Each and every year our family gets a little sad toward the end of the summer. We know that our late nights of catching fireflies and playing games as a family will soon be exchanged for early mornings. We know that the carefree days of no schedules will convert to homework and permission slips, backpacks and dress code approved clothes. The one thing that helps us remain excited about the month of August (other than the smashing deals on school supplies at Office Depot) is the Indiana State Fair. This year, our family trip coincides with the last day of summer vacation. Even if your kiddos have already headed back to the classroom, there’s much to be done and seen at the Indiana State Fair this year. Here’s a quick preview of what’s happening and of course the best ways to maximize your savings when you visit.
On Friday, August 1, the Fair officially opens celebrating the Year of the Coliseum. In honor of the Re-Grand Opening of the Fairgrounds Coliseum, Shane Co. has an amazing line of entertainers on tap. From Pitbull to Hunter Hayes, from American Idols to Jim Gaffigan, there’s some for everyone! Check out the full schedule here.
The bargain seeking bug in me wants you to know that there’s a new way to save almost every single day that you visit the Indiana State Fair from August 2nd through August 17th. My favorite discount days are $2 Tuesdays (Tuesday August 5th & 12th). Not only is your admission discounted by $2 automatically, but there are also $2 food options sprinkled throughout the fairgrounds (mmmm fair food). Even rides in the Midway will be only $2 a piece. Other great discount days include
- FREE Admission for State Employees, Veterans, and Armed Forces Members on Thursday, August 7.
- IPL Carload Day which grants admission for up to 10 people for only $15 on Monday August 11.
- $5 Admission (with voucher) on BMV day on Wednesday, August 13.
While we’re chatting money saving strategies, I can’t help but mention the amazing group of artists who will be performing this year on the Free (yes I said FREE) Stage. Bare Naked Ladies, local favorite & winner of this year’s The Voice competition Josh Kauffman, The Rend Collective with Digital Age, top selling country acts, stars from the hit show Nashville, and classic bands like Kansas and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band number among the jam packed Indiana State Fair Free Stage Concert Schedule.
Of course there’s more than music. Who doesn’t love the Midway at the fair? There’s a host of money saving opportunities there too if you plan your visit well – including endless rides for kids on Monday August 4th & 11th. We love the free fun of the Family Fun Park! Don’t miss Little Hands on the Farm. From amazing hand crafted exhibits to barns full of animals, you don’t have to spend any extra money when you visit the Indiana State Fair. In fact, you could stay busy for the entire day without choosing to spend a dime above your admission.
What do you look forward to the most each year at the Indiana State Fair? What should be on our “can’t miss it” list?