Gather your girls and hit up the Indiana State Fair for the final week of fun. The Indiana State Fair runs through Sunday, August 21, 2022. Tickets are available at the gate or take advantage of the promotions when you celebrate girls’ night.
Ride the Big Wheel at the Fair
Relax and enjoy the air-conditioned capsule as you take in the sights of the fair. When you ride with your friends, your kids won’t be there to see you lose it when the wheel stops at the top — and who knows, maybe it’s even better without having to say “Sit down!” on repeat throughout the whole ride.
Visit The Taproom for Beer & Wine
Escape the hustle and bustle and duck into the Grand Hall for some sangria, a cold cider, spiked lemon shake-up, or your favorite local libation. There’s entertainment and seating right in the hall.
Take Advantage of $3 Thursday Deals
Girls’ night on a budget is our favorite. Thursdays offer $3 admission, $3 midway rides, and $3 concession offerings. Thursdays are for the discount seekers — some of your favorite fair food items will be on sale for $3; fried Oreos, corn dogs, soft drinks, popcorn, milkshakes, pineapple whip. Vendors will have a blue sheet of paper on their booths with notifications about what their $3 deal is. If you’re not visiting on a Thursday or a special promotional day, check out our ideas for free things to do at the Indiana State Fair.
Visit the World of Speed Exhibit
Race your gal pals on the simulator, see a car from your favorite movie and just find a nice place to land and enjoy the air conditioning. Play with all of the fun interactives without fighting your kids for control.
Free Tractor Shuttle Rides
Sit on the mobile bench that is the State Fair Shuttle Ride. Enjoy your yummy fair food as the tractor takes you on a loop around the fairgrounds. Hop on and off as you please or just enjoy the scenery as you ride by.
Peruse Pioneer Village
There are so many things to see and experience in Pioneer Village, often you’ll miss them while you’re visiting with your kids. Take your time and look at what YOU want. You can even peek as the farmers enjoy a meal at a farm table. It’s oddly interesting to watch them eat.
Snap a Selfie or a Group-ie
There are decorated selfie booths set up near the grandstand and the midway. You can also grab photos in front of the “FA_R” letters, the “ndy” statue and inside a big ‘ole tractor wheel.
Shop ’til You Drop
There are so many adorable boutiques and vendor areas at the Indiana State Fair. You’ll find one-of-a-kind and interesting products on the north side of the fair and throughout other areas. Another favorite shopping area is the Ag Hort Building, where you can purchase food items and more, made on Indiana farms. Also, who hasn’t “shopped” for a hot tub at the Indiana State Fair?
Ride the Midway
When was the last time you felt the joy of screaming into the wind as you’re whipped around at umpteen miles per hour? A night away from the kids and you still get to ride the rides? Best girls’ night ever.
Pick one of the free entertainment stages throughout the fair and enjoy music, concerts and other entertainment. Still coming up on the Hoosier Lottery Free Stage: Happy Together Tour (Timeless 60’s & 70’s Hitmakers), August 17 at 7:30 PM, Small Town (John Mellencamp Tribute) August 18 at 7:30 PM, Carly Pearce, Chart-Topping Country Music Sensation, August 19 at 7:30 PM, Vixen & Autograph 80’s Rockers August 20 at 7:30 PM, Gospel Music Festival pres. by WTLC Fred Hammond August 21 at 7:30 PM