Fair Calendar of Events

Every Day of the Fair

Every Day Attractions & Exhibits

Opening Weekend

1st Friday
1st Saturday
1st Sunday

Mid-Fair

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday

Closing Weekend

2nd Friday
2nd Saturday
2nd Sunday

Calendar of Events

Below you will find a daily lineup / calendar for hours of operation, special discounts, key events, special features & more! This page doesn’t offer a comprehensive list of everything that is happening at the fair, but should give you a good overview of the main attractions. We will post our fair program on this page in early June with the complete scheduled lineup!

NOTE – If you are looking for fairgrounds events outside of fair time, please click here!

Every Day Attractions & Exhibits

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday
Gates & Midway – 5p – 11p
Exhibit Buildings – 5p – 9p

Saturday & Sunday
Gates & Midway – 12p – 11p
Exhibit Buildings – 12p – 9p

Special Discounts

Check the daily lineups below!

2019 Special Features

We’re excited to bring two new features to the fair that will be featured every day of the fair in addition to the popular petting zoo! Click links for details!

  • DinoROARNEW – Interactive dinosaur show & exhibit!
  • First Bite Fishing TanksNEW – Real fishing experience designed to allow kids to learn the basics of fishing and catch real fish!
  • Baird Petting Zoo – Farm & exotic animals with feed bags available to purchase!

Featured Buildings & Areas

Certain locations around the fairgrounds have activity & exhibits every day! Here is an overview of the areas and what you will find in them!

  • The Midway – This signature attraction lights up the night sky and the smiling faces of kids and adults alike! The midway is open during all hours of the fair and often has ride discounts available. See the daily lineup below for daily specials!
  • Fair Concessionaires – Perhaps the most iconic part of the fair – THE FOOD – Our concessionaires serve up all the traditional fair fare to satisfy your palette!
  • Park Stage – Serving as the epicenter for fair music, talent and entertainment… the Park Stage hosts a variety of acts each day!
  • The Marketplace – This air-conditioned building features local business exhibits, cash & carry items and a sit-down cafe.
  • Family Arts Building – Also air-conditioned, this building hosts competitions and family artistry for all aspiring to be “the best in Marion County” at what they do!
  • Baird Pony Rides – An extension of the Baird Petting Zoo, the pony rides are located on the front lawn of the 4H Community Building! This features costs additional money.
  • 4-H Exhibit Hall – This building showcases the hard work and talent of Marion County 4-H Youth, with projects ranging from science to photography and everything in between! Projects selected to move on to the State Fair competition will be featured!
  • 4-H Arts & Crafts – The arts & craft projects of the Marion County 4-H Youth call this building home! Browse clothing designs, knitting & crochet, paintings, pottery and more in this building!
  • Poultry Barn – A variety of poultry species will be on display throughout the fair.

Friday, June 21

Hours of Operation

Gates & Midway – 5p – 11p

Exhibit Buildings – 5p – 9p

Special Discounts

Midway Rides – Unlimited for $25

Friday, June 21 Lineup

Opening night of the fair is always special! Its the night we crown our new Queen and cap the evening with a fireworks celebration! Learn all about these special features & more here!

Time Location Event
5 – 10 Admin Plaza First Bite Fishing Tank Experience
6 – 7 Coliseum Lawn Chainsaw Carving Demo
7 – 7:30 Admin Plaza DinoROAR Show & Exhibit
7 – 7:30 Family Arts Brownie Baking Contest
sponsored by Jeannie Grant, Realtor, Century 21 Scheetz
7 – 9 Coliseum Queen & Princess Pageant
7 – 7:45 Park Stage Bryan Thompson (Jazz Music)
7 – 10 Midway RadioNow 100.9 LIVE Broadcast
7 – 10 Midway Hot 96.3 LIVE Broadcast
7 – 10 Midway La Grande 105.1 LIVE Broadcast
7 – 11 Oval Arena Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides ($15)
8 – 9 Coliseum Lawn Chainsaw Carving Demo
8:15 – 9 Park Stage Bryan Thompson (Jazz Music)
9 – 9:30 Admin Plaza DinoROAR Show & Exhibit
10 – 10:30 Feature Lawn Fireworks by Circle City Pyrotechnics

Saturday, June 22

Hours of Operation

Gates & Midway – 12p – 11p

Exhibit Buildings – 12p – 9p

Special Discounts

Midway Rides – Unlimited for $25

Saturday, June 22 Lineup

The first of our two Saturday Kids’ Days! Our special features Elite Performance K9s (sponsored by Noah’s Animal Hospitals and Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Care) & the Bear Hollow Chainsaw Carving Demos will offer multiple performances throughout the day/night as well! Learn all about these special features here!

