1. Get Discounted Tickets
You know you’re going to end up going, so why not save yourself a little cash with pre-fair discount tickets? Tickets are available for $14 through August 24—get them online, the fairgrounds ticket office, by phone or at a variety of Twin Cities Cub locations.
Save even more fun money by purchasing pre-fair ride and attraction tickets. Regular fair-time admission prices are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors (65+), $15 for kids (5-12) and free for children 4 and under.
With more than 100 food, merchandise and attraction coupons, the $5 Blue Ribbon Bargain Book more than pays for itself.
Plan your visit around Discount Days for savings on gate admission, food, merch, games and rides. 2021 Discount Days include Opening Day (Aug. 25), Seniors Day (Aug. 29 & Sept 1), Military Appreciation Day (Aug. 30) and Kids Day (Aug. 31 & Sept. 5).
Stop by any information booth for the Deals, Drawings & Giveaways Guide listing the day's best values, free stuff and hidden values at the fair.
- There are three Sweet Martha’s locations. You’ll nearly always find a line at the Grandstand and Carnes locations. Save yourself a little time by venturing out to the North End for the lesser trafficked Randall-Underwood stand.
- You’re going to need milk to go with those cookies, and the best deal on dairy at the fair is the $2 All-You-Can-Drink Milk Stand kitty-corner from the Coliseum at Judson & Clough.
- Did you know the State Fair has a grocery store and deli? Steichen’s, the slightly hidden market behind the Poultry Barn on Commissary Way, is your stop for general convenience store items and anything you may have forgotten at home.
- Study up on the fair's new foods for the year and make a plan for which ones to try.
- The fair has an online Food Finder, which is your go-to for mapping out the 500+ menu items available.