What to Know About Every State Fair in 2024

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Summer is festival season — so that means live music, rides, funnel cakes, and fun for the whole family. The king of all summer festivals is the state fair, famous for fried foods, carnival rides, and a good time to be had by all. Each fair showcases the best food, culture, and music that a state has to offer, always keeping family-friendly activities in mind.

Packing up an RV to hit up a few state fairs is a great plan, as it gives you the freedom to discover new and exciting places within the U.S. With a little planning, you can visit a new state fair every weekend. Here’s a look at each state fair 2024 has to offer and the information you need before you hit the road this summer!

State Fair 2024 Calendar (Summer/Fall)

While all kinds of festivals go all summer long, most state fairs run from July through October. Hitting up a fair or two in an RV is a fun way to explore the open road with your family and friends. Below, we’ll outline the essential details of each state’s fair so that you can plan your RV getaway, either to a state fair in your own backyard or one in a new and exciting destination. 

Alabama State Fair

This year, the Alabama State Fair took place during the spring and has since passed. Keep an eye out for information about next year’s events!

Dates: March 29-April 7

Location: Birmingham, AL

Tickets: Adults $15, Seniors, military, and kids $5

Alaska State Fair

The Alaska State Fair is packed with activities this year. Check out concerts from big names like Halestorm and NEEDTOBREATHE, and feel the adrenaline at the demolition derby, or experience a real Alaskan rodeo. Additionally, the fair features a number of exhibits, carnival games and rides, and plenty of tasty fair grub.

Dates: August 16-September 2

Location: Palmer, AK

Tickets: Ticket prices have not been updated, but last year’s prices were Adults: $12 Monday-Thursday, $14 Friday-Sunday, Seniors and kids: $8 Monday-Thursday, $9 Friday-Sunday 

Arizona State Fair

The Arizona State Fair has a variety of events: gun shows, rodeos, monster trucks, and more. When it comes to music, you can catch a variety of tribute bands, in addition to concerts by big names. You’ll also find unique attractions like a camel dairy, a petting zoo, and a trapeze troupe.

Dates: September 20-October 27, Thursdays to Sundays

Location: Phoenix, AZ

Tickets: Ticket prices have not been updated but last year’s prices were Adults $15, Kids under 8 free

Arkansas State Fair

This year’s Arkansas State Fair will have free family entertainment in addition to main-stage concerts, rides, pageants, and plenty of fair food. Catch a livestock or dog show, check out a variety of arts and crafts, and experience the thrills of the games, rides, and attractions at the midway.

Dates: October 11-20

Location: Little Rock, AR

Tickets: Ticket prices have not been updated but last year’s prices were: Adults $12, Seniors and kids $6

California State Fair

The CA State Fair & Food Festival will have canning and baking competitions, livestock shows, and less traditional expositions, like those that feature California wines and cannabis. This year’s edition will also have concerts by Cole Swindell, Chris Young, Flo Rida, and other big names. There will also be thoroughbred horseracing, monster trucks, fireworks, and more! 

Dates: July 12-28

Location: Sacramento, CA

Tickets: Adults $16, Seniors $12, Kids $10 (plus discounts for buying in advance)

Colorado State Fair

The Colorado State Fair is packed with entertainment this year, including comedians, rodeos, demolition derbies, and monster trucks. There are plenty of livestock, fine arts, and beer and wine competitions to check out.

Dates: August 23-September 2 

Location: Pueblo, CO

Tickets: Adults $15, Kids $7, under 4 free (plus discounts for buying in advance) 

Connecticut Fairs (multiple)

Connecticut doesn’t have a state fair, but there are several country fairs that you can visit throughout the state. These fairs run throughout the whole season, so there are plenty to visit from July to October. This includes agricultural and county fairs that have rides, pie-eating contests, animal shows, and so much more.

Delaware State Fair

This year’s Delaware State Fair has big names in entertainment, including Ludacris, Jordan Davis, and Rick Springfield. Horse pull, demolition derby, and plenty of exhibitions round out a full schedule of things to do, in addition to rides and classic fair food. 

Dates: July 18-27

Location: Harrington, DE

Tickets: Adults $10.50, Kids $5.50, under 5 free

Georgia State Fair

The Georgia National Fair will have animal competitions, concerts, and exhibitions that feature what Georgia living is all about. Rides and all kinds of deep-fried foods like funnel cakes and deep-fried cheeseburgers round off a fun day at this fair.

Dates: October 3-13

Location: Perry, GA

Tickets: Adults $15, Seniors $10, Kids under 10 free with a paying adult 

Idaho State Fair

The Western Idaho Fair has it all: animal competitions, stunt shows, magicians, and even an antique tractor show! There’s entertainment for all, including music by The Beach Boys, acrobatics, tractor races, and more. And of course, tons of rides for kids of all ages.