Time Location Event
12 – 2 Coliseum Cheerleading Competition
presented by Shoe Carnival
12 – 8 Poultry Barn Open Class Poultry Show
12 – 10 Admin Plaza First Bite Fishing Tank Experience
12:30 – 1 Park Stage Ziynne “Kid of Pop”
1:30 – 2 Admin Plaza DinoROAR Show & Exhibit
1:45 – 3 Park Stage Silly Safaris Animal Show
2 – 3 Coliseum Lawn Chainsaw Carving Demo
2 – 6 Livestock Barn Open Class Swine Show
3 – 3:30 Park Stage Superheroes Capt. America and Spiderman
3 – 3:30 Family Arts Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest
sponsored by Simply Self Storage
3 – 6 Midway RadioNow 100.9 LIVE Broadcast
3:30 – 4 Coliseum Lawn Elite Performance K9s (Trick Dog Show)
presented by Noah’s Animal Hospitals & Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center
3:30 – 4:15 Park Stage The Magic Comic Jamahl Keyes
4:15 – 5 Park Stage Princesses Rapunzel and Cinderella
4 – 5 Coliseum Lawn Chainsaw Carving Demo
4 – 5:30 4-H Exhibit Hall 4-H Small Animal Showcase
presented by the Central Indiana Veterinary Medical Association
4:30 – 5 Admin Plaza DinoROAR Show & Exhibit
5 – 5:30 Park Stage Ziynne “Kid of Pop”
5 – 6 Marketplace Superheroes & Princesses Meet & Greet
5:30 – 6 Coliseum Lawn Elite Performance K9s (Trick Dog Show)
presented by Noah’s Animal Hospitals & Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center
6 – 7 Coliseum Lawn Chainsaw Carving Demo
6 – 7:30 Park Stage Vinnie & The Moochers (Classic Rock)
6:30 – 9 Grandstands TQ Midget Kart Racing ($5 Admission)
7 – 7:30 Admin Plaza DinoROAR Show & Exhibit
7 – 9 4-H Exhibit Hall Indy Wildlife Rehab & Exotic Rescue Demos
7 – 11 Oval Arena Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides ($15)
7:30 – 8 Coliseum Lawn Elite Performance K9s (Trick Dog Show)
presented by Noah’s Animal Hospitals & Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center
7:30 – 8 Park Stage One Voice Circle City Community Choir
8 – 9 Park Stage Vinnie & The Moochers (Classic Rock)
8 – 9 Coliseum Lawn Chainsaw Carving Demo

Sunday, June 23

Hours of Operation

Gates & Midway – 12p – 11p
Exhibit Buildings – 12p – 9p

Sunday, June 23 Lineup

Time Location Event
12 – 3 Gate 1 Parking Open Class Car Show (Cars arrive at 8a)
presented by The Circle City Corvette Club
12 – 10 Admin Plaza First Bite Fishing Tank Experience
12:30 – 1:30 Coliseum Lawn Chainsaw Carving Demo
1 – 2 Park Stage Indiana Starfire Cloggers
1 – 3 Cattle Barn Stage Junior Talent Show (Ages 12 & under)
1:30 – 2 Admin Plaza DinoROAR Show & Exhibit
2:30 – 3 Coliseum Lawn Elite Performance K9s (Trick Dog Show)
presented by Noah’s Animal Hospitals & Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center
3 – 3:30 Family Arts Cornbread Contest
sponsored by Waterman’s Family Farm
3 – 4 Coliseum Lawn Chainsaw Carving Demo
3 – 5 4-H Exhibit Hall 4-H Fashion Review
4 – 4:30 Family Arts Crafting & Photos with Queen & Court
(Ages 4-10 • Max 25 kids)
4:30 – 5 Admin Plaza DinoROAR Show & Exhibit
5 – 5:30 Coliseum Lawn Elite Performance K9s (Trick Dog Show)
presented by Noah’s Animal Hospitals & Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center
5:30 – 6:30 Coliseum Lawn Chainsaw Carving Demo
6 – 8 Cattle Barn Stage Senior Talent Show (Ages 13 – 21)
7 – 7:30 Admin Plaza DinoROAR Show & Exhibit
7:15 – 9:15 Park Stage Grace Apostolic Church (Gospel)
7:30 – 8 Coliseum Lawn Elite Performance K9s (Trick Dog Show)
presented by Noah’s Animal Hospitals & Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center
8 – 9 Coliseum Lawn Chainsaw Carving Demo

