Things to do: what’s new at the 2022 Arizona State Fair

The 2022 Arizona State Fair is now open through Sunday, October 30, Thursday through Sunday. Admission is $15 for ages 8 and up. Visit azstatefair.com for more information and tickets.

The sizzle of turkey thighs, the sweet flavors of fluffy cotton candy and the crispy yet tender favorite fried food on a stickmeet the squeals of laughter (or is it a pig) from the top of the Sky Ride, as the 2022 Arizona State Fair opened September 23. The annual tradition continues until Sunday, October 30, open Thursday through Sunday.

For 138 years, Arizonans have celebrated the start of fall at the largest statewide event, located in the heart of downtown Phoenix. Last year, 1,589,951 people attended the fair, breaking attendance records after a dismal 2020 due to the pandemic.

The Coliseum concert series continues to be affected by pandemic-related challenges, for example, increased production and artist costs, tight touring and saturated live entertainment and is on hiatus in 2022. A draw popular with many Arizonans who have seen the likes of the Foo Fighters, Blake Shelton, Pitbull and Kid Rock, with a funnel cake sprinkled with powdered sugar in one hand and a giant stuffed monkey in the other. Plans for the fair return to the tradition of the Colosseum concert series featuring top talent in 2023.

The Madhouse on McDowell will not be completely silent during the 2022 fair. Until Sunday, October 9, the Circus Omnium bring their Impossible show Phoenix. Omnium highlights and celebrates that disability and diversity shine through in the joy and excitement of circus arts. This is a separate ticket, available at azstatefair.com.

Around the fairgrounds, Monster Trucks roar until the closing weekend. Xtreme Arizona Bull Riding conquers the grandstand on Saturday, October 22, Figure 8 and Quarter Midgets power up between the High School Rodeo and All Indian Rodeo. Grandstand events are free with fair entry.

The Backyard Night Concert Series, also free with fair admission, triggers past memories and dance moves from fan-favorite tribute bands like Outlaw Mariachi, Queen Nation and Super Diamond, featuring Surreal Neil.

Other fair favorites include fluffy alpacas, dairy cows, wallabies and camel milking. Stroll through the barns and halls of the Coliseum and see the competitive entries, showcasing the creativity of students, neighbors and family from across Arizona, each hoping for an Arizona State Fair ribbon.

To help the community, the Arizona State Fair has partnered with Sanderson Ford’s Operation Santa Claus to present Feel good on Fridays, Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28, from noon to 6 p.m. Guests who bring 10 cans of non-perishable food to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank receive free admission ($15 value). Taste of the Fair Fridays are held on the same dates, with a variety of small portions of favorites for just $3.

Fair Friends 55+ can receive free admission on Friday, October 14, presented by Humana. A limited number of tickets are available in advance at azstatefair.com.

Whether you’re a traditional Deep Fried Snickers or an adventurous Cinnamon Toast Crunch Funnel Cake, a lover of The Great Wheel or bumper cars, a bursting water gun balloon or a ring tossed duck, the State Fair is part of the heart and soul of Arizona. . With 23 days of fair fun, plan ahead and save time and money by downloading the Arizona State Fair AZ app (available in the Apple App Store Where google play).

The 2022 Arizona State Fair is now open through Sunday, October 30, Thursday through Sunday. Admission is $15 for ages 8 and up. Visit azstatefair.com for more information and tickets.