Dates: August 16-25

Location: Garden City, ID

Tickets: Adults $10, Seniors $9, Kids $8, under 5 free

Illinois State Fair

Head to the heart of Illinois at the Illinois State Fair to experience rodeos, demolition derbies, tractor pulls, and rides. The fair will feature concerts by Keith Urban, Mötley Crüe, and The Jonas Brothers. Don’t forget to pop into the Dairy Building to see the 500-pound Butter Cow, the official symbol of the fair since the 1920s.

Dates: August 8-18

Location: Springfield, IL

Tickets: Adults: $5 Sunday-Thursday, $10 Friday-Saturday, Seniors $3, Kids under 12 free

Indiana State Fair

The Indiana State Fair shows off the best of the state. Check out the Indiana Basketball History Exhibit, an interactive light show, animal and livestock competitions, and the Pacers Sports & Entertainment Exhibit. The midway features rides, games, food, and other state fair staples for all ages.

Dates: August 2-18, Wednesdays-Sundays

Location: Indianapolis, IN

Tickets: $13, Kids under 5 free 

Iowa State Fair

Lauren Daigle, Foreigner, and Jelly Roll are just a few of the big acts dropping by the Iowa State Fair this year. You’ll also find rides for all levels of thrill seekers and food vendors that feature more than 60 different snacks on a stick. Stop by Elwell Family Park for a number of fun shows and attractions.

Dates: August 8-18

Location: Des Moines, IA

Tickets: Adults $11, Kids $7

Kansas State Fair

The Kansas State Fair has a variety of events, like a cowboy circus and concerts from acts like Wynonna Judd and Goo Goo Dolls. The fair also has livestock and horse shows, as well as entertainment like ventriloquists, hypnotists, and agricultural demonstrations. 

Dates: September 6-15

Location: Hutchinson, KS

Tickets: Ticket prices have not been updated but last year’s prices were: Adults $10, Seniors and kids $6 (plus discounts for buying in advance)

Kentucky State Fair

With exhibitions like Agland, Heritage Hall, and Main Street Kentucky, fairgoers can get to know the history and culture of the Kentucky State Fair and its great state. Thrill seekers can check out the rides at the midway while others can enjoy free concerts and entertainment and sample various delicious Southern dishes at the food tents.

Dates: August 15-25

Location: Louisville, KY

Tickets: Ticket prices have not been updated but last year’s prices were: Adults $9, Kids under 5 free

Louisiana State Fair

There isn’t much information available yet about the State Fair of Louisiana, but you can count on thrilling rides at the midway, livestock shows, a rodeo, and a number of free concerts and entertainers. Stay tuned as the dates get closer to learn more!

Dates: October 30-November 17, Wednesday-Sundays

Location: Shreveport, LA

Tickets: No information available yet

Maine State Fair (Bangor)

Maine has several smaller fairs, the most popular of which is the Bangor State Fair. For four days, residents from the area and from across Maine can take in live concerts, see livestock shows, ride the attractions, and indulge in the best fair grub around. There are also contests, like hot dog eating and whoopie pie eating, for those who want to partake!

Dates: July 25-28 & August 1-3

Location: Bangor, ME

Tickets: No information available yet

Maryland State Fair

This year’s Maryland State Fair will have horse racing, shopping at the Exposition Center, and a bevy of free entertainment. Headlining concerts include Big Time Rush and Let’s Sing Taylor: A Live Band Experience. Stop by AGventure to take part in kid-friendly agricultural projects and activities that are both fun and educational.

Dates: August 22-25, August 29-September 2, & September 5-8

Location: Timonium, MD

Tickets: Ticket prices have not been updated but last year’s prices were: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Kids $5

The Big E (Massachusetts & New England) Fair

The Big E is the nation’s only multi-state fair and represents each of the six states of New England. Because of this, there’s a ton of food to sample, music across all genres, and activities and entertainment that reflect the unique character of this region. This year’s headliners include Diplo, Ludacris, and Big Time Rush, and there are a number of free concerts, too.

Dates: September 13-29

Location: West Springfield, MA

Tickets: Adults $16, Kids $10, under 6 free 

Michigan State Fair

Held over Labor Day weekend, the Michigan State Fair is packed with exciting rides, tasty carnival foods, and a number of entertainment options. You’ll find daily circus performances, baking contests, home brewing competitions, and live musical performances.

