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.
What should I do during inclement weather?
Most storms around the fairgrounds only last a few minutes. We have plenty of temporary shelter areas including Tingley Coliseum lobby, Manuel Lujan Building, Creative Arts as well as many tented areas around the grounds. If weather is severe enough patrons will be notified via the State Fair App and grounds announcements.
Are Recreational Scooter Allowed?
Recreational scooter such as the ones you can activate via an app are not allowed within the State Fair. If you have a personal motorized recreational scooter you can drop it off and pick it up at the State Police office located near San Pedro Gate 3.
Can I purchase admission tickets online?
This year the State Fair will be offering admission tickets which will be available for purchase online via our website. Patrons will able to purchase tickets by following the “TICKETS” button in the top right-hand corner of this page.
How much is general admission?
$15.00 for adults. $8.00 for senior citizens and children 6-12 years old. Children 5 and under are free. Check our website for special days for deals and discounts.
Are group discounts available?
Yes, discounts for General Fair admission are available on orders of 20 or more. Click the "Tickets" icon in the upper right hand corner of this page and select "General Admission" to complete your purchase.
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 has parking available for $10.00 from Monday through Thursday and $20.00 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Gate 8 on Louisiana offers ample parking but fills quickly. Parking for Gate 8 is $10.00. Handicap parking is best accessible at Gate 1. Gate 8 handicap access is limited with inclined tunnel access into the Fair. Handicap parking is available if you have a handicap placard and the placard holder is in the vehicle. Parking in the Fair West community on the west side of the fairgrounds is prohibited.
Can I ride my bike to the State Fair?
Ride your bike to the State Fair and let the bike valet secure your bike while you enjoy your day. Enter through Gate 4 off of San Pedro. 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Things To Do
What is the parade route?
The parade begins its procession from Gate 1 off of Central and proceeds West on Central Avenue, ending at the intersection of Central and Girard Streets.
Carnival Midway Rides
What are MegaPasses?
The MegaPass includes admission to the Fair and one unlimited ride wristband, good for any one day at the fair, for only $30.00 per pass. The MegaPass will be available for purchase online by clicking the "TICKETS" button at the top right-hand corner of this page. The Mega Pass will be available to purchase for a limited time between August 8th - September 9th.
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