100 FREE Things To Do at the 2019 Indiana State Fair

  1. Challenge your friends to a game of putt-putt golf
  • Corteva Agriscience FFA Pavilion
  • Daily, 8AM – 9PM
  1. See if your kiddos can reel in the catch of the day at the DNR Fishing Pond
  • DNR Building
  • Daily, 9AM – 12PM, 4PM – 7PM
  1. Take a ride on the Indiana State Fairgrounds Architectural Trolley Tour
  • DNR Building
  • Dates/times vary
  1. Decide on your favorite hot air balloon and cheer it on at the Giant Hot Air Balloon Race
  • Hoosier Lottery Grandstand
  • 8/3 – 7:30AM
  1. Watch the Indiana State Fair Parade
  • Main Street
  • Daily, 6:30PM – 7PM
  1. Discover unique talents during 4-H Performing Arts
  • 4-H Exhibit Hall
  • 8/3 & 8/4 – 6PM
  1. Visit beautiful butterflies at the Butterfly Exhibit
  • DNR Building
  • Daily, 9AM – 9PM
  1. Meet and pet baby goats
  • Goat Mountain
  • Daily, 9AM – 9PM
  1. Visit Pioneer Village and be transported back into the 1800s!
  • Pioneer Village
  • Daily, 9AM – 9PM
  1. Hop to the Northwest Pavilion to find rabbits & baby bunnies, along with hatching chicks
  • Northwest Pavilion
  • 8/3-8/5, 8/17, 8/18, 9AM – 9PM
  1. Meet your favorite Superheroes at Super City!
  • Corteva Agriscience Harvest Pavilion
  • Daily, meet and greets daily 12PM, 2PM, 4PM, and 6PM
  1. Celebrate and honor our own Hoosier cultural heroes at the fair!
  • Around the Grounds
  • Daily, 9AM-9PM
  1. Take a self-guided trail around the Fairgrounds – pick up maps for The Wonder Trail pres. by Corteva Agriscience at Animal Town pres. by Indiana Farm Bureau or any State Fair Information Booths presented by Prairie Farms.
  • Around the Grounds
  • Daily, 9AM – 9PM
  1. Relax and enjoy movies and games with friends at the Super Cinema!
  • Grounds by gate 12
  • Daily, 9AM-9PM
  1. Let your youngsters take on the role of a farmer for the day by participating in Little Hands on the Farm presented by CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Plan
  • Renewal by Andersen Family Fun Park
  • Daily, 9AM – 8PM
  1. Observe all the excitement of an auction at the 35th Annual Old Time Farm Auction
  • CountryMark Opry House Stage
  • 8/17 – 9AM
  1. Learn about water preservation and conservation at the Pathway to Water Quality Exhibit
  • Pathway to Water Quality presented by Indiana American Water, south of the Renewal by Andersen Family Fun Park
  • Daily, 9AM – 7PM
  1. Meet the Indiana State Fair Queen, Halle Shoults, at Introduction to Royalty: Our Indiana County Fair Queens!
  • Indiana Arts Building
  • 8/11 – 4:30PM
  1. Marvel at the giant cheese sculpture sculpted by Sarah Kaufmann “The Cheese Lady” and presented by American Dairy Association Indiana Inc.
