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Welcome to the 2018 Northern Wisconsin State Fair. We are so excited to see you July 11-15 in Chippewa Falls at the fairgrounds. In an effort to make sure you get all of the fun you can squeeze out of the fair this year we wanted to provide a complete guide to what you need to know, links to schedules, and information on how to save. From our family to yours, have a wonderful time at the fair!

Adult 5 Day Admission $20
Adult One Day Admission $10 (Free Sunday, July 15 9am-11am)
Youth One Day Admission (Ages 6-11) $5
Parking $5 (Free Sunday, July 15 9am-11am)

Fair Hours

Our most commonly asked question is when the actual hours of the fair are. SO we've compiled all of the times below!
🎑Tues - Judging starts at 9am
🎑Wed - Sat, 9am-10pm
🎑Wed - Sat Food & Outside Vendors, 10am-Midnight
🎑Wed-Sat Buildings 11am-10pm*
🎑Wed-Sat Carnival Rides Noon-11pm
🎑Sun, 9am-7pm (Free Admission and Parking Until 11am*)
🎑Sun Food & Outside Vendors, 10am-7pm
🎑Sun Buildings 11am-7pm
🎑Sun Carnival Rides Noon-7pm
🎑Judging starts at 9am each day
Find a Complete Schedule of Activities & Events Online
*Science and Tech Bldg and RCU Bldg Close at 8pm.
Looking for ways to save on your general admission, main stage acts, and carnival rides? Check out our extensive list below on how you can save! Time is ticking though and all of these end July 10 at Midnight and Leinenkugel's Main Stage tickets increase by $5 at the gate (premium, reserve, and grandstand tickets). Please note: Have a comp one day ticket? Comp tickets can be exchanged along with $10.00 for a week long pass at the Fair Office!

FREE ADMISSION for active and retired military service people w/ military id


This ticket is valid for a single day unlimited carnival ride wristband good for one youth or adult for one day at the Fair. These wristbands DO NOT include general fair admission. You can buy these at the Carnival Ride Ticket Booth or purchase online.

new to the northern wisconsin state fair main stage experience: vip area

Enjoy the below exclusive amenities while watching our big name artists play on the Leinenkugel's Main Stage (Martina McBride VIP Seats Sold Out):
  • General Fair Admission for Day of Artist
  • Catered meal
  • Refreshments (beer, wine, soda, and water)
  • A/C
  • Independent Viewing Area
  • Restrooms
  • Separate Entry/Exit to VIP Area 5pm-10pm
  • Limited Number of Tickets Available, First Come, First Serve!


Frankie Ballard - Wednesday, July 11 8pm
Chris Lane - Thursday, July 12 8pm
Martina McBride - Friday, July 13 8pm
Cheap Trick - Saturday, July 14 8pm


Did you get a Kwik Trip Carload coupon? These can be redeemed on Thursday, July 12 anytime between 9am-4pm at the Main Gate for admission to the Northern Wisconsin State Fair AND Parking for just $15 (July 12 Only). Everyone who fits in your care (SAFELY) will receive admission and parking is included, all for $15.

  • One Kwik Trip coupon admits one carload (parking included)
  • Redeem anytime between 9am-4pm (no exceptions for before or after this timeframe)
  • No limit on number of persons per vehicle (but everyone needs to be safely secured in their cars, safety first!)
  • Carnival opens at Noon


  • All Active Duty and Retired Military Service Personnel with Military Id Receive Free Admission July 11-15
  • Fair Admission and Parking is FREE on Sunday, July 15 until 11am
  • There will be FREE Parking and Shuttle Service Located at Chippewa Area Youth Hockey Arena (839 1st Avenue) and Mason Companies Parking Lot (just behind the hockey arena) on Wednesday, July 11 - Saturday, July 14 from 4pm-11pm
  • NEW to the fair is our Bike Corral where you can ride your bikes to the fair and SAVE on parking. The bike corral is FREE. Hours are: Monday-Saturday, 9am-10pm and Sunday 9am-5pm

Please Note

Inclement Weather

Seek shelter in cement structures or permanent restrooms.

Reserved Parking Areas

These areas are needed for safety/emergency personnel. Vehicles will be towed at owner's expense if parked in reserved parking area. (See Map Below)

Smoking and/or Vaping

It is not permitted inside or within 25 feet of any door or entryway of buildings, barns, tent structures, or among highly congested outdoor areas where patrons are gathered. Concert areas are NON smoking.

NO Pets/Animals

They are not allowed on the fairgrounds during the fair unless they are entered in a competitive exhibit or qualify as an ADA service dog.

Alcohol Age Verification

The NWSF believes all alcoholic products should be enjoyed responsibly. For guests 21 years of age and older, an approved wristband is required to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages. ID verification wristband stations are located outside beer garden areas.

NO Coolers or Carry Ins of Food or Beverages

Indemnification and Photo Release

By attending this event you indemnify the Northern Wisconsin State Fair Association, Inc Board of Directors, Staff, Volunteers, and Associated Governing Organizations from any and all legal action. Additionally, you authorize the use of your image in pictures, audio, and video productions for advertising and marketing needs of the NWSF, Sponsors, or Vendors of the Fair.

PLEASE keep our grounds and parking areas clean by using trash and recycle bins wherever possible. Be part of our sustainability practices.


2018 Northern Wisconsin State Fair Map

Mailer, Schedule, and Food + Vendor Guides



Do you have any discounts during the fair, July 11-15?

We do not. Please review ALL of the discount ticket and free parking options listed above to take advantage of by July 10, Midnight.

Will prices increase for main stage acts?

Yes. They increase by $5 at the gate. This includes premium, reserve, and grandstand tickets. Grandstand tickets are free for Frankie Ballard and Chris Lane, but will increase for Martina McBride and Cheap Trick.

Do concert tickets include fair admission?

No. You MUST purchase fair admission separately. Main Stage VIP passes are the exception as these include fair admission.

Is there a free shuttle service?

Yes. Wed - Sat, July 11 - 15, there will be free parking and shuttle service at the Chippewa Area Youth Hockey Arena located at 839 1st Avenue in Chippewa Falls, as well as the Mason Companies Parking Lot located just behind the hockey arena.

Is there a discount for senior citizens?

No as we offer free admission July 11-15 to all active duty and retired military service people.
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