State Fair


Most commonly asked questions about the Alaska State Fair.

What are the dates of the 2018 Alaska State Fair?

This year’s Fair takes place August 23 through September 3.

What are the hours of operation?

  • Monday — Friday, we’re open from noon to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday — Sunday, we’re open from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • On Labor Day, the Fair is open from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

What is the price of admission?

If you purchase admission by August 22:

  • Monday – Thursday: $11 adults, $7 youth/senior
  • Friday – Sunday: $13 adults, $8 youth/senior

If you purchase admission after August 22:

  • Monday – Thursday: $13 adults, $9 youth/senior
  • Friday – Sunday: $15 adults, $10 youth/senior

Note: Adults are ages 13 – 64, youth are 6 – 12, senior are 65+.

Are there discount admissions and ride tickets available?

The discounts are best if you purchase before the Fair, but we still have a lot of opportunities to save once the Fair begins! You can save on admission by purchasing by August 22. Admission tickets are available on our website (convenience fees apply). You can also purchase admission tickets on the fairgrounds. After August 22, admission tickets go up to full price. Ride tickets are distributed by Golden Wheel Amusements, not the Fair.

There are several other ways to save:

GCI presents KIDS DAY

Friday, August 24

Kids 12 and under get FREE admission thanks to GCI.  A donation of two shelf-stable food items is encouraged.

NEW! Military Appreciation Day

Sunday, September 2

All military personnel (active, retired military and veterans) receive admission for just $5, courtesy of GEICO and GEICO Military! Bring the family! Each service member can bring up to three dependents at the discounted admission price. To receive the discount, please present valid military ID or proof of service at the Fair gate.

New! $50 Carnival Wristbands

Unlimited Carnival Ride Wristband is valid all hours of operation on the selected day.  Redeem wristbands at the Carnival Online Order Pickup Booth. Only available for pickup on the selected day.  Riders must be present at pickup. Wristbands may not be transferred or re-sold. Lost or damaged wristbands will not be replaced. One Customer per wristband. Must show ID and ticket voucher to redeem for wristbands. Dates: Monday August 27th and Tuesday August 28th.

  • Get one day Fair admission and unlimited carnival rides for your chosen day for just $50 when you buy online by August 22!

Other purchasing options:

  • Advance purchase without Fair admission $40 (must purchase by August 22)
  • At the carnival $60* (available at carnival August 27 and 28 only)

*Does not include Fair admission

Me-Plus-Three 4-Pack

The 4-Pack will continue to be available for purchase through August 22; convenience fees apply.

Our new 4-Pack includes four daily Fair admissions at savings of up to 30% ($4 savings per ticket!). Tickets are transferable and good any day of the Fair.

  • Adult 4-Pack: $44 (Save 27% off weekend gate prices!)
  • Senior or Youth 4-Pack: $28 (Save 30% off weekend gate prices!)

(Senior and Youth 4 Pack Tix admissions are not valid for Adult admission to the Fair.)

Buddy Days

Wednesday and Thursday August 29 and 30, ALL DAY

  • Save at the Fair gates: Beginning August 13th, pick up a Coca-Cola Buddy Days coupon at any Holiday Store (no purchase required).  Supplies are limited.  Turn in at any Fair gate and, with your purchase of an admission ticket at the Fair gate, receive a second ticket of equal or lesser value FREE.
  • Save at the Carnival: Buy your tickets to ride and your buddy rides FREE ALL DAY. on Buddy Days (No coupon required to enjoy Buddy Days at the carnival).


Thursday, August 23 Admission to the Fair is just $2 between the hours of 12pm and 2pm.  Must be through the gate by 2pm.  A donation of two non-perishable food items is encouraged


Military-discounted daily Fair admission tickets are available on Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson at Information Tickets and Travel. $11 adult and $7 youth or senior. Good any day.


