The 83rd annual North Georgia State Fair is coming to town from September 24 through October 4, 2015. As the largest fair in metro Atlanta, it attracts an estimated 300,000 people every year from North Georgia and neighboring states. The fair features live music, free attractions and shows, blue ribbon competitions, flower shows, live farm and exotic animals, dancers and performers, fun food, and rides on the Great James H. Drew Exposition – one of the largest carnival midways in the U.S. The fair offers free concerts with big names hitting the stage. A covered arena guarantees concerts rain or shine.

New rides for the 2015 season include The Black Forest – a state-of-the-art fun house, Balloon Ferris Wheel – a 40-ft. high family ride and The Lolli Swing- a kiddie swing ride.


All concerts  are free with fair admission.

Thursday September 24, 2015

  • Opening Day
  • FREE Admission
  • Pay ONE price $20 unlimited rides
  • North Georgia State Fair Beauty Contest

Friday September 25, 2015

  • Senior Citizen & Hero’s Day
  • FREE Admission for all seniors 55 and older
  • FREE Admission for all active, reserve or retired military veterans, law enforcement, firefighters and first responders.
  • Valid ID required.
  • 8:00 pm: The FISH 104.7 FM 15th annual BIRTHDAY BASH featuring Danny Gokey in concert

Saturday September 26, 2015

  • Family Fun Day
  • 10:00 am to 11:00 am: FREE admission and rides
  • 11:00 am to 3:00 pm: Pay-One-Price $25 for unlimited rides.
  • Unlimited ride pass good until close.
  • 8:00 pm: Mark Wills in concert

Sunday September 27, 2015

  • Family Fish Day
  • Children 12 and under admitted FREE all day
  • Receive $1.00 off adult admission with church bulletin
  • SCHOOL SPECIAL – 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm: FREE Admission and Rides for students (must have ticket distributed in school)

Tuesday September 29, 2015 – Student Night

  • FREE Admission for students 18 and under
  • Pay-One-Price $20 for unlimited rides
  • Special Populations Night
  • 6:30 pm: Beautiful Baby Contest (0-3 years old)

Monday September 28, 2015

  • Pay-One-Price $15 for unlimited rides
  • 8:00 pm: On the big stage. The Pebblebrook School of the
  • Performing Arts – Company 2016

Friday October 2, 2015

  • Georgia Lottery Day
  • $1 off adult admission with a non-winning Georgia Lottery ticket
  • Admission Special: Bring 7 non-perishable can good items and receive 1 FREE Adult Admission
  • 8:00 pm: Kellie Pickler in concert

Thursday October 1, 2015

  • 8:00 pm: Dustin Lynch in concert presented

Wednesday September 30, 2015

  • Pay-One-Price $20 for unlimited rides
  • 8:00 pm: Montgomery Gentry in concert

Sunday October 4 2015

  • Admission Special: Bring 7 non-perishable can good items and receive 1 FREE Adult Admission (MUST NOT BE EXPIRED)
  • SCHOOL SPECIAL – 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm: FREE Admission and Rides for students (must have ticket distributed in school)

Saturday October 3 2015

  • Admission Special: Bring 7 non-perishable can good items and receive 1 FREE Adult
  • 10:00 am to 11:00 am: FREE admission and rides
  • 11:00 am to 3:00 pm: Pay-One-Price $25 for unlimited rides.
  • Unlimited ride pass good until close.
  • 5:30 pm & 8:30 pm Local Entertainment Stage: The Little Roy & Lizzy Show
  • 7:00 pm Local Entertainment Stage: Chain Saw Carving Auction
  • 8:00 pm: Kristian Bush in concert

2015 Concerts:

  • Friday, September 25, 2015 – Danny Gokey 
  • Saturday, September 26, 2015 – Mark Wills 
  • Wednesday, September 30, 2015 – Montgomery Gentry
  • Thursday, October 1, 2015 – Dustin Lynch 
  • Friday, October 2, 2015 – Kellie Pickler 
  • Saturday, October 3, 2015 – Kristian Bush 

2015 Shows:

New shows for 2015 include Wolves of the World, David “The Bullet” Smith Human Cannonball, Keith King BMX Bike Show, Galaxy Girl, Eudora Farms Petting Zoo, Parakeet Adventure, and Camel Rides.  Returning shows include Sea Lion Splash, Robinson’s Racing Pigs & Paddling Porkers, Brian Ruth “Master of the Chainsaw”, North Georgia Animals Petting Barn, Oscar the Robot. All shows are free with paid admission.


  • $7 adults
  • Free for children 10 and under
  • Ride tickets are $1.25 each (please note that all rides require 2 or more tickets a piece), $20.00 for 21 tickets, $50.00 for 55 tickets and $100 for 120 tickets.
  • Parking is $3
  • Concerts are free with fair admission
  • Fair tickets will be available at all Metro Atlanta Walgreens beginning August 24 – September 25. Adults $3.50, 21 Ride Tickets $11.00.

