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Iowa State Fairgrounds

3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317-2494
+1 800-545-3247
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Love the Iowa State Fair!

The Iowa State Fair is really fun. Great fair food, lots of exhibits, good concerts, lots of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
jmc1202
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Kansas City, Missouri
The Iowa State Fair is a classic Iowa tradition

The Iowa State Fair is a huge Iowa event. Many people, like us, go every year. But if you're not... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Amy W
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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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“butter cow” (84 reviews)
“iowa state” (84 reviews)
“fair food” (38 reviews)
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3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317-2494
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Iowa State Fair is really fun. Great fair food, lots of exhibits, good concerts, lots of animals to look at, everything a state fair should be.

Thank jmc1202
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Iowa State Fair is a huge Iowa event. Many people, like us, go every year. But if you're not from Iowa, come check it out. The gate admission is only $12 and includes a lot of free entertainment. Food is expensive but if you...More

Thank Amy W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been going to the fair since the late 60's and every year there are new and great foods and live acts. You will not leave hungry or unhappy with the attractions!

Thank Toby N
Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

The Iowa State Fair which usually occurs in August every year is the Pinnacle of Iowa tradition. Every year hundreds of thousands of people go to the State Fair it's on for about 10 days and usually tops 1 million visitors. If you're a foodie...More

Thank Fam_Tvler
Reviewed 6 December 2017

We have been coming to the Iowa State Fair for years and now serve as information volunteers. Even though the attractions seem to stay the same year after year, there are changes that make it worth seeing each year. When in Des Moines in mid-August...More

Thank Carole M
Reviewed 10 November 2017

The Iowa State Fair is a must-attend for our family every year. We love the butter cow and the ag building, not to mention all the great food. I also am amazed by the number and quality of quilts on display in the upper level...More

Thank joann_alumbaugh
IowaStateFair, Guest Relations Manager at Iowa State Fairgrounds, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2017

Thank you for your review of the Iowa State Fair. The quilts are a wonderful hidden gem that all Fairgoers should see. Be sure to mark your calendar for next year August 9-19, 2018, Nothing Compares to State Fair Moments.

Reviewed 25 October 2017

The Iowa State Fair had everything for everyone. Transportation away from the fair grounds is the way to go.. Buses take you right to the main gate. You will spend two days there and still not see everything.

Thank 881lizp
IowaStateFair, Guest Relations Manager at Iowa State Fairgrounds, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2017

Thank you for your wonderful review of the Iowa State Fair. Be sure to mark your calendar for next year, August 9-19, 2018 - Nothing Compares to State Fair Moments!

Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

If you enjoy being outdoors in the summer, enjoy amusement rides, enjoy farm related things, entertainment or trying new things, visit the Iowa State Fair. 1 million people visit every year.

Thank jmw0313
IowaStateFair, Guest Relations Manager at Iowa State Fairgrounds, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

Thank you for the wonderful review of the Iowa State Fair. Be sure to mark your calendar for next year August 9-19, 2018 - Nothing Compares to State Fair Moments!

Reviewed 19 October 2017

Oil enjoyed working their health issues have stopped that but I would highly recommend in going there with family and friends you'll have a ball their enjoy

Thank Jeff T
IowaStateFair, Guest Relations Manager at Iowa State Fairgrounds, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2017

Jeff- Thank you for the great review of the Iowa State Fair, be sure to mark on your calendars for next year. August 9-19, 2018 - Nothing Compares to State Fair Moments!

Reviewed 13 October 2017

The Iowa State Fair is 11 days of entertainment, events, and fair-food - there's nothing like it! There's truly something for everyone. There's far too much to see and do to jam into one day.

1  Thank Isle_of_Dachsies
IowaStateFair, Guest Relations Manager at Iowa State Fairgrounds, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

Thank you for your wonderful review of the Iowa State Fair. Be sure to mark your calendar for next year August 9-19, 2018 - Nothing Compares to State Fair Moments.

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Anne T
7 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!
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hbtrp2014
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
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ivansG3777IT
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!
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