Arizona State Fair 2015:
Born To Be Bopping
By Ryan Scott
Modern Times Magazine
Oct. 13, 2015 — In Arizona, October always means a couple of sure things. For one, it finally starts to cool down a bit and the 100 degree days start to melt off the calendar. In addition to the better weather though, people from all around the Valley know that they can continue their annual tradition of eating fried food, playing games and all of the other fun that comes along with the Arizona State Fair.
Take the opportunity to enjoy the better weather and have some fun at the Arizona State Fair at the State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, from Oct. 16 to Nov. 8. And don’t forget, the fair is only open Wednesday to Sunday — it's closed on Monday and Tuesday.
2015 Concert Series
As usual, the forces behind the organization of this massive annual event have done their best to bring a mixed bag of top tier musical talent to the 2015 Arizona State Fair Concert Series. From classic rock to the annual Old School Jam, there is a little something for everyone. There is plenty of free seating available for all of this year's shows on a first-come first-served basis, but there are reserved floor seats available for purchase as well. Free admission to all of the shows is included with fair admission.
Bret Michaels - Saturday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m.
Meat Loaf - Sunday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m.
Rick Springfield - Wednesday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m.
Sheryl Crow - Thursday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m.
Gary Allan - Friday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m.
Austin Mahone - Saturday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m.
Jack & Jack - Sunday, Oct. 25, 5 p.m.
Jackson Browne - Wednesday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m.
Jane's Addiction - Thursday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m.
Flo Rida - Friday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m.
THIRD DAY - Saturday, Oct. 31, 7:15 p.m.
Natalia Jimenez - Sunday, Nov. 1, 5 p.m.
Aaron Lewis with William Elliott Whitmore - Wednesday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m.
Jason Derulo - Thursday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m.
Hanson with Nelson - Friday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m.
Old School Jam - Saturday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m.
View the full lineup and details or buy reserved seats at https://azstatefair.com/concerts.
Discounts and Special Deals
Opening Day Discount
Friday, Oct. 16
On opening day only, general admission to the fair will be $2 until 5 p.m.
Read & Ride
Kids age 5 - 14 can read three age appropriate books and earn three free carnival rides at the fair. A form can be downloaded from the fair website and a parent must sign the form to confirm that the child completed the reading. Just bring the form to the guest services booth. Download the form at https://azstatefair.com/discounts/read-ride-presented-srp.
Passport to Savings Coupon Book
Spend $5, and receive over $1,000 in Arizona State Fair deals including food, rides, and shopping. Included is a free return admission ticket for an additional visit to the 2015 Fair.
3 Every Day 3 Dollar Discount
Patrons can receive $3 off of any general admission fair ticket when they bring a receipt showing the purchase of one milk product, one cheese product, and one yogurt product. Any brand is accepted.
Free Park & Ride Shuttle On Weekends
The fair offers a free park & ride shuttle from State Capital on Saturdays & Sundays. Shuttles start at 10am and run until 1 hour after the Fair closes.
$2 Before 2 p.m. Saturdays
This deal is pretty straightforward, but admission for all to the fair is only $2 before 2 p.m. every Saturday for the duration of the fair this year.
We Care Wednesdays
Those who make a charitable donation of four non-perishable food items (excluding ramen and bottled water) on any Wednesday will receive free fair admission until 6 p.m. The donations will benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank. Patrons can also partake in $2 rides and games all day.
Free Hour Thursdays
This offer is also very straightforward. Admission to the fair is free to everyone from noon to 1 p.m. every Thursday.
Unlimited Ride Wristband Thursdays
Unlimited ride wristbands are available for $30 every Thursday and can be purchased on site. The wristbands are sold until 9 p.m. and honored until 11 p.m. Those who are interested can purchase the wristbands for $25 online prior to midnight on October 15.
Free Fry’s Fridays
Anyone who spends $40 or more at any Fry’s location will receive a voucher on their receipt for 2 free adult admissions that can be used any Friday at the fair, with the exception of opening day. Just bring the receipt to guest services between noon and 6 p.m.
Taste of the Fair Fridays
With the exception of opening day, every Friday, samples of the fair’s signature food items, rides and games will all be $2 from noon to 6 p.m.
For a full list of all the fair’s discounts, visit https://azstatefair.com/visit/discounts.
Modern Times Magazine’s
Featured Attractions At The Arizona State Fair
Encounters: U.F.O. Experience - Everyday
This exhibit is being billed as the world’s first comprehensive exhibition exploring reports of U.F.O.s, alien abductions and encounters with extraterrestrials. This family friendly attraction features seven different galleries that look at various types of encounters, the government’s role in aliens and pop culture’s interest in them. The exhibit is an additional $5 for adults and children 5 and under are free.
Mindworks! - Everyday
This massive 5,000-square-foot exhibit is aimed at kids ages 3-15, but really is meant to be enjoyable for the entire family. Mindworks! is a collection of classic games, puzzles, brain teasers, a construction zone and much more that is meant to entertain but also promote critical thinking and problem solving. Entry is included with fair admission.
BMX Freestyle Team - Oct. 21 and 22
The BMX Freestyle Team will be putting on an action packed stunt show featuring some of the top athletes in the sport. Even those who don’t participate or have never even seen an form of extreme sports before will be able to enjoy this display of talent. This event is free with fair admission and is appropriate for all ages.
United States Armwrestling Championships - Oct. 24
For anyone who has ever seen the movie Over The Top, or has just had a more than passive interest in arm wrestling can either take part in or simply be a spectator for the United States Armwrestling Championships. There are five different men's classes and two different women’s classes who will be competing for national rankings, trophies and pride. Registration for the event is at 11 a.m. and the event starts at 1 p.m. This is included with fair admission.
To check out all of the special events happening at the fair this year, check out the calendar at https://azstatefair.com/visit/things-do/calendar#region-content.
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