How to Save Money at the Indiana State Fair – 5 Ways to Save Big

Where can you experience the largest Ferris wheel in the state and enjoy free concerts from some of your favorite musicians all in one day? The answer is the Indiana State Fair! The Fair is scheduled for July 29-August 21 and is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Indiana State Fair

The Indiana State Fair serves as the state’s premier hub for affordable family fun. In addition to this list of 100 completely FREE things to do at the Indiana State Fair, there are also daily deals and discounts available to help make this the best entertainment value in the Midwest!

5 Ways to Save Big at the 2022 Indiana State Fair

1. Attend the fair on a Thursday

Every Thursday is $3 Thursday! Indiana State Fair admission is only $3, plys $3 Midway Rides, and $3 food options at each food stand. Thursday, August 4, 11, and 18.

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2022 Indiana State Fair

2. Know when the Special Discount Days are happing: 

  • BMV Discount Day: Aug 3 – BMV Discount Day is slated for Wednesday, August 3 this year. To get $7 gate admission on BMV Discount Day, visit for your voucher. Both printed and digital vouchers will be accepted at the gate on August 3.
  • AAA Day: Aug 17 – AAA Cardholders receive FREE State Fair admission with a valid AAA membership card presented at the gate. One valid card per person.
  • Free IndyStar Ticket:  Aug. 10 –  Grab a copy of the IndyStar on Thursday, August 4th for a FREE admission ticket to the Fair – valid ONLY at the State Fair on Wednesday, August 10 for FREE admission.
  • Military & First Responders’ Day: Aug 19 – First responders, current and former Military, and their families receive FREE admission with a valid ID presented at the gate.
Indiana State Fair
Indiana State Fair

3. Buy your tickets, wristbands, and parking in advance

The following discounts are available now at

  • Advance Discount Fair Admission Tickets. $10 advance discount State Fair Tickets are available through July 28 at 11:59 pm – SAVE 29% off gate admission 
  • Advance Discount Fair Parking Pass. $8 discount State Fair parking is available through July 28 at 11:59 pm – 20% savings
  • Advance Discount Midway Wristbands. $25 midway wristbands available through July 31 at 11:59 pm – 38% savings
  • Advance Discount Family 4-Pack. Includes 1 parking pass and 4 admission tickets to the 2022 Indiana State Fair. Available now through July 28 at 11:59 pm – 40% savings

4. Ride your bike to the fair and save

This year, its saves to ride your bike to the fair. Save $1.00 off Fair admission when you ride your bicycle to the Fair and use one of the free secured bike racks on the Monon Trail north of 38th St.

Indiana State Fair Food

5. Rock out at the Hoosier Lottery Free Stage

Experience the best concert value of the summer at the Indiana State Fair on the Hoosier Lottery Free Stage! All shows are FREE with paid Fair admission and seating is first come, first serve. You are welcome to bring your own folding chair to the Free Stage!

For more ways to save and enjoy your Indiana State Fair, a complete list of more than 100 FREE Things to do while visiting the 2022 Indiana State Fair available here:

About the 2022 Indiana State Fair:

The Great Indiana State Fair The Indiana State Fair is the state’s largest multi-day event celebrating the Hoosier spirit and agricultural heritage. These 18 days bring all communities together to celebrate all things Indiana and promote it to hundreds of thousands of people across the state, and beyond. Nationally recognized for offering great entertainment, showcasing youth and interactive agriculture educational programs, premiere facilities and a variety of unique, fun foods, the Indiana State Fair has been an annual attraction for generations of Hoosiers since 1852. This year’s Indiana State Fair will take place July 29th – August 21st (closed Mondays & Tuesdays). For information, visit

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