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.
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.
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.
At the Minnesota State Fair, you can probably find your favorite food deep-fried or on a stick somewhere on the fairgrounds.
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.