General Information

The 2018 Illinois State Fair runs from August 9th through August 19th. 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. 

Buy Online, Save Time:    

Skip the lines by purchasing your tickets in advance!  The Illinois State Fair is now offering an online payment option for gate admission, parking passes and Mega Passes!  In addition to purchasing your tickets in advance, the Illinois State Fair will now have the option to scan those online purchases on your mobile phone at all gates.  Buy now Coming Soon.


Children (0-12) – FREE                                           Daily:  $5
Adults (13-59) -    $10 (see discount days)              Seasonal (Gate 6, Lot 18 infield): $40
Seniors (60+) -     $3                                             *purchase inside Emmerson Building,
                                                                             or by phone (217) 782-6661   

Discount Admission Days @ $5.00 for adults:                    Thursday, August 9

Tuesday, August 14
Sunday, August 19

Discount Admission Booklets 

One booklet provides eleven (11) any day adult admissions to the 2018 Illinois State Fair. These booklets are available for $55.00 from November 1 through December 31. Admission books also available for $60.00 each from January 1 through the end of the fair. Purchase your discount admission booklet at the Emmerson Building on the fairgrounds, by phone at 217-782-6661 or on-line at (JETPAY website)

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.


Campground now open to all campers.  Now accepting campers & reservations.
Click the link to learn more about the camping opportunities 365 days a year at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.


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

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