Dates: August 29-September 2

Location: Novi, MI

Tickets: No information available yet

Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair is one of the largest in the country and has a mix of comedy shows, concerts, animals, and delicious food that everyone can enjoy. The midway has rides for all ages, while the show halls have both entertaining and educational exhibitions for fairgoers.

Dates: August 22-September 2

Location: St. Paul, MN

Tickets: Adults $18, Seniors and kids $16, under 5 free (plus discounts for buying in advance) 

Mississippi State Fair

Not much information is available yet, but the Mississippi State Fair will return this year with rides, games, and classic food fare. Of course, count on exciting exhibitions, concerts, and entertainment for the whole family.

Dates: October 3-14

Location: Jackson, MS

Tickets: No information available yet 

Missouri State Fair

The state’s largest agricultural expo, the Missouri State Fair, is all about animal exhibits. You’ll also find live music, auto races, tractor pulls, and all kinds of competitions. Grandstand performers include Foreigner, Tauren Wells, and Goo Goo Dolls.

Dates: August 8-18 

Location: Sedalia, MO

Tickets: Adults $15, Seniors $10, Kids $4, under 6 free

Montana State Fair

The Montana State Fair’s lineup currently has a mix of horse and animal shows, magicians, carnival performers, and live music. Fairgoers can also catch the rodeo, free concerts, and headliner shows from artists like Trace Adkins, Newsboys, and a show by Jeff Dunham. 

Dates: July 26-August 3

Location: Great Falls, MT

Tickets: Ticket prices have not been updated but last year’s prices were: Adults $9, Seniors and kids $6, kids under 6 free

Nebraska State Fair

This year's Nebraska State Fair will host a bull riding stampede, a hay bale contest, and a summer concert series featuring Riley Green and Yung Gravy, in addition to all your favorite carnival attractions. Sports lovers can check out the volleyball competition or the dirt and motorsports events on the lineup.

Dates: August 23-September 2

Location: Grand Island, NE

Tickets: Ticket prices have not been updated but last year’s prices were: Adults $12, Seniors and kids $5, kids under 6 free

New Hampshire State Fairs

Like Connecticut, New Hampshire has a number of smaller fairs and festivals that run throughout the summer. This includes agricultural, food and drink, and family-friendly fairs with all kinds of attractions. 

State Fair Meadowlands (New Jersey)

State Fair Meadowlands is packed with rides, games, and all of your festival favorites, in addition to fireworks displays, animal rides, and boat rides. Fairgoers need to buy a Fun Pass online ahead of time to ride unlimited rides and enjoy all of the fair’s free entertainment.

Dates: June 20-July 7

Location: East Rutherford, NJ

Tickets: Ticket prices have not been updated but last year’s prices were: $41.99, Kids under 36 inches tall free 

New Mexico State Fair

At the New Mexico State Fair, you can expect a variety of concerts, rides, rodeos, and delicious food. Some special entertainment you won’t want to miss are the rodeo, Brad Paisley concert, barrel racing, and more.

Dates: September 5-15

Location: Albuquerque, NM

Tickets: Adults $15, seniors and kids (6-12) $10, children 5 and under free

New York State Fair

The New York State Fair has hundreds of attractions, free and headlining concerts, and tons of tasty food and drinks to indulge in. Midway rides, animals, and exciting exhibitions, as well as family-friendly activities, are just a few of the things that help to make this state fair unforgettable.

Dates: August 21-September 2

Location: Syracuse, NY

Tickets: Ticket prices have not been updated but last year’s prices were: Adults $6, seniors and kids under 12 free

North Carolina State Fair

As the North Carolina State Fair is still a few months away, details are still emerging. Past fairs included rides, classic state fair fare, live music, and special events days. Stay tuned!

Dates: October 17-27

Location: Raleigh, NC

Tickets: No information available yet 

North Dakota State Fair

Bull riding, rodeos, and a horse relay are just a couple of the exciting events at the North Dakota State Fair. Fairgoers have plenty of options when it comes to food, music, and rides, in addition to livestock exhibits and competitions.

Dates: July 19-27

Location: Minot, ND

Tickets: Adults $12, Kids $5

Ohio State Fair

The Ohio State Fair was the first to have Butter Cows, and each year it often takes over 2,200 pounds of butter to create these bovine sculptures. Other attractions include animal competitions, free concerts, and headliners like Ice Cube and Jamey Johnson. Don’t forget all the rides and food!

Dates: July 24-August 4

Location: Columbus, OH

Tickets: Adults $12, Seniors and kids $10, kids under 5 free (plus discounts for buying in advance)

Oklahoma State Fair

Besides rides and food, the Oklahoma State Fair is excited to host events like Disney on Ice; animal shows and competitions, and the Miss OSF Pageant. Live music, board games, and even welcoming church services are also some unique events.

