The Howard County Fair: August 3-10, 2024

Mark your calendars for August 3rd to 10th for summer family fun at the annual Howard County Fair!

Dive headfirst into Howard County's rich agricultural heritage with captivating livestock exhibits and demonstrations. Witness the dedication and hard work of local farmers firsthand, and see the best of farm life in Maryland!

The fun doesn't stop there at the Howard County Fair! Take a nostalgic trip down memory lane with classic carnival rides and games, and enjoy delicious treats and eats! Challenge your friends and family and create memories that will last a lifetime. Don't forget, children 12 and under get FREE admission!

Please note that these details are subject to change. Find more event information on the Howard County Fair website.



Howard County Fair Ride


2024 Howard County Fair Details

This year the Howard County Fair is open for general admission from Saturday,  August 3rd to Saturday,  August 10th from 8:00AM - 10:00PM at the Howard County Fairgrounds: 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship MD 21794. All visitors must leave the fairgrounds by 11:00PM.

Parking is available and free outside of the Howard County Fairground gates.


  • Children 12 years old and under: FREE admission (with supervising adult)
  • Ages 13 - 61: $10.00
  • Ages 62 and older: $5.00
  • Season Pass: $40 (valid for all ages)

Please note that pets are not permitted on at the Howard County Fair unless they are registered service animals trained to support someone with a physical or mental disability.


Waiting in line at the Howard County Fair


Rides & Attractions

Picture yourself being dazzled by flashing lights and cheerful music as you walk through the Howard County Fairgrounds, exploring the variety of rides and attractions. Take a spin on a merry-go-round or get dizzy on a twisting turning carnival ride. There's an assortment of rides and games suitable for all ages and tastes, so be ready to explore them all with your friends and family. If you plan to spend the day on the rides, be sure to purchase an armband that is good for all day use and take advantage of the Howard County Fair Ride Specials.

Carnival games and festival challenges are also available to test your skills. With a little luck you might win a special prize!


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Family Friendly Fair Activities

A day at the Howard County Fair is the best way to maximize fun with your kids this summer, and kids 12 and under get FREE admission!

Little ones will love exploring the Kids and Critters Barn and learning all about different farm animals first hand. Check it out daily between open daily from 9:30AM - 2:00PM and 5:00PM – 8:30PM.

There are also daily pig races, pony rides, and education displays perfect for keeping your children entertained. For more agricultural education, adventure in the "Little Farmer's Barn" daily between 10:00AM – 7:00PM for hands-on farm themed experiences.

Watch their eyes light up on the carousel or as they play their first carnival games at your side! Win prizes, play games, and make memories they'll cherish forever: and of course nothing says "summer fun" more than fairground ice cream and treats!

For the littlest HoCo adventurers, a Baby Contest and Miniature Parade will be held at 10:30AM on Saturday August 10th. Entries required by 10:30AM.

To wrap up a week of excitement with a wonderful grand finale plan to attend the Howard County Fair float parade at 5PM on Saturday August 10th.

There's so much for children to experience at this summer's Howard County Fair, so be sure to make this event part of your summer plans!


Cute goat at the Howard County Fair

Animal Exhibits

Come see cows, pigs, horses, goats, ponies, sheep dogs, and more wonderful farm animals at the Howard County Fair!

Every day you can catch the thrilling pig races, or can treat your kids to a pony ride experience between 10:00AM – 10:00PM. The barns will be filled with animals of all shapes and sizes for the livestock shows, and kids can have a personal experience at the Kids and Critters Barn, open daily from 9:30AM - 2:00PM and 5:00PM – 8:30PM.

Throughout the fairgrounds you'll find educational agricultural displays where you can learn more about what farm life in Maryland is like.

In the Horse Education tent you can find a daily Equine Exhibit from 2:00PM - 7:00PM that is perfect for horse lovers of all ages! Throughout the week schedule there are also horse pull demonstrations, horse shows, and horsemanship contests for you to enjoy.


Beer & Wine Garden

Once you've had your thrill of exciting rides and attractions, relax with a cold beer or refreshing glass of wine in the Beer & Wine Garden located at the Main Exhibition Hall. On Saturdays and Sundays the garden will be open from 12:00PM - 10:00PM, and on weekdays from 4:00PM to 10:00PM. 

After you've refueled with some delicious drinks and grabbed some food, explore the rest of the Main Exhibition Hall filled with vendors and homemade goods. Pick up the perfect gifts while supporting local crafters and creators in Howard County.


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Everyday at the Howard County Fair is filled with great entertainment, including live music, performances, and interactive shows! In addition to these performances below, find daily magic shows, pig races, pony rides, children's activities, and educational displays. The details below are subject to change. Find all entertainment details and most up to date information on the Howard County Fair website.

Saturday,  August 3rd:

  • Square Dance Demonstration: 5:00PM at the Entertainment Stage
  • Square Dance: 7:00PM at the 4-H Activities Hall
  • Dean Crawford & The Dunn's River Band: 7:30 and 9:00PM at the Entertainment Stage

Sunday, August 4th:

  • Billy Harrison and the Haywire Band: 3:00PM at the Entertainment Stage
  • Michael Christopher: 7:30PM and 9:00PM at the Entertainment Stage

Monday, August 5th:

  • Sheep Dog Herding Demonstration: 5:00PM and 7:00PM at the Horse Ring
  • New Censation Band: 7:30PM and 9:00PM at the Entertainment Stage

Tuesday, August 6th:

  • The Brown Brothers Band: 7:30PM and 9:00PM at the Small Stage

Wednesday, August 7th:

  • Streamline Rocks: 7:30PM and 9:00PM at the Entertainment Stage

Thursday, August 8th:

  • Sheep Dog Herding Demonstration: 5:00PM and 7:00PM at the Horse Ring
  • Browningsville Cornet Band: 7:00PM on the 4-H Activities Hall Patio
  • Talent & Variety Show: 7:00PM at the Entertainment Stage

Friday, August 9th:

  • Jay D. Henley and the Stone broke Band: 7:30PM and 9:00PM at the Entertainment Stage

Saturday, August 10th:

  • Cody Clayton Eagle: 7:30PM and 9:00PM at the Small Stage


Howard County Fair at Sunset


Explore Howard County: 

After a fun-filled day at the fair, enjoy a delicious dinner at one of Howard County's incredible restaurants. Make plans to enjoy Howard County's nightlife and meet up with friends to explore the HowardOnTap Craft Brew Trail! You'll be glad you planned to maximize your experience by exploring nearby regions like charming Historic Ellicott City or dazzling Downtown Columbia

Whether you're a Howard County local or visiting the fair for the first time, you're bound to have an unforgettable day at the Howard County fair. Join us in celebrating the community and making summer memories by purchasing your tickets now.