Frequently Asked Questions
What are the dates of the State Fair?
September 8-18, 2016. The Fair starts the first Thursday after Labor Day and lasts 11 days.
What time is the Fair open?
|Thursday, Sept 8||10:00 am to 10:00 pm|
|Friday, Sept 9||10:00 am to 11:00 pm|
|Saturday, Sept 10||10:00 am to 11:00 pm|
|Sunday, Sept 11||10:00 am to 10:00 pm|
|Monday, Sept 12||10:00 am to 10:00 pm|
|Tuesday, Sept 13||Noon to 10:00 pm|
|Wednesday, Sept 14||Noon to 10:00 pm|
|Thursday, Sept 15||Noon to 10:00 pm|
|Friday, Sept 16||10:00 am to 11:00 pm|
|Saturday, Sept 17||10:00 am to 11:00 pm|
|Sunday, Sept 18||10:00 am to 10:00 pm|
What are the gate admission prices?
Gates accept cash & credit cards only
Seniors 62 & over $8.00
Youth 6 -12 $8.00
Children 5 & under FREE
Who will be performing at the Grandstand and how do I buy tickets?
See who is performing at the Grandstand - click here.
Can I buy discount gate admission and carnival tickets?
YES! Save $2.00 on a regular priced ADULT gate admission ticket at Smith's Food and Drug checkout stands. Beginning August 1, 2016 you can purchase a Utah State Fair gate admission ticket for only $8.00. This ticket can be used any one day of the Fair, Sept. 8-18, 2016.
Buy online - Regular Carnival Wristband Vouchers are also discounted at $22.00 ($6.00 off on site prices) and a Matinee Carnival Wristband Voucher* for $15.00 ($3.00 off on site prices). Exchange the cash register voucher for your wristband at the Thomas Carnival Ticket Booth inside the Utah State Fair. Purchase early! Best prices start August 1 and end September 7, 2016.
* The Matinee Carnival Wristband Voucher is valid for rides from the carnival open until 6:00 pm on the day of redemption.
What are the carnival prices?
On site prices are:
$28.00 - Regular All-You-Can-Ride Carnival Wristband
$20.00 - Matinee All-You-Can-Ride Carnival Wristband *
* Matinee All-You-Can-Ride Carnival Wristband is valid for rides from carnival opening until 6:00 pm on the day of redemption.
What does parking cost?
$10.00 - Cash only accepted
Where are the parking locations?
Lot A - West of the Jordan River (Livestock Exhibitor passes only)
Lot B - White Ball Park - South of North Temple
Lot C - Main Parking - 2nd North and 1000 West (in addition to cars, this lot is for school bus parking and handicapped parking)
Lot E - Northwest Entrance - 3rd North and 1100 West (Horse Show & Arena Event Participants)
What about Handicapped parking?
Handicapped Parking - use Lot C, Main Parking - 2nd North and 1000 West. Wheelchair rental is available inside Gate "Y" which is on the south side of Parking Lot C (entrance on 1000 West).
Where can I rent a wheelchair?
Wheelchair and stroller rental is available inside Gate "Y". Gate "Y" is located at the South end of the main parking lot.
Are there special prices for handicapped persons?
Special Needs Program Guidelines
- Organizations must serve persons with physical or mental disabilities or limitations to be considered as a "Special Needs" organization. No exceptions will be made.
- Program is for organizations only. No individual Special Needs discount is available.
- All requests received will be reviewed. To submit a request for review:
Request must be typed or legibly written on official letterhead - no photocopies or faxes will be accepted.
Letterhead must include name, address and phone number of the organization.
Request must include the name of the person making the request, their title or position within the organization and their phone number.
If your group is requesting admission for more than one visit or day, letter must state the number of tickets needed per day, including chaperones. Only one request per day will be considered per group. Organizations must arrange to arrive as one group. No individual tickets are issued.
Request letter must be received at the Fair Administration Office on or before 4:00 pm - Friday, September 4, 2015. The office address is: 155 N. 1000 W. Salt Lake City, UT 84116. Hand delivered requests will not be filled at the time of delivery.
