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Kentucky State Fair
8/17/2017 @ 7:00 AM
8/27/2017 @ 10:00 PM
Kentucky Exposition Center; Louisville, KY

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Where: Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville.

• When: Thursday, August 17 to Sunday August 27, 2017. Gates open at 7 a.m. and exhibits open at 9 a.m. midway and tents close around midnight. Exhibit halls close at 10 p.m.

• Directions to Fairgrounds: Located minutes from Louisville International Airport between I-65 and I-264 (937 Phillips Lane) in Louisville. Follow signs reading "Fair/Expo Center" on both interstates leading to the main gate.

Tickets to the Kentucky State Fair

General admission tickets are discounted for kids 12 and under and visitors above the age of 54. Infants and toddlers, two and under, can always enter the fairgrounds for free. Additional tickets are required for the rides. Discounted tickets can be purchased in advance, and for the grandstand events at the Kentucky State Fair 2017.

You'll also need to buy tickets if you'd like to see the World's Championship Horse Show, one of the most popular Kentucky State Fair events year after year.

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Ticket In Advance After Aug. 16
Adult $7 $10
Child (6-12)* $7 $10
Senior (55+) $7 $10
Parking $5 $10
*Children 5 and under free.
Advance discount tickets and parking are available online and the Kentucky State Fair app through midnight Aug. 16, and at participating Kroger locations* through 10 p.m. Aug. 16.
Full price gate admission and parking are available online and at the gate.
*Advance tickets are not available at Boyd, Campbell, Boone, Kenton and Mason County Kroger locations.

Concert tickets do not include Kentucky State Fair admission and parking. Click below to purchase admission and parking.

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Want to know all the ways to save at the Kentucky State Fair? Visit again, because more promos and discounts will be added!
TARC Riders: Thursday, August 18 – Sunday, August 28
$6 admission for all TARC riders with daily service (Rt. #2-Second St.) into the fairgrounds.

Military Sunday Salute
Sunday, Aug. 20

Free passes for active or retired military and their families. Limit 4. Parking not included. Details at To download tickets, click here.
Thrill Ville Wristband: $10 onsite with military ID.

Senior Day (55 and over)
Tuesday, Aug. 22

Free admission before 5 pm. Parking not included.

All In: Carload Day
Thursday, Aug. 24

Before 5 pm: $20 per vehicle, $100 for vehicles with 12+ passengers. Parking included.
Parking in advance is $5 per vehicle (car and bus), and available at the Kentucky Exposition Center Ticket Office and all Kroger outlets through August 17 at 10 p.m. Also available through Ticketmaster when ordering advance admission tickets.
Free parking is available weekends beginning Friday at 5 p.m. through Sunday: Prestonia Lot, across from Gate One, Phillips Lane. This is offered on a first come first served basis. Free parking will not be available at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium this year.


Download the excitement of Kentucky State Fair’s new app! You can personalize your visit and create a schedule of the music, food, exhibits, shows and animals you most want to experience. The free app is packed with all kinds of interactive features.


Get ready for the rides of your life! Stop back later for hours, prices and more.
Click here for pay-one-price wristbands.
Midway wristbands are good ALL DAY, ANY ONE DAY and can be purchased in advance or on-site during the Fair.
• Children (ages 12 and younger with maximum height of 56”) – $12 on-site
• Adults – $25 on-site
Wristbands can be purchased online here.
Thursday, August 20 – Opens at 2 p.m.
Friday, August 21 through Sunday, August 23 – Open at 12 p.m.
Monday, August 24 through Thursday, August 27 – Open at 2 p.m.
Friday, August 28 through Sunday, August 30 – Open at 12 p.m.


Gates to the Fair open at 7 a.m. and you can start exploring exhibits at 9 a.m. Exhibit halls close at 9 p.m. Sunday–Thursday and 10 p.m. Friday–Saturday. Some areas closer earlier on the last day of the Fair.
Depending on the day, you can start lining up for Thrill Ville as early as noon – and keep the fun going to midnight.


Bad weather can close, delay or cancel some attractions and events. In the event of inclement weather, the Kentucky State Fair does not offer refunds or rainchecks. But with 1.2 million feet of indoor space, you’re sure to find shows, exhibits, shopping and attractions to entertain yourself!

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