Dates: September 12-22

Location: Oklahoma City, OK

Tickets: Adults $15, Kids $10, kids under 5 free (plus discounts for buying in advance)

Oregon State Fair

Rodeos, barnyard races, animal competitions, and live music are top attractions at the Oregon State Fair. Fairgoers can also discover crafts, culinary competitions, and fun exhibitions for the whole family.

Dates: August 23-September 2

Location: Salem, OR

Tickets: Adults $10, Seniors $1, and Kids $8 if purchased before August 25; Kids under 5 free

Pennsylvania State Fairs (multiple)

Pennsylvania has a number of fairs across the state. You’ll find family-friendly activities that revolve around rides, animal competitions, agriculture, and of course, tons of delicious food. The most popular is the York State Fair in York County, happening July 19-28.

South Carolina State Fair

As the South Carolina State Fair is a few months off, not much information has been released yet. Past fairs had midway rides, agricultural and animal competitions, and lots of food and music, so you can be sure to count on those again this year.

Dates: October 9-20

Location: Columbia, SC

Tickets: No information available yet 

South Dakota State Fair

Some events at this year’s South Dakota State Fair include an antique tractor show, an amateur winemaking contest, a classic car show, and a scholarship pageant. The fair will also have free and headlining entertainment and music from Thomas Rhett, as well as rides and attractions.

Dates: August 28-September 2

Location: Huron, SD

Tickets: Adults $10, Kids $5, kids under 6 free

Tennessee State Fair

The Tennessee State Fair has midway rides for all ages, as well as livestock shows and animal competitions, free country music concerts, and tons of kids' activities. This year’s fair also has a demolition derby and a monster truck event.

Dates: August 15-24

Location: Lebanon, TN

Tickets: Adults $15, Kids $6, kids under 6 free 

Texas State Fair

The State Fair of Texas is thought by many to be one of the best in the country due to its nightly parades, football games, deep-fried foods, and exciting rides. It attracts more than 2 million visitors a year who come for live music, laughs, and all kinds of entertainment for the whole family.

Dates: September 27-October 20

Location: Dallas, TX

Tickets: Adults $15 Monday-Thursday, $25 Friday-Sunday, Seniors and kids: $10 Monday-Thursday, $18 Friday-Sunday, or save by buying a season pass 

Utah State Fair

The Utah State Fair has its own rodeo, competitive exhibits, animals, and tons of food. Between the games, live music, and rides, there is plenty to see and do each night of the fair, including both free and headlining concerts.

Dates: September 5-15

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Tickets: Adults $15, seniors and kids under 12 $10, kids under 5 free 

Vermont State Fair

This year, the Vermont State Fair will have a demolition derby, rodeo, rides, games, and tons of yummy fair treats. Not much information about this year’s fair has been released yet — so keep your eyes peeled!

Dates: August 13-17

Location: Rutland, VT

Tickets: No information available yet

Washington State Fair

At the Washington State Fair, you’ll find agricultural and horticultural displays, floral exhibits, the fair farm, and several exhibitions and competitions. You’ll find rides for all thrill levels, as well as free and grandstand performers like Lauren Daigle, Walker Hayes, and Thomas Rhett, food, and classic carnival games.

Dates: August 30-September 22, closed Tuesdays

Location: Puyallup, WA

Tickets: No information available yet

West Virginia State Fair

The State Fair of West Virginia is famous for fried food, livestock shows, the draft horse pull, and livestock shows. There’s also all kinds of free entertainment, carnival rides, grandstand concerts, and games. Performers this year include Lil John, Annie Wilson, and Travis Tritt.

Dates: August 8-17

Location: Lewisburg, WV

Tickets: Adults $15, Kids under 10 free (plus discounts for buying in advance) 

Wisconsin State Fair

The Wisconsin State Fair has racing pigs, strolling street performers, agricultural and livestock exhibitions and competitions, and all of your favorite rides and games. As America’s Dairyland, you’ll find plenty of dairy products to sample, or you can check out the fair’s Milking Parlor to see the cows in action.

Dates: August 1-11

Location: West Allis, WI

Tickets: Adults $18, Seniors, military, and kids $13, Kids 5 and under free

Take a Cruise America RV Rental to Your State Fair

Renting an RV through Cruise America is an easy way to make unforgettable memories with your family this summer. Our RVs have all the features that you want and need to feel like you’re at home while on the road. 

Cruise America’s RVs come in a number of sizes and have standard items like cooktops, air conditioning, and showers, which are all summertime essentials. To get started on your grand adventure, check out our collection of rental vehicles to find your perfect fit and get ready to hit the fair circuit and the open road!