For the 50+ Traveler

Summer 2020 has come and gone, and it might not have been filled with the vacations or entertainment we were dreaming of. But 2021’s state fairs (beginning with the Florida state fair in February!) could bring the fried treats, candied apples, all-American competitions, and amusements we’ve been pining for.

Fun Fairs Ahead: The Complete 2021 State Fairs List

Whether you want to support the home team by attending your state’s fair or you plan to road trip across the country to experience something new at a state fair far away, consult this list of all the state fairs taking place in 2021 and plan your state fair day -- or multi-day getaway -- accordingly. If your state fair’s dates aren’t listed yet, don’t hesitate to bookmark this page as we will update it regularly!

Alabama National Fair, Montgomery, October (dates to be announced)

Alaska State Fair, Palmer, August 26 to September 6

Arizona State Fair, Phoenix, October (dates to be announced)

The Arkansas State Fair in Little Rock.

Arkansas State Fair, Little Rock, October 15-24

California State Fair, Sacramento, (dates to be announced)

Colorado State Fair, Pueblo, (dates to be announced)

Connecticut Fairs, multiple cities, click through to see dates

Delaware State Fair, Harrington, July 22-31

Florida State Fair, Tampa, February 11-22

Georgia National Fair, Perry, October 7-17

Idaho State Fair, Boise, August 20-29

Illinois State Fair, Springfield, August 12-22

The Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis.

Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis, August 6-22

Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, August 12-22

Kansas State Fair, Hutchinson, September 10-19

Kentucky State Fair, Louisville, August 19-29

Louisiana State Fair, Shreveport, April 29 to May 9

Maine State Fair, Bangor, July 29 to August 7

Maine State Fair, Skowhegan, (dates to be announced)

Maryland State Fair, Lutherville-Timonium, (dates to be announced)

Massachusetts State Fair, West Springfield, September 17 to October 3

Michigan State Fair, Escanaba, August 16-22

Minnesota State Fair, Saint Paul, August 26 to September 6

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

Missouri State Fair, Sedalia, August 12-22

Montana State Fair, Great Falls, July 30 to August 7

Nebraska State Fair, Grand Island, August 27 to September 6

New Hampshire State Fair, Contoocook, September 3-6

New Jersey State Fair, Augusta, August 7-14

New Mexico State Fair, Albuquerque, (dates to be announced)

New York State Fair, Syracuse, August 20 to September 6

The North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh.

North Carolina State Fair, Raleigh, October 14-24

North Dakota State Fair, Minot, July 23-31

Ohio State Fair, Columbus, (dates to be announced)

Oklahoma State Fair, Oklahoma City, September 16-26

Oregon State Fair, Salem, August 27 to September 6

Pennsylvania Fairs, multiple dates and locations

South Carolina State Fair, Columbia, October 13-24

South Dakota State Fair, Huron, September 2-6

Tennessee State Fair, Nashville, September 10-19

Texas State Fair, Dallas, September 24 to October 17

Utah State Fair, Salt Lake City, (dates to be announced)

Vermont State Fair, Rutland, August (dates to be announced)

Virginia State Fair, Doswell, September 24 to October 3

Washington State Fair, Puyallup, September 3-26

West Virginia State Fair, Lewisburg, August 12-21

Wisconsin State Fair, West Allis, August 5-15

Wyoming State Fair, Douglas, (dates to be announced)

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