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What is the Florida State Fairgrounds?

The Florida State Fairgrounds is the home of the Florida State Fair! The Fairgrounds stretch across 330 acres (1.33km2) and are located adjacent to I-4 and I-75 in the heart of bustling Tampa Bay. In addition to the Florida State Fair, the Fairgrounds host a wide array of events throughout the year, from special interest shows and conventions to educational tours and headline entertainment. See our Events Calendar to plan your next visit!

Who owns the Florida State Fairgrounds?

The Florida State Fairgrounds is owned and operated by the Florida State Fair Authority, which operates under the supervision of the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. The Authority was created under the Florida State Statutes Chapter 616 as an instrumentality of the State. The Authority and its Board of Directors strive to create positive entertainment experiences and provide opportunities for competition, education and community service through the annual Florida State Fair.

The Florida State Fair Authority does not receive state, county or city tax dollars. Revenue is generated by the annual Florida State Fair and other Fairgrounds events.

How do I get to the Fairgrounds?
Click here for detailed driving directions and map.
There are three (3) entrances into the Fairgrounds property:
• U.S. Highway 301 (open only on event days)
• Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard (open only on event days)
• Orient Road / Service Entrance (open 24/7 with security present)
See the Events Calendar for the designated entrance.
Use Orient Road for event move-in or move-out days.
HART Bus schedule information can be found on www.gohart.org or by calling (813) 254-4278.

Closest stops are Orient Road, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, or U.S. Highway 301.

What is the physical address of the Florida State Fairgrounds?
Florida State Fair Authority
4800 U.S. Highway 301 North

Tampa, FL 33610

Where can I park?

Please see our Events Calendar for parking information for each event. Parking for the disabled requires a designated license plate or hangtag.

What’s at a Florida State Fairgrounds event?

As an attendee for an event held on the Fairgrounds, you can expect a variety of exciting entertainment, dining and shopping opportunities with each event. Many Fairgrounds events will provide places to eat and shop within the event, and permanent concession stands are in all larger facilities. See the Events Calendar for more information.

Where are the nearest hotels?

Click here for a list of local Preferred Hotel Partners

How can I bring my event to the Florida State 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 Venue Information for detailed information about our buildings and accommodations.
1. Fill out an event request form. CLICK here for an event request form
2. Email the event request form to Janice.Riley@FloridaStateFair.com or fax it to (813) 740-3504.

An estimate will be provided based on your needs. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Sales Department at (813) 621-7821 ext. 4218 or 4395.

Who provides catering services for my event at the Florida State 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 to Michael.Rodgers@centerplate.com.

What is the Florida State Fairgrounds’s connection to the Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre?

The MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre leases 17 acres of the Florida State Fairgrounds and is managed by Live Nation. For information about ticket prices or upcoming shows, visit their website at www.LIVENATION.com or call (813) 740-2446.

Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre Address: 4802 US Highway 301 North, Tampa, FL 33610

Where can I park for Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre concerts and shows?

Parking lots are located adjacent to the Amphitheatre. For your convenience, parking is included in the ticket price. Premier parking varies in price and may be purchased on a per show basis. Contact the Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre for more information.

When is the next Florida State Fair Authority public meeting?

Please see our Public Meetings page for more information.

What is the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center?

The Bob Thomas Equestrian Center is a premier show facility designed for horse shows, competitions and other special events. The Equestrian Center includes exercise grounds, warm-up rings, two covered show rings, and a Grand Prix Ring. The 11,000 square foot, climate-controlled pavilion can accommodate banquets, and festival seating overlooks the main show rings. For more information, please contact the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at (813) 627-4217 or email Clay Crosby at Clay.Crosby@FloridaStateFair.com

When is the best time to visit the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center?
Most weekends, the Equestrian Center is buzzing with activity as horses and riders compete. 46 out of 52 weekends each year are filled with competitions, most of which are free to spectators. See the Event Calendar for details.

What is the Agribusiness Department?

The Agribusiness Department handles the livestock portion of the Florida State Fair and coordinates all open and youth farm animal shows. Through the Agribusiness Department’s Champion Animals and Champion Youth programs, Florida 4-H & FFA youth exhibitors can participate in educational programs that teach animal husbandry, bookkeeping, public speaking and many other skills. The goal of the Agribusiness Department is to provide quality, competitive programs representing Florida’s vast agricultural community.

When is the best time to visit the Agribusiness Department?

During the annual Florida State Fair, the Agribusiness Department will host student tours covering a wide variety of educational exhibits from agriculture to history to the environment. We invite 1st - 5th grade classes to join us for an "Educational Experience" at Florida's Largest Classroom.

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

Can school groups visit the Agribusiness Department outside of the Fair?

During non-fair time, the Agribusiness Department offers third grade Hillsborough County students an educational opportunity to attend our Ag Venture. This program gives students from public, private and homeschools a chance to experience Florida Agriculture in a fun-filled atmosphere. All school tours must be booked in advance prior to arrival. For additional information, contact the Agribusiness Department at 813-621-7821 ext. 4341, ext. 4339 or visit www.FloridaStateFairAg.com.

What is Cracker Country?

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.

For additional information, contact Cracker Country at (813) 627-4225 or visit www.CrackerCountry.org.

When is the best time to visit Cracker Country?

Cracker Country is open during all 12 days of the Florida State Fair and is included in the Fair’s price of general admission. During the 2019 Florida State Fair, the museum will be open from February 7-18, and will close daily at 6 p.m. Cracker Country also opens its gates for a few select dates throughout the year as well as for educational tours. Visit www.CrackerCountry.org for upcoming event information.

What are the Cracker Country Education Programs?
Cracker Country hosts multiple educational programs for students and large groups of all ages. Take a step back in time while we engage, inspire, and educate you with the unique history of Florida’s pioneers! With different programs suited for each grade level or group, you can explore and experience the life of a Floridian over 100 years ago. Cracker Country’s historical grounds and expert, historically-dressed guides provide the perfect experience for all to try their hand at farm chores, making their own toys, creating handmade crafts and visualizing Florida’s history. For additional information or to reserve an educational program or group tour, contact Cracker Country at (813) 627-4225 or visit www.CrackerCountry.org.

What is the new Florida Learning Garden?

Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful has teamed up with the Florida State Fair Fairgrounds to develop an interactive Learning Garden. The garden will illustrate the variety of ways food and Florida-friendly landscaping can be grown in Florida. The innovative project provides job-training, youth involvement, Florida friendly plants and healthy foods through exciting community partnerships. The food grown will be donated to food banks and distributed in low-income neighborhoods. Plants will be utilized in beautification projects throughout Hillsborough County. The Learning Garden will also be used for student workshops and volunteer training. 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 to info@keeptbb.org.

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