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Admission, Hours & More


Ticket In Advance After Aug. 16
Adult $7 $10
Child (6-12)* $7 $10
Senior (55+) $7 $10
Parking $5 $10
Bus parking is $20 per vehicle.
*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.


Want to know all the ways to save at the Kentucky State Fair?

Military Sunday Salute
Sunday, Aug. 20

Free passes for active or retired military and their families. Limit 4. Parking not included. Promo codes are available at
To download tickets:
  1. Visit
  2. Click tickets and family attractions
  3. Search Kentucky State Fair.
  4. Click find tickets.
  5. Write down the code.
  6. Select complete purchase.
  7. Click here to enter code and download tickets.
Thrill Ville Wristband: $10 onsite with military ID.

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

Free admission before 5 pm. Parking not included.

OneMain Day at the Fair
Wednesday, Aug. 23

Visit any OneMain office in the Louisville/Lexington region and pick up free tickets for admission and parking to OneMain Day at the Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 23.

All In: Carload Day
Thursday, Aug. 24

Before 5 pm: $20 per vehicle, $100 for vehicles with 15+ passengers. Parking included.

TARC Rider Program
Thursday, Aug. 17 – Sunday, Aug. 27

Riders can take TARC to a regular stop at the Kentucky Exposition Center, ask the driver for a State Fair card, redeem it at the gate and pay only $7 admission to the Fair.

Free Weekend Parking
Friday, 5 p.m. - Sunday each weekend

From Friday at 5 p.m. through Sunday, fairgoers can park for free in the lot on Phillips Lane across from Gate 1, the main entrance to the Kentucky Exposition Center. Free parking is first come, first served.

Express Lanes
Thursday, Aug. 17 - Sunday, Aug. 27

Fairgoers save time and money by pre-purchasing both parking and admission tickets – only they can use the express lanes at Gates 1, 3, 4 and 6.


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! Click here for pay-one-price wristbands.


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!


Everything you need to know about the 2017 Kentucky State Fair – well, almost.
Click here to download a fact sheet about the 2017 Kentucky State Fair.
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