Insider's Guide to the Minnesota State Fair

Find out everything you need to know about the Minnesota State Fair with helpful links to specific information.

The Minnesota State Fair Is Back in 2021!

August 26 through Labor Day, September 6

This end-of-summer tradition is held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds the 12 days leading up to and through Labor Day. The Minnesota State Fair is where you want to be for good food, great musical entertainment, rides, people watching and loads of fun! 

Minnesota State Fair Tickets 

Before Aug 25:

  • Pre-fair discount admission tickets: $13

Purchase online, over the phone from Etix 800-514-3849, at the State Fair Ticket Office or at participating Cub stores. Sales end at 9pm on Aug. 25. 

Aug 26 through Labor Day, Sept. 6:

  • Adults (13-64): $16
  • Seniors (65+): $14
  • Kids (5-12): $14
  • Children (4 and under): Always free

Purchase at the fair entrance.

Admission Tickets
Deals & Discounts
 for dates with reduced admission at the gate

Minnesota State Fair Attractions

You can find a wide range of attractions and exciting things to do at the fair. Click here for more information. 

Minnesota State Fair Food Guide

Feeling hungry? Head to the fair to feast on all your tantalizing favorite foods, which are most likely fried or on a stick!

Minnesota State Fair By The Numbers

  • 1859 - date of first Minnesota State Fair
  • 2,126,551 - total record attendance (2019)
  • 270,426 - daily record attendance (2018)
  • 322 - acres of the fairgrounds
  • 300 - food vendors
  • 3,000,000 - cookies made daily by Sweet Martha’s Cookie Jar
  • 25,000 - ears of corn consumed daily from the Corn Roast vendor

We’re always looking to update our information to enhance your State Fair experience. If there’s something we missed, shout it out to us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using the hashtag #MYSAINTPAUL! This is also where you can share all of your fantastic photos and Fair stories. 

Pro Tips

Minnesota State Fair Pro Tips

There are a few tricks to the trade when it comes to navigating the Minnesota State Fair. We hope these 6 tips will help you skip the lines or save a few bucks.


Minnesota State Fair Attractions

In between bites, there are plenty of attractions to enjoy. By no means a full listing, here are some spots we recommend you don’t miss.

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