For the 50+ Traveler

Daydreaming about fried food, cotton candy, carnival rides, bandstands, and all-American competitions (both classic and quirky) as far as the eye can see? You must be pining for a good, old-fashioned state fair. Fairgrounds across America beckon as there are childhood memories to be made and walks --or rides -- down memory lane for those of us who are old (and tall) enough for all the rides, plus a drink or two.

“Are We Fair Yet?”

Whether your state fair is just around the corner from home or you’ll be road tripping cross-country to enjoy a fair in a new-to-you state or favorite vacation spot, we’ve gathered the dates of all the state fairs taking place in 2020 so you can plan your fun accordingly.

Alabama National Fair, Montgomery, October 9-18

Alaska State Fair, Palmer, CANCELED for 2020

Arizona State Fair, Phoenix, October 8 to November 1

Arkansas State Fair, Little Rock, October 16-25

California State Fair, Sacramento, CANCELED for 2020

Colorado State Fair, Pueblo, August 28 to September 7

Connecticut Fairs, multiple cities, click through to see dates and cancellations 

Delaware State Fair, Harrington, July 23 to August 1

Florida State Fair, Tampa, February 6-17

Georgia National Fair, Perry, October 8-18

Idaho State Fair, Boise, August 21-30

Illinois State Fair, Springfield, August 13-23

Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis, CANCELED for 2020

Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, CANCELED for 2020

Kansas State Fair, Hutchinson, September 11-20

Kentucky State Fair, Louisville, August 20-30

Louisiana State Fair, Shreveport, October 22 to November 8

Maine State Fair, Bangor, CANCELED for 2020

Maine State Fair, Skowhegan, August 13-22

Maryland State Fair, Luthervile-Timonium, August 27 to September 7

Massachusetts State Fair, West Springfield, September 18 to October 4

Michigan State Fair, Escanaba, August 17-23

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Minnesota State Fair, Saint Paul, CANCELED for 2020

Mississippi State Fair, Jackson, October (dates to be announced)

Missouri State Fair, Sedalia, August 13-23

Montana State Fair, Great Falls, CANCELED for 2020

Nebraska State Fair, Grand Island, August 28 to September 7

New Hampshire State Fair, Contoocook, CANCELED for 2020

New Jersey State Fair, Augusta, CANCELED for 2020

New Mexico State Fair, Albuquerque, September 10-20

New York State Fair, Syracuse, August 21 to September 7

North Carolina State Fair, Raleigh, October 15-25

North Dakota State Fair, Minot, CANCELED for 2020

Ohio State Fair, Columbus, CANCELED for 2020

Oklahoma State Fair, Oklahoma City, September 17-27

Oregon State Fair, Salem, CANCELED for 2020

Pennsylvania Fairs, multiple dates and locations

South Carolina State Fair, Columbia, October 14-25

South Dakota State Fair, Huron, September 3-7

Tennessee State Fair, Nashville, CANCELED for 2020

Texas State Fair, Dallas, September 25 to October 18

Utah State Fair, Salt Lake City, September 10-20

Vermont State Fair, Rutland, CANCELED for 2020

Virginia State Fair, Doswell, September 25 to October 4

Washington State Fair, Puyallup, September 4-27 (closed Tuesdays and September 9)

West Virginia State Fair, Lewisburg, August 13-22

Wisconsin State Fair, West Allis, August 6-16

Wyoming State Fair, Douglas, August 11-15