Ohio State Fair: Show Times

From free concerts by the All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir to performances by Toby Keith, The Cowsills and more, the Ohio State Fair offers a feast for the ears. 

Music abounds at the Ohio State Fair. Here's a rundown of some of the notable performances on the schedule. For a complete list of musical entertainment at all of the Ohio State Fair stages visit here for more information on ticketed concerts and here for more information about free live music. 


Saturday, July 27
Hank Williams Jr. 
The son of country music legend Hank Williams, Hank Williams Jr. brings foot-tapping, party-worthy twang to the Ohio State Fair. 7 p.m., $35 and $50 Tickets

Sunday, July 28

Gabriel Iglesias: Beyond the Fluffy World Tour
An often sold-out stand-up comedian, Gabriel Iglesias brings his humorous observations to the Ohio State Fair, appealing to all ages and walks of life. 7:30 p.m., $30–$40 Tickets 

Monday, July 29

Toby Keith with Jimmie Allen
An award-winning singer-songwriter, famous for hits like “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” and “Red Solo Cup,” Toby Keith takes the stage with his chart-topping tunes. 7 p.m., $55–$65, Tickets

Tuesday, July 30

Matthew West with Matt Maher
Christian singer-songwriter Matthew West brings almost two decades’ worth of inspirational songs like “The Motions” and “You are Everything” to the fair. 7:30 p.m., $25, Tickets 

Wednesday, July 31

REO Speedwagon with Night Ranger
Classic rock act REO Speedwagon comes to the Ohio State Fair, building on a legacy of more than 3,500 live performances. 7 p.m., $28–$38, Tickets 

Thursday, Aug. 1

The S.O.S. Band and Midnight Star
You’re in for a night of fun with The S.O.S. Band’s signature R&B and electro funk, a collective that rose to peak fame in the 1980’s. 7 p.m., $25, Tickets 

Friday, Aug. 2
Bad Company with Foghat
Legendary rock frontman Paul Rodgers brings Bad Company to the Ohio State Fair with special guests Foghat opening. 7:30 p.m., $40 and $55, Tickets 

Saturday, Aug. 3
Happy Together Tour 2019: The Turtles, Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night), Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Buckinghams, The Classics IV & The Cowsills
It’s a summer of love with these sounds from the sixties and seventies, bringing back pop favorites from yesteryear.  7 p.m., $25, Tickets

*Read our interview with The Cowsills’ Bob Cowsill here.*



Sunday, July 28
All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir
This group brings the tunes that make up the Ohio State Fair year-by-year. Since 1925, fairgoers have had the pleasure of listening to the band and choir’s song, always ending with “Stars and Stripes Forever.” 1 p.m., Free

Tuesday, July 30

John Denver Tribute featuring Ted Vigil 
John Denver tribute artist Ted Vigil croons in memory of the “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and “Rocky Mountain High” singer. 1 p.m., Free



Saturday, July 27

Shriners Care Fair Fest

Enjoy performances by the Aladdin Shriners, made up of the Aladdin Concert Band, the Aladdin Dixieland Band, Enjoy the Swing Machine and the Aladdin Pipes & Drums. ShowPlace Pavilion, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Free

Mitch Kirkpatrick
Learning electric guitar at age 10 and joining his first band as a teenager, Mitch Kirkpatrick has been entertaining audiences for years. Spend an afternoon enjoying the sounds of his timeless tunes. UnitedHealthcare Gazebo Stage, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Parrots of the Caribbean
This quintet delivers original tunes that combine Zydeco, rock country and blues. Their performance is sure to be a high-energy one you won’t forget. Main Street Stage, 8 p.m.

Sunday, July 28
Veterans Day Variety Show
Honor the United States military and veterans with a variety of patriotic tunes that crowds with any musical interest can enjoy. Steven Moore, two-time National Banjo Champion, will make a special experience. Main Street Stage, 1 & 3 p.m.

