MegaPass and Carnival Info


​Thrills, Chills, and Shrills

The Illinois State Fair provides the ultimate entertainment for the young and old. Whether you want to spin, flip, scramble or scream we have a ride for you. From the classics to the most modern, our Midway will keep you entertained.

Step Right Up, Folks, Don't Be Shy

The Illinois State Fair offers a variety of games that require skill and accuracy. Oh, and a little luck doesn't hurt either. Check out our games and try to plan your strategy. There's a winner in all of us.

2020 Mega Pass

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 mega pass, discount admission booklet or seasonal parking pass, the refund process is as follows:

  • If you purchased ONLY a mega pass paying with a credit card, your credit card will automatically be refunded.    
  • If you purchased ONLY a mega pass paying with cash or check,  an Illinois State Fair (ISF) staff member will be contacting you within the next two (2) weeks regarding your refund.
  • If your purchase included a discount admission booklet or seasonal parking pass, ISF staff will be contacting you within the next two (2) weeks.  Under this scenario, you will have two (2) options:
    • Completing a refund form and returning along with your admission and/or parking for a full refund (or)
    • Retaining your admission and/or parking to be used for the 2021 Illinois State Fair.

Thank you for your patience as we work through all the orders and issue refunds.   Refunds could take up to thirty (30) business days AFTER the Illinois State Fair staff returns to the office.  If there are any issues with your refund, you may be contacted for additional information.  

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

​​Carnival Hours/Specials (prices and availability subject to change)

The carnival offers bargain bracelets for unlimited rides (excluding Giant Slide and SkyGlide). The bargain bracelet is $30.00 and good for the day of purchase only. Bargain bracelets will be conveniently available for purchase at the Carnival and Adventure Village ticket booths when you arrive to enjoy the fair (see available times below). They are NOT available in the Mega Pass Office of the Emmerson Building.
​DateCarnival ​Hours​$30 Bargain Bracelet Promotion
Thu., Aug. 135 pm - 11 pm
(All Rides $2.00)
Not available - (All Rides $2.00)
Fri., Aug. 14​Noon - 11:30 pm​Noon - Close
Sat., Aug. 15​11 am - 11:45 pmVALID ONLY FROM ​11 am - 6 pm
Sun., Aug. 16
​Noon - 11 pmAvailable to veterans & their families only 
(limit 6) good Noon - Close
Mon., Aug. 17
​Noon - 11:30 pm​Noon - Close
Tue., Aug. 18
​Noon - 11:30 pmWRISTBANDS NOT AVAILABLE - (All Rides $2.00)
Wed., Aug. 19
​Noon - 11:30 pm​Noon - Close
Thu., Aug. 20
​Noon - 11:30 pm​Noon - Close
Fri., Aug. 21
​Noon - 11:30 pm​Noon - Close
​Sat., Aug. 22​11 am - 11:45 pmVALID ONLY FROM ​11 am - 6 pm
Sun., Aug. 23​Noon - 10 pm​Noon - Close
Individual carnival tickets are available as follows:
  • 1 tickets -   $1.50
  • 20 tickets - $25.00
  • 50 tickets - $60.00