Fall brings state fairs to many states in the US, and after a year hiatus in 2020, fairground lovers are rejoicing at the return of their favorite annual events. State fairs are fun, family-friendly, and offer something for every attendee. From the nostalgia to the bright lights and festive sounds, right down to the abundance of indulgent fair food treats, state fair offerings delight all ages.

Three upcoming state fairs include the Arizona State Fair, The NC State Fair, and the State Fair of Texas. We have hotels in all of these fair destinations; read below for a little on what to expect and where to #StaySonesta when you travel!

Arizona State Fair, Phoenix, Arizona – October 1 – 30

The Arizona State Fair invites you to Phoenix for a month of fun! Bring your talent to showcase on the community stages, admire chalk art, view woodcarving and cupcake decorating demonstrations, or enjoy a breathtaking photography exhibit. Creativity is key at the Arizona State Fair, where this year’s theme is “Draw Outside the Lines”. This historic fairground, established in 1905, has been home to some unforgettable acts over the years, including Elvis Presley.

#StaySonesta in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area for the Arizona State Fair.

Sonesta Simply Suites Scottsdale North

Sonesta Select Phoenix Camelback

View a list of all of our hotels in Arizona.

The NC State Fair, Raleigh, North Carolina – October 14 – 24

The NC State Fair is back, and eager attendees know that it has been worth the wait! Attractions at this annual Raleigh event include a horse show, antique farm machinery, live music, rides and games, an agriculture scholarship, a folk festival, and more. In true state fair tradition, you’ll also find plenty of indulgent food options. The NC State Fair will be announcing food and new additions in the coming weeks, so stay tuned to their website.

In the meantime, book your stay at one of these hotels in the Raleigh-Durham area.

Sonesta Select Raleigh Durham Airport Morrisville

Sonesta ES Suites Raleigh Cary

Sonesta ES Suites Raleigh Durham Airport Morrisville

Sonesta Select Durham Research Triangle Park

State Fair of Texas, Dallas, Texas September 24 – October 17

Established in 1886, the State Fair of Texas is steeped in history and celebration and is one of the largest state fairs in the US. Three of the hallmarks of the fair are agriculture, education, and community, and these are reflected in the fair’s many attractions and events over the course of 24 days. At the State Fair of Texas you will find live an extensive live music scene, referred to as a music festival the size of Texas, with dozens of performances on the fair’s various stages. In the fair’s barns you’ll discover livestock education, including the opportunity to meet newborn livestock and 15 breeds of cattle. The fair also includes a rodeo, creative arts building, football, and fair food. Annually the State Fair of Texas supports a number of initiatives including the Big Tex Scholarship program.

Sonesta has a variety of destinations in the Dallas area, including the following.

Sonesta Select Fort Worth Fossil Creek

Sonesta ES Suites Dallas Market Center

Sonesta ES Suites Dallas Richardson