Parking & Directions

Learn pro tips and advice on how to get into the Fair quickly. We see more guests in one day than many of the most attended events in the US.

Public Entrances

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Kentucky Exposition Center – 937 Phillips Lane, Louisville, KY 40209

Gate 2 – South Crittenden Drive - 3901 Crittenden Dr

Gate 4 – North Crittenden Drive - 2801 Crittenden Dr

Gate 6 – Preston Highway - 3328 Preston Hwy

Hours of Operation & Tickets

Purchase general admission, parking and horse show tickets in July. Purchase your tickets here.


7a.m. Gates are open.
9a.m.-9p.m. Exhibit halls are open.
2p.m.-11p.m. Thrill Ville rides open.


7a.m. Gates are open.
9a.m.-10p.m. Exhibit Halls are open.
12p.m.-12a.m. Thrill Ville Rides close.

Express Lanes

Express lanes are designed to make entering the Fair fast and easy. Fairgoers must pre-purchase both parking and admission tickets in order to use the express lanes. Historically, the Main Gate, Gate 4, and Gate 6 have express lanes available to fairgoers.

Kentucky Kingdom

Visitors to the Kentucky Kingdom must use Gate 2 to enter during the Kentucky State Fair. Visitors will not be charged for parking or admission to the Kentucky State Fair if they enter via Gate 2 with a season pass. Parking is $10 for all other Kentucky Kingdom goers. Designated parking can only be accessed by visiting Gate 2. All other gates are Kentucky State Fair access only.

Ride Your Bike

Bicycle racks are provided at every gate free of charge – riders just need to bring their own locks. The bicycle corral is at Gate 4 in Lot H.

How To Get Here

The Kentucky Exposition Center is located at the junction of I-65 and I-264 (937 Phillips Lane) in Louisville. “Fair/Expo Center” signs on both interstates lead to the main gate. To beat traffic, you may want to try entering Gates 2 or 4 on Crittenden Drive – or Gate 6 on Preston Highway.
Traveling from out of state? The Kentucky Exposition Center is just minutes from the Louisville International Airport!

Have a Question?

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