Free parking option at state fair

Anyone going to the Indiana State Fair might want to consider using the State Fair Park & Ride service at the Glendale Mall in Indianapolis.

The service has grown in popularity over the years and now stands out as the only free parking option for fair visitors, officials said.

The service is available to anyone. It offers free shuttle rides from the mall’s Rural Street parking lot, where visitors can park for free, to the fairgrounds’ northeast corner by the Family Fun Park.

The shuttles run every 20 minutes from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day of the fair, which opens Friday and ends Aug. 18.

Two new pay parking options are available for the first time.

Reserved parking guarantees visitors a spot inside the fairgrounds behind the Public Safety Center. This option is available through the fair’s website,, and the spot is only reserved for the date selected. There are a limited number of spaces available, and the cost is $20.

Premiere guest parking is available through or on site, when available. Visitors park in the Old Farmer’s Market lot on the east side of Fall Creek Parkway across from Gate 6 and then receive golf cart service inside the fairgrounds to Pioneer Village or Main Street. There are a limited number of spaces available, and the cost is $25.

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