Kentucky State Fair Announces Entertainment Acts for August Event, Early Bird Tickets on Sale Today

Celebrating 120 Years, 120 Counties at the Kentucky State Fair


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 5, 2024) It’s time to snag the best tickets available for the 120thKentucky State Fair, happening August 15-25. With the event just a couple of months away, organizers announced over 70 entertainment acts, including headliners taking the stage for the Texas Roadhouse Concert Series, specialty performances, and family shows included with fair admission. Tickets are available online for $8, and fee-free tickets are available atparticipating Kroger locations for $9. Parking is included with early bird ticket purchases, a $10 savings.

Thrill Ville Ride Wristbands On-Sale Today

Thrill-seekers looking for all-day ride wristbands can get the best price today by purchasing their Thrill Ville wristbands for $30, a $5 savings, online or at participating Kroger locations. At least 50 rides, including thrill, family, and the iconic Astro Ferris Wheel, are coming to town in August.

Music Takes Center Stage at the Kentucky State Fair

The Texas Roadhouse Concert Series returns this year and is bigger and better, with 11 days of headlining acts. Included with admission, fairgoers can rock out with 80’s hair bands, sing along with iconic country acts, and dance to unforgettable hip-hop tracks. The full list of Texas Roadhouse Concert Series Acts is available below.


For the first time in over six years, the Kentucky State Fair is hosting a double-headlining performance. On August 25, the renowned Mexican band known for their distinctive blend of Norteño music with accordion and saxophone sounds, Geru y Su Legión 7, will perform in The BIG Tent, while Christian singer Tauren Wells with special guest Consumed By Fire takes the Texas Roadhouse Concert Series Stage shortly after at 7 p.m.

The Texas Roadhouse Concert Series Lineup

View the concert assets here. Except August 25, the concert area opens daily at 6:30 p.m. and concerts begin at 8 p.m. On August 25th, the area opens at 5:30 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7 p.m.

Thursday, August 15: Lonestar and Montgomery Gentry featuring Eddie Montgomery*

Friday, August 16: The Sugarhill Gang Melle Mel & Scorpio (of Furious Five) with special guest Ying Yang Twins

Saturday, August 17: Stephen Pearcy of Ratt with special guest Quiet Riot

Sunday, August 18: The Oak Ridge Boys with special guests The Country Gold Tour including Leroy Van Dyke, Linda Davis, Jimmy Fortune, Rockland Road (who will performthe National Anthem and God Bless the USA)

Monday, August 19: CAIN with special guest Katy Nichole

Tuesday, August 20: Happy Together including The Turtles, The Cowsills, Badfinger, The Vogues, The Association, Jay and the Americans

Wednesday, August 21: Justin Moore with special guest Alex Miller*

Thursday, August 22: Everclear with special guest Marcy Playground

Friday, August 23: 38 Special with special guest Exile*

Saturday, August 24: Lauren Alaina with special guests Mackenzie Porter, Kelsey Hart*

Sunday, August 25 (7 p.m. show): Tauren Wells with special guest Consumed By Fire

*= Kentucky artist

The music doesn't stop there. Throughout the 11-day run of the fair, over 25 bands will play a part in the all-day live performances scheduled at The BIG Tent and the Budweiser Tent.


The BIG Tent Lineup

Acts are listed in alphabetical order. View the poster here.

Black Top Rodeo, Dance Hall Hooligans, Exit 105, Friday Night Special, Geru Y Su Legión 7, Hank Rose Project, Judge Angus, Kentucky Blue, Rockland Road, Shotgun Serenade, Soul Circus, Sound Machine, Throwback Thursday


Budweiser Tent Lineup

Acts are listed in alphabetical order. View the poster here.

Bill May All Stars, Corridor 64, E & R Project, Judge Angus, Juice Box Heroes, Midnight Radio, Moonshine Magnolia, Most Wanted, No Compromise, Rock Station, Savannah Dean, Soul Circus, Soul Kitchen, The Bottle Trees, The Mad Taxpayers,
The Wilson Brothers, Top Shelf

Specialty Acts, Family Activities Galore

With over three million square feet to explore, fairgoers can stroll through hundreds of vendors in the Merchant Shops, browse through thousands of incredible general entries submitted from around the Commonwealth, or weave through the dozens of exhibits within places like Pride of the Counties and Rescue Ridge.

Around the fair, find the adrenaline-packed Thrill Ville and more than a dozen performancelocations hosting specialty acts, livestock competitions, live music, and unique one-day events that are sure to make everyone smile. For example, the Largest Pumpkin and Watermelon Contest pits enormous gourds from around the region head-to-head for notoriety, prize money, and a coveted blue ribbon. Pumpkins in years past have weighed up to 1,663 pounds, with watermelons reaching a mouth-watering 276 pounds. Fairgoers can expect over 50 family-friendly activities to take place across the fair.


Specialty Acts, Family Activities (as of June 5, 2024)
Listed in alphabetical order. Full schedule will be available at a later date.

120 Years, 120 Counties Exhibition, 4-H Cloverville, AgLand, Animal Cracker Conspiracy, BEERFEST, Billy Kidd, Blue Ribbon Stage and Family Stage Performances, Brad Weston, Breaka Boyz, Championship Drive, Country Ham Contest, Cow Milking Demonstrations, Discovery Farm and Duckling Slide, Draft Horse and Pony Pulls, Farm to Fair Cooking Stage Demonstrations, FFA Exhibit, Freddy Farm Bureau, Gospel Music Showcase, Health Horizons with free health screenings, Junior Chef Competition, Kentucky Remembers: The Vietnam War, Kentucky State Auctioneers Association Contest & Live Auction, Kentucky State Fair Talent Classic, Kentucky State Parks 100 Years Celebration, Kentucky’s Best Entries in Culinary, Farm Products, Fine Arts, Textiles, & More, Lady Houdini, Largest Pumpkin and Watermelon Contest, Little Miss & Mister, Livestock Competitions, Main Street Kentucky, Marvelous Mutts, Media Personality Visits, Merchant Shops, Miller's Border Collies, National Civics Bee State Competition, Ohio Valley Wrestling, Plant Guy, Poultry, Pigeons & Rabbits Competitions, Pride of the Counties, Ran D, Rescue Ridge, Rooster Crowing Contest, Rose Smelling Contest, Safety Town, Strong and Amazing Aerial Show, Sunshine Class, Thrill Ville, Twin Stunts, World's Championship Horse Show & More!

121st World’s Championship Horse Show Trots into Freedom Hall

The world’s most prestigious horse show returns to Freedom Hall August 17-24, celebrating Kentucky’s high-stepping excellence. The 121st event marks a heightened level of competition; with over 200 classes, thousands of participants from around the country will converge in Louisville, Kentucky, to compete for over $1.5 million in prizes, World’s Champion titles, and make their mark in the history books. Tickets go on sale June 17 and will be available on the World’s Championship Horse Show website.

The 2024 Kentucky State Fair is Aug. 15-25 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. For more information, visit or find the fair on Facebook, X, and Instagram.



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