Can I bring in food or drinks?
No, with some exceptions. Baby formula is allowed, along with certain other exceptions for individuals with medical and special needs. You may bring sealed plastic water bottles, one per person, that can be filled utilizing water fountains located throughout the fairgrounds.
What kind of security personnel patrols the State Fair?
New Mexico State Police officers are the main on-site law enforcement providers. The State Fair has a public safety presence with representation from local police agencies, on-site security contractors, Firefighters, and Emergency Medical services personnel.
What if someone gets lost at the State Fair?
Notify a law enforcement officer or State Fair official immediately. We ask parents, guardians and caretakers to take advantage of the New Mexico State Police “Tag Your Tots." Visit the booth located just south of the Fine Arts Gallery.
Can I purchase admission tickets online?
This year the State Fair will be offering admission tickets which can be purchased online via our website. Patrons can purchase tickets by following the “BUY TICKETS” link.
How much is general admission?
$10.00 for adults. $7.00 for senior citizens and children 6-11 years old. Children 5 and under are free. Check for special days for deals and discounts.
Getting Here and Parking
What is the best way to get to the State Fair?
The best way to get to the State Fair is to take I-25 and exit at the San Mateo or Louisiana exit. From there, follow directions to Expo New Mexico. Right hand turns are only allowed into the State Fair grounds.
Where should I park?
Gate 1 on Central offers to park for $10.00 and $20.00. Gate 8 on Louisiana offers free parking but fills quickly. Handicap parking is available at Gate 1 if you have a handicap placard.
Are there ride sharing options to get to the State Fair?
Yes, there are multiple options, and the state fair has a partnership with Uber that includes a riders lounge on site. Uber to and from the fair with the use of your smartphone! Uber drivers will utilize a dedicated route to get you into the fair. Patrons can take advantage of a dedicated ticketing line, and express entry into the fair. First time UBER riders receive a $15 off when they enter NMFAIR17 as their promo code.
Is there off-site parking available at the State Fair?
Park & Ride
Saturdays & Sundays only
Buses will pick up Fair patrons from the southwest lot of Coronado Mall located at San Pedro and Uptown
Buses will begin running at 10 a.m., last bus leaves the Fair at 11:45 p.m.
Park & Ride is FREE. Fairgoers are encouraged to purchase Fair admission online to avoid lines at the ticketing gate
Open-air trolley service is available inside Gates 1 and 8 for shuttling Fair guests between their vehicles and ticket booths.
Additional trolley service runs between The Bank of the West parking lot and the Gate 4 turnstiles.
Trolley service is FREE and available everyday of the Fair 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Things To Do
What is the parade route?
The parade begins its procession from Gate 1 off of Central and proceeds East on Central Avenue, ending at the intersection of Central and Conchas Streets.
Carnival Midway Rides
What are Mega Passes?
Mega Passes are sold at Walgreen's stores starting August 7th through the first Friday of the State Fair. The Mega Pass includes admission and one unlimited ride wristband, $28.00 per pass at all statewide locations.
What is the height requirement for the midway rides?
Your child must be at least 36 inches tall to ride any ride alone on our midway. Your child can be 32 inches tall and ride with you on a very limited number of rides. If accompanying a child on a ride the parent must also pay.
Concerts and Rodeo