Wisconsin State Fair | Free Family Fun!

The Wisconsin State Fair is almost here! We dug through their website to find all the {free} family fun you can enjoy after entering the fair!

Wisconsin State Fair 2016 • The Lake Country Mom

August 4th-14th, 2016

8 am – 11 pm Sunday – Thursday
8 am – 12 am Friday & Saturday
8 am – 10 pm Final Sunday

Exposition Center: Open 9am – 10pm daily
(9pm on the final Sunday)
Most buildings at the Fair are open 9am – 10pm daily.

Fair Admission Fees:


Adults (12 & over) $12
Seniors (60 & over) $7
Military/Veterans with ID $7
Youth (ages 6-11) $6
Children (5 & under) FREE

Wisconsin State Fair 2016 • The Lake Country Mom


Wheelchair accessible restrooms are located throughout the Park for Fairgoers’ convenience in the Exposition Center, Wisconsin Products Pavilion, corner of Grandstand Avenue and First Street, and at the corner of Central Avenue and Second Street. Specially equipped portable restrooms are available at the Main Stage presented by Potawatomi Bingo Casino and at the U.S. Cellular® Main Gate. A Family Restroom is located in the north lobby of the Exposition Center.

Strolling Street Entertainers

As you stroll through the Fair Park, be sure to keep an eye out for exciting and unique street entertainers. Each performer has a different show, and will change throughout the Fair! Watch for performances by Mango and Dango Theatrical Circus, Vocal Trash, Canines a la Cart, Greg Frisbee, StatueViva, Matt’s Family Jam, Steve Trash, Spin Cycle, Alex Clark, Brant The Fireguy and the World Record Balloon Stunt Show.

Daily Parade

Check out this Fair tradition that kicks off at 3pm daily (2pm on the final Sunday, as part of Miller High Life Veterans and Military Recognition Day). See the Fairest of the Fairs, your favorite street entertainers, mascots, tractors, marching bands and much more! For parade route, please visit any Fair Information Center.

Sea Lion Splash presented by Meijer

Sea Lion Splash, located on South Grandstand Avenue, will have crowds cheering and laughing once again, while also teaching valuable lessons about marine wildlife and conservation. The sea lions will amaze as they balance balls, shoot hoops and even perform handstands! This is the only traveling sea lion show in the U.S. and each 30-minute show will educate the audience while also bringing out the natural comedic nature of these amazing animals.

K-9 Sports Arena

The dog days of summer are coming to the Fair! The K-9 Sports Arena, located in the Big Backyard, features shows and demonstrations hourly on the half-hour on weekdays with additional shows on weekends. See dog dock diving, frisbee, agility courses, Police K-9 units and much more!

We Energies Energy Park

There’s so much to do! We Energies Energy Park features performances and exhibits in a clean, relaxed park setting. Pick up a safety wristband and keep your child safe at State Fair. Learn how to stay safe around electricity and natural gas and how you can become an energy hero. Enjoy delicious cooking and grilling presentations, get horticulture tips and stroll through our amazing gardens. See eagles, hawks, owls and other birds up close and personal. Join us at the race as sun-powered cars zoom down the track. The Energy Park is on the west side of the Fair Park on Wetley Way at Center Street.

Young People’s Art Exhibit

This year’s exhibit features over 360 youth paintings, sculptures and drawings. You’ll be whisked away with the creative talents of today’s youth grades 6 – 12. Check out this display of creativity located in the lobby of the Exposition Center. Kids of all ages can create a free art pieces in the Make It, Take It Art Project Area.

Natural Resources Park

Join us for hands-on experiences with Wisconsin’s natural resources. Explore, touch, play and discover through interactive exhibits. Test your outdoor skills in rod ‘n reel casting and archery. Stop by Smokey’s School House, the kids natural play area and our outdoor camping display, or visit our welcome desk to purchase your fishing and hunting licenses, state parks and trail passes through our new Go Wild system. There is something for everyone, Join Us!

Green & Growing Garden Walk

Pack your corn dog, cream puff and cool beverage as you start your global garden adventure. Punch your passport at destinations such as We Energies Energy Park, German Prairie, Moroccan Oasis and Tahitian Tropical Retreat. Turn in your completed passport to earn your Garden Walk ribbon and enter a drawing to win a special petal passport prize package. Bon voyage!

Farm & Family Building

Connect with fun in the Farm & Family Building. Race a vegetable car in the Veggie 500, and visit with Alice in Dairyland. Try Cow Pie Pitch, or color a button to take home. Play games to learn more about healthy animals and safe food. Check out tips on how to protect yourself against common consumer scams. Visit each station to receive a special stamp. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection connects with you every day.

Badgerland Financial Discovery Barnyard

The entire family will enjoy discovering animal agriculture and experiencing agricultural exhibits and demonstrations daily from 9 am – 9 pm. Located in Ag Village, east of the Farm and Family Building on Sue Wetley Court and Third Street.

Junior Amateur Talent Competition

This exciting competition took place Friday, August 14 at noon at the Activity Stage! Youth and Teens from throughout the state could pre-qualify to compete at the State Fair for the chance to be crowned the champion of the Wisconsin State Fair Junior Amateur Talent Competition.

Youth Expo Hall & Stage

The Youth Expo Hall on Fifth Street and Grandstand Avenue showcases Wisconsin youth through music and drama performances, demonstrations, style revues, activity stations, project exhibits and organizational displays. The stage will feature  special performances by 4-H Drama Company, 4-H Showcase Singers and State FFA Honors Band & Chorus.


Fair Food!

Come early, hungry and ready to graze through the Fair at more than 200 concession locations that offer plenty of delicious favorites, like butter-dripping corn-on-the-cob and steaming hot deep-fried cheese curds. Each year vendors introduce many new foods, and hundreds are available on-a-stick. This year is no different, with NEW items ranging from Deep Fried Maple Bacon Cookie Dough and Caribbean Crepes to the Peanut Butter Bacon Bison Burger and Grannie Smith Caramel Apple Shake. Yum! > HERE.

Wisconsin State Fair Attractions!

The Wisconsin State Fair draws more than one million visitors each year who revel in tradition and are drawn to exciting  attractions like the the Giant Slide, Sky Glider, Daily Parade  and more.

Visitors can  see hundreds of animals in numerous barns throughout Ag Village, as well as educational exhibits in the Farm & Family Building and the Badgerland Financial Discovery Barnyard.

The Horticulture, Craft & Culinary Pavilion is an oasis where fairgoers will enjoy beautiful bonsais, orchids, dahlias and gladiolus along with a myriad of vegetables, textiles, canned goods, pies, cakes and more.

Thrill-seekers won’t want to miss the Wisconsin State Fair’s amusement ride and game area, SpinCity, which features more than 50 rides – including eight new rides – and 30 exciting games.

It’s also a shopper’s paradise, with hundreds of vendors located in the Wisconsin Exposition Center and several other marketplaces throughout the Fair Park. Please click below for information on the numerous family-friendly attractions offered at the Wisconsin State Fair. > HERE. 

Admission Deals!

Save big with these specials + deals on admission. > HERE



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