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Iowa State Fairgrounds

3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317-2494
+1 800-545-3247
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We'd been wanting to go for years to see the butter cow, the giant bull, and all the crazy fried... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Peterborough, New Hampshire
via mobile
Lot's of fun at the State Fair

I had a blast at the State Fair. It's about the same price as Toronto's CNE to get in and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Jacquie P
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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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“fair food” (34 reviews)
“iowa state” (79 reviews)
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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

We'd been wanting to go for years to see the butter cow, the giant bull, and all the crazy fried food. We went early so it wasn't suffocatingly crowded and the lines weren't terribly long. An iconic American experience.

Thank Eastlight108
Reviewed yesterday

I had a blast at the State Fair. It's about the same price as Toronto's CNE to get in and food/beverages are always a bit more costly at these places. I enjoyed my experience and even went on a couple rides. They have options for...More

Thank Jacquie P
Reviewed yesterday

Iowa State fair ranked top five in the nation so I had to go. This is one of the cleanest fairs I have ever been to a lot of food and a lot of different things to do including different entertainment options. They also have...More

Thank Harvey8380
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I was at the fair with 2 young children. A fight broke out around all the little kids and none of the workers did anything. I asked 5 workers to call security or do something and none of them did. They told me to speak...More

Thank Amber B
Reviewed 2 days ago 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 2 days ago

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 2 days ago 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 3 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 3 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 3 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
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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!
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!