- If request is approved (if organization meets all criteria) a "Special Needs Admission Form" for each day requested will be mailed to you, or per your request, made available in Will Call at the Fair Administration Office.
Admission must be paid on the day of visit at any Fair ticket booth. Authorized "Special Needs Admission Form" must be presented to purchase $1 admission.
Admission must be paid with one organization (company) check, payable to the Utah State Fair (no personal checks are accepted), one money order, payable to the Utah State Fair, one credit card, or cash. No purchase orders or billing is available.
Parking cost is the responsibility of the organization.
Special Needs admission does not include ticketed Grandstand Entertainment.
How do I enter into a competition for next year's Fair?
Check the Competitive Exhibits page for more information on each department
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (801) 538-8400 for more information.
Who is performing on the smaller stages?
Find the stage entertainment schedules on Daily Schedules
When and how much is the Ice Cream Festival?
Dairy Farmers of Utah Ice Cream Festival is Monday, September 12th
The cost is $3.00 for adults & $2.00 for children 12 & under (3:00 - 9:00 pm)
When and how much is the Beef Feast?
The Beef Feast is Friday, September 16th
The cost is $8.00 for tenderloin sandwich and chips or $10.00 with a drink. (starts at 11:00 am)
Do I need reservations for a school group?
Reservations are not needed for your school group to attend the Fair.
School group can visit the Fair on special dates for the discounted school group rate. 2016 Utah State Fair field trip dates are:
Thursday, September 8th-Friday, September 9th - 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Monday, September 12th- Friday, September 16th - 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
School group admission will not be offered on any other day than those listed above. Field trip group admission is not available on Saturdays or Sundays without prior administrative aproval.
Gates open for field trip groups at 9:00 AM. All school field trip groups must check in between 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM to be eligible for field trip group admission. All field trip groups must be at the gates and paid before 1:00 PM.
Once on the grounds, groups can stay as long as they would like. Please note that all vendors, shopping and the carnival will be closed until the posted Fair hours.
For more information on our school field trip program, please visit the link below:
How much is admission for school groups?
Students and Chaperones are $1 each.
(Chaperones must pay with group to qualify for $1).
Admission is waived for students unable to pay the $1.
Pay with cash, one school check, money order, or credit card. (No personal checks are accepted). Have one representative pay admission and provide school name, address, phone number, number of chaperones and students paying $1, and number of admissions being waived.
Home school groups are welcome to attend the Fair at the $1.00 rate for students and chaperones but must meet the same time, date and ratio requirements as public and charter school groups.
For more information on our school field trip program, please visit the link below:
How does parking work for school groups?
Enter Gate #1 at 200 North 1000 West.
Parking is free for buses and chaperones vehicles entering directly behind the buses.
All others must pay regular parking fees.
What gate admission discounts/promotions/coupons are available?
Click here to go to the Discounts and Promotions information
How can I get a job with the Fair?
Applications for Seasonal Fair employment will be available beginning August 1, 2016. You may pick up an application at the Administration office, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Utah State Fair Administration Office
155 North 1000 West
Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
CLICK ON EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITES at the bottom of the page to view any currently available employement opportunities.
How can I get a job with the Carnival?
Carnival employment is through Thomas Carnival.
Where is the Commercial Exhibit Office during the Fair?
The Commercial Exhibit Office is located in the Administration Building, at the east end of the Fairpark.
Can I bring my pet with me to the Fair?
Animals, other than service dogs and animals scheduled for exhibit and/or performance, are prohibited on the grounds. Please leave your pets at home and not in your vehicle! Anyone desiring to have their service dog admitted into the Fairpark must have the dog under control at all times with a harness, leash, or some other tether; or the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls. An admission ticket is required for the owner's admittance.
Can I rent the Fairpark buildings for my event?
YES! We have buildings and open, outdoor space to accommodate almost any event. Visit the Fairpark website at www.utahstatefairpark.com or call our Event Services Manager at 801-538-8441 for further assistance.