Colorado State Fair Preview

As their slogan would suggest, it’s almost time for mountains of fun at the Colorado state fair. To help maintain everyone’s collective anticipation, has a countdown at the top of their website counting down the days and hours until the 2023 fair will open its doors! 

Colorado State Fair Details

State Fair Dates

August 25–September 4, 2023

State Fair Location

Southwest Motors Event Center
950 S Prairie Ave, Pueblo, CO 81004 (get directions)

General Hours

  • Monday–Thursday: 3–11 p.m.
  • Friday–Sunday: 11 a.m.–11 p.m.
  • Labor Day: 11 a.m.–11 p.m.

Carnival Hours

  • Monday–Thursday: 3 p.m.–12 a.m. (midnight)
  • Friday–Sunday: 11–12 a.m. (midnight)
  • Labor Day: 11–12 a.m. (midnight)

Family Fun Zone Rides are open when the fair opens and closes at 10 p.m. daily.

This Year’s Fair Activities

Of course, there’s always the traditional deep-fried goodies, thrilling carnival rides, and games on tap, but so much more is available for you and your family to enjoy during the fair. 


Fans of the rodeo will enjoy the action of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) RAM Rodeo. Cheer on some of the best cowboys and cowgirls in multiple events like barrel racing, bronco riding, bull riding, steer roping and wrestling, and more.


There are several competitions for you to take home the proverbial “blue-ribbon prize” including, various horse shows, wine and beer, amateur arts, livestock, and more. There’s even a competition to crown the state’s funnest pet photo.

Live Performances

There’s going to be no shortage of dancing because the musical lineup nearly rivals the best that a musical festival has to offer. There are live musical performances scheduled for Chase Rice, Ian Munsick, Sawyer Brown, Lady A, and Lil Jon. 

Alternative Events

If music isn’t what gets you headed out the door, then maybe some metal mayhem will get your motor running. The Toughest Monster Truck Tour is set to be an action-packed time. 

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