Monday, June 24

Senior Night

Hours of Operation

Gates & Midway – 5p – 11p

Exhibit Buildings – 5p – 9p

Special Discounts

Gate Admission – $1 off for those age 55+ in honor of Senior Night

Midway Rides – $1 per ride

Monday, June 24 Lineup

Time Location Event
5 – 10 Admin Plaza First Bite Fishing Tank Experience
6 – 6:30 Admin Plaza DinoROAR Show & Exhibit
6:30 – 8:30 Park Stage Mariachi Azteca
6:30 – 8:30 Coliseum Adult Talent Show (Ages 22 & up)
6:30 – 9 Grandstands Motocross & Quad Racing
7 – 7:30 Family Arts Box It Up Recipe Contest
sponsored by G & W Excavators
8 – 8:30 Admin Plaza DinoROAR Show & Exhibit

Tuesday, June 25

Hours of Operation

Gates & Midway – 5p – 11p

Exhibit Buildings – 5p – 9p

Special Discounts

Midway Rides – Unlimited for $25

Tuesday, June 25 Lineup

Time Location Event
5 – 10 Admin Plaza First Bite Fishing Tank Experience
5 – 7:30 Poultry Barn 4-H Poultry Show
6:30 – 7 Admin Plaza Traci’s Urban Jamm (Dancers)
6 – 6:30 Admin Plaza DinoROAR Show & Exhibit
7 – 7:30 Family Arts Cheesecake Contest
sponsored by Crystal D. Pulley, Attorney at Law
7 – 9 Park Stage Hit Locker (Top 40 Hits Band)
8 – 8:30 Admin Plaza DinoROAR Show & Exhibit

Wednesday, June 26

Ladies’ Night

Hours of Operation

Gates & Midway – 5p – 11p

Exhibit Buildings – 5p – 9p

Special Discounts

Gate Admission – $2 off for Women in honor of Ladies’ Night

Midway Rides – $1 per ride

Wednesday, June 26 Lineup

Time Location Event
5 – 10 Admin Plaza First Bite Fishing Tank Experience
5:30 – 6 Park Stage Calling Contest (Open Mic)
6 – 7 Horse Arena 4-H Horse Show (Western Ground & Versatility)
6 – 6:30 Admin Plaza DinoROAR Show & Exhibit
6 – 8 4-H Exhibit Hall 4-H Verbal Communication Contest
6:30 – 9 Coliseum Gospel Music Fest
presented by WHMB-TV-40
6:30 – 9 Park Stage Greg Rhodes
7 – 7:30 Family Arts Salsa / Dip Contest
sponsored by Franklin Township Civic League
8 – 8:30 Admin Plaza DinoROAR Show & Exhibit
9 – 10 Park Stage Art Carroll Ladies’ Night Prize Drawings

Thursday, June 27

City / County Government Employee Night

Hours of Operation

Gates & Midway – 5p – 11p

Exhibit Buildings – 5p – 9p

Special Discounts

Gate Admission All city/county govt. employees + 3 guests get in FREE 

Midway Rides – Unlimited for $25

Thursday, June 27 Lineup

Time Location Event
5 – 9 Horse Arena 4-H Horse Show (Western Showmanship)
5 – 10 Admin Plaza First Bite Fishing Tank Experience
5:30 – 9 Park Stage DJ Mama Mia (Karaoke & Floor Show)
6 – 6:30 Admin Plaza DinoROAR Show & Exhibit
6 – 8 4-H Exhibit Hall Artistic Chef’s Food Club Demos
7 – 7:30 Family Arts Candy Contest
sponsored by 1st Choice Carpet Cleaning
8 – 8:30 Admin Plaza DinoROAR Show & Exhibit

Friday, June 28

Hours of Operation

Gates & Midway – 5p – 11p

Exhibit Buildings – 5p – 9p

Friday, June 28 Lineup

Time Location Event
5 – 6:30 Horse Arena 4-H Horse Show (English Riding)
5 – 10 Admin Plaza First Bite Fishing Tank Experience
5:30 – 9 Park Stage Debbie Nelson & In Full Transition (R&B)
6 – 9 Coliseum 4-H Dog Show (Agility)
6:30 – 7 Coliseum Lawn Elite Performance K9s (Trick Dog Show)
presented by Noah’s Animal Hospitals & Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center
7 – 7:30 Admin Plaza DinoROAR Show & Exhibit
7 – 7:30 Family Arts Adult & Child Cookie Contest
sponsored by Mac’s Hair Place
7 – 9:30 Grandstands Demolition Derby ($5 Admission)
7 – 10 Midway RadioNow 100.9 LIVE Broadcast
7 – 11 Oval Arena Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides ($15)
8:30 – 9 Coliseum Lawn Elite Performance K9s (Trick Dog Show)
presented by Noah’s Animal Hospitals & Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center
9 – 9:30 Admin Plaza DinoROAR Show & Exhibit