6 Packs are transferable and good any day of the Fair.

Save 33% on adult admission! Buy an adult six-pack of daily Fair admissions online by August 22 and save $5 per ticket or a total of $30 compared to Friday – Sunday gate prices. Convenience fees apply

Adult 6 Pack: $60

Save 44%on senior and youth admission! Buy a senior or youth six-pack of daily Fair admissions online by August 23, and save $3 per ticket or a total of $30 compared to Friday – Sunday gate prices.

Senior or Youth 6 Pack Tix: $30       

(Senior and Youth 6 Pack Tix admissions are not valid for Adult admission to the Fair.)


Go any day, park free. Go whenever you want, for as long as you want! Season fun pass includes Fair admission for all 12 days and a season general parking permit.

Save 65% on Fair admission and PARK FREE when you buy an adult or senior pass online by August 22; convenience fees apply.

Season fun passes are non-transferable and available to purchase online until August 22 and available for purchase at Three Bears through August 10.

Adult Season Fun Pass: $60                 

Senior Season Fun Pass: $40                 

Go Any Time YOUTH SEASON PASS       

Go any day, go every day. Go whenever you want, for as long as you want! Youth season pass includes admission all 12 days of the Fair.

Save 75% on Youth Fair admission Season fun passes are non-refundable and only available to purchase until August 22; convenience fees apply.

Youth Season Pass: $30

Advance Daily Fair Admission

Save up to 22% on daily Fair admission when you purchase online by August 22!

Monday-Thursday  & Labor Day                

Adult (13-64)               $11          

Senior (65+)                $7           

Youth (6-12)                $7       

Advance Daily Fair Admission

Save up to 22% on daily Fair admission when you purchase online by August 22!

Friday – Sunday                   

Adult (13-64)               $13           

Senior (65+)                $8           

Youth (6-12)                $8   


Costco Daily Admission 4-Pack

Selling four-pack at Costco through August 22, 2018. Choose from an adult four-pack or a youth/senior four-pack. Prices are $39.99 for adult and $25.99 for youth/ senior. Good any day.


Thursday August 30

Get a $2 discount at Fair gates if you wear your Alaska Grown T-shirt.

Where is the Fair located?

The fairgrounds are located just an hour’s drive north of Anchorage at mile 40 on the Glenn Highway. Our address is 2075 Glenn Hwy. Palmer, Alaska 99645. Google Map >> Once at the Fair there are four entrance gates. Three gates, the Purple, Red and Yellow, have parking areas. The fourth, the Green Gate, serves as a drop-off and pick-up zone, and as the depot for the Fair Train. Access is from the Inner Springer Road at the north end of the fairgrounds and no parking fee is required to access the entrance area to the Green Gate. For more information please call 907-745-4827

Are pets allowed on the fairgrounds?

No. Pets are NOT allowed on the fairgrounds. Service animals are permitted to assist disabled guests and are defined by the ADA as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. Dogs that are not trained to perform tasks that mitigate the effect of disability, including dogs that are used for emotional support, are NOT service animals. For more information, please refer to ADA.GOV.

How do I get space for a concession or exhibit at the fair?

Visiting our website is a great place to start. You may also contact the Fair vendor and exhibits manager at 907-746-7159 or Please note that the deadline for food vendor applications for the 2018 Fair has already passed. Non-food vendor applications and the 2018 vendor handbook are available on the website.

Is Fair admission included in my Grandstand/Event/Concert ticket?

No, you will need to buy your admission ticket before you arrive or purchase at one of the four gates in order to get into the Fair for a concert or Grandstand event. More information on this topic is included in one of our previous blog posts.

Can I bring food and drink to the Fair? Are coolers allowed on grounds? Water bottles?

You can bring food and non-alcoholic beverages to the Fair, as well as coolers. However, items are subject to inspection at the front gates.

Where are ATMs located?

