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General Information

What are the State Fair hours?

10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday thru Thursday; 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Where is the State Fair located?

The State Fair is located at Expo New Mexico, 300 San Pedro Blvd. N.E.

How do I contact the State Fair?

Phone: (505) 222-9700
Fax: (505) 266-7784
Post Office Box 8546 Albuquerque, NM 87198-8546

What are the theme days of the State Fair?

The theme days can be found at

Are motorized wheelchairs, scooters or strollers available to rent at the State Fair?

They can be rented at Gate 1 located next to the parking office, Gate 4, and Gate 8 located next to the ticket booth. Prices vary depending on the type of equipment needed.

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.

Is smoking permitted on the fairgrounds?

Smoking is permitted only in designated areas.

Are pets allowed?

Service dogs are allowed if they are on a leash.

Are firearms or other weapons allowed on State Fair property when attending events?

No person is allowed on Expo New Mexico Fairgrounds with a deadly weapon, concealed or not. Violators will be removed by law enforcement. NMAC

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.

Where are first aid services located at the State Fair?

In the Medicine Bow just across Racetrack from the Reithoffer Carnival.

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.

Where is the lost and found located at the State Fair?

At the Securitas building on the southwest corner of the fairgrounds.


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.

Are group discounts available?

There are group discounts of 20 or more. Please contact Expo New Mexico at 222-9700 for more information.

What are the deals & discounts for this year's State Fair?

Please visit to review the 2018 State Fair deals and discounts. Promotional days such as two-dollar day are typically posted in late summer preceding the fair.

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 $5 parking but fills quickly. Handicap parking is available if you have a handicap placard. Parking in the Fair West community on the west side of the fairgrounds is prohibited

Where is handicap parking located?

Handicap parking is located at Gate 1.

Are there ride sharing options to get to the State Fair?

Yes, fair-goers can take a ride share option and be dropped off or picked up at our special ride share gate. This gate will be a special entrance only for those utilizing ride share options.

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.

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 10:00 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.
Trolley service is FREE and available everyday of the Fair 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Things To Do

How can I keep up with what’s happening at the fair in real time?

This year, in partnership with the Albuquerque Journal, the New Mexico State Fair will be offering a mobile app. As soon as it is activated, we will update our patrons with a link to download the app!

Where can I find the results of the State Fair competitions?

Results of the State Fair competitions can be found on each individual competition page.

Where do I find the schedule of activities?

A schedule of activities can be found at

When is the state fair parade?

This year’s state fair parade is on Saturday, September 7th.

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.

When is the Junior Livestock Sale?

This year’s Junior Livestock Sale will be on Friday, September 13th at the Box Car Stage.

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.

Where do I buy wristbands or credits?

Wristbands and credits are sold inside the fairgrounds at the carnival midway.

What type of rides are at the New Mexico State Fair?

You can see what rides will be at this year's fair by downloading the Reithoffer Shows 2019 app from Apple or Google Play.

Concerts and Rodeo

What is the concert schedule?

The concert schedule can be found at

Does purchasing tickets to the concert and rodeo include admission to the State Fair?

Yes, your purchase of the concert and rodeo includes admission for a full day of fun at State Fair!

Can I buy season tickets to the entire New Mexico State Fair concert and rodeo series?

A. Yes, season tickets get you the same reserved seating for all state fair rodeos/concerts. Reserve seats through UNM ticketing at or by calling 505-925-5626.

How can I purchase concert and rodeo tickets?

Tickets are available via or the University of New Mexico Box Office.
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