Our Story


Fun for everyone, all year long.

  • Est. 1904

    Blazing Trails

    From a small start in 1904, to our explosive events today, the Florida State Fairgrounds believes that nothing brings a community together like a good time. That has been the core of our efforts since our first fair, held in downtown Tampa at Henry B. Plant’s Tampa Bay Hotel.

  • 1915 - 1975

    Taking Root

    In 1915, we combined with Tampa’s Gasparilla Carnival to become the biggest, best, most-deep-fried event of the year – now known as the Florida State Fair. Community members gathered from every corner of the state to eat, compete and celebrate everything Florida.

  • 1975 - 2019

    Moving Home

    As we grew in popularity, the need for a governing body arose. In 1975, the Florida State Legislature created the Florida State Fair Authority. Now an official organization, we packed up and moved to our new home – the Florida State Fairgrounds you know and love today, just off of Interstate 4

  • 2022 and Beyond

    Find Your Fun

    Today, the Florida State Fairgrounds is a year-round hub for community-oriented fun. The Fairgrounds attracts over 1.5 million visitors throughout the year, all looking to have fun, learn, or try something new. While some things have changed, our goals have not. We still strive to celebrate Florida through amazing events, hands-on experiences and educational opportunities.



Attendees annually

On average over the last decade.



Midway rides

Largest midway in North America.



Awarded to exhibitors and competitors.


Are you hungry yet?😎😍
Happy #StateFairFoodDay - we’re celebrating with just a FEW of our faves👀
It's that time of year, vendors!🙌
Applications for the 2024 Florida State Fair are LIVE😍

✅Outdoor concessions & retail
✅Indoor retail

Apply today at the link in our bio!
Home of the free because of the brave❤️💙
Happy 4th of July fair fam! #flstatefair
#throwbackthursday… sunny and 75☀️
#flstatefair smiles are the best!😄
Happy #SelfieDay!
BFF’s who fair together, stay together!🎡💜 #nationalbestfriendday
Hey Tampa Bay – show your love and support for us by casting your vote🤩 The Florida State Fair is under the below categories in Arts & Entertainment!
✅Local Tourist Attraction

Vote Now at the link in our bio!!
you’re welcome😍 #nationaldonutday
Got any pickle lovers this #FairFood Friday?🍕😳
Our team had an incredible time volunteering at Feeding Tampa Bay today!🙌 Thanks to  Visit Tampa Bay and everyone who donated their time and efforts!

#FeedingTampaBay #DoingGood #TeamVolunteering
This is KNOT a joke; It’s National Pretzel Day🤩🥨
#flstatefair #pretzelday #foodie #fairfoodie #tampafl #tampabloggers #lovefl #saltyandsweet
Passing out high-fives for #nationalhighfiveday!
Way to go team!🙌
Happy Tay Swift weekend Tampa Bay!🎤💖1️⃣3️⃣
Are you going to see her rock Ray Jay?🙌

#flstatefair #tampabay #taylorswiftconcert #lovefl #taylornation #erastour
Thinking about spaghetti grilled cheese on this #NationalGrilledCheeseDay😍
Apples covered in caramel on a stick > regular apples🍎🍡 #NationalSomethingOnAStickDay
Another year of FUN!🌴☀️ Sending sunny thoughts to our fellow @iafe_the_network friends.
The #FLStateFair is proud to be a part of such a wonderful organization!
😍HANDS down one of our FAVORITE days of the year - #NationalCornDogDay!
Happy Birthday, Florida! From the deep fried capital, your very own State Fair!🎡🎉 #flstatefair
⭐2023 Food Tour Awards⭐
YOU voted, and the results are in!

🏆BEST SWEET - Apple Fries
🏆BEST SAVORY - Mexican Street Corn Pizza
🏆FAN FAVORITE - Tampa Cuban Funnel Cake Sandwich

Congrats, you all deserve it!😍
Thank you to everyone who made the 2023 #flstatefair possible!🙌🎡

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