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Iowa State Fairgrounds

3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317-2494
+1 800-545-3247
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Great Fair. This is our second time visiting the Iowa fair. We travel from St. Louis to come to... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Saint Charles, Missouri
via mobile
Great family entertainment at the best state fair in the US!

Our family we on Friday the 11th of August. The high temp was in the 80's, and we stayed all day... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Galveston, Texas
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For 11 days in August, it’s a fairground, but for the other 354 days of the year, the Iowa State Fairgrounds is home to auto shows, livestock exhibitions, flea markets, antique shows, concerts, trade shows and more. See what’s happening this month at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
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  • Very good21%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317-2494
+1 800-545-3247
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great Fair. This is our second time visiting the Iowa fair. We travel from St. Louis to come to this fair. The food is fantastic and so much to do and see👍

Thank sbezzole
Reviewed yesterday

Our family we on Friday the 11th of August. The high temp was in the 80's, and we stayed all day. One of the best events was the mounted shooting in the Jacobson arena. We also enjoyed Pioneer Hall, the various animals, and horticultural building....More

Thank DanHohnbaum
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We always enter the fairgrounds off of 33rd and I must say the improvements to the entrance are outstanding! New streets, ticket booths and the fencing along the rides is gone. I had to stop to take it all in. Kudos ISF for a fabulous...More

Thank sabrina365
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is my first time on state ground fair. Loved. There is lots to eat and friendly people from many different parts of USA. I loved the large animals, and some context.. Dont miss if you are around!

Thank Reginaldo B
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Iowa State Fair is the best fair around. The grounds are fairly easy to navigate and there is something for everyone! A detailed schedule of the fair can be found online. Every day includes free concerts, art, crafts, animals, great food, and more! Throughout...More

Thank Carrie N
Reviewed 2 days ago

I was so excited to visit this fair for the first time. I had heard great things, and was told it would outshine any fair I had ever been to before, but to be honest, I didn't see the appeal. There seemed to be a...More

Thank B902
Reviewed 2 days ago

Like food, like fun, like lots of activities - this is the place. Where else can you get a pork chop on a stick, look at a 1100 lb pig and meet lots and lots of America's best people.

Thank Larry L
Reviewed 2 days ago

Great food - especially lots of "food on a stick" (trademark specialty of the fair), so many animal exhibits, competition exhibits (4H, food, agriculture...), great featured entertainment.... Their "schedule" for the 11 days is pages long, and almost all worth seeing if you only had...More

Thank WhichWay?
Reviewed 3 days ago

Farmers to city folk will enjoy seeing animals, produce, art and loads of entertainment. There is a plethora of diverse free entertainment on several stages. Go with family or friends to share the amazing variety of foods; you will save calories and money and be...More

Thank Iowamom50310
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Lots of things to do! Plan on spending several days to be able to see everything. Lots of on-site parking is available. However, local residents offer many options for parking as well as several "park-and-ride"sites are also available. Many AG events including horse, cattle, swine...More

Thank Steve T
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Anne T
6 August 2017|
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Response from IowaStateFair | Property representative |
Anne, Camping spots are limited, reach out to the the Fair directly to see if there is any availability. 515.262.3111. Thank you and we can't wait to see you here!
12 June 2017|
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Response from IowaStateFair | Property representative |
Thank you for reaching out with your question. A Grandstand ticket for a concert during the Iowa State Fair does not include admission, however, if you purchase your admission ticket before August 10 you can receive a... More
2 April 2017|
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Response from IowaStateFair | Property representative |
The activities listed above are great attractions for the Des Moines area. In your inbox you will have a contact to assist you with lodging for the event. We can't wait to see you!