Frequently Asked Questions
How many days is the Indiana State Fair?
The 2018 Indiana State Fair is 17 days in length running from August 3-19!
What are the Gate Hours of the Indiana State Fair?
Gates to the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center open daily at 8AM. Admission tickets will not be sold/accepted after 9PM (Sun.-Thurs.) and 9:30PM (Fri. & Sat.).
Sunday – Thursday: 8AM – 9PM
Friday & Saturday: 8AM – 9:30PM
Exhibit / Building Hours
Daily 9AM – 9PM
What is the price of admission?
General Admission to the Indiana State Fair is $13 and children 5 and under are FREE. Advanced Discount Tickets are $8 prior to August 2 at 11:59PM. 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 2nd. For more information call (317) 927-7500.
What is the theme of this year’s Indiana State Fair?
Step Right Up! The Greatest 17 Days of Summer
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 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.
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.
Scooters – full day rent $55.00
- If returned under 4 hours you are refunded $15.00 (leaving cost at $40)
- After 6PM we do charge just $40 as there would be no refund for early return.
Wheelchairs – full day rent $25.00
- If returned under 4 hours you are refunded $5 (leaving cost at $20)
- After 6PM we do charge just $20 as there would be no refund for early return.
Wagons and Double strollers – rent is $15.
Single strollers – rent is $10
What are the Midway Hours?
Monday – Friday: 12noon-11PM (wristbands not sold or accepted after 10PM)
Saturday – Sunday: 11AM-11PM (wristbands not sold or accepted after 10PM)
How much are ride coupons at the Midway?
Ride Coupons are $1.25 each, 22 for $25, or 55 for $60. Wristbands are $30 if bought on site and only $20 if bought in advance through August 5th by clicking here!
What promotions or deals are available for the Midway?
Wristbands for the Midway can be purchased in advance online by clicking here for $20. After August 5th, wristbands will be $30. On $2 Tuesday, all rides take one $2 ticket per person and wristbands are not accepted.
Wristbands are only valid on
- Sunday, August 19
Information is subject to change.
What other special service are available?
ATM: Free-standing ATM’s are found around the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center.
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 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 FFA Pavilion. Emergency ambulance service is available. During the Fair they can be reached by calling 317-927-7520.
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 55+) ride FREE during both Wednesdays of the Indiana State Fair. Shuttles are sponsored by Hoosier Lottery, MHS, Sleep Number, FedEx Employee Credit Association, Tractor Supply Co., and Indiana State University.
The ADA-Accessible Shuttle 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 9:00AM – 10:30PM and Sundays 9AM – 10PM. Shuttle service on Tuesday will be available from 9:30AM – 5PM.
Where can I find a daily schedule of events?
Our Indiana State Fair App 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
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 Chevrolet Free Stage Bar and the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand. The Indiana Beer, Wine and Spirits pres. by Visit Indiana 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 $13 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.