Frequently Asked Questions
When is the State Fair?
The 2023 Oklahoma State Fair runs Thursday, September 14 - Sunday, September 24.
The 2024 Oklahoma State Fair runs Thursday, September 12 - Sunday, September 22.
What are State Fair hours?
The Fair officially opens at 10 a.m. Certain gates will be accessible at 8 a.m. daily to accommodate Equine & Livestock shows in the barns. Exhibit buildings are open Sunday through 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 through 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.
What are daily admission prices?
Advance outside gate admission tickets for adults (ages 12 & older) are $8, children (ages 6 - 11) are $4. Tickets are available at the OKC Fairgrounds Box Office, online or by calling 405-948-6800. Season passes are $25 at the OKC Fairgrounds Box Office. Once the Fair opens, adults (ages 12 & older) are $15; children (ages 6-11) are $8 and season passes are $40. Check out the Hours & Admission webpage for all pricing information, including discount days.
Can I promote my business, campaign, sell a product, or fundraise for my group at the Oklahoma State Fair?
All sales, marketing, petitioning, 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 OKC Fairgrounds 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 the amazing group of vendors and exhibitors is very low year to year.
What musical entertainment is performing this year?
Please visit the Chickasaw Country Entertainment Stage web page for concert information. For the best of the best in local and regional flair, don’t forget to visit the Bandshell Stage and The PATIO during the Fair as well!
Are there any Discount Days this year?
Thursday, September 15: Thrifty Thursday – $5 outside gate admission for everyone (children 5 and under FREE); $2 Little Book of BIG DEALS and ride all day armbands* for just $25!
Monday, September 19: Military Monday - All active duty, retired, veterans and their spouses (Military I.D. required) receive FREE outside gate admission and $4 Sky Eye Wheel ride tickets.
Tuesday, September 20: Pepsi $2 Tuesday - $2 outside gate admission, $2 Little Book of BIG DEALS, $2 each carnival ride*, and $2 Sky Eye Wheel ride tickets for everyone!
Wednesday, September 21: Senior Day – FREE admission for Senior Citizens 55+ (I.D. required), $4 Sky Eye Wheel ride tickets.
Thursday, September 22: Thrifty Thursday – $5 outside gate admission for everyone (children 5 and under FREE), $2 Little Book of BIG DEALS, and ride all day armbands* for just $25!
*Some exclusions may apply. Not good on "Non-Mechanical Special Attractions."
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 public gates. Advance single-day paid parking passes are $5 and discount season parking passes are available for $30 at the OKC Fairgrounds Box Office. Once the Fair opens, single-day paid parking passes are $10 and season parking passes are $50.
I’ve got a question – where do I go?
Fairgoers can visit any of four InFAIRmation Booths - The Circle on the front lawn of the Modern Living Building; the intersection of Kiamichi & Stagecoach; just outside the west entrance of the Bennett Event Center; and on Gordon Cooper at the west end of The Pavilion.
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?
The OKC Fairgrounds, a City of Oklahoma City property, follows the smoking rules per city policy. Smoking, including e-cigarettes/vaping, is not allowed in any exhibit building, Bennett Event Center, Jim Norick Arena, barns, or tents/booths. Tobacco products are not sold anywhere at the OKC Fairgrounds 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.
Is there Wi-Fi at the Park?
Yes. To connect, select “State Fair Free” or “State Fair Paid” from the list of available wireless networks. Depending on your device, the hotspot sign-up page may appear automatically. If it does not, launch a web browser and attempt to navigate to your destination of choice.
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 and Gate 2 (north side of The Circle). Rentals are available for walk-up customers and 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 can make use of the State Fair’s internal tram service for FREE! The trams travel around the inner perimeter of the Fair, stopping at marked locations. Hop on and give 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 Boulevard. To assist officials charged with reuniting young children or guests with special needs back to their families or groups, the Oklahoma State Fair has created Project Reunite. To participate in the program, pick up a special wristband at any InFAIRmation booth and provide “Contact if lost” information directly onto the wristband.
Are there any activities for persons with sensory-sensitivities?
The final Sunday, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., will feature some special activities for guests who may enjoy their visit in a little bit less noisy and a little less bright atmosphere. These activities, in addition to the Fair’s daily offerings that may be more quiet or less crowded at certain times, have been gathered into a simple guide which can be accessed at the link below.
What if an item gets lost?
You can contact Lost & Found at 405-948-6839 and they will check to see if it has been turned in at the Safety Center.
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 Boulevard. 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 must leave – can I come back?
A hand stamp and gate admission credential or ticket are required for re-entry.
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 or clothing, to ensure safety, security and order, or if we consider that the circumstances so require in our sole discretion.
Are there jobs available?
If you are interested in working at the Oklahoma State Fair, visit the employment page for information. Please note: The Oklahoma State Fair does not hire for any of the food vendors or the carnival. Anyone interested in a job with a food vendor or the carnival 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 fairgoers to review the Amusement Rider Access & Safety Policy which will provide additional information, inclusive of how to make an appointment with the main carnival office for special assistance.