How to Save Money at the Indiana State Fair – 7 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 August 2-18, 2024, and is closed on Mondays.

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!

Related Article: 97 Fun Activities for $5 or Less in Indianapolis

7 Ways to Save Big at the 2024 Indiana State Fair

1. Take advantage of Advance Deals

Purchase tickets, parking passes, Midway wristbands, and family four packs in advance before August 1st or 3rd (depending on the deal) and save up to 38%! The Foodie Family Four Pack includes $50 in Fair Bucks, good for food and drinks (excluding the midway). Find all the advanced deal offers here.  

2. Attend the fair on a Tuesday

Every Tuesday is $2 Tuesday! Indiana State Fair admission is only $2, plus $2 Midway Rides and $2 food options at each food stand. Tuesday, Aug 6 & Aug 13.

2022 Indiana State Fair

3. Know when the Special Discount Days are happening: 

  • BMV Discount Day: Aug 8 – BMV Discount Day is slated for Thursday, August 8 this year. To get $8 gate admission on BMV Discount Day, visit for your voucher. Both printed and digital vouchers will be accepted at the gate on August 8.
  • Free IndyStar Ticket:  Aug. 14 –  Grab a copy of the IndyStar on Thursday, August 12th for a FREE admission ticket to the Fair – valid ONLY at the State Fair on Wednesday, August 14 for FREE admission.
  • AAA Day: Aug 15 – AAA Cardholders receive FREE State Fair admission with a valid AAA membership card presented at the gate. One valid card per person.
  • Military & First Responders’ Day: Aug 7 – 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

4. Ride the tractor for FREE this year

Get around the grounds for FREE this year on our tractor shuttles.

5. 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

6. 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! Free stage line up –>

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 2024 Indiana State Fair.

7. Taste your way around the Fair for $5 or less

Indulge in delicious and affordable fair food with the $5 Value Menu. From savory classics to sweet treats, there’s something for everyone. Pick up a map at any Information Booth.

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