State & County Fairs

July 15-19, Wed.-Thur. 3-11pm, Fri.–Sun. noon-midnight

Kane County Fair

St. Charles: 630-584-6926

Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Rd. Fox Valley’s Top-Rated Summer Event. The fair includes: entertainment, mid-way with carnival rides, exhibitors, tons of food, crafts, and more livestock than you can imagine. Along with corn dogs and elephant ears, you’ll see pig races, bull riding, motocross and a demolition derby. Free parking. $5 admission Wed-Thurs; $10 Fri-Sun; free under 3 years.


July 22-26, 8am-11pm daily

DuPage County Fair

Wheaton: 630-668-6636

DuPage County Fairgrounds, Manchester Rd. The DuPage County Fair includes carnival rides, food and craft vendors, livestock, and live entertainment. $10/ages 12 and up, $4/ages 3-12, free ages 3 & under.


July 29-Aug.2

Kankakee County Fair

Kankakee: 815-932-6714

Kankakee County Fair has everything from live entertainment, food and shopping, midway, grandstand events and livestock barns. General Admission: $8, free ages 5 & under.


July 29-Aug.2

Lake County Fair

Grayslake: 847-680-7200

Lake County Fair Grounds, 1060 E. Peterson Rd. Live entertainment, food and shopping, expo hall, midway, grandstand events and livestock barns. $8/ages 13 and up Wed.-Fri., $10 Sat.-Sun. $5/ages 6-12 daily. Free ages 5 & under.


July 29 – Aug.2

Racine County Fair

Union Grove:

Racine County Fairgrounds, 19805 Durand Ave. Old-time family, country fun! Livestock judging, demolition derby, carnival midway, food and music.


July 30-Aug.2

Kendall County Fair

Yorkville: 630-553-2860

Fabulous 4-H shows and exhibitions, carnival rides, a truck and tractor pull, live music, a demolition derby, and other action packed events. Additionally, the fair includes children’s entertainment, a petting zoo, pony rides, talent and other competitions, commercial exhibits and more than great food!



McHenry County Fair

Woodstock: 815-338-5315

Country Club Rd. Midway area, loghogger chain saw art, magic show, pedal pulls, entertainment and more.


Aug.6-16, Sun.-Thurs.8am-11pm, Fri.-Sat. 8am-midnight, final Sun. 8am-10pm

Wisconsin State Fair

West Allis, WI: 414-266-7000

Wisconsin State Fair Park, 640 S. 84th St. Wisconsin State Fair has it all, from our famous cream puffs to live entertainment, tons of food/bever­ages, shopping, livestock, midway rides and much much more. *Aug. 7th is Illinois resident special: $12/ ages 12+, $6/ages 6-11, free under age 5.


Aug.7-23, Sun-Thurs.8am-11pm, Fri 8am-midnight, Sat.8am-12:30am

Indiana State Fair

Indianapolis, IN: 317-927-7500

1202 E. 38th St. The greatest showcase of the past, present & future of Hoosier Agriculture, dedicated to the families who make it happen: The Year of the Farmer. Enjoy end­less entertainment and educational experiences. $12/ages 6+, free ages 5 & under, $5 parking.

Illinois State Fair midway carnival rides

Aug.13-23, 7am-midnight

Illinois State Fair

Springfield: 217-782-6661

801 Sangamon Ave. Each day of the fair has it’s own unique theme with unique activities. $7/ages 13-59, $3/ ages 5-12, free age 4 & under. $7 daily parking.


Aug.13-23, Fairgrounds 7am-1am, midway 10am-midnight

Iowa State Fair

Des Moines, IA: 1-800-545-FAIR

County Fairgrounds, E. 30th Street & E. University Ave. Amazing things to see and amusing things to do. Witness jaw-dropping entertainment and fantastic talent, enjoy astonishing culinary marvels on-a-stick. $11/ ages 12+, $5/ages 6-11, free ages 5 & under.



Kenosha County Fair

Wilmot: 262-862-6121

Kenosha County Fairgrounds, 30820 111th St. Take the whole family out to the FAIR! Enjoy great food, at­tractions, entertainment, and more at the 95th Annual Kenosha County Fair!



Will County Fair

Peotone: 708-258-9359

710 S. West St. Come to the 112th Anniversary of the Will County Fair. Live entertainment, food concessions, carnival rides, exhibits and Fun! Free parking. $4/general admission, free under age 10.


Aug.27-Sep 7, fairgrounds 6am-midnight, Labor Day 6am-9pm

Minnesota State Fair

St. Paul, MN: 651-288-4400

1265 N. Snelling Ave. The Minnesota State Fair’s mission is to educate and involve our guests by providing a world-class showcase that is innova­tive, entertaining and fun. $13/ages 13-64, $11/senior & ages 5-12, free under age 5.



Walworth County Fair

Elkorn, WI: 262-723-3228

Walworth County Fairgrounds, 411 Court St. One of the oldest fairs in the state of Wisconsin, the Walworth County Fair was established in 1849. Open 7am until midnight all days except Labor Day with closing at 9pm. All ages. ages 5-12, free under age 5.