Thursday, September 1, 2016

NM State fair at Expo NM deals and discounts Sep. 8-18, 2016

School is back in session, the smell of green chile in the air, this means it must be time for the state fair. Its a great time to get out and go on some carnival rides, eat cotton candy, caramel apples, and giant turkey legs. make sure you wear your comfortable shoes because there is plenty of walking to do. there are also strollers and wheelchairs available if needed. If you want to go and not spend a lot of money there are discount days.
Discount Admission
>Monday, September 12, 2016 • Two Dollar Day! $2.00 Admission all day • $25 Ride Wristbands
>Wednesday, September 14, 2016 • Dollar Day! $1.00 Admission all day • Dollar Rides! All rides $1.00 per ride (with a minimum purchase of 10 rides required)
>Thursday, September 15, 2016 • $20 Ride Wristbands
Special recognition
The fair utilizes special recognition days as a way to honor those New Mexicans who have dedicated their careers to public service in the classroom, on the street and in the trenches. On special recognition days, honored attendees are admitted free into the fair with proper identifying information. (don't forget your ID)
   >Thursday, September 8, 2016 • Law Enforcement Day - All certified law enforcement personnel with valid badge or ID are admitted free • others get $2 admission and $12 Ride Wristbands
  >Friday, September 9, 2016 • Firefighters Day - All firefighters with valid badge or ID are admitted free •
   >Friday Sep. 9- Sunday, Sep. 11   Teacher Appreciation Weekend – All K – 12 teachers admitted free with a school issued ID
   >Tuesday, September 13, 2016 • Military/Veteran's Day - Free admission for all active & retired military with valid ID • $2 admission and $12 Ride Wristbands • Bonus Rodeo! The cost of admission into the fair gets you into PRCA Rodeo for free for general admission seats.
Walgreens advance purchase discount 
August 11 through September 9, the advance tickets will be on sale at all New Mexico Walgreens locations. Adult passes cost only $7, and passes for seniors and children cost $6. Additionally, thanks to Reithoffer Shows in collaboration with the fair, patrons have the option to buy a significantly reduced carnival ride wrist band (also known as the mega pass) for which the cost of purchase includes FREE admission into the fair. The Mega Pass ticket sells for $28 and allows fairgoers unlimited carnival rides on any one day of the fair.

On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, admission into the fair is $10.00 for adults and $7.00 for kids and seniors and the cost of the ride wristbands is $35.

General Hours

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday thru Thursday;
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
The 2016 State Fair will open at 10 a.m. every day!
Free parking at Gate 8 on Louisiana and Central. 
 Preferred Parking is available at Gate 1 on Central. $
Bus to the Fair
>State Fairgoers can use ABQ RIDE regular service from any of its four Park and Ride facilities. Four ABQ RIDE bus routes, including Rapid Ride Routes #766, #777, and Route #66 will drop off and pick up Fairgoers at Central and Louisiana and at other bus stops adjacent to the Fairgrounds. 
>Additional service in the form of a free, weekend shuttle at the Fair will be provided during the run of the Fair. ABQ RIDE will operate a free shuttle from Noon to 11:30 p.m. on the Fair's two weekends (Sept 11th, 12th, 13th, and Sept. 18th, 19th, 20th). It will pick up Fairgoers inside Gate 9 (the Downs Casino Gate) and shuttle them to the Admission booths inside the State Fairgrounds.  On Saturday, September 12th, the shuttle will not run until 2 p.m. due to road closures for the State Fair Parade. Fairgoers can use four ABQ RIDE lots for regular bus service to the State Fairgrounds. The most recommended Park and Ride for Fairgoers is the closest one to the Fair, the Uptown Transit Center Park and Ride facility, located just south of Coronado Shopping Center. Plenty of room is available for parking. The other Park and Ride facilities are located at: Coors By-Pass and Ellison (Northwest Transit Center), Central and Unser (Central and Unser Transit Center).
$ Regular fares apply and do not include admission to the fair; $1 Adults (each way), Citizens age 62 or over, mobility-impaired and Students (ages 10-18) 35 cents. Accompanied children age 9 and younger ride free.       For schedule information, go to or call 243-RIDE (7433) 

Bike to the Fair

BikeABQ and the New Mexico State Fair have partnered up to offer patrons a place to park their bikes while attending the State Fair. 
Bike to the Fair and feel secure that the bike valet will secure your bicycles while you enjoy the Fair.  The bike valet will be on the inside of Gate 4 (San Pedro just north of Copper).  FREE
10 a.m. - Close of Midway