Frequently Asked Questions
When is the State Fair?
The 2018 Oklahoma State Fair runs Thursday, September 13 - Sunday, September 23.
The 2019 Oklahoma State Fair runs Thursday, September 12 - Sunday, September 22.
The 2020 Oklahoma State Fair runs Thursday, September 17 - Sunday, September 27.
What are State Fair hours?
Gates open at 8 a.m. daily to accommodate Equine & Livestock shows in the barns. Exhibit buildings are open Sunday thru Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Outdoor exhibits are open Sunday thru Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Midway closing time is at the discretion of management. Please note: The operating hours of the Oklahoma State Fair and any of its attractions or exhibits may change without notice or compensation due to capacity, inclement weather or special circumstances.
Are credit cards accepted?
Credit cards are accepted at the outside ticket booths for admission, at select food vendors and at most carnival ticket booths. Some booths take cash only for expediency purposes. ATMs are available throughout the park.
What are daily admission prices?
July 7 thru September 12, discount outside gate admission tickets for adults (ages 12 & older) are $8, children (ages 6 - 11) are $4. Tickets are available at the Jim Norick Arena Box Office, online or by calling 405-948-6800. Season passes are $25 at the Jim Norick Arena Box Office. September 13 thru 23, adults, ages 12 & older, are $12; children, ages 6-11, are $6; and season passes are $30.
Can I promote my business, campaign, sell a product, or fundraise for my group at the Oklahoma State Fair?
All sales, marketing, campaigning and fundraising must happen from an officially contracted booth space. The handing out of flyers, promotional, campaign or other marketing materials; the placement of signs; conducting business of any kind or soliciting for sales or donations on State Fair Park property, including parking lots and easements, without a contract is strictly prohibited. To find out how to be a vendor or commercial exhibitor at the State Fair, please visit the “Join Us / Vendor Information” section of our website very early in the year to apply, as turnover from our amazing group of vendors and exhibitors is very low year to year.
What musical entertainment is performing this year?
Musical performances will be announced as information becomes available.
Are there any Discount Days this year?
Thursday, September 13: Opening Day - $2 outside gate admission for everyone!
Monday, September 17: Military Monday – Military personnel and spouses (Military I.D. required) receive FREE Outside Gate Admission; $3 JFK Exhibit Tickets; and $3 Sky Eye Wheel rides.
Tuesday, September 18: Dr Pepper $2 Tuesday - $2 Outside Gate Admission; $2 Rides*; $2 JFK Exhibit Tickets; and $2 Sky Eye Wheel rides for everyone!
Wednesday, September 19: Senior Day – Senior Citizens 55+ (I.D. required) receive FREE Outside Gate Admission; $3 JFK Exhibit Tickets; and $3 Sky Eye Wheel rides.
*Some exclusions may apply.
Where can I park?
There are acres and acres of FREE parking available, located on both the north and south sides of the property and handicapped parking is available at most gates. July 7 thru September 12, discount single-day paid parking passes are $5 and discount season parking passes are available for $25 at the Jim Norick Arena Box Office. September 13 thru 23, single-day paid parking passes are $10 and season parking passes are $50. View our downloadable map.
I’ve got a question – where do I go?
Fairgoers can visit any of our four InFAIRmation Booths - 14 Flags Plaza on the front lawn of the Modern Living Building; the intersection of Kiamichi & Stagecoach; on Gordon Cooper Blvd. near the Bennett Event Center; and on the south lawn of the Oklahoma Expo Hall. These booths provide information on all aspects of the Fair.
How do I interact with animals at the Fair?
Live animals, in competition and educational displays, are an important part of the exhibitor and public experience during the State Fair. Some things to remember when interacting or passing through an area inclusive of live animals are:
- WASH YOUR HANDS – washing your hands frequently is the “best medicine” for curbing the transmission of disease.
- Don’t eat or drink in areas where animals are housed or shown.
- Adhere to all warning and informational signs about animal contact and always ask an individual animal’s handler or owner for permission to touch any animal prior to doing so.
What is the Fair’s smoking policy?
State Fair Park, a City of Oklahoma City property, follows the smoking rules per city policy. Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is not allowed in any exhibit building, Bennett Event Center, Jim Norick Arena, barns or tents/booths. Tobacco products are not sold anywhere at State Fair Park during the Oklahoma State Fair.
Can I bring my own food/beverages?
Outside food/beverages are not allowed unless it is needed for medical purposes. Formula, milk and food for infants/toddlers is permitted.
Are pets allowed, even if they are leashed?
No, pets are not allowed unless they are a service animal or entered into a competition.
Are there scooter, wheelchair, stroller or wagon rentals?
Lockers, electric scooters, wheelchairs, strollers and wagons are available for rent just inside three main gates - Gate 6 (near the Jim Norick Arena), Gate 9 (near the petting zoo) and Gate 2 (north side of 14 Flags Plaza). Rentals are available for walk-up customers and also by advance reservation. Fairgoers can make reservations for scooters and wheelchairs online at www.vistamobility.net or by calling 877-588-4782. Rentals are provided by a third party contractor and not Oklahoma State Fair, Inc. Prices and information are subject to change without notice.
Is there a tram?
Fairgoers are able to make use of the State Fair’s internal tram service for FREE! The trams travel around the perimeter of the Fair, inside the gates, stopping at marked locations. Hop on and give your tired feet a break – it’s a great way to see the State Fair!
What if someone gets lost?
Lost persons will be brought to the Safety Center located on the west end of the Administration Building at the corner of Land Rush and General Pershing Blvd.
Where is first aid available?
First aid is available in the Safety Center located on the west end of the Administration Building on the corner of Land Rush and General Pershing Blvd. If you experience a true emergency during the State Fair, call 9-1-1. EMSA personnel are on-site and will be dispatched accordingly.
What if I have to leave – can I come back?
A hand stamp and an outside gate admission ticket are required for re-entry.
I have a concealed carry permit, may I carry my gun?
Weapons are not allowed at the Oklahoma State Fair. Additionally, we reserve the right to deny admission or ask someone already admitted to leave without refund or compensation, for failure to comply with any of the Oklahoma State Fair rules, for unsafe, illegal or offensive behavior, to ensure safety, security and order, or if we consider that the circumstances so require.
Are there jobs available?
If you are interested in working at the Oklahoma State Fair, visit our employment page for information. Please note: The Oklahoma State Fair does not hire for any of the food vendors or the carnival. If you are interested in a job with a food vendor or the carnival, you must apply with them directly.
How do I know if a ride is right for me or someone in my party?
Visit this link for a list of rides that will be at the Oklahoma State Fair. A general list of restrictions is posted with each ride, when applicable. For more specific, situations, we encourage you to review the Amusement Rider Access & Safety Policy which will provide additional information, inclusive of making an appointment with the main carnival office if you would like personal assistance on how to make the most of your carnival visit when you arrive.