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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.


1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ Days away until our favorite time of year! February 9-20, 2023!🎡🙌
#NationalFoodDay #flstatefair style😎
⏰ Only a few hours left of our Flash Sale! Get Fair tickets for just $5 with no fees! This is THE cheapest price of the season. Ends tonight at 10pm!
🚨Flash Sale! For 12hrs today only, Fair tickets are just $5 with no fees! What are you waiting for?
Fair Fun Friday calls for ICE CREAM🍦 #flstatefair
❓What's your favorite fair game?👇
Hey Florida, it’s time to show us what you got! 🎨📸🧶
The 2023 Creative Living Competition handbooks are LIVE and we are sure there is a category for EVERYONE!

Learn more at the link in our bio!
Happy Labor Day fair fam!👋 #flstatefair
Cheers to #InternationalBeerDay and hanging out in The Grove at the #flstatefair!🍻
200 days away from the #flstatefair!🎡
#NationalFrenchFryDay - 🍟AKA one of the best days of the year. As a side or on their own, this salty treat is a staple at the #flstatefair!
Happy Fourth of July!🎆🎇
Looking to become a vendor at the 2023 #flstatefair? ✋ Applications are NOW OPEN! - link in bio!

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See you at the 2023 #flstatefair!

Winner will be chosen Monday, June 13!

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Only the best this #TastyTuesday!
Oreos are better fried right?😍
Nothing like cold lemonade at the #flstatefair!🍋🍋#NationalLemonadeDay
Did you know that the #flstatefair has over 400 vendors participate in the yearly event?

👀Keep your eye out for when vendor applications go up on our website this summer for 2023!
Fair nights = best nights🎡
We know a thing or two about corn dogs!😍👏
Happy #NationalCornDogDay! #flstatefair
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