Here Is the Full Arizona State Fair 2018 Concert Lineup

The Arizona State Fair ain't just roller coasters, corn dogs, and quilts, y’all.

As any fairgoer worth his or her weight in ride tickets can tell you, there are also tons of big performances that happen during the annual monthlong extravaganza. As a matter of fact, its one of the fair's most popular attractions.

And the concert series at this year's Arizona State Fair, which runs October 5 to 28, will feature a lot of big names.

Acts and artists like rock band The Flaming Lips, rapper Pitbull, metal gods Anthrax, Latin singer, Paulina Rubio, Americana/folk group Nate Rateliff and the Night Sweats, and alternative act The Wallflowers are all scheduled to perform during this year’s fair.

Here's a rundown of every concert that's been announced for the fair this year, as well as info about where to park and how to get inside.

When and where do the concerts happen? Performances will take place inside the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, which is located on the state fairgrounds, 1826 West McDowell Road. Each concert will start at 7 p.m. and will last for approximately an hour.

How much is it? Each concert is free to attend, albeit with regular fair admission (which is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and kids ages 5-13, and free for children 5 and under). General seating inside the Coliseum will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you’d like to sit closer to the stage, however, reserved seating can be purchased for $40 to $60 via the state fair's website.

Are there discount available? Yes. There’s free admission every Thursday from noon until 1 p.m. and $2 admission on Saturday and Sunday before 2 p.m. Other admission deals can be found here.

Where can I park? If you'd like to park at the fairgrounds, it’s $10-$20 per vehicle if you’re parking at the North Lot (which is located near Encanto Boulevard and Monte Vista Road) and $5 for the West Lot (which is off Encanto Boulevard and 19th Avenue). Private lots in the surrounding neighborhoods will also offer parking for various fees.

The Flaming Lips in concert at the Arizona State Fair in 2016.EXPAND
The Flaming Lips in concert at the Arizona State Fair in 2016.
Jim Louvau

Who's performing? Here's the complete schedule of concerts that have been announced for this year's Arizona State Fair.

Gary Allan
Friday, October 5
7 p.m.
$40-$60 for reserved seating

The Flaming Lips
Saturday, October 6
7 p.m.
$40-$60 for reserved seating

38 Special
Wednesday, October 10
7 p.m.
$40-$60 for reserved seating

The Wallflowers
Thursday, October 11
7 p.m.
$40-$60 for reserved seating

Fiesta Friday
Friday, October 12
7 p.m.
With MC Magic, Baby Bash, Lil Rob, and Brown
$40-$60 for reserved seating

Pitbull
Wednesday, October 17
7 p.m.
$40-$60 for reserved seating

Anthrax
Thursday, October 18
7 p.m.
$40-$60 for reserved seating

Paulina Rubio
Friday, October 19
7 p.m.
$40-$60 for reserved seating

Big & Rich are scheduled to perform on Saturday, October 20 at the Arizona State Fair.EXPAND
Big & Rich are scheduled to perform on Saturday, October 20 at the Arizona State Fair.
Kristin Barlowe

Big & Rich
Saturday, October 20
7 p.m.
$40-$60 for reserved seating

Casting Crowns
Wednesday, October 24
7 p.m.
$40-$60 for reserved seating

Nate Rateliff and the Night Sweats
Thursday, October 25
7 p.m.
$40-$60 for reserved seating

Editor's note: This story has been updated since its original publication with new bands and concert details.

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