  • Purdue Extension Ag/Hort Building
  • Daily, 9AM – 9PM
  1. Stop by Hunter’s Honey Farm
  • Purdue Extension Ag/Hort Building
  • Daily, 9AM – 9PM
  1. Take in fair festivities as you walk across the scenic Covered Bridge
  • Near the Midway at the west end of the Fair
  • Daily, 9AM – 9PM
  1. See beautiful works of art created by local artists
  • Indiana Arts Building
  • Daily, 9AM – 9PM
  1. Buzz over to the Beehive Demonstration!
  • Animal Town presented by Indiana Farm Bureau
  • 8/17- 4PM
  1. Have a fear of spiders? Conquer it and learn about nature’s nasties up close
  • DNR Building
  • 8/6 – 11AM
  1. Attend a Featured Farmer Chat presented by Corteva Agriscience
  • Glass Barn pres. by Indiana Soybean Farmers
  • Daily, 11AM, 2PM, and 4PM
  1. Watch woodworkers make chairs, toys, and more in Pioneer Village
  • Pioneer Village
  • Dates/times vary
  1. Get involved in STEM & FFA interactive activities
  • Corteva Agriscience FFA Pavilion
  • Daily, 9AM – 9PM
  1. Play corn hole or do a scavenger hunt to win a prize
  • Farm Bureau Building
  • Daily, 9AM – 7PM
  1. Visit baby calves in the West Pavilion
  • West Pavilion
  • Daily
  1. Listen to great music at the Random Acts of Kindness performances
  • Indiana Arts Building
  • 8/7, 8/8, 8/9, 8/12, 8/13, 8/15- 4PM
  1. Witness Vintage Farm Machinery in Action
  • Pioneer Village
  • Daily, times vary
  1. Join us for the kick-off to the 2019 Fair at the Opening Ceremonies
  • Big Top Circus Tent
  • 8/2 – 8:30AM
  1. Visit the Purdue Extension-Marion County Demonstration Garden
  • DNR Building
  • Daily, 9AM – 9PM
  1. Listen to Sounds of the Andes with Inkapirka
  • Indiana Arts Building
  • Daily, 11AM – 10PM
  1. Let your kiddos design or color their very own quilt square
  • Pioneer Village
  • Dates/times vary
  1. Marvel at the K9 Crew Trick Dog Show
  • Renewal by Andersen Family Fun Park
  • Daily, 11AM, 1:30PM, 4PM, and 6PM
  1. Swing by the iCreate Exhibit!
  • Glass Barn presented by Indiana Soybean Farmers
  • Daily, 9AM-9PM
  1. If you’re feeling brave, take a look at a Snakes Alive Talk
  • DNR Building
  • Daily, 10AM
  1. See how butter is churned!
  • Pioneer Village
  • Dates/times vary
  1. Find out the difference between a llama and an alpaca at the 4-H Llama and Alpaca Show
  • Champions Pavilion
  • 8/2, 8/3 – 8:30AM, 8/4-8AM
  1. Calling all future veterinarians – watch a live veterinary surgery
  • Purdue Vet Medicine
  • Dates/times vary
  1. Experience the Take Flight Raptor Show with Naturalist Mark Booth
  • DNR Building
  • Dates/times vary
  1. Create beautiful flowers out of paper
  • Pioneer Village
  • Dates/times vary
  1. Watch Light Up the Night, featuring the Illuminated Tractor Parade & Hot Air Balloon Night Glow
  • Hoosier Lottery Grandstand
  • 8/3 – 9PM
  1. Watch and learn from the best at the Youth Talent Contest
  • Farm Bureau Building
  • Dates/times vary
  1. Live dangerously and enjoy the Taste of the Wild Cookout
  • DNR Building
  • 8/4 – 11AM
  1. Listen to special music at the piano
  • Pioneer Village
  • 8/11 & 8/12 – 11:30AM
  1. Sign up to win free popcorn for a year!
  • Farm Bureau Building
  • Daily, 9AM – 7PM
  1. Visit the Indiana State Department of Agriculture Exhibit to learn more about agriculture in Indiana in an exciting way
  • Normandy Barn
  • Daily, 9AM – 9PM
  1. Get crafty and make a prairie doll
  • Pioneer Village
  • 8/6 & 8/13 – 4:30PM
  1. See what Indiana Birds of Prey are all about
  • DNR Building
  • 8/10 & 8/17 – 4:30PM
  1. Be present at one of the fair’s greatest traditions – the Indiana State Fair Tractor Pull
  • Hoosier Lottery Grandstand
  • 8/12 – 2PM & 6PM
  1. Attend the Baton Twirling Contest
  • Farm Bureau Building
  • 8/11 – 2PM
  1. Try your hand at making a bead necklace with Johnny Appleseed
  • Pioneer Village
  • Dates/times vary
  1. Cheer on your favorite horse & jockey at Grand Circuit Harness Racing featuring the Fox Stake
  • Hoosier Lottery Grandstand
  • 8/6 – 6PM
  1. Feel patriotic at the Pioneer Village Flag Raising Ceremony
  • Pioneer Village
  • Daily, 9AM
  1. Stop by the recharge stations – charge devices for FREE at any location around the Indiana State Fair!
  • Around the Grounds
  • Daily, 9AM – 9PM
  1. Fulfill your cravings at Taste from Indiana Farms
  • Farm Bureau Building
  • 8/14, 8/15, 8/16, 11AM
  1. Be a journalist for a day as an ISF Contributor
  • Corteva Agriscience Harvest Pavilion
  1. Love dogs? Come see the Dog Show!
  • West Pavilion
  • 8/17 & 8/18, Times Vary
  1. Relax and unwind with hands-on activities at the WGU Indiana Parklet
  • West end/side lot of Hoosier Lottery Grandstand
  • Daily, 9AM – 9PM
  1. Browse the merchandise and apparel at the new and improved Indiana State Fair gift shop locations
  • South – in front of the Indiana Farmers Coliseum
  • North – in front of the FFA Pavilion
  • Daily, 9AM – 9PM
  1. View LIVE nature shows at the DNR Amphitheater
  • DNR Building
  • Dates/times vary
  1. Take a stroll through Exposition Hall and browse the various vendor booths
  • Exposition Hall
  • Daily, 9AM – 9PM
  1. Learn about chainsaw troubleshooting and sharpening
  • Pioneer Villages
  • 8/7 & 8/14 – 1:30PM
  1. Hand piece a quilt square in the sewing corner of Pioneer Village
  • Pioneer Village
  • 8/7, 8/11, 8/15, 10AM
  1. 21 and over? Sip some free samples of Indiana’s best beer, wine & spirits
  • Indiana Beer, Wine & Spirits pres. by Visit Indiana
  • Daily, Sunday-Friday, 12PM – 9PM
  • Daily, Saturday, 11AM – 9PM
  1. View historical artifacts and exhibits, along with old-time ice cream treats and an antique pharmacy
  • Hook’s Museum & Soda Fountain
  • Daily, 9AM – 9PM
  1. Watch a home be constructed for a family in need
  • Habitat for Humanity AG Home Build, north of FFA Pavilion
  • Daily, 9AM – 7PM
  1. See how far you can spit seeds at the Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest!
  • Purdue Extension Ag/Hort Building
  • Daily, 1PM
  1. Visit Indiana’s Urban Garden/Take-Out Garden and complete the scavenger hunt to receive a free garden kit to take home and plant!
