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Kentucky State Fair 2023

One of the oldest fairs in the U.S. features free concerts and traditional entertainment

Dates: August 17–27, 2023

Kentucky State Fair

The Kentucky State Fair takes place every August at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. It brings a dozen days of fun and entertainment for the entire family. The fair showcases Kentucky agriculture and offers unique experiences like AgLand and Bluegrass Village. The program also includes live music on nine stages and tents with food. Every year, the fair draws about 600,000 people.

The Kentucky Exposition Center covers 2.1 sq. km (520 acres) of space with many indoor and outdoor exhibits, food sampling, thrilling rides, and entertainers like acrobats, illusionists, and balloon sculptors. The Kentucky State Fair features competitions in baking, quilt-making, homebrew beers, fine arts, and agriculture.

The Kentucky State Fair was first organized in 1816 by Colonel Lewis Sanders. The event moved to its present-day fairgrounds in 1956. One of the highlights of the week is the World's Championship Horse Show with over 2,000 elite horses competing for more than $1.2 million prize money.

Kentucky State Fair is known for its free concert series at Bluegrass Village featuring lots of talented musicians like Gary Allan, Walker Montgomery, Midnight Star, The Oak Ridge Boys, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Casting Crowns, Bonray, Happy Together Tour, Chris Janson, Carly Pearce, Chevelle, The Cunning, Josh Turner, and many others.

Practical info

Where is the Kentucky State Fair?

The Kentucky State Fair takes place at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville at 937 Phillips Ln, Louisville, Kentucky 40209. Show more

How long is the Kentucky State Fair?

The Kentucky State Fair runs for 11 days in August. Show more

Are there any ATMs at the Kentucky State Fair?

There are several ATMs on-site: outside West Hall Lobby, in South Wing B Lobby, in Broadbent Arena’s concourse, inside Freedom Hall’s front entrance, in North Wing Lobby and in Thrill Ville. Show more

Is the Kentucky State Fair 2020 canceled?

No. The Kentucky State Fair 2020 is on with restrictions and safety measures in place. Show more

How much are the tickets at the Kentucky State Fair?

Now–August 19, 2020: Online: $7 Admission, $5 Parking. August 20 to August 30: Online: $8 Admission, $8 Parking Gate: $10 Admission, $10 Parking. Midway: One-day unlimited ride wristband is available at Kroger for $20 from August 15 to August 25. Show more

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