When: Thursday, August 16 to Sunday August 26, 2018. Gates open at 7 a.m. and exhibits open at 9 a.m.
midway and tents close around midnight. Exhibit halls close at 9 p.m.
Directions to Fairgrounds: Located minutes from Louisville International Airport between I-65 and I-264 (937 Phillips Lane) in Louisville. Follow signs reading "Fair/Expo Center" on both interstates leading to the main gate.
This year, watch for the landmark 110th annual Kentucky State Fair to kick off on Thursday, August 16 and continue until Sunday, August 26, 2018 ... celebrating everything Kentucky!
First organized in 1816, the fair didn't become an official one until 1902 and, after traveling from city to city for several years, settled in Louisville where today the fair has found a permanent home at the mammoth 520-acre Kentucky Exposition Center.
As in past years, the fair's huge popularity is expected to draw some 600,000 visitors during its traditional two-week run in August.
The Kentucky State Fair features spectacular roller coaster rides and other amusement park attractions, along with lots of fried foods and regional specialties.
Sure, Kentucky is most famous for fried chicken, Kentucky bourbon, bluegrass music, and baseball bats. But don't miss the opportunity to take in one of the fair's major attractions - the World Championship Horse Show - where 2,000 elite saddlebreds from across the state and around the world compete for millions of dollars in prizes.
2018 Kentucky State Fair concert lineup
Music entertainment is another major draw high on the list of attractions at the Kentucky State Fair, with concerts given by major country stars in the past including Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Keith Urban, the Oak Ridge Boys, and Taylor Swift. This year, the concert lineup includes:
Josh Turner headlines on the main stage
at the Kentucky State Fair in 2018.
Thursday, August 16 - Gary Allan
Friday, August 17 - 112
Saturday, August 18 - Great White
Sunday, August 19 - The Oak Ridge Boys
Monday, August 20 - Casting Crowns
Tuesday, August 21 - Happy Together Tour
Wednesday, August 22 - Chris Janson
Thursday, August 23 - Chevelle
Friday, August 24 - Josh Turner
Saturday, August 25 - The Commodores
Sunday, August 26 - MercyMe
Main Stage concerts usually begin at 7-8PM. with ticket prices ranging from $40-$55.
In addition to main stage concerts, Turf Concerts are scheduled every night at Cardinal Stadium with seating on the field, which is first-come first-served and are free with paid admission.
Tickets are traditionally available at the Kentucky Exposition Center Ticket Office, KFC YUM! Center Ticket Office, Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC) Ticket Office and all Ticketmaster outlets.
DID YOU KNOW? Kentucky State Fair fun facts
Freddy says "Howdy!"
• Freddy Farm Bureau is a familiar face who has greeted visitors with his familiar "Howdy!" for over 60 years. At 13 feet long, Freddy remains a landmark for gatherings of fair goers who can often be heard saying, "Let's meet near Freddy!" Today, Freddy even has his own Facebook page.
• Rain? No problem. Kentucky State Fair ranks No. 1 as the nation’s largest indoor fair, with 1.2 million square feet of exhibit space featuring shows, exhibits and attractions.
• Dieters beware: One of the top sellers available at the Sivori kiosks is the 800-calorie Donut Burger.
• Each year during the fair's two week run, dozens of artists play more than 600 hours of music in entertainment tents, Cardinal Stadium and Freedom Hall.
• If you're browsing the concert schedule, you'll probably meet up with The Oakridge Boys who have appeared in the Kentucky State Fair concert lineup every year for the past four decades.