There are nine ATM locations inside the fairgrounds:

  • Inside the Purple Gate on your left.
  • Inside the Yellow Gate on your left.
  • Inside the Red Gate on your right.
  • Inside the Green Gate, between the restrooms.
  • Between the Green and Red Trail, next to the Corral.
  • Located on the Green Trail between the restrooms and the Plaza Souvenir Booth.
  • On the green trail close to the public restroom and the security building.
  • Inside Raven Hall, on the left side of the back wall.
  • On the green trail inside the right of the entrance of Raven Hall.

ATMs, as well as other venues and points of interest, are clearly marked on the Fair Map (PDF) , available on the Fair website or in the daily schedule, which may be picked up at the kiosks inside the Fair walk-in gates.

What if my child and I are separated? Where can I find him or her?

Lost children are taken to the Security Building. This building is located on the Green Trail, southwest of the ConocoPhillips Borealis Theatre, next to the public restroom and the ATM.

Where are lost items claimed?

Lost items are claimed at the Security Building (#11 on the Fair Map (PDF) ). This building is located on the Green Trail, southwest of the ConocoPhillips Borealis Theatre, next to the public restroom and the ATM. Please note that the Fair keeps all lost items for one month after the Fair. After that the unclaimed items are donated to charitable organizations.

The Emergency Services Building is also located on the Green Trail, southwest of the ConocoPhillips Borealis Theatre, between the ATM and the public restrooms.

All of these buildings are clearly marked on the Fair Map (PDF), available on the Fair website or in the daily schedule, which may be picked up at the kiosks inside the Fair walk-in gates

Where can I rent strollers or wheelchairs at the Fair?

You can bring your own strollers or wheelchairs to the Fair. You can also rent wheelchairs, electric scooter, wagons and strollers from the vendors below:

  • Alaska Mobility 907-244-3550 Renting: Wheel chairs, electric scooters
  • Kiddie Limo 907243-5500 or 907-310-6760 Renting: Strollers, wheel chairs, wagons

Where do I find a daily schedule of Fair events?

To find out what’s going on each day of the Fair, pick up a daily schedule at the kiosks located just inside the Fair walk-in gates. In addition to event information, these schedules include a Fair Map (PDF) of the fairgrounds showing the location of event venues as well as ATMs, restrooms, designated smoking areas, security and first aid areas.

On the web? “Like” us on Facebook to get the latest updates and find all the daily schedules under our ”Notes” page or visit our website.

Where can I find contest results and when are they posted?

Results are usually posted on our website within 48 hours of judging.

How do I enter an exhibit?

Find out everything you need to know about entering an exhibit in the 2018 Exhibitor Guide >>.

Is the Fair private property?


Who 'owns' the Fair?

No one. The Fair is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is governed by our Alaskan members and Board of Directors. Become a member.

I have questions about the carnival.  Who do I contact?

Golden Wheel Amusements operates the carnival midway.

Are there camping sites available during Fairtime?

Yes. There are spots available for RV and tent camping at the fairgrounds. Prices are:

Daily Car/Truck: $5

  Season Car/Truck: $25

  Daily Camping R.V.*: $15

  Season R.V.*: $75

  Daily Tent: $5

  Season Tent: $30

Daily Premier: $25

  Season Premier: $125

* $10 daily and $50 season additional fee for tow behind car or trailer.

Parking permits can be purchased at the Main Office through August 3 and at the Pass Office beginning August 6, 2018.

See Fair Map (PDF) >>

Please note that the camping area does not offer electricity, water or a dump station, and BBQs, open fires and pets are not allowed.

Where can I find information about hotels near the fairgrounds?

The following organizations are the best resources for visitor information and services near the Fair: Greater Palmer Chamber of Commerce: 907-745-2880, Mat-Su Availablty, Mat-Su Convention & Visitors Bureau: 907-746-5000, or the Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce

Where is handicapped-accessible parking available during the Fair?

