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Please check back later for 2023 Ohio State Fair information. See you at the 2023 Ohio State Fair July 26 - Aug. 6!

Not all special days have a discount offer. All special days and discounts are not valid with other offers.

Wednesday, July 27

Pepsi presents WSYX/WTTE Opening Day

Thursday, July 28

Telhio and Ronald McDonald House Charities Day

When you bring one of the following “wish list” items per person to a booth outside the gates, you’ll receive a voucher good for a BOGO free admission ticket before 6 p.m.: plastic zipper baggies, trash bags (kitchen or 60 gallon), aluminum foil, plastic food wrap, ready-to-eat meals (individual mac and cheese cups, precooked rice, soups, etc.), or canned food (protein appreciated). All donations will support families at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.

WOSU Kids Day

11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Central Park

Join WOSU Public Media in Central Park for a chance to meet some of your favorite PBS KIDS® characters on July 28 only! The event, designed to keep the whole family entertained, will offer PBS KIDS® crafts, coloring, educational activities, and games. See PBS KIDS® characters throughout the day for photo opportunities:

  • Daniel Tiger
  • Katerina Kittycat
  • Nature Cat
  • Jet Propulsion
  • Elinor
  • Xavier Riddle

Photos with costumed characters will end at 3 p.m.

Saturday, July 30

Molina Healthcare Day

Cardinal Gate:

Join Molina Healthcare at the Cardinal Gate for FREE health screenings, and giveaways. At Molina Healthcare of Ohio, we are committed to the health and well-being of the communities we serve! Don’t forget to ask them about the CAVS station and the Kids Zone. Molina is # 1 in fun and Molina is #1 in extra Medicaid Benefits!

Kids Zone (Central Park):

Join us at the Molina Kids Zone where we will have a bubble oasis & larger than life fun! Enjoy classic games with a giant spin such as Jenga, Connect Four and more! Dr. Cleo will be on site from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. to take pictures and join in on the fun! While you’re here don’t forget to stop by our prize wheel where every kid is a winner! Molina Healthcare of Ohio has been a part of the community since 2005 helping our members to stay healthy and happy. We hope to see you there.


Cavs Activation (in front of Kasich Hall)

Join Molina Healthcare as we team up with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs will be bringing down their All For Fun Tour Trailer which includes games, giveaways and of course basketball! Be sure to stop by between 1 – 3 p.m. where the CAVS Legends will be signing autographs. To conclude our day of fun with Molina & the Cavs, we will be raffling off an autographed jersey and basketball! You do not need to be present to win.

Sunday, July 31

Buckeye Health Plan Day

Join Buckeye at the Cardinal Gate for fun giveaways, health screenings, and information on Buckeye Day, Sunday, July 31. Visit us between 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. to win a prize! Bring kids to our fitness challenge at the Main Street Stage from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. They will have the chance to win a bike! Buckeye Health Plan is transforming the health of the community, one person at a time through affordable and reliable healthcare.

Veterans & Military Day

Veterans and active military are honored on this day. In addition, active military and veterans are given free admission today (and any day of the Ohio State Fair) with appropriate identification.

Monday, Aug. 1

NBC4 Family Discount Day

Until 6 p.m., adults will be admitted for the kids’ admission price of $8, and kids 12 and under will be admitted free. With the purchase of one wristband, a second rider can ride free until 6 p.m. with a valid buddy pass. After 6 p.m., all riders will need either a wristband or vouchers to ride.

Tuesday, Aug. 2

Senior Day

Seniors ages 60 and up can enjoy free admission, Aug. 2 only, all day long! In addition, all fairgoers are invited to enjoy the free The Drifters concert presented by AARP Ohio in the WCOL Celeste Center at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 3

Sensory-Friendly Morning,10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

We’ve turned down the lights and volume to make the Ohio State Fair more sensory-friendly in partnership with OCALI. Ride the rides with no flashing lights or music, visit the Fair’s many educational and sensory activities, take a break in a quiet room, or use our sensory accessibility guide to find a Fair opportunity that suits you. Print social narratives, a first-then board, wait cards, and a permit that will allow you to park in a special area on the OCALI website at ocali.org or by scanning the QR code below.

Thursday, Aug. 4


Friday, Aug. 5

Recovery Ohio’s Mental Health Day

Governor DeWine created the RecoveryOhio initiative to coordinate the work of state departments, boards, and commissions by leveraging Ohio’s existing resources and seeking new opportunities related to substance use and mental health. On Aug. 5, you will find behavioral health resources at state agency booths throughout the fair to help identify support services for those in recovery and their families.

Saturday, August 6

Donate Life Ohio Day

Donate Life Ohio is dedicated to educating Ohioans about the need for organ, eye, and tissue donation and motivating them to join the Ohio Donor Registry. Say “yes!” to organ donation and be sure to stop by the Donate Life Ohio booth to learn more.

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