In Columbia SC, October welcomes the return of the South Carolina State Fair. For over 150 years the fair has drawn in folks with its agricultural exhibits, fried foods, wild rides, and unforgettable entertainment.  Keep reading to get all the necessary details on the 2021 festivities. 


If you're a planner, go ahead and purchase your tickets online or at a Circle K (check website for specific locations) for up to 50% off! For those who are a bit more spontaneous, you can still buy tickets at the fair. General Admissions is $20, children 5 and younger get in free, and senior (55+) tickets are $15. 

Locals know all too well about the fair's Lunch Bunch deal. Monday-Friday from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm, you can swing by the fair and pay $15 to enter. If you exit by 2:00 pm, you get your $15 back, making this the perfect lunch stop on a day full of Columbia SC adventures. 

New this year, the State Fair is offering the Family Fun Pack. For only $105, you'll receive 4 tickets, 2 ride vouchers and an entry pass to the Carolina Lights show later this year!


Fair food, y'all. We wait all year for this goodness. At the SC State Fair, you'll find can't-miss classics like corndogs and cotton candy alongside local favorites like Fisk Fries. While the State Fair is full of tradition, they also like to keep it fresh. New in food this year, be sure to try the deep fried lava cake or the steak 'n eggs sundae (which comes with cheesy grits, of course). We're also pretty excited about the Expanded Cookie Kitchen. Warm cookies and cold milk? Count us in. 


You'll be happy to hear that the free Circus at the Fair returns this year with ringmaster Ian Garden. But that's not all. Beyond the circus, the State Fair brings in a variety of musicians to 3 different stages throughout the 2-week affair. Check their schedule online to schedule your trip around a show. 

Keep it Clean

To maintain the health and safety of guests and staff, the SC State Fair has enacted the following protocols. Clear bags will be required and guests are encouraged to limit the personal belongings that they bring into the fair. Hand sanitizer and washing stations will be placed throughout the fair and guests will be encouraged to social distance. Cashless payments will be available from all vendors. Stay tuned to the State Fair website and social media for updates on mask requirements.

We hope to see you at the 2021 fair! Be sure to share your photos with #RealColumbiaSC for the chance to be featured on our Instagram