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Frequently Asked Questions

How many days is the Indiana State Fair?

The 2016 Indiana State Fair is 17 days in length this year, running from August 5-21!

What are the hours of the Indiana State Fair?

Gates to the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center open daily at 8 a.m. Admission tickets will not be sold/accepted after 9 p.m. (Sun.-Thurs.) and 9:30 p.m. (Friday & Saturday.)

General Indiana State Fair Hours
Sunday – Thursday: 8 am – 11 pm
Friday: 8 am – 12 midnight
Saturday: 8 am – 12:30 am

Exhibit / Building Hours
Daily 9 am – 9 pm

Exposition Hall Hours
Daily 10 am – 9 pm

What is the price of admission?

General Admission to the Indiana State Fair is $12 and children 5 and under are FREE. Advanced Discount Tickets are $8. All concerts on the Free Stage this year are included with your admission ticket.

Discount Tickets can be purchased online at indianastatefair.com and at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center Box Office, located inside the Indiana Farmers Coliseum, now through August 4th. For more information call (317) 927-7500.

What is the theme of this year’s Indiana State Fair?

The theme for the 2016 Indiana State Fair is Celebrating Indiana’s Bicentennial!

When are the discount days?

Friday, August 5 – Sprint College ID Day: FREE gate admission when showing an current College ID at the gate. Must currently be enrolled in higher education.

Saturday, August 6 – Motorcycle Safety Day presented by Ride Safe Indiana: Motorcyclists enjoy VIP parking on Main Street. First come, first served.

Monday, August 8 – Chevrolet Military Day: FREE gate admission for current or former members of the Armed Forces plus family members. Must present Military ID at the gate.

Tuesday, August 9 – Teacher Appreciation $2 Tuesday: All visitors are admitted for only $2! Concessionaries at the Fairgrounds will have a $2 option available all day long.

Wednesday, August 10 – Indiana Pork Day: Present the FREE ticket printed in Monday’s Indy Star for FREE admission. Valid for one entry only.

Thursday, August 11 – www.myBMV.com Discount Day: Save 50% off gate admission by redeeming the voucher available online at www.myBMV.com.

Friday, August 12 – www.IndianaUnclaimed.gov Day: Visit IndianaUnclaimed.gov at the State Fair Blvd. on Aug. 12 to check for unclaimed money, meet Buck and spin the wheel!

Saturday, August 13 – Hoosier Lottery Day: All guests 18 and older can receive a FREE Hoosier Lottery ticket (limit one per person) by providing their Hoosier Lottery gate flyer entry slip (while supplies last) from 10am – 7pm in Lotto Town at the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand.

Sunday, August 14 – OneMain Financial Big Brothers Big Sisters Day

Monday, August 15 – Meijer Family Day: Gate admission is only $20 for up to 10 people for family day at the Indiana State Fair; Click Here to download the voucher!

Tuesday, August 16 – Teacher Appreciation $2 Tuesday: Visitors are admitted for only $2! Concessionaries at the Fairgrounds will have a $2 option available all day long.

Wednesday, August 17 – Rural King Farmers’ Day: Join us to celebrate all farmers!

Thursday, August 18 – AAA Day: FREE gate admission when showing a valid AAA membership card at the gate. One card per person.

Friday, August 19 – Fifth Third Bank Stand Up to Cancer $5 Friday: Gate admission is only $5 today, in addition to discounts offered by concessionaries all around the Fairgrounds.

Sunday, August 21 – Mountain Dew Day: Present any Pepsi brand can on the final day of the Fair to receive $2 off gate admission.

How do I get to the Indiana State Fair?

The Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center is located on the corner of East 38th street and Fall Creek Parkway at 1202 East 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205.

COMING FROM THE SOUTH 
I-65 North (from Louisville, KY; Columbus, IN)
Take I-70 East to North Keystone Avenue, Exit #85B. Turn right (North) onto Keystone Avenue. Turn left (West) at 38th St. Continue west to the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center entrance.

COMING FROM THE NORTH 
I-65 South (from Chicago, IL; Lafayette, IN)
Take I-65 South to the 38th Street exit #119. Continue about 5 mi. east to the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center entrance.

