Wilson County Fair – Nashville State Fair 2022: What to know before you go

What's your favorite ride? | Photo by Alison Weakley

The Century Wheel. The wild, fried fare. The summer concerts on the Opry Stage. All this could only mean one thing: The Wilson County Fair – Tennessee State Fair is taking over the Wilson County Fairgrounds from Thurs., Aug. 18-Sat., Aug. 27. 🗓️ 

The Tennessee State Fair began in 1906, 15 years after Cumberland Park (now called The Fairgrounds Nashville) was built as a harness racing track with a 7,000-seat grandstand. The Wilson County Fair and Tennessee State Fair agreed to consolidate in 2021, hosting all events at Lebanon’s James E. Ward Agricultural Center.

We’re wheely excited for this big event, so we want to prep you with everything you need to know before you go. Ride with us. 🎟️ 

Hours, tickets, parking

  • During its 10-day run, the fair is open daily: Monday-Friday beginning at 5 p.m., Saturdays at 10 a.m., and Sundays at 12 p.m. 
  • Tickets are available in person and online. Admission costs $6-$12 and children ages five and under are free.
  • Parking is available on and off-site — preferred parking is $10, otherwise on-site spots are free. The fair shuttle provides pick up from three off-site locations.
  • Pro tip: Season tickets ($45) provide fair access all 10 days and mega tickets ($30) include admission and a ride armband. Individuals with disabilities gain free access to the fair Sat., Aug. 20 + view this list of discounted admission days and ride specials.
Clearview takes the stage again this year on Sat., Aug. 20 at 8:30 p.m. | Photo by Haley Witcher

The concerts

Some great acts are headlining the Back Porch Stage, Opry Stage, and Community Stage.

Here are some performances to look for

You’ll also want to check out the Entertainment Stage to see performances by The Evermean Evergreen Cloggers and a square dance competition + the Expo Center Stage for pageants.

The exhibits

The Wilson County Fair – Tennessee State Fair is known for exhibits spanning all kinds of interests. Head to Fiddlers Grove to explore an amateur wine or antique car show. Maybe competition is your thing and you want to showcase your athleticism through a bike ride across Wilson County, arm wrestling, or horseshoe pitching

What’s your go-to fair food? | Photo by Rachel Baldwin

The fried fair fare

As always, expect a lot of fried food scattered throughout the fairgrounds, as well as hot chicken delicacies.

Editor’s Pick: We’ll never leave the fair without stopping by a giant corn dog vendor + buying extra fried Oreos for the weekend.

A fair share of fun

Of course, fair fanatics still have even more opportunities for rides + shows at upcoming county fairs. Put on your walking shoes and grab your calendar because here are two additional dates to pencil in.

  • The Williamson County Fair | Fri., Aug. 5-Sat., Aug. 13 | Daily: Monday-Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 10 a.m., and Sunday at 12 p.m.  | Williamson County Agricultural EXPO Park, 4215 Long Ln., Franklin | $5+
  • The Nashville Fair | Fri., Sept. 9-Sun., Sept. 18 | Daily: Monday-Friday at 5 p.m. + Saturday-Sunday at 11 a.m. | The Fairgrounds Nashville, 401 Wingrove St. | $7+