General Information

The 2021 Illinois State Fair runs from August 12th through August 22nd. The Fairgrounds are open from 7 a.m. to Midnight for the duration of the Fair. The Fair Administration Office is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Prices Subject to change


  • Children (0-12) – FREE
  • Adults (13-59) - $10 (Fridays & Saturdays)
  • Adults (13-59) - $ 5 (All other days)
    Seniors (60+) - $3


  • Daily: $5
  • Seasonal (Gate 6, Lot 18 infield): $40
  • *purchase inside Emmerson Building, or by phone (217) 782-6661

FREE Admission Days:

  • Sunday, August 15 (Veterans & immediate families free with proper ID)
  • Monday, August 16(Seniors FREE)
  • Friday, August 20(1st Responders' with proper ID)

Discount Admission Booklets

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Pritzker has issued an Executive Order cancelling the Illinois and Du Quoin State Fairs this year.   

If you have purchased an Illinois State Fair (ISF) mega pass, discount admission booklet or seasonal parking pass, the refund process is as follows:

  • If you purchased paying with a credit card, your credit card will automatically be refunded.    
  • If you purchased paying with cash or check, a check will be issued and mailed to the address on file.

    Thank you for your patience in receiving your 2020 ISF refunds.   Our priority is to process all refunds for the 2020 ISF Mega Passes, Admission Books, and Parking Passes simultaneously, and as expeditiously as possible.    The processing of refunds will begin the week of July 20, but please be apprised they may take up to thirty (30) days to be received.      

    Take Care and we will see you at the 2021 Illinois State Fair!

Fairgoer Services

This is a listing of services offered such as Bus and Taxi, Lost and Found, Administrative Offices, Accessibility, Restrooms, etc.

Maps and Directions

This is the place to find Maps and get directions on the Fairgrounds.


The Illinois State Fairgrounds Campground is open. Reservations are not required nor accepted. Additional information regarding our campground can be found on our non-fair space rental website.


This is a listing of live video cameras throughout the fairgrounds. You can select one of these and virtually be at the Illinois State Fair.


A few photos of events and highlights of the fair.

Daily Schedule

This page provides a complete schedule for the State Fair.


The Illinois State Fair has several opportunities for qualified individuals