COMING FROM THE WEST
I-70 East (from St. Louis, MO; Terre Haute, IN)
Take I-70 to North Keystone Avenue exit, #85B. Turn right (North) onto Keystone Avenue. Turn left (West) at 38th St. Continue west to the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center entrance.

COMING FROM THE EAST 
I-70 West (from Columbus, OH; Richmond, IN)
Take I-70 to North Keystone Avenue exit #85B. Turn right (North) onto Keystone Avenue. Turn left (West) at 38th St. Continue west to the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center.

COMING FROM THE NORTH EAST 
I-69 South (from Detroit, MI; Fort Wayne, IN)
I-69 South becomes Binford Boulevard (SR37) which becomes Fall Creek Parkway. The Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center is located just north of 38th Street on Fall Creek Parkway.

COMING FROM THE SOUTH EAST
I-74 West (from Cincinnati, OH)
Take I-74 to I-465 North. Take I-465 North to I-70 West to Keystone Avenue, exit #85B. Take Keystone Avenue north to 38th Street. Turn left (west) on 38th Street. Continue west to the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center Entrance.

COMING FROM THE NORTH WEST
I-74 East (from Danville, IL)
Take I-74 to I-465 North to 38th St. exit. Turn right (East) onto 38th Street. The Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center is approximately 7 miles east.

 

Where can I park?

There are multiple parking options for the Indiana State Fair.

Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center Parking: Parking is available on a first-come first-served basis inside the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center for $5 per vehicle. Visitors should enter through Gate 1 off 38th Street, Gate 6 off Fall Creek Parkway or Gate 10 off of 42nd Street.

Indiana State Fair E-Z Park: These $5 lots are located south of 38th Street across from the Main Gate and at the Indiana School for the Deaf on 42nd Street.

ADA Accessible Parking: Accessible parking for persons with disabilities can be found just inside Gates 1,6, and 16, as well as in the infield.

Free Indiana State Fair Park & Ride: Park at Glendale Town Center’s Rural Street lot and ride the Indiana State Fair shuttle for FREE! The shuttle runs every 20 minutes from 10 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. each day of the Indiana State Fair.

Pedal & Park: Save $1 off Indiana State Fair admission when you bike to the Indiana State Fair and use one of the secured bike racks available on the Monon Trail at 38th Street from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Bicyclists must enter through Gate 18 on the Monon Trail.

Public Transit: Travel to the Indiana State Fair via IndyGo public transit on routes 39 and 4 with convenient stops along 38th Street. Visit www.indygo.net for more details.

How do I take the Indiana Transportation Museum Fair Train?

The Indiana Transportation Museum’s Fair Train has been a great contributor to the Indiana State Fair and our fairgoers for many years. We hope that any issues that have arisen will be resolved in time for the Fair but there are several other convenient transportation options in place for our visitors to attend this year’s Indiana State Fair.

 

-Glendale Park and Ride, a free shuttle service from Glendale Town Center every day of the Fair

-Bike to the Indiana State Fair via the Monon Trail and save $1 on admission with Pedal and Park

-IndyGo Transit stops at the Fairgrounds’ main entrance on 38th St.

-Plenty of onsite parking

In light of this potential change we encourage fairgoers to use our new mobile app to plan their trip in advance and come early to beat the crowds and stay all day to make sure they experience everything the Fair has to offer this year! The Indiana Transportation Museum Fair Train departs for a round-trip journey from Fishers (the first floor of the new Switch building on Municpal Drive) to the depot just across the street from Gate 6 of the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center.  Tickets may be purchased in the new Fishers Ticket Office and, if boarding at the Indiana State Fair, on the train.

What accommodations does the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center have for people who need assistance getting around the Fairgrounds?

Scootaround Mobility Solutions has personal transportation rentals available in three different locations around the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center: Inside Gate 1 off 38th Street, by the Grand Hall (near the ADA walk tunnel from the Infield parking lot), and inside Gate 12 on the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center’s north side from 9a.m.- 10:30 p.m. To guarantee the use of this equipment during your visit to the Indiana State Fair, please reserve ahead by calling 1-888-441-7575 or visiting www.scootaround.com.

Rates are as follows:

Stroller: $5 Half Day/ $10 Full Day

Wagon: $10 Half Day/ $15 Full Day

Manual Wheelchair: $20 Half Day/ $25 Full Day

Standard Scooter: $40 Half Day/ $55 Full Day

What are the Midway Hours?

