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Florida State Fair: Discount Days and Ticket Info

Hillsborough County

The big switch will be flipped “ON” Thursday morning which means the Florida State Fair is open!

The Florida State Fair runs 12 days through Monday, Feb. 18. The fair is held at the Florida State Fairgrounds located at 4800 US Hwy. 301 North in Tampa.

If you’re headed to the fair this year, here’s what you need to know.

Discount Days:

Thursday, February 7 — Opening Day – Heroes Day 

Free Admission to Active and Retired Military and first responders. Each person with ID can bring up to three family members. 

Friday, February 8 — Hillsborough County Student Day 

Students get in free with student ticket distributed by Hillsborough County Schools. Must be supervised by an adult age 21 or older after 6 p.m. 

Monday, February 11 through Friday, February 15 — Senioriffic Days 

Discounted admission for seniors and special programs. 

Tuesday, February 12 — $2 Tuesday 

$2 admission, $2 select rides, food, and games after 2 p.m. 

Friday, February 15 — $5 After 5 

$5 admission after 5 p.m. 

Monday, February 18Fair Cares for the Hungry Day

Donate two or more canned or non-perishable food items from Publix at the Fair and receive $5 admission. 

Monday, February 18 — Student Day

Polk, Pinellas, Pasco, Sarasota, Hardee, Citrus, Highlands & Manatee students get in free with student ticket or student ID. Must be supervised by an adult aged 21 or older after 6 p.m. 

Online Ticket Info:

  • Tickets can be used for any one day of the 2019 Fair (Feb. 7 – Feb. 18, 2019)
  • Armbands can only be used by one customer
  • ID is required to redeem any tickets purchased online

If you plan on going to the fair on multiple days, a $70 Fair Mega Pass is good for all 12 days of the Fair and includes unlimited rides and admission! To buy one call the fair box office at (813) 740-4640.

You can purchase tickets at the state fair box office or online at the Florida State Fair website or by calling (813) 740-4640.

State Fair Hours of Operation

Monday through Thursday, gates open at 10:00 a.m.

  • Midway opens at 1:00 p.m.
  • Monday through Thursday, admission gates will close between 9:00 and 9:30 p.m.
  • The Midway will close approximately 1-1/2 hours after the admission gates close, weather permitting.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday and President’s Day, gates open at 9:00 a.m.

  • Midway opens at 10:00 a.m.
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday, admission gates will close between 9:30 and 10:00 p.m.
  • On President’s Day, admission gates will close at 9:00 p.m.
  • The Midway will close approximately 1-1/2 hours after the admission gates close, weather permitting.

Florida State Fairgrounds

  • 4800 U.S. Highway 301 North, Tampa, Florida 33610
  • Phone: 813-621-7821
  • Administration Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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