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Michigan State Fair 2024

See the second oldest state fair in the United States

Dates: August 29-September 2, 2024

Michigan State Fair
Michigan State Fair
Michigan State Fair

Michigan State Fair, held annually over Labor Day weekend, welcomes visitors to experience the rich tapestry of Michigan's culture and entertainment. Located at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan, the fair is dedicated to Michigan's agriculture and great natural resources. It is famous for its food, beverages, and farm-to-table produce from across the state. Whether you're a local resident or a tourist, this event offers something for everyone, from thrilling carnival rides to captivating circus performances and a plethora of agricultural exhibits.

Attractions and Activities

The Michigan State Fair, spanning from August 29 to September 2, 2024, invites attendees to immerse themselves in a rich tapestry of Michigan's culture and heritage. From the charm of newborn animals at the Beginning of Life exhibit to the exhilarating performances of the Shrine Circus, the fair offers a diverse range of attractions for all ages. Contest Central promises friendly competitions and Friday Night Flights Beer Festival tantalizes taste buds with Michigan's finest brews. Meanwhile, the Midway buzzes with excitement as carnival rides and games entertain attendees of all ages, and the Racing Pigs provide comedic entertainment. Livestock exhibitions celebrate Michigan's agricultural legacy, while the Rock-N-Roll K9's Performances showcase the talents of man's best friend.

State Fair Superstar

The State Fair Superstar talent mentoring competition is a premier event at the Michigan State Fair, debuting in 2014 and captivating audiences ever since. Selected participants undergo live auditions in front of a panel of judges, with the top 10 semi-finalists performing during the fair. The excitement culminates on Sunday, September 1, with the final showdown, where five finalists compete for the title of State Fair Superstar. The winner receives a comprehensive artistic development package tailored to their specific needs, including mentoring, booking consultation, and production of a three-song EP. In addition to artistic recognition, the winner also receives a $2,000 cash prize.

5K Run/Walk

For fitness enthusiasts, don't miss the Moovin' thru the Midway 5K, presented by Wells Fargo. Starting at 8:00 am on Saturday, September 2, runners and walkers can enjoy a scenic course that showcases the best of the fair while promoting fitness and community engagement. After completing the race, participants can unwind and celebrate in the Celebration Beer Garden, featuring live music and refreshments.

Baking Contest

Baking enthusiasts eager to showcase their culinary prowess can vie for top honors at the Michigan State Fair Baking Contest. Open to Michigan residents of all ages, this competition invites amateur bakers to exhibit their skills in categories such as cakes, cupcakes, and cookies. Participants can win enticing prizes, including gift cards and tote bags. With judging criteria focusing on appearance, flavor, and texture, contestants can bring their best creations to the table on Sunday, September 1, at 2 pm for the cake and cupcake contest, and on Saturday, August 31, at 11 am for the cookie contest.


On Thursday and Friday, the fair runs from 11 am to 10 pm, with the entrance and box office closing one hour before the fair ends. Similarly, on Saturday and Sunday, the fair operates from 10 am to 10 pm. Monday's schedule is from 10 am to 9 pm.

Tickets and Parking

The Ultimate Admission ticket at $42 offers access to all the wonders of the fair, including unlimited carnival rides and captivating circus performances. Fair admission, priced at $10, grants entry to the fairgrounds. Children aged two and under enter for free. Rides require individual tickets or an upgrade to the Ultimate Wristband. Upgrades can be purchased onsite at designated booths. Carnival ride tickets are priced at $1.50 each, as well as 22 tickets for $30 or a Family Pack of 50 for $60. Parking options are available on a first-come, first-served basis, free of charge.


The Michigan State Fair, tracing its origins to 1849, embodies the essence of Michigan's cultural and agricultural heritage. After facing financial challenges and discontinuation by the state government in 2009, the fair was revitalized as a private sector event under the Michigan State Fair, LLC.

Practical info

How much are Michigan State Fair tickets?

The entrance to Michigan State Fair costs $8 for adults & $6 for kids. Price does not include circus, games, or rides. However, you can purchase a ticket that provides circus performances & all carnival rides for $23. Show more

Where is the Michigan State Fair held at?

The Michigan State Fair is held at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. Show more

How can I get to the Michigan State Fair?

The address for Suburban Collection Showplace is 46100 Grand River Avenue. It is properly located off I-96 using either the Beck or Novi Road exits. Show more

Do you have ATM’s on site?

Sure. There are ATM’s in the entryway/concourse hall and in multiple locations on the carnival site. Show more

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