Saturday, June 29

Kid’s Day presented by PNC Bank

Thank you to our presenting sponsor of the day – PNC Bank

Hours of Operation

Gates & Midway – 12p – 11p

Exhibit Buildings – 12p – 9p

Special Discounts

Midway Rides – Unlimited for $25

Saturday, June 29 Lineup

Time Location Event
12 – 1:45 Park Stage Cutest Baby Contest
presented by Shoe Carnival
12 – 5:30 Coliseum 4-H Dog Show (Obedience, Showmanship & Service)
12 – 6 Poultry Barn Open Class Serama Poultry Shows
12 – 6 Horse Arena 4-H Horse Show (Contesting / Speed Events)
12 – 10 Admin Plaza First Bite Fishing Tank Experience
1 – 1:30 Coliseum Lawn Elite Performance K9s (Trick Dog Show)
presented by Noah’s Animal Hospitals & Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center
1:30 – 2 Admin Plaza DinoROAR Show & Exhibit
1:45 – 3 Park Stage Silly Safaris Animal Show
2 – 4 Main Street Pedal Pull Competition
2 – 6 Livestock Barn Open Class Sheep Show
3 – 3:30 Park Stage Superheroes Batman and Wonder Woman
3:30 – 4 Coliseum Lawn Elite Performance K9s (Trick Dog Show)
presented by Noah’s Animal Hospitals & Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center
4 – 4:45 Park Stage Princesses Belle & Jasmine
4:30 – 5 Admin Plaza DinoROAR Show & Exhibit
5 – 6 Marketplace Princesses & Superheroes Meet & Greet
5 – 6:30 4-H Exhibit Hall 4-H BBQ Chicken Contest
5:30 – 7 Park Stage Yvonne & Company (R&B)
6 – 6:30 Coliseum Lawn Elite Performance K9s (Trick Dog Show)
presented by Noah’s Animal Hospitals & Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center
6 – 6:30 Family Arts Gluten Free Desserts
presented by Flashbacks Family Bar & Grill
6:30 – 9 Grandstands Demolition Derby ($5 Admission)
7 – 7:30 Admin Plaza DinoROAR Show & Exhibit
8 – 10 Park Stage Knot Ike & Tine (Covers)
8:30 – 9 Coliseum Lawn Elite Performance K9s (Trick Dog Show)
presented by Noah’s Animal Hospitals & Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center

Sunday, June 30

Hours of Operation

Gates & Midway – 12p – 11p

Exhibit Buildings – 12p – 9p

Special Discounts

Midway Rides – Unlimited for $25

Sunday, June 30 Lineup

Time Location Event
12 – 4 Poultry Barn Open Class Pigeon Show
12 – 4 Horse Arena 4-H Horse Show (Fun Day)
12 – 10 Admin Plaza First Bite Fishing Tank Experience
1:30 – 2 Admin Plaza DinoROAR Show & Exhibit
2 – 2:30 Family Arts Crafting & Photos with Queen & Court
(Ages 4-10 • Max 25 kids)
3 All 4-H Buildings All 4-H Exhibit Buildings Close
3 – 3:30 Family Arts Apple Pie Contest
sponsored by Hunter’s Painting
3 – 4 Park Stage The Dodrill Family (Gospel)
3 – 5 Coliseum 4-H Awards & Closing Ceremonies
3:30 – 4 Coliseum Lawn Elite Performance K9s (Trick Dog Show)
presented by Noah’s Animal Hospitals & Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center
4 – 5:30 Park Stage Organ-nizers
4:30 – 5 Plaza Wood Carving Auction
4:30 – 5 Admin Plaza DinoROAR Show & Exhibit
5:30 – 6 Park Stage Yulanda Reynolds
6 – 6:30 Coliseum Lawn Elite Performance K9s (Trick Dog Show)
presented by Noah’s Animal Hospitals & Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center
6:30 – 7:30 Park Stage Indianapolis Municipal Band (Orchestra)
7 – 7:30 Admin Plaza DinoROAR Show & Exhibit
8 – 8:30 Coliseum Lawn Elite Performance K9s (Trick Dog Show)
presented by Noah’s Animal Hospitals & Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center