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. Plantโ€™s Tampa Bay Hotel.

  • 1915 - 1975

    Taking Root

    In 1915, we combined with Tampaโ€™s Gasparilla Carnival to become the biggest, best, most-deep-fried event of the year โ€“ 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.


Only the best this #TastyTuesday!
Oreos are better fried, right?๐Ÿ˜
Nothing like cold lemonade at the #flstatefair!๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿ‹#NationalLemonadeDay
Did you know that the #flstatefair has over 400 vendors participate in the yearly event?

๐Ÿ‘€Keep your eye out for when vendor applications go up on our website this summer for 2023!
Fair nights = best nights๐ŸŽก
We know a thing or two about corn dogs!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Happy #NationalCornDogDay! #flstatefair
Weโ€™re feeling GREEN today!๐Ÿ€
Happy St Patrickโ€™s Day from your friends at the #flstatefair
Fair babies are a-dough-rable!๐Ÿฉ
Miss this view!๐Ÿฅฒ๐ŸŽก
Tag your #flstatefair buddy๐Ÿ‘‡
The sun has set, and it's time to say goodbye to the 2022 #flstatefair... Until next year Tampa Bay๐Ÿ‘‹๐ŸŽก
Winner, winner, winner!๐Ÿฅณ
Last day of FUN! All kids under 18 are free until 6:00pm, with a paid adult!
Sunsets are better at the #flstatefair!
Flying into the FINAL WEEKEND of the Florida State Fair!๐ŸŽก
Pretzel time! Donโ€™t forget, all Hillsborough county students get in FREE today until 6:00pm, with their school issued ticket!๐Ÿฅณ
Oreos are good, fried Oreos are better!๐Ÿ˜
@bakenbabes never disappoints!
Get FREE admission into the fair when you purchase the Fair Works at @armatureworks_tampa Baken Babes location!๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŽก

This will only be available until sold out, or February 21!
Meet us at the top of the slide!๐Ÿ™Œ
Cheese curds anyone?๐Ÿง€๐Ÿง€๐Ÿง€
Nothing but neon lights!๐Ÿ˜Ž
Visit us, now through February 21!
Cheers! Itโ€™s $2 Tuesday๐Ÿ˜
๐ŸŽŸ$2 admission ๐ŸŽก$2 rides ๐Ÿฆ$2 select food ๐Ÿ€$2 select games!

All at 2:00pm!

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