After being canceled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indiana State Fair is back in full swing starting July 30, celebrating the resiliency of the Hoosier Spirit. From deep-fried foods to 4-H projects, and from farm animals to carnival rides, the fair has something for everyone to enjoy.

The fair will run through Aug. 22, and if you’re planning to visit, be sure to check out the following deals and discounts:

  • BMV Discount Day, Wednesday, Aug. 4
    Click here to download a voucher to get $6 gate admission.
  • $3 Thursdays, Aug. 5, 12 & 19
    On Thursdays, fairgoers will pay $3 for gate admission, midway rides and food options at each food stand.
  • Free IndyStar Ticket, Wednesday, Aug. 11
    Buy a copy of the IndyStar on Aug. 9 for free admission on Aug. 11.
  • AAA Day, Wednesday, Aug. 18
    AAA cardholders get free admission with a valid AAA membership card presented at the gate. One valid card per person.
  • Military and First Responders Day, Friday, Aug. 20
    First responders, current and former military members, and their families get free admission with valid ID presented at the gate.

The Free Stage will host a variety of musical acts, including Josh Turner, Noah Cyrus and the Beach Boys. The Hoosier Lottery Grandstand will also feature a number of free and paid admission events, such as a hot air balloon race, and traditional events like the high school band and cheerleading competitions.

This year, the fair will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays weekly, and will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Sundays, and from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. all other days. Click here for a complete list of events, exhibits, activities and more. Tickets are $10 in advance or $13 at the gate.

For more information about the Indiana State Fair, visit