For the 50+ Traveler

Where can you find fried food, carnival rides, animals, crafts, and music all in one place? A state fair, of course! The fair is one of the greatest places to have the time of your life with family and friends. Whether you prefer stuffing your face with funnel cake or riding the Ferris wheel, the fair has something for you. What's more, each state fair is unique and showcases the best of what the state has to offer.

Have A Fair–y Good Time

Get the family together and plan to attend your local state fair—or even better, pack into the car for a trip to another state’s fair. We’ve saved you the stress of looking for the very best one—below is a list of all the fairs taking place across the United States in 2019!

Alabama National Fair, Montgomery, October 4–14

Alaska State Fair, Palmer, August 22–September 2

Arizona State Fair, Phoenix, October 4–27

The Arizona State Fair
Arizona State Fair / Gregory E. Clifford / Shutterstock

Arkansas State Fair, Little Rock, October 11–20

California State Fair, Sacramento, July 12–28

Colorado State Fair, Pueblo, August 23–September 2

Connecticut Fairs, multiple cities, July–September

Delaware State Fair, Harrington, July 18–27

Florida State Fair, Tampa, February 6–17, 2020 (The 2019 fair was held February 7–18.)

Georgia National Fair, Perry, October 3–13

Idaho State Fair, Boise, August 16–25

Illinois State Fair, Springfield, August 8–18

Which Fair Food Are You?!

Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis, August 2–18

Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, August 8–18

Kansas State Fair, Hutchinson, September 6–15

Kentucky State Fair, Louisville, August 15–25

Louisiana State Fair, Shreveport, October 24–November 3

Maine State Fair, Skohegan, August 8–17

Maine State Fair, Bangor, July 25–August 3

Maryland State Fair, Luthervile-Timonium, August 22–September 2

Massachusetts State Fair, West Springfield, September 13–29

Michigan State Fair, Escanaba, August 12–18

A cup from the Minnesota State Fair

Minnesota State Fair, Saint Paul, August 22–September 2

Mississippi State Fair, Jackson, October 2–14

Missouri State Fair, Sedalia, August 8–18

Montana State Fair, Great Falls, July 26–August 3

Nebraska State Fair, Grand Island, August 23–September 2

New Hampshire State Fair, Contoocook, August 30–September 2

New Jersey State Fair, Augusta, August 2–11

New Mexico State Fair, Albuquerque, September 5–15

New York State Fair, Syracuse, August 21–September 2

A funnel cake at the North Carolina State Fair
North Carolina State Fair / Eric Krouse / Shutterstock

North Carolina State Fair, Raleigh, October 17–27

North Dakota State Fair, Minot, July 19–27

Ohio State Fair, Columbus, July 24–August 4

Oklahoma State Fair, Oklahoma City, September 12–22

Oregon State Fair, Salem, August 23–September 2

Pennsylvania Fairs, multiple dates and locations

South Carolina State Fair, Columbia, October 9–20

South Dakota State Fair, Huron, August 29–September 2

Tennessee State Fair, Nashville, September 6–15

The Ferris wheel at the Texas State Fair

Texas State Fair, Dallas, September 27–October 20

Utah State Fair, Salt Lake City, September 5–15

Vermont State Fair, Rutland, August 13–17

Virginia State Fair, Doswell, September 27–October 6

Washington State Fair, Puyallup, August 30–September 22 (closed Tuesdays and September 4)

West Virginia State Fair, Lewisburg, August 8–17

Wisconsin State Fair, West Allis, August 1–11

Wyoming State Fair, Douglas, August 13–17

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