- Admission gates: 9 am – 10 pm (Except Aug. 5, until 7 pm)
- Commercial exhibit buildings: 10 am – 9 pm*
- Youth Center: 9 am – 8 pm*
- Janis Center: 8 am – 6 pm
- Rides: 10 am – 11 pm (open until midnight Fridays and Saturdays)
Reentry is permitted each day with a hand stamp during the hours the gates are open.
*Some buildings have reduced hours on Aug. 5. Please scroll down to the “buildings” section to see a complete list of buildings and applicable hours.
10 am – 11 pm (open until midnight Fridays and Saturdays)
$1 coupons – select kiddie rides require one coupon; super kiddie and spectacular rides require two coupons; super spectacular rides require three coupons. Special ride-all-day wristbands are available for $25.
Conditions for Admission
The safety of our fairgoers, exhibitors and employees is our number one priority. In an effort to ensure the highest level of safety and security, please do not bring any illegal weapons or substances to the Fair. Prior to entry, you will be asked to walk through a magnetometer. Purses, backpacks, book bags, coolers, strollers, etc. are permitted, but are subject to search. Bag searches will also be conducted for guests entering concerts and events in the WCOL Celeste Center. Several items are expressly prohibited at the Ohio State Fair, including: the use of bicycles in non-parking areas, the possession or use of Segways/hoverboards, and the use of unmanned aircraft systems (drones). Bicycle parking racks are located at the Cardinal Gate, OHIO Gate and Gate 10 (17th Avenue). You may bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages. Glass bottles and containers are not permitted on grounds.
Buildings and stages
Nationwide® Donahey Ag & Hort Building presented by the Ohio Farm Bureau, 10 am – 8 pm
Browse beautiful flowers, the interactive Land & Living Display, prize vegetables and more.
Antiques & Collectibles Pavilion, 10 am – 9 pm (closes at 8 pm on Aug. 5)
Looking for that perfect vintage item? Look no further; a variety of antique dealers and exhibitors sell jewelry, records, toys, memorabilia and more at the Fair.
Brown Building, 8 am – 10 pm
This arena is home to all sheep exhibits and shows, including a store with all things wool.
Buckeye Sports Center, show schedules available at ohiostatefair.com
Check out various sporting events throughout the Fair.
Cardinal Hall, 10 am – 9pm (closes at 8 pm on Aug. 5)
The Ohio Expo Center’s newest building opened this summer to house the Fair’s Creative Arts and Youth Arts exhibits (Hall B), the Handmade Heritage Crafts exhibit (Hall C), Model Railroad exhibit (Hall C) and various banquets and events (Hall A), as well as the permanent Ohio Agriculture Hall of Fame exhibit.
Cardinal Shelter, open all Fair hours
Enjoy a break at this relaxing picnic area just east of the Cardinal Gate. Interested in reserving it for a family reunion or group outing? Call 614-297-0735.
WCOL Celeste Center, show schedules available at ohiostatefair.com
Big-name concerts and free shows are a part of the Ohio State Fair Concert Series held in this air-conditioned arena. Concessions are available for purchase, as well as Ohio beer and wine during select concerts.
Central Park, open all Fair hours
Relax at the center of the Fair, home to the Monster Mural, Jumbo Tic-Tac-Toe and special activities.
JD Equipment Taft Coliseum, open all Fair hours
Many horse shows take place in this facility.
Rural King Cooper Arena, 8 am – 10 pm
Swing by this arena for dairy cattle judging during the Fair.
Cox Fine Arts Center, 10 am – 9 pm (closes at 6 pm on Aug. 6)
More than 300 masterful works of art, film screenings and live music create a gallery atmosphere at one of the largest and most prestigious state fair fine arts exhibitions in the nation.
Dairy Products Building, 9 am – 9 pm
See the famous butter cow and sculpture, a Fair tradition since 1903, while you enjoy your favorite dairy products from Ohio-produced ice cream to the celebrated cheese sandwich.
Denny Hales Arena, open all Fair hours
Dog agility, the general livestock judging contest and select pre-Fair horse shows are held in this open-air pavilion.
Natural Resources Park, 9 am – 7:30 pm
Enjoy free fishing for kids, kayaking and archery at this beautiful eight-acre park maintained by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. There are so many things to observe such as native Ohio wildlife, a log cabin, a geological walkway and a tall grass prairie. The outdoor amphitheater hosts free music and entertaining programs throughout the day. Patrons can take a ride on the exciting watercraft simulator and experience the thrill of riding a jet ski firsthand – while staying (mostly) dry.
Gazebo Stage, show schedules available at ohiostatefair.com
Fairgoers will be amazed and entertained by astonishing jugglers, comedic performers and talented musicians at this stage, located near Central Park in the heart of the Fair.
Gilligan Livestock Complex, 8 am – 10 pm
This complex houses the horse and dairy cattle exhibits, as well as a functioning milking parlor. An air-conditioned restaurant, Ranahan’s, is attached.
Main Street Stage, show schedules available at ohiostatefair.com
Catch a little bit of everything at the Main Street Stage, from free live music to amazing hypnosis shows.
Bricker MarketPlace Building, 10 am – 9 pm (closes at 8 pm on Aug. 5)
Visit commercial and informational booths with a variety of novelties, jewelry, demonstration items, home remodelers, state agencies, attractions, as well as the International Food Court and an Ohio beer and wine sales location.
Martin Janis 50+ Center, 8 am – 6 pm
This full-service recreation center features daily live entertainment, great food, a variety of activities and demonstrations in stained glass, lapidary, painting and a scenic 15-mile track operating model railroad.
O’Neill Building presented by Ohio Soybean Council, 8 am – 10 pm
Check out swine exhibits, a sow and her piglets and the Pork Shoppe, home of the famous “Pigs. The Inventors of Bacon.” t-shirt.
Rabbit and Poultry Pavilion presented by Ohio Soybean Council, 8 am – 10 pm
Roosters crow to wake the grounds at this pavilion, home to rabbits, chickens and educational exhibits.
Rhodes Center, 9 am – 9 pm
This expansive facility is the home to the All-Ohio State Fair Band presented by Buckeye Health Plan and the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir rehearsals and other scheduled activities.
Shoppes at North Commercial, 10 am – 9 pm (closes at 8 pm on Aug. 5)
Commercial and informational booths offering a variety of wares from sunglasses to furniture are housed in this open air shopping mecca.
ShowPlace Pavilion, open all Fair hours
A variety of sporting events, activities and performances will take place at this pavilion.
Taste of Ohio Café presented by Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net, 10 am – 9 pm
Sit down for a locally-produced meal or a glass of Ohio beer or wine in this air-conditioned facility and attached patio. Enjoy the chance to learn great recipes from the daily Heartland Cuisine Cooking Demonstrations.
Voinovich Livestock & Trade Center presented by Ohio Soybean Council, 8 am – 10 pm
This expansive building is home to beef exhibits and educational activities, as well as a mini putt-putt golf course.
Youth Center, 9 am – 8 pm (closes at 6 pm on Aug. 5)
Stop by to participate in interactive activities and see competitions, projects and displays from youth organizations including Ohio 4-H, Boy Scouts of America, FCCLA, FFA, Girl Scouts, SkillsUSA, Technology & Engineering Education. Interactive exhibits and displays from The Ohio State University physics and chemistry departments, as well as the Columbus Division of Police Explorer Program for youth, will be featured.