Make the most out of your time at The Pima County Fair! We have put together a list of insider tips for making the most of your day at the fair to include everything from admissions, to discounts, to parking to lost and found!

Pima County Fair Helpful Hints
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We’ve put together a list of insider tips for making the most of your day at the fair to include everything from admissions, to discounts, to parking to lost and found!  Be sure to download our app for more helpful hints, discounts, daily updates and contests!


From Tucson on I/10 East, exit Rita Road and follow the signs to the green lot.

From Vail on I/10 West, exit Houghton Rd and follow the signs to the blue lot.

From Rita Ranch, Southbound Houghton Rd., follow the signs to the blue lot.

From Corona de Tucson and Sahuarita, Northbound Houghton Rd., turn on Dawn Rd to the red lot.

Parking:  Parking is $5.00 and cash only.  The parking lots have signs in the rows of parking to help you remember where you parked and are included on the map. Shuttle transportation is available in the parking lots 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on weekdays and 11:00 a.m.– 9:00 p.m. on weekends.  Download the fair app when you park to pin your vehicle location!

No one likes standing in line:

Bags will be searched, so consider traveling lightlyAttendees arriving without a bag, will be sent through an express line.

Thursdays and weekends of the fair are highly attended for the Wristband Day promotions and concerts.  Upgrade your ride purchase by $20.00 to a FAST PASS on these days and get into the Fast Pass carnival ride lane for faster fun!  If you are at the fair to enjoy all that the fair has to offer but don’t care for carnival rides, consider attending on a Friday or Monday to avoid the crowds.  Avoid peak traffic time and lines by planning to arrive at the fair by 2:00 p.m.

Carnival: The midway opens 3:00 p.m. Monday – Friday and at 11:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.  Save your carnival receipts!  In the event you can’t find a family member your receipt can be used to track where the ride pass was last used. If you have your receipt and lose your ride pass, the receipt can be used to deactivate the ride pass and a new one can be issued.

Visiting the early morning 4-H, Equestrian Events and Livestock Activities?  Brekke Gate will be open at 9:00 a.m. for further assistance.

On a budget?: Visit Fry’s Monday, March 26 –  Wednesday, April 18, 2018 for the super savings of 10 rides for $15.00 and save over 65% on carnival ride tickets.   DON’T FORGET these coupons are good Monday – Friday only!  

Discounts at the fair:

Everyday:                   $5.00 Military Admission with Military ID
Sunday, April 22nd:      Free admission until noon with three cans of food
Monday, April 23rd:   $2.00 Parking and $2.00 Admission.
Tuesday, April 24th:   $2.00 rides, $2.00 games all day!  Also, get $2.00 menu items, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.!
Sunday, April 29th:     Free admission until noon with three cans of food
Monday- Thursday:   .50 cent wings, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Estrella Cantina

OPPORTUNITY;         Receive special discounts and notifications only available by downloading the app!

For Parents:  The Pima County Fair encourages parental guidance and discretion when making decisions on appropriate entertainment for your unique family. Please review the fair events, concerts, attractions and other activities when deciding which days and times are best for your unique family to attend the fair.

To protect yourself and children from harmful pathogens that could cause illness or death, remember to wash your own hands and to supervise children’s handwashing after visiting any animal attractions or animal areas at the fair and before eating or drinking.  Because public health is important to us, consumption and/or preparation of food in the livestock barns and ramada is prohibited.

Visiting the Fair with little ones?  The Pima County Fair offers strollers and wagons to rent during your stay.  The rental area is conveniently located next to the Pima County Fair Guest Services and can be found directly inside the Main Gate.

  • Kiddie Land Carnival is located near the main entrance with rides suites for our young visitors!
  • New Bathrooms and changing tables located in the Kiddie Land Carnival
  • Kiddie Korral, located at the East end of Pima Hall built especially for our young cowboys and cowgirls! Appropriate for ages 7 and under.
  • A Mother’s Convenience Area with Infant and Toddler Care Center for parents can be found in Pima Hall with comfortable furniture, crawl and play areas, nap space, tables and baby wipes for changing and a curtained section for privacy
  • The NASA Space Exhibits, the Interactive Science Center and Agriculture Activity Centers are located in Old Pueblo Conference and Event Center. These exhibits are designed for hands on fun for little ones under 10 years of age.
  • The Petting Zoo and Pony Rides are always a favorite and located directly across from the red animal barn
  • All aboard! Free train rides throughout the grounds every day for families.  Little ones must be accompanied by an adult.

Read and Ride:  Kids can read books and earn free carnival rides!  Visit or Guest Services for more information, some restrictions apply.

Lost Kids:  Visit Guest Services and Security, located near the Fair Main Entrance or ask anyone with a radio or golf cart for help!  Children who claim to be or appear to be lost will be taken to guest services where our child specialist will keep them safe and happy until they are reunited with their family.

Lost and Found:   Visit Guest Services, located near the Main Entrance.

Places to sit:  KLOVE Central Park and the Estrella Cantina back yard offer shaded tables and seating.  Visit the Estrella Cantina Bar and Grill with an indoor restaurant and bar, patio seating and daily happy hour from 4:00 – 6:00.  Children are welcome when accompanied by an adult.

Need reasonable accommodations?:  Let us know how we can help!  Call 762-FAIR or email for assistance with planning your visit to the fair.

Need to leave but want to return later?   Get a hand stamp on your way out!

Responsibility and Rides Home:  Need a ride home?  Visit Guest Services or any of our beer gardens and we will contact VIP Taxi on your behalf!  Cab lines are set up outside of the fair main entrance or call VIP Taxi 520-300- 3000 and receive $5.00 off your cab ride to and from the fairgrounds.

Lyft Rideshare For Safe Rides:

You play, Lyft will drive! Download the Lyft app and use code PIMAFAIR for $20.00 in Lyft credit for safe rides to and from the fair!  Lyft lines are set up outside both entrances of the fair!

Responsibility and Rides Home:

Call VIP Taxi 520-300-3000 and receive 5.00 off your cab ride to and from the fairgrounds!  VIP Taxi is also offering a flat rate of 440.00 per direction from Sir Veza’s Taco Garage at Tucson Mall, Davis Monthan Airforce Base, the Viscount Suites at 4855 E. Broadway or from 4th Ave and 9th St by the water fountain. Load a cab with friends and split the bill!   VIP taxi lines are set up outside of the fair main entrance.