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Wisconsin State Fair Exposition Center

The Wisconsin State Fair Park Exposition center is conveniently located off the freeway near Wauwatosa and is called the “Expo Center” by locals. This exposition center offers 200,000 square feet of exhibition space for a variety of events including the Wisconsin State Fair, holiday festivals like Harvest Fest, trade shows for the public like various home and garden shows, pet fairs and more. This fair and expo center also holds business trade shows as well as shopping fairs and family-fun attractions.

Whether you are planning on attending one of these events or are traveling as an exhibitor, Wauwatosa offers places to stay, places to eat and things to do near the Wisconsin convention center. 

Where To Stay Near the Fair & Expo Center

With the expo center located south from Wauwatosa in West Allis, there are a number of lodging options that are just a few minutes away. Forty Winks Inn is the closest but Sonesta Milwaukee West Wauwatosa, SpringHill Suites and Residence Inn Milwaukee West are also conveniently located right off the freeway. 

What to Do Before or After the Exposition Center Event

If you’re like us, you’ll want to visit other can’t-miss attractions during your visit. To get the full Wauwatosa experience, shop small with local businesses and boutiques or walk around East Tosa to experience larger-than-life murals! Let off some steam at Wauwatosa’s first and only football bar, 1st & Bowl, or explore one of Wauwatosa’s open-air parks and trails. 

Where to Eat Near the State Fair Expo Center

While you may not be hungry after attending the Wisconsin State Fair, Wauwatosa is a great place for business meetings after a long day at the expo center as well as the perfect destination to take the family after a long day of fun. But, if you are looking for a place to meet with co-workers check out Maxie’s across the freeway or grab a drink at Mo’s Irish Pub. Iif want to grab dinner after a long day of fun, then check out Ferch’s Crafthouse Grille.

Header photo courtesy of @wistatefair