The Midway is open until 11:00 p.m. most nights of the Indiana State Fair, however, Admission tickets to the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center will not be sold or accepted after 9 p.m. (Sun.-Thurs.) and 9:30 p.m. (Friday & Saturday.)

Monday-Thursday: Noon-11pm
Fridays: Noon-11pm
Saturdays: 11am-11pm
Sundays: 11am-11pm (10pm Aug 21)

How much are ride coupons at the Midway?

Ride Coupons are $1.25 each, 22 for $25, or 55 for $60 on the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center. Wristbands are $30 but can be bought at a discounted rate of $20 by August 4th at indianastatefair.com.

What promotions or deals are available for the Midway?

Wristbands for the Midway can be purchased in advance on indianastatefair.com for $20. After August 4th, wristbands will be $30. On $2 Tuesday, all rides take one $2 ticket per person. Wristband dates are listed below:

Friday, August 5 – Ride Survival – WRISTBAND DAY
A $30 wristband gets you on rides all day Noon-11PM

Monday, August 8 – Family Day – WRISTBAND DAY
A $25 wristband gets you on rides all day Noon-10PM

Tuesday, August 9 – $2 Tuesday
All rides take one $2 ticket per person!

Wednesday, August 10 – Ride Survival – WRISTBAND DAY
A $30 wristband gets you on rides all day Noon-10PM

Thursday, August 11 – Ride Survival – WRISTBAND DAY
A $30 wristband gets you on rides all day Noon-10PM

Friday, August 12 – Ride Survival – WRISTBAND DAY
A $30 wristband gets you on rides all day Noon-11PM

Monday, August 15 – Family Day – WRISTBAND DAY
A $25 wristband gets you on rides all day Noon-10PM
(can purchase wristband on-site at the Indiana State Fair)

Tuesday, August 16 – $2 Tuesday
All rides take one $2 ticket per person!

Wednesday, August 17 – Ride Survival – WRISTBAND DAY
A $30 wristband gets you on rides all day Noon-10PM

Thursday, August 18 – Ride Survival – WRISTBAND DAY
A $30 wristband gets you on rides all day Noon-10PM

Friday, August 19 – Ride Survival – WRISTBAND DAY
A $30 wristband gets you on rides all day Noon-11PM

Sunday, August 21 – Last Blast – WRISTBAND DAY
A $30 wristband gets you on rides all day Noon-11PM

Information is subject to change.

What paid concerts are at the Indiana State Fair this year?

This year, all concerts are FREE with your general admission ticket to the Indiana State Fair at the Free Stage.

  • Night Ranger – Friday, August 5
  • Neal McCoy, presented by HANK FM – Saturday, August 6
  • Hispanic/Latino Music Festival presented by Honda

featuring El Dasa – Sunday, August 7

  • Aaron Tippin, presented by WFMS – Monday, August 8

w/ special guest Hunter Smith Band

  • Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles Jr., presented by WFMS – Tuesday, August 9
  • Happy Together Tour – Wednesday, August 10

starring The Turtles feat. Flo & Eddie, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, Mark Lindsay (former lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders), Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Cowsills and The Spencer Davis Group

  • The Fray – Thursday, August 11
  • 38 Special – Friday, August 12
  • The Bacon Brothers – Saturday, August 13
  • Contemporary Christian Music Festival starring Jason Gray, Zealand Worship, SHINEBRIGHT, The Lasting Hope and The Dave Chisham Band – Sunday, August 14
  • Blues Traveler – Monday, August 15
  • Maddie & Tae presented by HANK FM – Tuesday, August 16
  • Lauren Alaina presented by HANK FM w/ special guest Clare Dunn – Wednesday, August 17
  • Anthony Hamilton, presented by WTLC – Thursday, August 18
  • ABBA The Concert (A Tribute to ABBA) – Friday, August 19
  • Laura Marano presented by WZPL – Saturday, August 20, 1pm & 3:30pm
  • The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Saturday, August 20, 7:30pm
  • Gospel Music Festival starring Karen Clark Sheard & Chicago Mass Choir – Sunday, August 21

 

What other special service are available?

