Welcome to the Dane County Fair 

The Dane County Fair is monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation closely and is working with the Alliant Energy Center and its partners as we consider all that is involved in making the best decisions based on the information available as it unfolds. Currently, the Dane County Fair, July 16-19, is moving forward with our plans, and we look forward to seeing everyone this summer.

Online entries will open on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 and will close Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 11:59pm. CLICK HERE to view updated Youth Exhibitor information as well as the 2020 Premium Book.

For entries questions, please contact our Entries Department at or
608-469-2428. For general Fair questions, contact or

We appreciate your patience, support, and dedication as we navigate these unprecedented times.

Join us at the Alliant Energy Center, July 16-19, 2020, 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.

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!

2020 Fair Admission
Ages Daily Season
5 and under FREE FREE
6-11 $3 $6
12 & Over $8 $20

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


We are introducing some new items and bringing back some favorites for this year's Dane County Fair, including: Rockstars in the Ring, Sneak-A-Peek, Youth & Community Stage Performances, Online Admission Ticket Sales, and Carnival Ride Discounts.

Details to come.

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!

2019 Dane County Fair - ferris wheel
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.
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.