How to save money at the Indiana State Fair

//How to save money at the Indiana State Fair

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August. Back to school, the close of summer, and one of the best treats of all: The arrival of the Indiana State Fair.

And I’m not sure about you but man alive after the hit on school supplies, new uniform clothes and possibly summer vacation, I’m forever searching for budget-friendly ways to save money at the Indiana State Fair.

So I turned to our CityMoms members and asked: How do you save? What are your best tips? {Basically, how do I do this without sacrificing on fun?}

Here were their suggestions of how to save money at the Indiana State Fair:

1. Purchase tickets in advance

Buy tickets on the State Fair website before August 3rd and you’ll save a little moolah. This was the #1 tip from our CityMoms. Luckily, there are several early-bird options available:

  • General admission tickets for $8; a savings of $4 per ticket
  • Try the Family 4-pack which is $30. Includes four {4} tickets plus a parking pass
  • Invest in the Super Family 4-pack for $80. This includes four {4} tickets plus a parking pass AND a $50 food voucher!
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CityMom Jaime’s family enjoying some time in the Midway at the Indiana State Fair.

2. Keep an eye on those promotional days

Almost each day of the State Fair calendar is dotted with days to save. $2 Tuesdays have been a fave of CityMom Victoria’s family the past few years: Admission, midway rides and select concessions are all just $2! Also bookmark:

  • 8/7, Chevrolet Military Day: Free admission for current/former members of armed forces.
  • 8/7 and 8/14: Snag a coupon from the Indy Star for CityMom Kelly’s favorite deal: Free admission on the following Wednesdays!
  • 8/10, BMV Discount Day: Save 50% off gate admission when you print this coupon.

Here’s the full list of discount days.

3. Remember: Kids ages 5 and under are FREE!

{Don’t believe us? See it here yourself.}

4. Feed the kids for FREE.

CityMom Katie scooped us that thanks to the Indiana Dairy Association, a kids meal including grilled cheese, milk and a prize is free when they fill in this special coloring page, then bring it to the Dairy Bar window. #Win

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5. Go budget-friendly on parking.

Forget the expensive lots surrounding the Fairgrounds. Instead:

  • Try the FREE Park and Ride says CityMom Hannah, which departs every 20 minutes from the Glendale Shopping Center.
  • Select the E-Z Lots for parking which only run $5/car and are located across from the Main Gate and at the Indiana School for the Deaf off 42nd Street.
  • Bike! Ride your bike down the Monon, park at a designated FREE rack, enter thru Gate 18 and you’ll receive $1 off admission.

6. Download the Indiana State Fair app

This thing is the best and our family’s favorite because it includes a full map of the Fair, links of the free activities we can add to our calendar, and just overall helps with the management of our visit.

7. Take advantage of a FREE concert, exhibit or performance.

CityMom Rebekah loves the Little Hands on the Farm experience that teaches children about farming. Lauren’s family makes sure to hit the DNR Fishing Pond each year {say hi to my peeps while you’re there! I’m a DNR employee.}. Let the kids explore all the tractors parked on the lawn near the Glass Barn. But really, our friends over at Indy With Kids have the real scoop on what FREE fun to hit at the Fair.

Now that you have our best tips, tell us: How does your family save money at the Indiana State Fair? Let us know in the comments!


MORE INFO: The Indiana State Fair runs August 4-20. Fairgrounds are located at 1202 E. 38th Street, Indianapolis. For more details, visit their website or Facebook page, or call {317} 927-7500. Special thanks to CityMoms Megan and Jamie for contributing photos to this story!


Jeanine Bobenmoyer headshot - theCityMomsJeanine Bobenmoyer – like many moms – wears numerous hats including wife, mother of 2, trail runner, yoga-addict, Michigan native, die-hard Wolverines fan, Thai food enthusiast and avid reader. After years spent in the world of advertising agencies, she now curbs her Mad Men tendencies as a Communications Manager for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Jeanine is also the Chief Mom Officer and Founder of theCityMoms. You’ll find Jeanine on Twitter, Instagram and in the sale section at Anthropologie.

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