Your Guide to the 2024 New Mexico State Fair

Are you ready for the ultimate fair experience? The 2024 New Mexico State Fair is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect opportunity for a memorable outing with family and friends. Located near Albuquerque KOA Journey, the fair promises excitement, entertainment, and delicious treats for everyone. Here’s your comprehensive guide to making the most of this annual extravaganza.

Dates and Times

The 2024 New Mexico State Fair starts on September 5th and runs through September 15th. Fair hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, and 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday to Saturday. The Midway opens at 2:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10:00 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, while Kiddie Land opens at 12:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10:00 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Getting There

Getting to the New Mexico State Fair from Albuquerque KOA Journey is easy! The fairgrounds are located at Expo New Mexico, just 5 miles away, ensuring a quick trip.

Attractions and Activities

  1. Thrilling Rides: Get your adrenaline pumping with a variety of exciting rides for all ages. From classic carnival rides to heart-pounding roller coasters, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

  2. Live Entertainment: Don’t miss the live entertainment at the fair, including musical performances, magic shows, acrobatics, and more. Check the schedule for your favorite acts and plan your visit accordingly.

  3. Delicious Food: Indulge in classic fair fare like funnel cakes, corn dogs, cotton candy, and other tasty treats. Explore the diverse food vendors offering a wide range of culinary delights from around the world.

  4. Exhibits and Displays: Take a stroll through the various exhibits and displays showcasing the best of New Mexico culture, agriculture, arts, and crafts. Admire the creativity of local artists and craftsmen, and learn something new along the way.

Concert and Rodeo Lineup

  • September 5: New Mexico Barrel Racing Association Barrel Racing
  • September 6: Jo Dee Messina with PRCA Xtreme Bulls
  • September 7: Becky G with PRCA Xtreme Bulls
  • September 8: Land of Enchantment First Impression Rodeo
  • September 11: PRCA Rodeo
  • September 12: Brad Paisley with PRCA Rodeo
  • September 13: Cole Swindell with PRCA Rodeo
  • September 14: Josh Turner with PRCA Rodeo
  • September 15: PRCA Rodeo - Matinee

Ticket Information

Tickets for the New Mexico State Fair went on sale March 22 and are available at the New Mexico State Fair Box Office and online. Rodeo and concert ticket purchases include admission to the fairgrounds. You can purchase them here.

Tips for a Great Experience

  • Plan Ahead: Review the fair’s schedule and map in advance to make the most of your visit. Highlight your must-see attractions and plan your route accordingly.

  • Bring Comfortable Shoes: With so much to see and do, you’ll be doing a lot of walking. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes to keep your feet happy throughout the day.

  • Stay Hydrated: Don’t forget to stay hydrated, especially if you’re visiting during the warmer months. Bring a reusable water bottle and refill it at the fair’s water stations to stay cool and refreshed.

  • Capture Memories: Don’t forget to bring your camera or smartphone to capture all the fun moments. Whether it’s a family photo on a ride or a snapshot of your favorite fair food, these memories will last a lifetime.

Returning to Albuquerque KOA Journey

After a day of fun and excitement at the New Mexico State Fair, return to Albuquerque KOA Journey for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. Unwind at your campsite, take a dip in the pool, or gather around the campfire with friends and family to share stories of your fair adventures.


At Albuquerque KOA Journey, we offer RV sites, Deluxe Cabins, Camping Cabins, and tent sites for your convenience. Whether you’re traveling in an RV or looking for a cozy cabin retreat, we have the perfect accommodations for your stay.

Book Your Stay Today

Don’t miss out on the excitement of the 2024 New Mexico State Fair! Book your stay at Albuquerque KOA Journey and enjoy convenient access to all the fair has to offer. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, a foodie, or a culture enthusiast, the fair has something for everyone to enjoy. We look forward to welcoming you for an unforgettable experience!

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