Shorter days and cooler outdoor temperatures, plus the bright lights of the fair's midway, draw thousands of visitors to the fair every year.
This year, the Arizona State Fair is bringing its A game – with a star-studded concert series, new attractions and never-before-seen treats at the food court.
A spectacular view of the Arizona State Fair — Photo courtesy of Arizona State Fair
Fair-goers can enjoy nightly concerts inside Veterans Memorial Coliseum. This year's lineup includes Bret Michaels, Meatloaf, Rick Springfield, Sheryl Crow, Gary Allan, Austin Mahone, Jack & Jack, Jackson Browne, Jane's Addiction, Flo Rida, Jason Derulo, Hanson with Nelson and more.
General admission seating to all concerts is free with fair admission. You can also buy reserved seating in advance for most concerts for $20.
A new attraction featured this year is Sweet: A Journey, a candy-themed exhibit designed to appeal to kids and their families.
This exhibit – which will be located in the South Hall of the Veterans Memorial Coliseum – features a giant rock candy mountain, scorpions encased in candy, interactive displays and candy-themed hands-on activities and games. The exhibit is free with fair admission.
Another attraction is Encounters: UFOs, a family-friendly exhibit that showcases reports of UFO sightings, alien abductions and other paranormal encounters. The exhibit's seven galleries focus on aspects like aliens in pop culture, ancient alien encounters and more.
Admission to the UFO-themed exhibit is $5. Children under five get in for free with a paid adult.
In the concessions area, a new treat will be making its debut: the Affogato, an ice cream sundae served with a double shot of freshly brewed espresso. The espresso comes in an upside down test tube that is placed in the ice cream. When you eat the ice cream, the espresso slowly drains into the sundae for a tasty caffeine kick.
Another food making its debut is Spaghetti Ice Cream, which features vanilla ice cream formed into pasta-like strands and topped with a strawberry "marinara" sauce. The treat was even featured on the Food Network.
The Arizona State Fair opens on Oct. 16 and closes on Nov. 8, 2015. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children ages five to 13.
The fair is offering a number of discounts, including $2 admission before 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as $2 rides and games all day on Wednesdays.
Parking around the fair ranges from $5 to $10. On the weekends, the fair operates a free park and ride shuttle that departs every few minutes from the State Capitol parking lot.