The Pima County Fair is one of Southern Arizona’s largest and most anticipated annual events with nearly 250,000 visitors over a 10 day period.
People from all over the county come to see wacky and wonderful shows, to sing along with their favorite bands, to squeal with laughter on carnival rides, and to eat the kind of greasy and sugary fare that only comes around once per year.
What are the dates for the 2023 Pima County Fair?
The 2022 Pima County Fair will take place from April 20-30, 2023.
What is the location of the Pima County Fair?
Pima County Fairgrounds, 11300 S. Houghton Rd., Tucson
What are the hours?
Monday-Friday: 3:00pm - close (approximately 11:00pm)
Sat-Sunday: 11:00am - close (approximately midnight)
Why would I go to the Pima County Fair?
To ride the 60+ rides - ferris wheels, roller coasters, giant slides, flying swings
To see your favorite bands and musicians in concert
To wander through the livestock barns with the kids
To admire the artwork, culinary creations, and sewing projects of local Tucsonans
To munch on Indian fry bread, pizza on a stick, onion rings, funnel cake, cotton candy, and other fare
What shows are on the agenda for the 2023 Pima County Fair?
What bands/musicians will be performing at the 2023 Pima County Fair?
Concerts at the Pima County Fair take place on the Budweiser Stage and are included with fair admission. This area offers free bleacher seating and festival standing.
An upgraded seating area is also available as a $20 add-on.
April 20 at 8:00pm: Lil Jon
April 21 at 8:00pm: 80's Rock Invasion
April 23 at 7:30pm: Ginuwine, Ying Yang Twins, and Paul Wall
April 24 at 7:30pm: Uncle Kracker
April 27 at 8:00pm: 24KGOLDN
April 29 at 8:00pm: Jordan Davis
How much does admission cost?
General Admission: $11
Children 6-10: $6
Children 5 & Under: FREE
Concert Upgrade: $20.00. Does not include Fair Admission. Admission must be purchased separately.
Are there any discounts and/or coupons for the 2023 Pima County Fair?
Thursday, April 20: Pepsi Wristband Day! Bring in an unopened 20oz bottle of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, or Pepsi Zero and receive a $5.00 discount towards a $40.00 wristband for unlimited carnival rides and one free ride on the Titan. Wristbands are good starting at 3:00pm and must be purchased by 10:00pm. April 21 is also Game Day: Buy 5 games for $10.
Monday, April 24: Discount Day: $6.00 Admission, plus free wheel rides for fair goers ages 55+! April 24 is also Pima County Fair Happy Hour: $3.00 food vendor items and $3.00 draught beer in the Nutril Cantina until 5:00pm.
Tuesday, April 25:Pima County Fair Happy Hour: $3.00 menu items and $3.00 draught beer in the Nutril Cantina until 5:00pm.
Wednesday, April 26: Pepsi Wristband Day! Bring in an unopened 20oz bottle of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, or Pepsi Zero and receive a $5.00 discount towards a $40.00 wristband for unlimited carnival rides and one free ride on the Titan. Wristbands are good starting at 3:00pm and must be purchased by 10:00pm. April 26 is also Game Day (buy 5 games for $10) and Pima County Fair Happy Hour ($3.00 menu items and $3.00 draught beer in the Nutril Cantina until 5:00pm).
Thursday, April 27: Pepsi Wristband Day! Bring in an unopened 20oz bottle of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, or Pepsi Zero and receive a $5.00 discount towards a $40.00 wristband for unlimited carnival rides and one free ride on the Titan. Wristbands are good starting at 3:00pm and must be purchased by 10:00pm. April 27 is also Game Day: Buy 5 games for $10.
Sunday, April 30: Canned Food Sundays = Free Admission. Receive free admission until noon with 3 cans of food to benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
What is the parking situation?
Parking is plentiful and costs $7 per vehicle (cash or credit).
There are three parking lots:
The Blue Lot is accessible off of Houghton Rd and also thru the Blue Gate, which is the 2nd gate located on Brekke Rd.
The Red Lot is accessible off Houghton and Dawn Roads.
The Green Lot is accessible from Harrison Rd.
All parking lots have signs in the rows of parking to help you remember where you parked and are included on the map. Shuttle transportation is available in the parking lots from 4:00pm – 10:00pm on weekdays and from noon until 10:00pm on weekends.
What are typically the most and least crowded days of the fair?
Wednesday, Thursdays, and weekends of the fair are highly attended. If you are at the fair to enjoy all that the fair has to offer but don’t care for carnival rides, consider attending on a Tuesday to avoid the crowds.
