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Iowa State Fair

Iowa State Fair Tickets

3000 East Grand Avenue,  Des MoinesIA  50317

Venue Information

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Venue Details


Eastern Iowa: From I-80 take Exit 141 (Hwy. 65 Bypass), travel south on Hwy. 65 to Exit 79 and head west on Hwy. 163 (E University Avenue) approximately three miles to the Fairgrounds. It is suggested that visitors enter the Fair parking lot at E 36th as a left-hand turn may not be allowed into the grounds at E 33rd at certain times.

Northern Iowa: From I-35, take I-235 to Exit 10A then head east on E University Avenue approximately four miles to the Fairgrounds.

Western Iowa: From I-235, take Exit 10A then head east on E University Avenue approximately four miles to the Fairgrounds.

Southern Iowa: From I-35, take I-235 to Exit 10A then head east on E University Avenue approximately four miles to the Fairgrounds.


Fairtime parking is $10.

Box Office Numbers

(515) 262-3111 (x305)

Box Office Hours

The Iowa State Fair Box Office, located at the Administration Building on the Fairgrounds, is open beginning July 5 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturday for walk-up orders only. On Saturday, August 6, the Ticket Office will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There will also be extended hours on Sunday, August 7, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Pre-Fair Access and Hours:
Access to the grounds will be restricted on the days leading up to the Fair. Because of this, Grandstand and admission tickets will be available at Gate 14 (located on the southeast corner of the Fair’s North Parking lot) beginning Monday, August 8. Visitors may park in the North Lot to purchase tickets. No vehicles will be permitted within the Fairgrounds without a permit.

Monday, August 8: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday, August 9: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, August 10: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Fairtime Hours:
August 11-21: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Types of Payment Accepted

The Box Office accepts cash, Mastercard, Visa and Discover cards.

Will Call

Tickets can be picked up at the Grandstand ticket booth or Administration Building Ticket Office on the day of the performance beginning at 9 a.m.
Customer should have actual credit card used for purchase, picture ID, and confirmation number when picking up tickets.

Accessible Seating

Accessible seating, hearing impaired, and visually impaired seating is available.
Tickets are limited to two attendants for each accessible seat. Accessible parking is located on the north side of the Grandstand.

General Rules

• In general, cameras are not allowed.*
• No recording devices.
• No cans, bottles or coolers.
• No smoking.
• All bags and backpacks are subject to search upon entry to the Grandstand. Refusal to comply will result in denied entry.

* Still photos may be taken at the discretion of the performer.

Children Rules

Kids under 2 are admitted free into show when sitting on a parent's lap
(Not allowed if view from behind is blocked)


Refunds are available only if the event is cancelled. Please note: Grandstand tickets do not include admission to the Fairgrounds. Gate admission must be purchased separately.

The grandstand is cash free. All purchases for food and beverage during all concert and track events must be purchased with credit/debit cards or food coupons. Coupons will be sold online through the Iowa State Fair’s website, through the ticket office during the summer and inside the Grandstand area during the Fair. Coupons will be sold in $5 increments. Coupons will also be redeemable at any concession stand outside the grandstand area. No cash refunds will be allowed on any unused coupons. We are not responsible for lost or stolen coupons.

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