Handicapped-accessible parking is available at the Red, Yellow and Purple Lots, which offer the closest entrance to the fairgrounds. See the Fair Map (PDF) for more information.

What items should I NOT bring to the Fair?

We ask that you not bring the following items on to Fair property:

  • Firearms, knives or weapons of any kind
  • Animals (except for service dogs)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Bicycles, scooters, roller blades, roller skates or skateboards
  • Solicitation materials (and please refrain from soliciting or you will be removed from the Fair grounds)
  • We also ask that you please refrain from smoking; including e-cigarettes, inside the fenced common areas of fairgrounds.

I need to pick my tickets up at will call. Where is will call?

You can pick up all will call admission and concert tickets at the Green Gate, which is located outside of the Fair gates. Concert tickets may also be picked up at the ConocoPhillips Borealis Box Office, located inside the Fair gates.

Green Gate: To access the Green Gate, turn in by the Purple Gate (gate closest to Palmer) and follow the road paralleling the fairgrounds to the Green Gate. There is a small area to park in for a max of 30 minutes while you pick up your tickets. After you get your tickets, you may continue on to park in the Red Parking Lot or turn and go back onto the Glenn Highway.

ConocoPhillips Borealis Box Office: You’ll find the Borealis Box Office on the Green Trail, in front of the ConocoPhillips Borealis Theatre.

For more information, view the Fair Map (PDF) >>

Is there internet at the Fair?

Free WiFi is available throughout the fairgrounds generously provided by MTA and in Raven Hall, provided by MTA, and the UPS Store in Palmer.

Where are the pay phones located at the Fair?

There are two pay phones on the fairgrounds for your convenience; one is located in Raven Hall and the other at the Green Gate.

If I need assistance, where can I find security?

We have 24-hour security and EMTs on the fairgrounds. Security personnel patrol the grounds and can also be found in the Security Building (#6 on the Fair Map (PDF)), located southwest of the Borealis Theatre on the Green Trail.

I don’t want to drive to the Fair. Are there other transportation options to the fairgrounds?

Fairgoers who don’t want to drive can choose to ride the Fair Train or the Valley Mover Bus to the fairgrounds.

Fair Train Trains run from Anchorage to the fairgrounds Saturdays and Sundays, August 25 – 26 and September 1 – 2

Visit the Alaska Railroad Website >> for complete schedule information.

Round trip fares from Anchorage to the Fair are:

Adults (12 and older): $16 Youth (2-11): $12 Youth (0-1): FREE To book your Fair Train ticket, call 265-2494 or 1-800-554-0552. All tickets sold are at the round trip rate. Fair admission not included.

I have accessibility questions. Who can I contact?

The Fair is committed to increasing accessibility at the fairgrounds, and we work closely with Access Alaska. Questions may be directed to:

  • Pamella Meekin, Fair Vendor and Exhibits Manager, 907-746-7159 or
  • David Barton, ADA Partners Project Coordinator, 907-248-4777 ext. 206 or

How do I enter the parade?

The Alaska State Fair Parade in downtown Palmer is Saturday, August 26th at 11 a.m. Parade float entry applications and parade rules are available here >> and the City of Palmer’s website >>.

Why do I have to pay a convenience fee when I buy my tickets online?

Convenience fees are charged by online ticket box offices like Ticketmaster, StubHub, eTix, etc. Convenience fees are standard in the industry. That’s how online ticket box offices earn revenue to operate and offer their services. It’s important to note that the Fair is not charging this fee as a source of revenue; we only receive a small percentage to cover the credit card fees charged by financial institutions.

Can I avoid convenience fees altogether?

Absolutely. Prior to the Fair you can purchase concert and event tickets by phone or in person at our office with no fees. During the Fair you can purchase concert and event tickets from the ConocoPhillips Box Office on the fairgrounds with no convenience fees.

Can I get refund on my concert or fair admission tickets?

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds or exchanges, as is declared on the bottom of every ticket issued.