What’s New this Year at the Indiana State Fair?

Racing pigs or augmented reality pigs? Playful otters or parakeet meet and greets? We have it ALL! The Indiana State Fair is back and even BIGGER with something for everyone!

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Discover the rich legacy of Indiana basketball at the State Fair! Bring the whole family to explore the history, players, and moments that make Hoosier hoops legendary. Visit the Indiana Basketball History Exhibit in the Harvest Pavilion.

Daily 9AM-9PM: Harvest Pavilion


Come take a splash with this interactive, up-close-and-personal show with the sweetest creatures on the Fairgrounds! Slide in to the MHS Family Fun Park August 2-20 at 11AM, 2PM and 5PM to catch Otter Adventure.

Aug 2-20 (times vary): MHS Family Fun Park


Don’t miss the debut of Illuminate!, a lightshow sure to immerse fairgoers of all ages into a world of wonder in ways that may surprise even the most illuminated! Nestled within Expo Hall, this new exhibit is FREE with paid Fair admission.

Experience this spectacular display of lights through the first two weeks of the Fair!

July 28-Aug 6, 9AM-9PM: Expo Hall


You can’t see pigs fly but you can see them RACE! You haven’t lived until you’ve seen these racing pigs compete for the grand prize, an Oreo cookie! Check out the races on the east end of the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand every Friday through Sunday at 11:30AM, 12:30PM, 3PM, 6PM and 7:30PM!

Dates and Times Vary: Main Street


Whether you’re a casual fan, an aspiring player, or a die-hard basketball lover, Hoopfest has something for everyone. Come join us at this exhilarating basketball theme park and experience the thrill, joy, and camaraderie that the sport brings. Get ready to shoot, score, and create unforgettable basketball memories at Hoopfest!

Daily 9AM-8PM: The Backyard

Learn more at indianastatefair.com. Click HERE to purchase tickets now.

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