Avoid peak traffic time and lines by arriving right when the fair opens: 3:00pm on weekdays and 11:00am on weekends.
What should I wear?
Temperatures in Tucson in mid to late April range from 56°F to 87°F, often with blue skies and lots of sun. Aside from the exhibit halls, the fair is mostly outdoors so good walking shoes and light layers are best. Sunglasses, sunscreen, and hats will provide added protection from the sun.
What should I bring with me?
Bring a water bottle and your phone for pictures. You’ll probably want to bring cash or another form of payment for food, drinks, carnival rides, and wares from exhibiting vendors.
Are bathrooms available?
Are there any carnival ride discounts at the Pima County Fair?
Yes. See our section on discounts & deals above. Note that Weekday Discount Fun Passes are also available for use on Mondays-Fridays, 10 rides for $20.
Do you have any tips for skipping lines and getting rides faster?
You can save time and avoid the lines by downloading the RCS FunPass App to buy, share, track history, and reload carnival tickets directly to your phone. You can also upgrade to a FAST PASS for an additional fee (see below).
Is there a Fast Pass line for fair rides?
Yes. You can upgrade your ride purchase by $25.00 to a FAST PASS and get into the Fast Pass carnival ride lane for faster fun. While supplies last.
Is outside food allowed at the Pima County Fair?
Outside food and drinks are not permitted.
What dining venues are available on-site?
There are a number of food truck style booths with typical fair food. "If you are looking for deep fried or grilled, dipped in batter or dipped in honey, on a stick or in a cone, hot or cold, or sweet and sticky then you’ve come to the right place!"
What restaurants are located near the Pima County Fairgrounds?
Not many! You'll probably want to buy food on-site or eat before you come - unless you want to drive 10+ miles for dinner.
The only decent option in the vicinity that comes to mind is Argenziano's at 16251 S. Houghton Road (7 miles from the fair entrance). Yummy calzones!
BABIES & KIDS
Can kids attend the Pima County Fair?
Yes! In fact, the fair is designed with families in mind. Kids love the live animals, the funny and entertaining shows, the whirly-twirly rides, and the tasty treats.
Here are some helpful tips if you are visiting the fair with young children:
Kiddie Land Carnival is located near the main entrance with rides for little ones!
Family Bathrooms and changing tables are located in the Kiddie Land Carnival.
Cirque Extreme is located outside Kidde Land Carnival.
Pig Races are located on the West side of Central Park.
The Petting Zoo is always a favorite and located directly across from the red animal barn.
INSIDE PIMA HALL:
Kiddie Korral, located at the East end of Pima Hall, is especially for young cowboys and cowgirls! Appropriate for ages 7 and under.
A Mother’s Convenience Area is located just inside the main double doors of Pima Hall. This area is for parents with infants and toddlers for private changing, napping, and feeding.
Pacific Animal Productions: Located at the West end of Pima Hall.
INSIDE OLD PUEBLO CONFERENCE & EVENT CENTER:
Agricultural, Critical Thinking, and Science Centers for Kids
Nasa Space Exhibits
Of note: kids can read two books and earn three free carnival rides through the Read and Ride program.
Should I bring a stroller?
Probably. A stroller could be useful as you walk the grounds with little ones. A baby carrier might be your best bet for infants.
The Pima County Fair also offers strollers and wagons to rent. The rental area is conveniently located next to the Pima County Fair Guest Services, directly inside the Main Gate.
Is there a designated area for nursing moms?
Yes. Pima Hall provides a Mother’s Convenience Area which includes comfortable furniture, a crawl and climb area, nap space, tables and baby wipes for changing. There is also a curtained section for mothers who wish to breastfeed or change their little one in private.
Are changing tables available?
What about my other “baby” (dog, cat, etc)?
Pets are not permitted at the Pima County Fair.
Is the Festival wheelchair accessible?
The Pima County Fairgrounds are ADA compliant.
Can I have my wedding at the Pima County Fair?
The Pima County Fairgrounds can be rented out for weddings and other special events. Limitations do exist during the fair itself, but the grounds are available year-round. Facilities include four buildings, outdoor park-like settings and ramadas, RV and camping space, stage and concert areas, and a large equestrian facility with barns, stalls, and arenas. Call 520-762-9100 for more information.
WHERE TO STAY
What hotels do you recommend for visitors to the Pima County Fair?
Tucson's best resorts are not located near to the fairgrounds, but you should be able to get to the fair in under an hour from most of them.
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