Founded in 1965, the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair is known as a traditional family fair that also raises money to fund the youth-oriented Worthy Causes Program in the Greater Baton Rouge area. For several decades of its existence, the fair not only entertained visitors but also donated over $4.1 million through scholarships and grants to charitable and non-profit organizations. The BREC Airline Highway Park and Fairgrounds host various rides, a beer garden & concessions, agriculture shows, games and entertainment, a petting zoo, and lots of other activities for the whole family.
This all-volunteer-run fair is held at the 150-acre Airline Highway Park. It offers delicious food and drinks, carnival midway rides, and a variety of thrilling shows accompanied by live music almost every night. Both kids and adults can enjoy the petting zoo with exotic animals and over 40 rides.
Throughout these annual 11 days of family fun, Baton Rouge State Fair surprises visitors with unusual entertainment: lawn-tractor pulls, drone race contests, pig races, and even an acrobatic performance inside a giant steel rotating wheel. And of course, vendors sell the best of Louisiana fair treats like cracklins and funnel cake, so bring your appetite.
The gates of the fair are usually open 5 pm–10 pm Monday through Friday, and 12 pm–10 pm on weekends for visitors of all ages. Gate admission is $10 for all visitors 48-inches tall and above. For the rides, fair-goers must have either a ride wristband or coupons, which may be purchased on the midway.