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The New Mexico State Fair is one of New Mexico’s biggest events!

There is a lot to love about the fair, whether a young child enjoying the barnyard animals or a teen swinging high in the air on a thrill ride. Adults love it too, for its great entertainment and of course, the wide variety of food.

Here is a breakdown of the calendar of events!  We hope you get a chance to go out and enjoy our special New Mexico State Fair!

  • Tueday, September 11: Arts Preview Night
  • Wednesday, September 12: Opening Day—carnival, exhibits, livestock shows, etc. open at 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 13: First Full Day—carnival, exhibits, livestock shows, etc. open at 9 a.m.
  • Friday, September 14: International Indian Final Rodeo begins at Tingley Coliseum, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 15: Annual State Fair Parade Leaves the Fairgrounds at 8:30 a.m. (heading east on Central to Eubank); International Indian Final Rodeo continues at Tingley Coliseum, 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 16: International Indian Final Rodeo final run at Tingley Coliseum, 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 18: PRCA Rodeo and State Fair Concert Series begins at Tingley Coliseum, 7 p.m., runs through Sunday, September 23 (see Rodeo Concert Entertainment for details)
  • Sunday, September 23: Closing Day

  • This year, the Fair is condensed from 13 open days over a 17-day run to 12 open days (soft opening at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12) plus Preview Night, running consecutively.
  • General Parking will be free throughout the run of the Fair
  • All schedules—livestock shows, contests, exhibits, entertainment, Rodeo, Tingley concerts, Parade, etc.—are currently being booked and will be posted at June through August as they become available.

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