fair return to Phoenix on Friday.

The monthlong event, located at 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, has a host of new attractions and features debuting over a five-week stretch.

The fair attracted about 1.6 million visitors in 2019, the highest total seen in its history.

Here’s a guide on what to know about this year’s edition of the fair, which ends Oct. 30:

Performances

There won’t be concerts inside the Veterans Memorial Coliseum for a second consecutive year because the fair “faced challenges stemming from the pandemic, increased production and artist costs and a tight touring and saturated live entertainment market.”

Instead, tribute bands will again play at the backyard stage on most nights, starting on Friday’s opening night.

Performances will happen at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

The fair said it expects its concert series to return in 2023.

A full list of tribute bands and other performances can be found online.

Activities

There will be more than 50 rides and events this year for fairgoers, including some newbies.

The Arizona Omnium Circus will run from Sept. 29 to Oct. 9, the first appearance at the fair.

Also new will be aerialists, The Flying Royals.

A full list of rides and their prices can be found online.

Food

Don’t keep scrolling if you’re hungry — especially if you have a sweet tooth.

The fair has already offered up quite a few new food items for this year.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Funnel Cake:

Mazapan con Lechera Donut:

Ay Caramba! Donut:

Cap’n Crunch Churro:

Loco Ramen Cup:

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Churro:

Tickets and hours

Tickets are $15 for everyone at least 8 years old and free for children 7 and under.

The fair will run Thursdays through Sundays through Oct. 30. Gates will open at noon each day and the fair will stay open typically until 11 p.m. Closing time will vary on attendance.

Unlimited ride wristbands will be available this year.

Deals are available on certain days throughout the month.

Fairgoers can also rent private cabanas this year.

Parking

Parking in the two lots owned by the fair will run you between $8 and $30.

The west lot at Encanto Boulevard between 19th and 20th avenues costs $8.

The north lot at 19th and Monte Vista avenues costs $12, with a VIP parking option for $30.

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Here’s everything you need to know for the 2022 Arizona State Fair