The following is a sampling of special days and events happening at the Minnesota State Fair. Use the Fun Finder or daily schedules for a complete list of everything to do at this year's Great Minnesota Get-Together! Information subject to change.
Today's Deals: Reduced admission at the gate - Adults (13-64) $12; Kids (5-12) $9. Many merchandise and food vendors offer special Thrifty Thursday bargains for all fair guests.
STEM Day at Dan Patch Park: The Land of 10,000 Lakes is home to incomparable opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics! Get an up-close look at intriguing, interactive adventures brought to the fair by more than 30 organizations in the Minnesota STEM Network, an initiative of SciMathMN, including robots, rocketry, computer coding and more designed for children of all ages. Catch engaging presentations on the Dan Patch Park Stage.
Opening Ceremony: At 10:15 a.m. at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell, State Fair Executive Vice President Jerry Hammer and President Paul Merkins declare the State Fair officially open at the Opening Ceremony with the national anthem and a flag raising by State Fair Police.
Today's Deals: Early Bird specials are offered until 1 p.m. on Mighty Midway and Kidway rides & games.
Around the fairgrounds: The 20th annual fun-filled, action-packed Governor's Fire Prevention Day is the largest fire-prevention education event in the world. Opportunities for families include learning about fire-safe behavior, fire prevention, safe escape from a fire, proper use of a fire extinguisher, how to prepare for an emergency, as well as technological improvements in burn treatment and firefighting equipment. Activities take place at Dan Patch Park, Expo Place and DNR Park. Presented by the Governor's Council on Fire Prevention and Control.
Fire Explorer Challenge at Dan Patch Park: Youth representing Fire Explorer posts from around the state square off in a variety of competitions – gear donning, ladder raising, spinal immobilization and others – capped off with an evening awards ceremony. Explorers are young men and women who work with adult mentors throughout the year to learn all the skills necessary for a firm understanding of a firefighter’s job. Skits and CPR and AED demonstrations also take place throughout the day on the Dan Patch Park Stage. Presented by the Governor's Council on Fire Prevention and Control.
"Hot Zone" at Expo Place: Learn life-saving skills through fun activities and interesting demonstrations!
Fire prevention focus at the DNR Building and Park: On the north side of the DNR Building, the Department of Natural Resources hosts games to help young and old better understand fire safety and how to prevent wildfires; visitors can test their skills and knowledge for prizes. Climb the Fire Tower (9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., weather permitting), visit the Fire Prevention Building to learn about firefighting equipment and the impact of fires (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.), and meet Smokey Bear at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Flag Raising Ceremony at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell (10:10-10:30 a.m.): The Governor’s Council on Fire Prevention and Control, firefighters from around the state and a pipe and drum team lead the State Fair’s flag raising ceremony.
Hubbard Broadcasting Day at Dan Patch Park: Hubbard Broadcasting Day features the radio and television stations locally owned and operated by Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc. There will be games, activities and interactive booths for the entire family, presented by 5 Eyewitness News, 45TV and myTalk 107.1.
Minnesota CooksTM Day at Dan Patch Park: Through cooking demonstrations and lively discussions with chefs, cooks, farmers and celebrities, the 16th annual Minnesota CooksTM Day highlights foods produced in Minnesota and explores the critical role that local family farmers and sustainable agriculture have within our state’s food system.
Today's Deal: Reduced admission at the gate - Seniors (65+) and Kids (5-12) $9. Special ride & game promotions are offered at Mighty Midway and Kidway all day. Many merchandise and food vendors offer special Seniors & Kids Day bargains for all fair guests.
Minnesota State Patrol Day at Expo Place: The Minnesota State Patrol shows off an array of tools it uses to keep our roadways safe!
Today's Deals: Reduced admission at the gate - All Ages $9. Must present valid documentation of military service to receive discounted admission. Discount applies to active military, spouses and kids; retired military and spouses; and military veterans and spouses.
Military Appreciation Day at Dan Patch Park: Stop by to visit educational booths and organizations that support the military in celebration of Military Appreciation Day presented by USAA.
Today's Deals: Public library cardholders receive the following discounted admission ticket price when you purchase a ticket at the gate and present a valid library card. (Only one discount per card is permitted.) Reduced admission: Adults (13-64) $12; Seniors (65+) $9; Kids (5-12) $9. Special ride & game promotions are offered for everyone at Mighty Midway and Kidway all day.
Read & Ride Day at Dan Patch Park: Join Minnesota’s public libraries in celebrating readers of all ages. Activities, readings, music and more fill Dan Patch Park! For more information, visit readrideday.org.
Today's Deals: Seniors (65+) admitted for $9 at the gate. Early Bird Specials are offered until 1 p.m. on Mighty Midway and Kidway rides & games. Many merchandise and food vendors offer special Seniors Day bargains for all fair guests.
Seniors Day at Dan Patch Park: The 16th Annual State’s Largest Senior Stretch & Stroll kicks off on the Dan Patch Park Stage in the morning with fitness demonstrations and music throughout the day in the park. Presented by UCare.
Today's Deals: Early Bird Specials are offered until 1 p.m. on Mighty Midway and Kidway rides & games.
MPR Day at Dan Patch Park: On the Dan Patch Park Stage, MPR News, Classical MPR and 89.3 The Current team up for live broadcasts and performances throughout the day. Presented by Minnesota Public Radio.
AARP at Dan Patch Park: Stop by Dan Patch Park to experience a day full of fun presented by AARP!
The Great Yoga & Wellness Get-Together at Dan Patch Park: Whether you’re a novice wondering what the “downward-facing dog” rage is all about, or a longtime practitioner who can hold the most challenging yoga poses, stop by for a myriad of wellness experiences at Dan Patch Park. Experienced instructors lead a variety of classes in formats ranging from kids’ yoga, flexibility and strength-based classes to an educational seminar. Area yoga and wellness studios also host activities, prize drawings and giveaways, as well as share information about the benefits of yoga and wellness. Presented by Studio 9-to-5.
Today's Deals: Kids (5-12) admitted for $9 at the gate. Special ride & game promotions are offered at Mighty Midway and Kidway all day. Many merchandise and food vendors offer Last Chance bargains all day (see the brochure rack for the Last Chance Guide on Sept. 4)
Hmong Minnesota Day at Dan Patch Park: Hmong Minnesota highlights culture, arts, music and more all day long at Dan Patch Park!