The Vindys
This Youngstown-area band is sought-after for their blend of pop, jazz and rock, appealing to a wide audience with their unique sound. Main Street Stage, 5 & 7:30 p.m., Free

Dave Hawkins
Hawkins, a Newark native, has been touring as a singer-songwriter since 1976. Enjoy the sounds of his Americana style, which incorporates Celtic crossover tunes. UnitedHealthcare Gazebo Stage, 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

Monday, July 29

At ages 19, 16 and 12, siblings Collin, Adrienne and Benny have created a country-rock trio that’s a big hit, with covers ranging from John Mayer to Johnny Cash. UnitedHealthcare Gazebo Stage, noon & 2 p.m.

The Southern Cross Band
Since 2017, this six-member group of Streetsboro natives has been performing covers of Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Johnny Cash and more. Main Street Stage, 5 & 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 30

JP Chandler
Chandler is a multi-faceted musician, playing the guitar and the bass drum, while also being a  talented singer. Tune in to his acoustic talents on stage at the Ohio State Fair. UnitedHealthcare Gazebo Stage, noon & 2 p.m.

The Troubled Waters Band
This father-son duo from Dayton brings blues and rock to the Ohio State Fair, sure to keep audiences hooked for the full set with their chemistry and concert confidence. Main Street Stage, 5 & 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 31
The Enablers
The Enablers’ music is a mix of Top 40 songs, ranging from genres such as rap, grunge, rock, punk, blues, alternative and more. Join the Warren natives as they experiment with more groovy tunes. UnitedHealthcare Gazebo Stage, noon & 2 p.m.

Eric Sowers Band
This four-person band is a hit with country-music-loving Ohioans, bringing their commanding stage presence and unending energy to the fair. Main Street Stage, 5 & 7:30 p.m.

Bohemian Highway
With their gorgeous vocal harmonies and lyric-driven music, indie-folk band Bohemian Highway is sure to make an impression with their debut state fair performance. Natural Resources Park Amphitheater, 4:50 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 1
Casee Allen
Coshocton native Casee Allen comes offers an edgy, country-infused sound. Having performaned alongside big-name country stars like Jake Owen and Brad Paisley, he’ll be sure to knock your boots off. Main Street Stage, 8:30 p.m.

Tyler Stephens
This 24-year-old has been passionate about music for nearly two decades. Enjoy this singer-songwriters’ tunes with a twang. United Healthcare Gazebo Stage, noon & 2 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 2

Katie Davis
Inspired by Dolly Parton and Patsy Kline, this Columbus singer-songwriter is sure to win over Ohio State Fair audiences with a line-up from her EP “Steal My Heart.” UnitedHealthcare Gazebo Stage, noon & 2 p.m.

A.C. Jones
This Ohio native has Nashville running through her veins. Enjoy the music of this Youngstown local, including her debut single, “Buses and Trains.” Main Street Stage, 5 & 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 3

Glen Shelton
Glen Shelton is a go-to guy for positive country covers. Attend his all-ages-appropriate, high-energy show for an enjoyable afternoon. UnitedHealthcare Gazebo Stage, 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

Formed when the band’s lead vocalist was only eight years old, Recess has been impressing audiences for nearly a decade. The Parma locals create and write their own pop/rock jams. Main Street Stage, noon & 2 p.m.

Los Aztecas
This authentic Tejano band with a modern twist hails from Toledo and exists to give the Midwest a taste of tradition, cumbia beats and electronic music. Main Street Stage, 5 & 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 4
Gina Brooklyn
Gina Brooklyn is only 18 years old, but the Wadsworth native has talent on lockdown. After recording her first song at 15 years old, she’s soared to new heights in the songwriting world. UnitedHealthcare Gazebo Stage, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Perfect Timing
This classic rock sextet is made up of vocalists, musicians and friends. Their blend of classic rock, country, pop and R&B will be sure to deliver. Main Street Stage, noon & 2 p.m.

Funky Waters 
Funky Waters specializes in rock, funk and blues. With every performance, they deliver rhythm, soul and a unique energy. Main Street Stage, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m. 

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