OK State Fair is Back :Discount Tickets Available!

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Looking for OK State Fair deal? You're in the right place! The Oklahoma State Fair is a fun and festive time and there's something for everyone! With concerts, rides, food, and more, we know you won't want to miss the Oklahoma State Fair! Check out the information below to see how you can save on some of the more expensive things, such as admission and rides! did you know the first OK state fair was held in October of 1907 led by Jones and Colcord who organized the first State Fair Association. back this it was mostly agriculture based, where they gave out prizes for crop and livestock competitions. They started the annual school day in 1975 (the year I was born)

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Fair Food

Who's ready for cinnamon rolls, Indian tacos, funnel cakes and corn dogs. Many times we head to the state fair for all the yummy food. let's not forget walking through all the buildings and riding rides. There is fun for the whole family!

In general, food at the fair runs about $7 and up per entree. A great way to save is to split items. So, ask for extra plates when you order. This not only saves a few dollars but you can also try more of those specialty items.

Moneysaving food hacks:

  • Split an order- always ask for a few extra plates!
  • Have several kids who are asking for cotton candy? Grab a family sized bag on your way home. These bags can easily be divided amongst 2-3 kids.
  • Skip the individual drinks- we try to stick to just our water bottles at the fair. Not only is it hot, but the beverages are where you wil likely spend the most money. A soda will cost several dollars! If you must have that special beverage, consider one of the fair cups that you can get cheaper refills with, and get it early enough to refill at least once. They cost more money up front but on average you will spend less on each refill.

New Food Vendors This Year:

  • A Latte Love Coffee House
  • Amish Annie
  • Cutie Pies Concessions
  • DoughBoys
  • Falcone's Pizza Truck
  • Funky Flamingo
  • Gilty Pleasure
  • Granny's Cheesecake & More
  • Gringo's
  • Pioneer Wagon
  • Project KRAVE
  • Thelma's Handmade Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • The Original Minneapple Pie
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Outside Gate Admission Tickets

Get your advance outside gate admission tickets  to the OK State Fair at the OKC Fairgrounds Box Office, online at okstatefair.com or by calling 405-948-6800. Public activities open at 10am.

Children 5 and under are FREE

Advance gate tickets are also available at metro area OnCue stores, beginning in mid-August, each year. Season passes are not available for purchase at OnCue.

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If you're going to the fair during busy/popular hours, we highly recommend getting your tickets online or in advance. Why? On the opening day of the fair in the evening, the line actually stretched half way from the ticket booth to the main road!

It can be quite the wait. Those who had a pre printed ticket were able to wait in the gate check line (where they scan your ticket). It was a much faster process.

Advance Ticket Prices Are:

Adults (ages 12+): $8
Children (ages 6-11): $4
Season Passes: $25 (not available for purchase online, at OnCue, or MidFirst )
– get them at the OK State Fair website!

Parking- What to Know:

Park in designated parking ONLY! It's not worth it to potentially have your car ticketed or towed. Parking is not allowed on roads. Parking has never been an issue for us, even on the busy days. Defnitely car pool for an easier parking experience. There are parking attendants that will wave you into a parking spot, so no guesswork on where to go. Pay attention to which direction traffic is flowing. Some roads are one way.

Parking is free but you can optionally pay $5 for preferred parking (most paved lots). If you have anyone who cannot walk far or lots of smaller children or a stroller, the preferred parking is worth it. We have done both over the years.

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Buildings open at:

Sunday-Thursday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m

Unlimited Carnival Armbands

Here's our best hacks for saving on those expensive carnival rides!

  • Get the arm band- individual rides cost several dollars EACH. So if your kiddo is set on riding those carnival rides, the arm band will pay for itself in just 4 rides or so!
  • Before the fair- You can purchase an arm band for carnival rides at okstatefair.com or by calling 405-948-6800. They have flash sales each year. If you opt to purchase these online, they do charge a $1 convenience fee plus a processing fee of around $2.00. Call ahead or purchase at the fair to save that $3.00. So keep this in mind for future fair visits! Follow the OK State Fair on Facebook for notifications of flash sales. The sale price is usuallly $25 for an arm band, and includes admission.
  • If you missed your chance at getting the advanced ticket pricing, order your Carnival arm band online for $20 plus fees. This is still a savings over purchasing them at the fair! You can go on one of the discounted days for the best savings!
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Carnival Opens:

Monday-Friday: Opens at 1 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: Opens at 11 a.m.

