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Getting Here

Driving to the Fair

The best way to get to the State Fair is to take I-40 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.

Parking at the Fair

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.

Park & Ride

Saturdays & Sundays from 10:00 AM until 11:45 PM

The new state fair Park & Ride will be located at the southwest lot of the Coronado Mall, located at San Pedro and Uptown.

Park & Ride is FREE for those attending the New Mexico State Fair, and fair patrons are encouraged to purchase fair admission online in order to avoid lines at the ticketing gate once they arrive.

**Off-site parking is available on Saturdays and Sundays only.

Uber to the Fair

The New Mexico State Fair was the first big local event to establish a transportation partnership with Uber for access to the fair and other EXPO New Mexico events. Uber vehicles will utilize dedicated entry gates and pre-planned routes into the fairgrounds to further expedite access to the fair. During the weekends when attendance is highest, Uber will set up their "rider lounge" with nice seating and free refreshments where Uber customers can relax after a long day of fun activities, while they wait for pick up.
First time Uber riders can get $15.00 off their ride to the fair by downloading the Uber app and entering the code "NMFAIR17."

Off-Site Parking

Saturdays & Sundays from 10:00 AM until 11:45 PM

This year the state fair is once again offering off-site parking with 200 plus spaces (open until designated spaces are full) at the Bank of the West Building at 5301 Central NE. Fair attendees should enter via San Mateo.

Parking is free and open air trams will transport patrons to the fair and back at the end of their visit, and will run until the fair closes. The trams drop off patrons at the Gate 4 entrance.

**Off-site parking is available on Saturdays and Sundays only.


Bus to the Fair

ABQ Ride is once again providing convenient options for patrons to take the bus to the fair.

ABQ RIDE has four bus routes, including two Rapid Rides which provide a direct ride to the fair. Check the ABQ RIDE website (www.myabqride.com) for Park and Ride locations.

Fair officials recommend catching the bus at the Uptown Transit Center near Albuquerque Public Schools Headquarters. On weekends, there is also a free shuttle from the Downs Casino gate to the fair’s ticket booths.


Bike to the Fair

10:00 AM until close of Midway

EXPO New Mexico offers patrons the most convenient and secure options to "bike to the fair." The free valet service is a collaboration with BikeABQ.
Bikes will be secured while riders enjoy the fair, and the state fair will man the racks to ensure the security of the bicycles. Patrons can access the Bike Valet, which is located just south of Villa Hispana, via Gate 4 (enter via San Pedro, in between Copper and Lomas).

Designated bike routes along San Pedro further enhance safety options into the fair. Bike riders are issued a ticket in order to retrieve their bicycle upon exiting the fair.

Bike Valet hours mirror the state fair opening and closing schedule and bikes not retrieved at closing will be stored overnight.

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