Florida State Fairgrounds

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

What is the Florida State Fairgrounds?

The Florida State Fairgrounds is the home of the annual Florida State Fair and over 150 year-round events! The Fairgrounds stretches across 330 acres and is permanently located adjacent to I-4 and I-75 in the heart of bustling Tampa Bay.

What's the address for the Florida State Fairgrounds?

The street address for the Fairgrounds is:

Florida State Fair Authority
4800 U.S. Highway 301 North
Tampa, FL 33610

Where can I park at the fairgrounds?

Please see our Events Calendar to find out parking information for each event. Some events may require a fee to park. Parking for the disabled requires a designated license plate or hangtag.

Where can I stay overnight at or near the fairgrounds?

The Florida State Fairgrounds has limited camping space available for specific events during the year. For reservations or more information, please contact Maggie Cooper at (813) 663-3663 or by email at Maggie.Cooper@FloridaStateFair.com.

The fairgrounds also has several hotel partners in close proximity. For a list of recommended hotels, click here.

What programs are at the fairgrounds?

Bob Thomas Equestrian Center

The Bob Thomas Equestrian Center is a premier show facility designed for horse shows, competitions and other special events, often hosting equestrian events for approximately 46 weeks out of the year. The Equestrian Center includes exercise grounds, warm-up rings, two covered show rings, a Grand Prix Ring, and an indoor, climate-controlled pavilion.

For additional information, please contact the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at (813) 627-4217 or email Clay Crosby at Clay.Crosby@FloridaStateFair.com

Agribusiness

The Agribusiness Department handles the livestock portion of the Florida State Fair and coordinates all open and youth farm animal shows, as well as year-round tours and programming like Ag-Venture to expose students to the agricultural industry. The goal of the Agribusiness Department is to provide quality, competitive programs representing Florida’s vast agricultural community.

For additional information, contact the Agribusiness Department at 813-621-7821 ext. 4341, ext. 4339 or visit www.FloridaStateFairAg.com.

Cracker Country Living History Museum

Mildred W. and Doyle E. Carlton Jr. Cracker Country is a living history museum located within the Florida State Fairgrounds. In Cracker Country, you can discover the history of the early 1900s in rural Florida. The museum holds a collection of thirteen original buildings, both public and private, dating from 1870-1912. Cracker Country is not open to the public year round, but does open its gates for a few select dates throughout the year, as well as during the annual Florida State Fair.

Learn more about Cracker Country at www.CrackerCountry.org

Florida Learning Garden

Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful has teamed up with the Florida State Fair Fairgrounds to develop an interactive Learning Garden. The garden illustrates the variety of ways food and Florida-friendly landscaping can be grown in Florida. During the Florida State Fair, the Learning Garden will be open for fair visitors to tour.

If you would like to donate or sponsor the learning garden, contact Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful at (813) 221-8733 or by email at info@keeptbb.org.

How can I partner with the Florida State Fairgrounds?

The Florida State Fairgrounds is excited to create new community partnerships to help support the education, entertainment and community-based efforts of the fairgrounds.

For new partnership inquiries, please contact Terrie Dodson-Caldevilla at (813) 627-4227 or by email at Terrie.Dodson@FloridaStateFair.com.

Does the Florida State Fairgrounds run the Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheater?

The Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre leases 17 acres from the Florida State Fairgrounds and is managed by Live Nation, not the fairgrounds. For information about ticket prices or upcoming shows, visit their website at www.LIVENATION.com or call (813) 740-2446.

How can I host an event at the fairgrounds?

The Fairgrounds facilities can meet the needs of any event, large or small. Our management, staff and contracted service providers offer custom-tailored programs to facilitate the success of your event. See our Bookings page for detailed information about our buildings and accommodations.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Sales Department at (813) 621-7821 ext. 4218.

Who provides catering services for the fairgrounds?

Centerplate is our exclusive provider for all catering and concession needs for events at the Fairgrounds, excluding festivals or cultural celebrations.

Contact Mike Rodgers, General Manager, by phone (813) 626-5600 or by email at Michael.Rodgers@centerplate.com.

Who do I call if I still have questions?

The Fairgrounds is more than happy to help answer your question or give more information. Please call our main line at (813) 621-7821, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST for assistance with all other inquiries and requests.