Unlimited Rides:

  • Thursday September 24, 2015 – $20
  • Saturday, September 26, 2015 – $25
  • Monday, September 28 – $15
  • Tuesday, September 29, 2015 – $20
  • Wednesday, September 30, 2015 – $20
  • Saturday, October 3, 2015 – $25 (sold 11 am to 3 pm, good till close)

2015 Hours:

  • Monday through Thursday 4 pm to 11 pm
  • Fridays 4 pm to midnight
  • Saturdays 10 am to midnight
  • Sundays 12:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Jim Miller Park
2245 Callaway Road
Marietta, GA 30008

Contact Information:

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Event organizer’s contact information:

(770) 423-1330 or
(770) 528-8989 after September 1





  1. I have made a blanket and want to submit it at the fair and try for one of those great blue ribbons. Where do I need to go to submit the art work?

  2. Would like to get information on working the vendor booths, have tried several emails, with no response.

    Thanks in advance.

  3. I order some ride tickets and never recieved them. We are going to the fair next Saturday, Oct 2nd. Is there somewhere I can go to see where they might be?

    • Hi Kirsten,
      It would probably be best to check with the organization or website that sold you the tickets. If that does not work, try calling the event organizers at (770) 423-1330.

    • Hi Mandy,
      We have been when it was raining and when it was sunny, and you can definitely have fun either way. Some of the animal attractions are in covered areas, and some are outside. When it is raining, you will generally have cooler weather, shorter lines, and fewer people, however some of the attractions may be temporarily closed.



        • Hi Kayla,

          Here is the schedule for unlimited rides:
          Opening Day: $18 for unlimited
          9/24/11 $25 for unlimited rides (sold from 11am-3pm)
          9/26/11 $15 for unlimited rides
          9/27/11 $18 for unlimited rides
          9/28/11 $18 for unlimited rides
          10/1/11 $25 for unlimited rides (sold from 11am-3pm)

  4. Hello, I am a member of a student organization called LINK at KSU. We are focused on doing community service all over the world and we are planning our national service project for this year. For this we need to do fundraising. We were wondering if it was too late, and if not how much it would cost, to rent a booth at the Fair this year? Thankyou!

  5. We r looking forward 2 eating funnel cake’s n dancing with The Band Perry at ya’ll’s fair. We will be traveling from Statham Ga just west of Athens. My question is will there be any additional charge’s 4 admission 2 see The Band Perry ? Thank You very much, Bill Pollard and Family…….

  6. Hello,

    I’m trying to find the details for entering my baby in the Beautiful Baby contest and the link for additional information is not working, can you send me the details for entering please? Thank you much in advance!

    • Hi Everyone,

      Here is the information we found about the baby contest:

      From the smallest princesses and handsome young princes, even the youngest of fairgoers are recognized at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011. Each year the fair gives mothers and fathers the opportunity to show off their new additions to the family with the Beautiful Baby Contest, sponsored by Atlanta Parent Magazine. The judging is informal and the contestants may dress any way they want. Parents sign up your 0 to 36-month-old starting at 5:30 p.m. on the night of the contest. The competition will begin at 6:30 p.m. starting with 0-6 months and working up to 36 months in six-month increments. There is no cost to enter a child into the competition, but regular fair admission is required.

      Winners of each category will receive a plaque, and ribbons will be issued to 2nd and 3rd places. Be sure to bring your cameras you don’t want to miss the opportunity to photograph the future Mr. or Mrs. America.

      Admission prices are $5 for adults, $2 for students – ages 7 to 18 and free for children
      6 and under.


  7. I can honestly say I am very upset about the pageant last night for the babies. i know that they did not know what was going on but there was nothing.. no color nor coordination what so ever. this was the first year my daughter was in it and i was seriously disappointed.

  8. With the 1 free adult admission in exchange for 7 non perishable items on Saturday Sept 29, 2012, is that an all day special or would I have to come at a certain time?

  9. We are new to the area and was our first time to this fair grounds I have to say I am very disappointed I brought my teenager and several friends out to see colt ford and well needless to say we never got in to the fair because after sitting in line for what seem like forever we are then told we have to go up turn around and come back down and all that just to be rerouted to yet another location by this time it’s almost. Nine and from the looks of it there is no hope In getting in to see colt ford so all of our night was ruin not sure how you all need to do it but when you are. Bringing a name like colt ford to a place like that it should be better prepared to handle the people Who are gonna show up cuz it is really disappointing to the teenagers that have been planning this trip all week we have a trucking company and don’t get time off often and this was something that my kids really wanted to go to so everyone pitched in got the work done so we could go and have a good time but all we got was a trip around a block and a lot of wasted fuel oh and several sad faces when we were told we would. BE wasting our time cuz it would be over before we would ever get in not sure how to fix it so it is more people friendly but this is for sure not the way to go maybe having ticket sold just for a certain night and when they are gone there gone or several different shows by each preformer again I don’t know how it’s set up on the inside but plz try and figure out a way it can be more enjoyable for those of us that just want to see the concerts

    • The fair is not one big company. It is organized by the fair management and consists of the large carnival company (rides and games), individual vendors, paid entertainers and local competitive exhibitors, who all go their separate ways after it’s over. “It” does not just pick up and move somewhere else. Fairs can be similar, but are individually unique.

  10. Directions to the fair after the MARTA train station, that is, which bus and which is the best connection MARTA point. Thank you.

  11. The weather says it is suppose to be storming all day today. Will the concerts and everything still go on?

  12. Can you enter in the morning and leave at some point, returning later for the concert at 8:00 pm Saturday, and not have to pay?