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Wisconsin State Fair 2024

Get on a roller coaster and snack on corndogs in the town of West Allis

Dates: August 1-11, 2024

Wisconsin State Fair
Wisconsin State Fair
Wisconsin State Fair
Wisconsin State Fair
Wisconsin State Fair
Wisconsin State Fair

The Wisconsin State Fair is an annual event that promises a delightful mix of entertainment, agriculture, and culinary delights. Held every August at the Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis, a suburb of Milwaukee, this festival is a must-visit for families, friends, and anyone looking to experience the best of Wisconsin's culture and community. Whether you're interested in thrilling rides, live entertainment, delicious food, or educational exhibits, the fair offers something for everyone.

Schedule and Carnival

The fairgrounds are open from 10 am to 10 pm Sunday through Wednesday and from 10 am to midnight Thursday through Saturday. SpinCity, the fair's amusement ride and game area, features over 55 rides, including the Ferris wheel, which offers a bird's-eye view of the fairgrounds. Street entertainers, magicians, and acrobats also add to the vibrant atmosphere.


For those who love performances, the fair features 30 stages with a variety of acts from local bands to national headliners. Comedian Gabriel Iglesias kicks off the entertainment on August 1, followed by TLC with Jordin Sparks on August 2, Yung Gravy and Nicky Youre on August 3, and the Brothers Osborne with Sara Evans on August 4. Casting Crowns featuring Tauren Wells performs on August 5, and Kidz Bop on August 6. Riley Green with Avery Anna appears on August 7, followed by Charlie Berens on August 8. The lineup continues with Lauren Daigle and Andrew Ripp on August 9 and concludes with Foreigner and Melissa Etheridge on August 10. Ticket prices range from $30 to $69.

Culinary Delights

Food is a major highlight of the Wisconsin State Fair, with over 200 food stands offering a variety of treats. Fair favorites include butter-dripping corn-on-the-cob and deep-fried cheese curds. Each year, vendors introduce new culinary creations, often served on a stick, such as Memphis Tater Tots and Snickers in a Waffle On-a-Stick. The fair's signature item, the Original Cream Puff, has been a staple since 1924, with nearly 400,000 consumed each year.

Shopping and Exhibits

Beyond food and entertainment, the fair is a shopper's paradise. Numerous marketplaces feature hundreds of vendors selling jewelry, home goods, cookware, and more. The Wisconsin Products Pavilion allows visitors to discover and purchase local products, supporting the state's economy and showcasing its diverse offerings.


Agricultural enthusiasts will find Ag Village particularly fascinating, with its hundreds of shows and exhibits featuring thousands of animals. Educational programs on agriculture and renewable energy, milking demonstrations, contests, and horticultural displays in the Grand Champion Hall showcase Wisconsin's rich agricultural heritage.


Admission tickets purchased in advance cost $14 for adults (ages 12 and over), $13 for seniors (60 and over) and military personnel with ID, and $13 for youth (ages 6-11). Children aged five and under can enter for free. Onsite ticket prices are slightly higher, with adult tickets priced at $18.

For those looking to make the most of their visit, the GoRide Wristband offers unlimited access to SpinCity rides from 11 am to 7 pm for $45. This wristband must be redeemed by 5 pm on the day of use. Additionally, a 50-Ticket Pack for rides and games in SpinCity is available for $40, providing a cost-effective way to enjoy the fair's attractions.


The fairgrounds are well-equipped with ample parking and are accessible via public transportation. General parking is available at $15 per vehicle.


The Wisconsin State Fair has a storied history that dates back to 1851 when it was first held in Janesville along the Rock River. Originally a traveling event, the fair found its permanent home in West Allis in 1892. Over the years, highlights have included large farm machinery displays, aviation demonstrations, and even contributions to the war effort.

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