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Pricing & Hours

Please check back later for 2023 Ohio State Fair information. Next year's Ohio State Fair will run July 26 - Aug. 6, 2023.

Fair Dates

July 27 – Aug. 7, 2022

Gate admission prices

  • Adults (ages 13-59) – $10
  • Youth (ages 6-12) – $8
  • Senior (ages 60+) – $8
  • Children five and under – Free
  • General Parking – Free

Ride Prices

  • $30 — Ride-All-Day Wristband
  • $1 credits — Fairgoers can buy individual ride credits for $1 each. All rides require 3 or more credits.
Where to Buy Ride Tickets
At the fair, RFID-enabled wristbands and RFID
cards can be purchased at magic money kiosks
with cash or credit card.

Parking

General parking is free to fairgoers in the main lots north of the Cardinal Gate. Reserved parking is not available to the general public for purchase.

Admission Gate Hours

  • Monday through Friday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., except Sunday, Aug. 7, when admission gates close at 6 p.m.

Midway Ride Hours

  • Wednesday, July 27: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 28 – 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Friday, July 29 – 11 a.m. – Midnight
  • Saturday, July 30 – 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 31 – 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 1 – 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 2 – 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 3 – 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. **Sensory-friendly morning
  • Thursday, Aug. 4 – 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 5 – 11 a.m. – Midnight
  • Saturday, Aug. 6 – 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 7 – 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Conditions for Admission

The safety of our fairgoers, exhibitors and employees is our number one priority. In an effort to ensure the highest level of safety and security, please do not bring any illegal weapons or substances to the Fair. Several items are expressly prohibited at the Ohio State Fair, including: the use of bicycles in non-parking areas, the possession or use of Segways/hoverboards, and the use of unmanned aircraft systems (drones). You may bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages. Glass bottles and containers are not permitted on grounds.

Buildings and Hours

AARP Ohio Gazebo Stage
Open all Fair hours
This stage is home to many talented performers, set to provide family-friendly entertainment and music at the heart of the Fair, near Central Park.

Administration Building (1909)
8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (closes at 5 p.m. on Aug. 7)
This building houses many of the Ohio Expo Center staff offices.

Ag-Pro Companies Taft Coliseum (1917)
Open all Fair hours (closed Aug. 7)
This building is the site of many dairy cattle shows, grand drives, and other livestock events.

Antiques & Collectibles Pavilion (1888)
10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Searching for that perfect vintage item? Look no further; a variety of antique dealers and exhibitors sell jewelry, records, toys, memorabilia and more at the Fair.

Bricker MarketPlace Building (1966)
10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (closes at 8 p.m. on Aug. 7)
Visit commercial and informational booths offering a variety of novelties, jewelry, demonstration items, home remodelers, state agencies, and attractions, as well as the International Food Court and an Ohio beer and wine sales location.

Brown Sheep Building (1930)
8 a.m. – 10 p.m. (closed on Aug. 7)
This arena is home to all sheep exhibits and shows, including a store with all things wool.

Cardinal Patio
Hours vary
Special demonstrations and exhibits.

Central Park
Open all Fair hours
Relax at the center of the Fair, home to the Monster Mural, Jumbo Tic-Tac-Toe, and special activities.

Cox Fine Arts Center (1909)
10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (closes at 6 p.m. on Aug. 7)
Home to one of the largest state fair fine arts exhibitions, only the top 321 works out of 1,106 art entries are accepted in the 2022 Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition and displayed in a beautiful gallery setting. Patrons can also purchase artwork from the All Ohio Art Gift Shop from Ohio artists.

Dairy Products Building (1925)
9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
See the famous butter cow sculpture, which first appeared at the Ohio State Fair in 1903, while you enjoy your favorite dairy products from Ohio-produced ice cream to the celebrated cheese sandwich.

The Dog House
Open all Fair hours
This building hosts a variety of K-9 entertainment, allowing visitors to catch some shade with man’s best friends.

Infant Care and Nursing Stations presented by OhioHealth
The Ohio State Fair offers two air-conditioned family care stations, one located in Kiddieland and the other in the Taste of Ohio Café, at which parents can change their children’s diapers, and mothers who prefer to breastfeed their children in privacy can do so comfortably. Additional nursing stations are located in Kasich Hall and the Bricker MarketPlace Building. Furniture graciously provided by Big Lots.

Gilligan Livestock Complex (1872 and 1978)
8 a.m. – 10 p.m. (closed Aug. 7)
This complex houses dairy cattle exhibits, as well as a functioning milking parlor. An air-conditioned restaurant, Ranahan’s, is attached.

Kasich Hall (2016)
10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (closes at 6 p.m. on Aug. 7)
The Ohio Expo Center’s newest building opened in July 2016. It now houses the Fair’s Creative Arts and Youth Arts exhibits (Hall B), sporting events (Hall C) and various banquets and events (Hall A), as well as the permanent Ohio Agriculture Hall of Fame exhibit.

Land & Living Building presented by Ohio Farm Bureau (1926)
10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (closes at 6 p.m. on Aug. 7)
This building is home to agriculture and horticulture education, including the Land & Living exhibit. This highly interactive exhibit is full of educational activities for the whole family. Visitors will see, experience, and learn about caring for animals on the farm, how science and technology are helping farmers, and how young people can have agricultural careers. Visitors can enjoy planting crops in a tractor simulator, shopping in an interactive grocery store, and recording their Fair memories with a complimentary photograph.

Main Street Stage
Show schedules available at ohiostatefair.com/events
Catch a little bit of everything at the Main Street Stage, from free live music performances to amazing hypnosis shows.

Natural Resources Park (1956)
10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (times of activities vary)
Enjoy free fishing for kids, kayaking, archery, a butterfly house, and so much more in this beautiful 8-acre park maintained by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Enjoy native Ohio wildlife, a geological walkway, a new nature center, and a tall grass prairie. The outdoor amphitheater hosts free music and entertaining programs, such as the popular lumberjack show, throughout each day of the State Fair.

O’Neill Swine Building (1973)
8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Check out swine exhibits, a sow and her piglets, the “big boar” - Ohio’s largest pig, and the Pork Shoppe.

Quiet Room
The air-conditioned Quiet Room is located in the Taste of Ohio Café. With a small adjacent restroom, sensory items, and comfortable seating, it provides a space for quick sensory relief. Volunteer assistance during the Fair is kindly provided by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI). Furniture graciously provided by Big Lots.

Rabbit and Poultry Pavilion (1905)
8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Roosters crow to wake the grounds at this pavilion, home to rabbit, chicken, turkey, and duck exhibits.

Rhodes Center (1956)
Open during scheduled events only
This expansive facility is the home to the All-Ohio State Fair Band presented by Buckeye Health Plan, and the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir and rehearsals. On Aug. 1, the Rhodes Center will host the annual 50 Year Club meeting.

Shoppes at North Commercial (1905)
10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (closes at 8 p.m. on Aug. 7)
Commercial and informational booths offering a variety of wares from sunglasses to furniture are housed in this open-air shopping mecca.

Steve R. Rauch, Inc. Cooper Arena (1965)
8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Swing by this building daily for exciting beef cattle events and judging.

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