A guide to: The Tennessee State Fair


For more than 150 years, the Tennessee State Fair has served as a 10-day gathering for agricultural and educational activities. This year’s event, set for Sept. 6-15, is expected to draw more than 100,000 people for contests, food and midway rides.

500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville


Opening times for the fair vary by day.
• 5-11 p.m. (Mon.-Thu.)
• 5-11:30 p.m. (Fri.)
• 10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. (Sat.)
• noon-11 p.m. (Sun.)


Public parking is available for $5 per day throughout the event.

Gate 1: Nolensville Road and Wedgewood Avenue
This gate provides weekday access for all agricultural, educational and competitive exhibits.

Gate 2: Wedgewood Avenue
This gate is open daily and includes a free golf cart shuttle service for handicap parking.

Gate 6: Bransford Avenue
This gate is only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Things to do

The fair features several daily activities for the whole family.

Compete in annual pageants
The Tennessee State Fair Pageants are held Sept. 6-7 for ages ranging from newborns to 20.

Run a 5K
The Tennessee 4-H Funnel Cake 5K raises money for various 4-H programs.

Check out the midway
The midway features more than 30 amusement rides.

Hear live music
In addition to daily live music, there will be karaoke contests, lip sync battles and a bluegrass jamboree.

Enter a kid’s contest
Children can participate in sack races, tractor pulls and an ice cream-eating contest.

Visit farm animals
The fair offers daily access to farm animal exhibits.

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