Ways to Save Big at the Wisconsin State Fair in 2022

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There’s so much to love about the Wisconsin State Fair (coming up August 4-14, 2022), the best eleven days of every summer in the entire state! It’s no secret that we love the fair around here. Stay tuned for our Family Guide to the Wisconsin State Fair for the inside scoop on all the activities, hot-spots, and timeless classics. Plus, factor in all the food on sticks, craft beer, and live music, and you’ve got the perfect setting to enjoy summer in all its glory in one spot.

We are here with the Insider Scoop on ways to save big at the Wisconsin State Fair! Use these tips and tricks to maximize your enjoyment while minimizing your expenses.

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When it comes to Deals & Steals, it basically boils down to these categories: 

  1. Admission Deals
  2. FREE and Cheap Activities
  3. Value Menu (Food!)

Admission Deals

Children five and under get into the Fair for FREE. Youth ages 6 to 11 pay $12 a ticket and general admission tickets are $17.

There are some great ways to save on admission – if you buy in advance you can get general admission tickets for just $13 admission tickets until 7/29!

Monarch Library System Summer Reading Programs

Kids can earn a FREE youth admission ticket when they participate in the summer reading program at select Dodge, Ozaukee, Sheboygan, or Washington County libraries. This program ends August 14.

Milwaukee County Libraries Summer Reading Program

Keep kids reading this summer and earn a FREE youth admission ticket upon completion of the Summer Reading Program at any participating Milwaukee County Library. Teens can also earn FREE State Fair Admission for reading this summer. This program ends August 14.

Lakeshores Library System Summer Reading Programs

Kids can earn a FREE youth admission ticket upon completion of the summer reading program at any Racine or Walworth County Library. This program ends August 14.

Bridges Library System Summer Reading Programs

Kids can earn a FREE youth admission ticket when they participate in the Oceans of Possibilities Reading Program at select Waukesha or Jefferson County Public Libraries. This program ends August 14.

Dublin the Fun Fair & Fest Deal

Now – JULY 31 – Have twice the fair and festival fun for the price of one with the “Dublin the Fun” Fair & Fest Deal! For just $20, get one State Fair admission ticket and one Milwaukee Irish Fest admission ticket, the world’s largest celebration of Irish music and culture. This is a great deal with a value up to $40!

Lakeshore Chinooks “State Fair Sundays”

Now – AUGUST 7 – Get hooked with these great ticket package deals for the Lakeshore Chinooks and Wisconsin State Fair! Choose from two package options for Lakeshore Chinooks Sunday home games at Kapco Park ranging from $17 – $20.

Milwaukee Milkmen “State Fair Fun Days”

Now – AUGUST 3 – Get mooovin’ on this great ticket package deals for the Milwaukee Milkmen and Wisconsin State Fair! Purchase the State Fair Fun Day bundle to get a ticket for select Milwaukee Milkmen games and for just $10 more, add a Wisconsin State Fair admission ticket valued at $17!

Party Animal Package

Now – JULY 31 – Check out the deal that lets you party with all the animals this summer with our Party Animal Package! For only $20, get one State Fair admission ticket and one adult admission ticket to the Milwaukee County Zoo. Get this great deal valued over $27!

FREE Family Fun

One of the best ways to save is to find all the fun, FREE entertainment and activities for fairgoers of all ages! Once you get onto the grounds, you can easily stay busy all day without spending a dime.

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  • BMX PROS Trick Team: See the BMX PROS Trick Team pull off amazing choreographed stunts, both on the ground and in the air. The riders are sure to wow you as they touch the sky rocketing off the huge ramps! The show will take place four times daily at 12:00, 2:00, 4:00 & 7:00 pm on South Grandstand Avenue.
  • Exploratory Park on the south side of the Fair Park features a free playground area, which immediately had our attention. Outdoor enthusiasts can visit hands-on stations for kids of all ages to learn about fish and wildlife, as well as see Smokey’s School House.
  • Walking through the animal barns and marveling at the farmers’ hard work is one of the true joys of a day at the Wisconsin State Fair.  In addition to the individual animal barns, visit the Compeer Financial Discovery Barn to see baby animals and learn about Wisconsin’s agriculture industry.
  • Come cheer on your favorite pig at the pig races, a Fair classic! They race seven times daily at 11:00 am, 12:30, 1:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30 and 7:30 pm. on Second Street and Badger Avenue.
  • Dog lovers rejoice in the K-9 Sports Arena! If you’ve never seen dog dock diving, you are seriously missing out. The show also features frisbee, agility courses, and Police K-9 units.
  • For a steady lineup of family entertainment, head to the Wilderness Resort Family Variety Stage located on Wetley Way in the Big Backyard. This stage features jugglers, comics and more.
  • Bank Five Nine Amphitheater is the Fair’s largest free stages with tons of great acts. Whether its the dueling pianos, Kids from Wisconsin, or nationally-known musicians, the Bank Five Nine Amphitheater has something for everyone to enjoy throughout the day.

