Illinois State Fair

Illinois State Fair

Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 at 7:00am


Preview Day

​​This is the unofficial start of the fair! Gates open at 7:00 am

Preview Day will feature the twilight parade, discounted carnival rides and a FREE concert on the Rising Star Stage. The Twilight Parade starts at 5:30 pm from Lincoln Park. The Rising Star Stage performance will begin at 7:00 pm. Carnival Midway and Adventure Village will be open late Thursday afternoon following a complete ride inspection.


- State Fair Ribbon Cutting
- Twilight Parade
- Junior Poultry Shows
- Society Horse Show
- Discount Carnival Rides


Children (0-12) – Free
Adults (13-59) - $10
Seniors (60+) - $3