The 2023 Indiana State Fair runs from July 28-August 20, and there are more things to do during the 18 days of the fair than you shake a corndog on a stick at. There is certainly no shortage of things to spend money on at the fair, but organizers what to remind guests that there are dozens of FREE things to do, too.

100 FREE Things to Do at the 2023 Indiana State Fair

  1. Challenge your friends to a game of putt-putt golf
  2. See if your kiddos can reel in the catch of the day at the DNR Fishing Pond
  3. Get around the grounds for FREE on the tractor shuttles
  4. Decide on your favorite hot air balloon and cheer it on at the PNC Bank Hot Air
  5. Watch the Indiana State Fair Parade
  6. NEW! Xpogo: Extreme Pogo Stunt team - Get thrilled until the final bounce!
  7. Visit beautiful butterflies at the Butterfly Exhibit
  8. Meet and pet baby goats
  9. Visit Pioneer Village and be transported back into the 1800s!
  10. Hop to Animal Town to find rabbits & baby bunnies, along with hatching chicks
  11. NEW! Otter Adventure. Come take a splash with the sweetest creatures on the Fairgrounds!
  12. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs - You can't see pigs fly but you can see them RACE!
  13. Take a self-guided trail around the Fairgrounds – pick up maps for The Wonder Trail at Animal Town or any State Fair Information Booths presented by Prairie Farms.
  14. Tour the Indiana History Train presented by the Indiana Historical Society
  15. Let your youngsters take on the role of a farmer for the day by participating in Little Hands on the Farm presented by College Choice 529 Savings Plans
  16. NEW! Land of Legends: Indiana's Basketball Legacy
  17. Meet Johnny Appleseed!
  18. Meet the Indiana State Fair Queen, Claire Bishop, at Introduction to Royalty: Our Indiana County Fair Queens!
  19. Marvel at the giant cheese sculpture sculpted by Sarah Kaufmann “The Cheese Lady” and presented by American Dairy Association Indiana Inc.
  20. Parakeet Encounter. Experience a fun encounter with these colorful birds!
  21. Take in fair festivities as you walk across the scenic Covered Bridge
  22. See beautiful works of art created by local artists
  23. Get creative inspiration with the Make It with Wool Fashion Show
  24. Feeling cozy, stop by and see the Quilting Hall of Fame Exhibit
  25. Check out the Championship Rodeo’s Slack Run
  26. Watch woodworkers make chairs, toys, and more in Pioneer Village
  27. Get involved in STEM & FFA interactive activities
  28. Play corn hole or do a scavenger hunt to win a prize
  29. Visit the Indiana State Fair Literacy Reading Garden
  30. See your favorite local celebrities at the Celebrity Milking Competition
  31. Witness Vintage Farm Machinery in Action
  32. Pacers Sports and Entertainment Exhibi
  33. Chuck Taylor and Indiana Basketball at the Indiana History Train
  34. Space Ham: An Augmented Reality Experience
  35. Let your kiddos design or color their very own quilt square
  36. Visit Canstruction
  37. Indiana State Fair Tractor Pull
  38. If you’re feeling brave, come see the Roving Naturalist
  39. See how butter is churned!
  40. Find out the difference between a llama and an alpaca at the 4-H Llama and Alpaca Show
  41. Learn about the History of Quilts in America
  42. Watch the Chocolate Cupcake Contest
  43. Watch the Backyard Garden Open Show
  44. Get a new look at livestock with the Mule & Donkey Performance
  45. Watch and learn from the best at the Youth Talent Contest
  46. Feel protected from the sun with the FREE sunscreen provided by the Fair!
  47. Love horses? Come see the 4-H Horse & Pony Contesting
  48. Toast of the Fair
  49. Visit the Purdue Extension Design and Innovation Studio
  50. Architectural Trolley Tour
  51. See what Indiana Birds of Prey are all about
  52. The Rope Warrior
  53. Attend the Baton Twirling Contest
  54. Visit the Mural Derby
  55. Cheer on your favorite horse & jockey at Grand Circuit Harness Racing featuring the Fox Stake
  56. Visit the livestock and learn at the Children’s Barnyard
  57. Visit the King Arthur Baking Company Youth Cookie Contest
  58. Fulfill your cravings at Taste from Indiana Farms featuring Indiana commodity groups
  59. See more animals with the Reptiles Rule! LIVE Reptile Program
  60. Live Music! Come watch Andrew Salgado!
  61. Let's Talk Livestock
  62. Browse the merchandise and apparel at the new and improved Indiana State Fair gift shop locations
  63. Watch the 4-H Cat Show
  64. Take a stroll through The Mercantile (in Ag/Hort) and browse the various vendor booths
  65. Watch a cake-decorating demo
  66. Come out to see the Indiana Fashion Foundation Marketplace
  67. Want to cool off? Come over to the TapRoom
  68. View historical artifacts and exhibits, along with old-time ice cream treats and an antique pharmacy
  69. Tour the Speed Barns
  70. Visit Chuck Taylor and Indiana Basketball at the Indiana History Train
  71. Visit Indiana’s Urban Garden/Take-Out Garden and complete the scavenger hunt to receive a free garden kit to take home and plant!
  72. Come on down to watch the Spelling Bee
  73. Come watch a variety of dancers and try to dance along
  74. Watch the Art of Wood Carving Demonstration
  75. Pathway to Water Quality Presented by Indiana American Water
  76. Attend the Kid's Cookie Decorating Contest
  77. Get a photo for the ‘gram! Find 2023 Indiana State Fair Queen, Claire Bishop, and get a picture with her!
  78. Come sit and relax in the Indiana State Fair Wine Garden presented by Oliver Winery
  79. Work and view an old thrasher farm machine and much more in Machinery Field
  80. USA Mullet Championships
  81. It would be baaad if you missed the 4-H Market Lamb Show
  82. Watch the Pedal Tractor Pull to see all the amazing tractors
  83. Step back in time and browse the Country Market to get your shopping in!
  84. See what all the farmers have to say with the Live Farmers Chat
  85. You won’t want to miss the Indiana Livestock Hall of Fame & 4-H Grand Drive presented by Farm Credit MId-America
  86. Don't miss Peppa Pig Live!
  87. Show your patriotism at the Daily Flag Raising Ceremony
  88. Walk around our Selfie Photo Trail
  89. Stay safe, and wash your hands! Visit one of our hand-sanitizing stations or restrooms
  90. Come learn more about beef and dairy cattle
  91. Check out the Indiana Young Farmers Association Exhibits
  92. Attend the Liar’s Contest presented by Storytelling Arts of Indiana
  93. Hear a variety of entertainment and music acts on the Hoosier Lottery Free Stage
  94. Check out the Indiana-Grown Marketplace
  95. Get hungry and healthy with the Giant Vegetable Contest
  96. See all of your favorite animals at the Petting Zoo
  97. Watch hot air balloons light up the sky at PNC Bank's Hot Air Balloon Night Glow!
  98. Take a picture under the famous Midway sign and post it on social media for all your friends to see. Don’t forget to hashtag #indystatefair!
  99. Check out the 4-H Education Station
  100. Cool off on a hot, summer day at the giant mist fans!

If any of these events/activities tickle your fancy and you'd like to add them to your Indiana State Fair itinerary, you can get more details including dates, times, and locations HERE.

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