ATM: Free-standing ATM’s are found around the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center and are provided by Carolina ATM.

Designated Smoking Areas: In an effort to create a healthier environment for everyone at the Indiana State Fair, there are designated smoking areas stationed around the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center. The areas will be clearly marked and there will be receptacles for all discarded smoking materials.

First Aid

First Aid is located in Hook’s Historic Drug Store Annex, near the 38th Street Main Gate (Gate 1), at the Public Safety Center near Fall Creek Parkway (Gate 6) and in front of the Tractor Supply Co. FFA Pavilion. Emergency ambulance service is available. During the Fair they can be reached by calling 927-7520.

Information Booths Presented by Prairie Farms:

The Indiana State Fair Information Booths presented by Prairie Farms can be found at Gate 6, just north of the Covered Bridge, in the northeast corner of Pioneer Village, and on Indiana State Fair Blvd just inside Gate 1. Hours are 9am-9pm. Visitors can receive information about events, concessions and other Indiana State Fair activities. Senior Shuttle wristbands can also be purchased here.

Lactation Stations: Breastfeeding mothers and families are welcome to visit one of the two Lactation Stations located in the Red Cross center at the Public Safety Center and in the Red Cross at Hook’s Historic Drug Store – to nurse their babies, use the changing station, or gather information about women’s and infant health issues.

Shuttle Service at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center: Shuttle service is $1.00 for one trip around the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center. Seniors (ages 65+) ride FREE during both Tuesdays of the Indiana State Fair. Shuttles are sponsored by Hoosier Lottery, MHS, Sleep Number, Tractor Supply Co. and Universal Windows Direct.

The ADA-Accessible Shuttle sponsored by Eastgate Chrysler Jeep Dodge & Westgate Chrysler Jeep Dodge is available for $1.00 for persons with disabilities.

Shuttle service is available Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30 am – 10:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 9:00 am-10:30 pm and Sundays 9 am-10 pm. Shuttle service on Tuesday will be available from 9:30 am – 5 pm.

Where can I find a daily schedule of events?

We have a brand new Indiana State Fair App presented by WGU Indiana this year that has an interactive list of daily events going on at the Indiana State Fair to help you choose what all you want to fit in to your day. Daily sheets will also be available each day of the Indiana State Fair at the Gates and Information Booths presented by Prairie Farms. All of this information is available at indianastatefair.com

What is new at the Indiana State Fair this year?

Check out “What’s New” on indianastatefair.com

What other free opportunities will be at the Indiana State Fair?

There are over 200 free things at the Indiana State Fair this year! A comprehensive list of all of these events, activities, and freebies can be found at indianastatefair.com

Where is alcohol sold at the Indiana State Fair?

For all fairgoers 21 years of age and older, alcohol can be purchased and consumed at designated times at the Free Stage Bar and the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand. The Indiana Beer, Wine and Spirit Exhibit in Grand Hall will also offer the opportunity for fairgoers to taste and purchase some of the best craft beverages Indiana has to offer.

Are weapons permitted at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center?

No person in possession of a deadly weapon shall be permitted onto or be permitted to remain on the Fairgrounds; any person properly licensed to carry a firearm must secure the firearm in a locked compartment of his/her vehicle and it shall not be visible to a passerby.

Can I bring my pet?

Animals not involved with State Fair exhibits or being used as service animals are not allowed.

Is there a bag check at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center?

All permitted bags, purses and fanny packs are subject to search upon entry and within the Indiana State Fairgrounds. All entrances may utilize “Bag Search Areas” for guests carrying a permitted bag. Regulations prohibit alcoholic beverages or glass items. Guests are not allowed entry with the aforementioned prohibited items. The Indiana State Fairgrounds does not offer a Claim Check area nor storage lockers.

Can I leave the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center and return later?

Anyone who leaves the Fairgrounds and would like to return later must get their hand stamped, or they will have to pay the $12 entrance fee upon return. The hand stamp is only good for the day it is issued. Hand stamps are available until 8 pm.

How will I be notified in case of an emergency?

During an emergency, fairgoers should listen to the overhead public address, Public Safety Officials and badged Indiana State Fair employees for instructions. Whether you are in a building or on the grounds outside, the public address will provide directions in an emergency or severe weather.