As you can see, the Fair is a premier destination for quality, free entertainment!

Milwaukee Bucks Kids Day 

  • PRE-FAIR PROMO: Young Bucks fans, ages 5-12, can receive a free youth State Fair admission ticket after signing up for the Bango’s Kids Club, sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, in the month of July. Those tickets are valid on Tuesday, August 9 only from 10am-6pm.  
  • Milwaukee Bucks Kids Day will be at the fair on August 9, the Milwaukee Bucks are bringing the energy of Fiserv Forum to Central Park with a day of activities that will have you chanting “Bucks in Six!” Fans of all ages are welcome! Score a photo with the Larry O’Brien trophy, enjoy performances from the Bucks Entertainment Network featuring the Grand Dancers, score a high-five from Bango and the Wisconsin Herd’s mascot Pointer, take home a souvenir craft on-a-stick, put your NBA 2K skills to the test, and purchase some new gear from the mobile Bucks Pro Shop, too.

$35 SpinCity 50 Ride & Game Tickets

SpinCity draws kids in like a moth to the flame, and can also burn through your cash pretty quickly. Thrill-seekers can save 30% compared to individually purchased tickets with $35 SpinCity 50 Ride & Game Tickets vouchers, available now through July 29. This limited time offer is not available during the State Fair!

All rides and games in SpinCity utilize a digital ticket system that require 2-7 tickets each.

During the State Fair, ticket packages with 60-Ticket sheets for $50, 40-Ticket sheets for $35, and individual tickets for $1 each at any SpinCity Ticket Booth.

NEW THIS YEAR: SENSORY-FRIENDLY SPINCITY MORNING

Wisconsin State Fair invites Fairgoers who may have special sensory needs to come play games and experience thrills from 11am-1pm on Monday, August 8 when lights, sounds, and non-safety related announcements will be reduced in SpinCity. **Some attractions are unable to be fully silenced and operational noises will be noticeable during this time.

The Bargain Book 

The Bargain Book is loaded with deals on food, sweets and beverages.

Take advantage of hundreds of dollars in savings with the State Fair Bargain Book, featuring over 80 coupons from the fair vendors and partners. The Bargain Book can be purchased in advance for just $5 (or for $6 at the Fair).

$22 Cream Puff 6-Packs

Get the sweetest deal at State Fair with $22 Cream Puff 6-Pack vouchers on sale now through July 29. A visit to the State Fair isn’t complete without these dairy delicacies that have been a State Fair staple since 1924!

Vouchers can be redeemed during State Fair at the Original Cream Puff Pavilion or Cream Puff Express locations.

Crazy Grazin’ Day

Tuesday, August 9 is truly a great day for families with kids to come to the fair! Not only is it Bucks Kids Day and KIDZ BOP — it’s also Crazy Grazin’ Day. That’s right — all three on the SAME day! On Crazy Grazin’ Day you can get smaller sizes of fair food (or sample sizes) at reduced prices, so that you can try a variety of food. It’s a win for everyone!

Pick up a Crazy Grazin’ brochure at any Fair Information Center and look for posters displayed at participating vendor locations.

The Wisconsin State Fair makes it so easy for families to come and celebrate our state together without spending a fortune. From admission deals to free activities to food bargains, there are many ways to save so everyone can enjoy the Fair without breaking the bank.

This post is brought to you by our sponsors at the Wisconsin State Fair. Our love of food on a stick, pig races, and ways to save big money on big fun is completely our own. 

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