  • Greenhouse
  • Daily, 9AM – 9PM
  1. Tour the historic harness racing barns and learn how harness racing helped shape the Hoosier agriculture scene
  • Speed Barns – Barn 7
  • Daily, 10AM – 7PM
  • No visits 8/8-8/9
  1. View a variety of dancers and try to dance along
  • Dance Stage
  • Daily, times vary
  1. Explore Lotto Town underneath the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand
  • Hoosier Lottery Grandstand
  • Daily, 9AM – 9PM
  1. Make your way on down to the Indiana State Fair Championship Rodeo
  • Hoosier Lottery Grandstand
  • 8/14 – 1PM
  1. Appreciate various sweet cars during the Indiana State Fair Open Car Show
  • Main Street
  • 8/18, 9AM – 4PM
  1. Don’t miss the inspiring words of Holocaust survivor Eva Kor
  • Indiana Arts Building
  • 8/11 – 3PM
  1. Learn about healthy cooking at the Little Red Door Cancer Agency’s Eat Well, Live Well, Cooking Demos
  • Purdue Extension Ag/Hort Building
  • Daily, 1PM
  1. Work and view an old thrasher farm machine and much more in Machinery Field
  • Pioneer Village
  • Daily, 9AM – 9PM
  1. Seek greater heights at the Over the Top Pole Vaulting Meet
  • State Fair Blvd
  • 8/3, 8AM – 8PM
  1. It would be baaad if you missed the 4-H Market Lamb Show
  • Elements Financial Blue Ribbon Pavilion
  • 8/2 – 8AM
  1. Devour the famous free popcorn
  • Farm Bureau Building
  • Daily, 12PM – 5PM
  1. Step back in time and browse the Country Market to get your shopping in!
  • FFA Pavilion
  • Daily, 9AM – 9PM
  1. See International Circus Superstar Bello Nock at Big Top Circus, presented by Bee Window
  • Big Top Circus Tent
  • Daily, 1PM, 4PM & 7PM
  • No 1PM performance on Thursdays
  • New $5 fast pass for reserved seating available
  1. Not sure what ewes are? Find out at the Breeding Ewe Showmanship
  • Elements Financial Blue Ribbon Pavilion
  • 8/8 – 8AM
  1. Visit and pet an array of livestock animals at Animal Town pres. by Indiana Farm Bureau
  • East end of Hoosier Lottery Grandstand
  • Daily, 9AM – 9PM
  1. Show your patriotism at the Daily Flag Raising Ceremony
  • Pioneer Village
  • Daily, 9AM
  1. Take a picture at night of the giant Ferris wheel adorned in 10,000 lights
  • Midway presented by Mattress Firm
  • Daily, 11AM – 10PM
  1. Remember 5,000 fallen heroes at the 31 Tribute Towers
  • Renewal by Andersen Family Fun Park
  • 9AM-9PM, 8/2-8/11
  1. See a unique, international food charity competition display – Canstruction!
  • Corteva Agriscience Harvest Pavilion
  • Daily, 9AM – 9PM
  1. Immerse yourself in Youth Interactive Stations
  • 4-H Exhibit Hall
  • Daily, 9AM – 9PM
  1. Attend the Liar’s Contest presented Storytelling Arts of Indiana
  • Pioneer Village
  • 8/3 – 7PM
  1. Hear a variety of entertainment and music acts on the Free Stage
  • Free Stage
  • Daily, times vary
  1. Meet and interact with your favorite superheroes throughout the fair!
  • Around the grounds
  • Daily, times vary
  1. See true baking Talent at the King Arthur Flour: Creative Cookie Contest
  • Indiana Arts Building
  • 8/9- 3PM
  1. See all of your favorite animals at the Petting Zoo
  • FFA Pavilion
  • Daily, 9AM – 9PM
  1. Watch Ice Cream being made at the Ice Cream Crank-Off!
  • Purdue Extension Ag/Hort Building
  • 8/11 – 11AM
  1. Take a picture under the famous Midway sign and post it on social media for all your friends to see. Don’t forget to hashtag #indystatefair!
  • Midway presented by Mattress Firm
  • Daily, 9AM – 9PM
  1. Do you like country music and dancing? You’ll fit right in at Country Dancing For All!
  • Pioneer Village
  • Dates/times vary
  1.  Watch our own Hoosier celebrities compete in the Celebrity Grape Stomp!
  • Indiana State fair Wine Garden presented by Indiana Grown
  • 8/2- 5PM