2021 Dane County Fair Update - March 31, 2021

The Dane County Fair Association, Inc., with support from Dane County and Alliant Energy Center, is excited to share that the 2021 Dane County Fair will be held this year and will be open to the public at Alliant Energy Center – July 15-18, 2021. This decision was not taken lightly, and modifications will be made to the Fair to provide a safe environment for our youth exhibitors, volunteers, partners, staff, vendors, and our attendees. After many conversations with Alliant Energy Center, the Dane County Executive’s office, and Public Health Madison Dane County, the Dane County Fair Association, Inc. Board of Directors feel that Dane County’s response to the pandemic and access to vaccines is helping the county move in the right direction. The Fair Board is pleased for the opportunity to host the Fair for the youth of Dane County and the community and will follow the recommended health guidelines and regulations in place at the time of the Fair.

Full Press Release

Join us at the Alliant Energy Center, July 15-18, 2021, to see how "the future is BRIGHT" at the Dane County Fair. With many new attractions and features, along with classic favorites, the Dane County Fair will be the highlight of your summer.


NEW THIS YEAR! - Stay tuned for more details related to any health restrictions/guidelines, layout, youth exhibitor projects, entertainment, activities, and more!

Fair Admission includes FREE access to:

  • Nightly concerts
  • Stunt shows
  • Unique daily theme related activities
  • A large variety of animals in the Pavilions and Arena Building
  • Youth exhibits in the Exhibition Hall
  • Great carnival specials
  • Food and Shopping Vendors of all kinds with give-a-ways
  • and so much more!


2021 Fair Admission*




5 and under






12 & Over



* Purchase your tickets online (credit card) or at the gate (cash only).

Admission Specials: 

Thursday and Friday feature $3 admission before 3:00 p.m. for everyone over 6-years-old!

Thursday - All past and present military personnel, police officers, firefighters and first responders receive FREE admission for Hero plus one (1) guest as we celebrate Hometown Hero Day

Parking is FREE all-day every day!

Be sure to check for admission coupons in your Bucky Book!

Fair Hours:

Gates open at 9:00 a.m.
Outdoor Exhibitors and Vendors: 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Exhibition Hall: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. (closes at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday)
Carnival: 12:00 p.m. (Noon) - 11:00 p.m. The carnival will operate unless lightning.


Pets are not allowed at the Dane County Fair, only Service Animals. Thank you for your cooperation.