Save Big at the Fair with These Special Discount Days

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 $5 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! No Pepsi can required! 

Wednesday, September 21: Senior Day – FREE admission for senior citizens 55+ (I.D. required), $5 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.”  — Via OKStateFair.com

Great American Pig Races 

If you've never been to a pig race, get ready to go  HOG WILD! These little oinkers run as fast as their  pudgy legs can take ‘em, all to win a cookie waiting  at the finish line. This is a great family show for all ages and it's located in the Centennial Plaza and free with fair admission.

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Disney on Ice:

The Ok State Fair brings Disney to life on Ice! Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and guests of all ages embark on an interactive, memory-packed adventure to iconic Disney destinations where exciting twists and turns await. See the world from it London rooftops with Mary Poppins and Jack and his dancing lightsaber band. Travel to sunny Motunui and help Moana restore Te Fiti's heart. Embark on a safari and take unforgettable photos of wild cheetahs and monkeys as guests travel with Simba through Prideland Timon and Pumbaa. Discover a whole new world and immerse yourself in Aladdin's Prince Parade, full of spectacular stunts, magical moments of Genie and a brand new song by Jasmine that will leave the audience “speechless”. Mosey at a legendary comedy carnival And join Woody and Bo Peep in search of their new friend Forky.

Fans will join Mickey and pals in singing along to beloved Disney tunes as they welcome Merida, Belle, Ariel, Mulan and Tiana to the ice. Families should brace themselves for unexpected treats and surprising up-close character interactions at Disney On Ice Road Trip Adventures makes a pit stop at the Oklahoma State Fair!

We hope you have plenty of family fun at the OK State Fair this year, and hope this post can help save a few dollars and stretch your fair budget! Happy Fall!

Located in: Jim Norick Arena

Live Music Schedule:

Located in the Entertainment Plaza, here you will be able to listen to a variety of music such as jazz, country, R&B and more on the Chickasaw Country Entertainment Stage. Best of all, all shows on the Chickasaw Country Entertainment Stage are completely free with fair admission.

  • Tracey Lawrence – Thursday, Sept. 15 @ 7:30 p.m.
  • Colt Ford – Friday, Sept. 16 @ 7:30 p.m.
  • Foghat – Saturday, Sept. 17 @ 8 p.m.
  • Resurrection – A Journey Tribute – Sunday, Sept. 18 @ 7:30 p.m.
  • Cain – Monday, Sept. 19 @ 7:30 p.m.
  • Tommy James and the Shondells – Tuesday, Sept. 20 @ 7:30 p.m.
  • Shawn Klush – Wednesday, Sept. 21 @ 7:30 p.m.
  • King Calaway & Alex Miller – Thursday, Sept. 22 @ 7:30 p.m.
  • Midnight Star – Friday, Sept. 23 @ 7:30 p.m.
  • Blue Oyster Cult – Saturday, Sept. 24 @ 8 p.m.
  • La Zenda Nortena – Sunday, Sept. 25 @ 7:30 p.m.

Xtreme Bulls & Broncs

Delivering action-packed bull riding followed by a high-energy country music concert, the PRCA Xtreme Bulls & Broncs Tour during the Oklahoma State Fair is one incredible show! Taking place on back-to-back nights, your evening will start with rip-snortin’ bulls that will test riders’ stamina and skill. After the dust settles, turn your attention to the stage for an electrifying performance by country music stars! 
Located in: Jim Norick Arena

Check for schedule updates on the Ok state fair website. We will update the OKC Fairgrounds 2023 schedule as soon as we get the information, so bookmark this page. You can also find information on the Oklahoma 4-H and FFA exhibits.


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