Free Family Fun

Strolling Street Entertainers

As you stroll through the Fair Park, be sure to keep an eye out for exciting and unique street entertainers. Each performer has a different show, and will change throughout the Fair! Watch for performances by Mango and Dango Theatrical Circus, Canines a la Cart, StatueViva, Matt’s Family Jam, Sam The Wheeler, Steve Trash, Alex Clark, Brant The Fireguy, Allez-OOPS!, and the World Record Balloon Stunt Show.

Daily Parade

Check out this Fair tradition that kicks off at 3pm daily (2pm on the final Sunday, as part of Miller High Life Veterans and Military Recognition Day). See the Fairest of the Fairs, your favorite street entertainers, mascots, tractors, marching bands and much more! For parade route, please visit any Fair Information Center.

Sea Lion Splash presented by Meijer

Sea Lion Splash, located on South Grandstand Avenue, will have crowds cheering and laughing once again, while also teaching valuable lessons about marine wildlife and conservation. The sea lions will amaze as they balance balls, shoot hoops and even perform handstands! This is the only traveling sea lion show in the U.S. and each 30-minute show will educate the audience while also bringing out the natural comedic nature of these amazing animals.

K-9 Sports Arena presented by DirecTV

The dog days of summer are coming to the Fair! The K-9 Sports Arena, located in the Big Backyard, features shows and demonstrations hourly on the half-hour on weekdays with additional shows on weekends. See dog dock diving, frisbee, agility courses, Police K-9 units and much more!

We Energies Energy Park

Fun, safety, food, gardens, birds and more! Visit We Energies Energy Park to learn about electric and gas safety with our interactive games and exhibits. Get an identification wristband to keep your child safe at the fair. You can enjoy cooking and gardening presentations, see birds of prey up close and participate in a game show or solar car race. Energy Park is on the west side of the fair on Wetley Way at Center Street.

Young People’s Art Exhibit

This year’s exhibit features over 360 youth paintings, sculptures and drawings. You’ll be whisked away with the creative talents of today’s youth grades 6 - 12. Check out this display of creativity located in the lobby of the Exposition Center. Kids of all ages can create a free art pieces in the Make It, Take It Art Project Area.

Exploratory Park

Take your family on an adventure through Exploratory Park! This oasis on the south side of the Fair Park features hands on stations for kids of all ages. UW-Extension will offer activities to spark creativity, learn about state parks, forests and natural areas from the DNR and visit the State Fair History Exhibit.

Green & Growing Garden Walk

Cultivating happiness & joy is just one garden away on this year’s annual garden walk. Harvest planting tricks and tips are available at every flower inspiration station. Nurture your green side with over-the-top Fair floral arrangements and laughter along the way. Plus, win a prize after completing the garden walk.

Farm & Family Building

Connect with fun in the Farm & Family Building. Race a potato Porsche or carrot Camaro in the Veggie 500 and meet Alice in Dairyland. Learn about farm animals with our new life-size board game. Play Plinko, spin a big wheel or toss some bean bags to learn more about Wisconsin products and safe food for people and animals. Get tips on protecting yourself against common consumer scams. Get a special stamp on your scavenger hunt card at each game station and when you’ve filled your card, color a button to take home. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection connects with you every day.

Compeer Financial Discovery Barnyard

Families will discover Wisconsin’s diverse and thriving agriculture industry through a variety of engaging activities, live demonstrations and more from 9 am-9 pm daily. Stop by and see baby farm animals, too! Located in Ag Village, east of the Farm and Family Building on Sue Wetley Court.

2017 Wisconsin State Fair Junior Amateur Talent Competition Finals presented by JACK’S Pizza

Don’t miss the third annual Junior Amateur Talent Competition on Friday, August 11 at noon on the Activity Stage! Participants from throughout the state can pre-qualify to compete at State Fair in either the Youth or Teen division. Winners from each division will be crowned Grand Champions and win $3,000!

Youth Expo Hall & Stage

The Youth Expo Hall, located on Fifth Street and Grandstand Avenue, showcases Wisconsin youth through music and drama performances, demonstrations, style revues, activity stations, project exhibits and organizational displays. The stage will feature special performances by 4-H Drama Company and the State FFA Honors Band & Chorus.

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