GROUP HOSPITALITY AT THE MINNESOTA
STATE FAIR

PARTY TOGETHER! Get your group together at Heffron Park's Horton Pavilions! Located just east of the Grandstand, this by-reservation-only picnic area welcomes groups, rain or shine. A great place for company picnics, appreciation dinners, class reunions, anniversary parties or family celebrations!
• Private, covered pavilion event space available between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
• Option to work with our caterers to provide food and beverage service
• Audio/visual equipment available if needed
Contact the group hospitality department at (651) 288-4306 or groups@mnstatefair.org for availability.

TRAVEL TOGETHER! Groups arriving at the fair by bus may use the University of Minnesota Transitway to avoid traffic and park in a designated lot for free! Charter buses: Drivers should enter the Transitway off Energy Park Drive, just east of Highway 280. Charter buses will enter the fairgrounds at the Transitway entrance and turn right off the Transitway onto West Dan Patch Avenue, then turn left onto Randall Avenue. Follow the charter bus signs along Randall Avenue until you see the charter bus parking sign with a right turn arrow into the parking lot between the Robin and Fox lots. A parking lot attendant with direct you to the parking area. Guests will enter the fairgrounds through Randall Avenue (Gate #18).

PLAY TOGETHER! Our group hospitality staff has a variety of resources to make your day at the fair even more fun! Use our tools to: organize a fairgrounds scavenger hunt, a trivia contest or a game of State Fair BINGO; provide self-guided tour maps for the fair's beautiful gardens and sculptures; or help plan your activities with a sample itinerary. We also provide daily entertainment and activity schedules, so you won't miss a thing! Most exhibit buildings are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For early arrivals, there is plenty of activity in the livestock area as animals are groomed and readied for judging.

View detailed Daily Schedules.

EAT TOGETHER! Reward your group with Fairborne Bucks! Fairborne Bucks are the perfect way to treat members of your group to food and beverage options throughout the fairgrounds. Each of these dining vouchers has a value of $2.50 and may be used toward purchases at approximately 40 concession locations. Vouchers are not redeemable for cash; however, change will be given. Fairborne Bucks are available for purchase only through the Minnesota State Fair Ticket Office.

SAVE TOGETHER! While there is no group discount rate on gate admission tickets, purchasing pre-fair discount admission tickets is always a bargain! Attend the State Fair on special discount days for more savings. Grandstand tickets are discounted by $2 each if 25 tickets or more are purchased to any concert event. To purchase admission or Grandstand tickets, call the Minnesota State Fair Ticket Office at (651) 288-4427.

SHOP TOGETHER! Save big, buy Blue! The State Fair Blue Ribbon Bargain Book has 150 coupons with huge savings on food, merchandise and attractions, valid all 12 days of the fair. Pass the books around and let everyone clip their favorite coupons, or offer Bargain Books to each member of your group as a prize or gift! Books are available wherever pre-fair discount tickets are sold and during the fair at State FairWear Gift Shops and Bargain Book & State Fair Poster Carts for $5.

JOIN IN TOGETHER! Free admission and a free T-shirt are available to everyone in your group if they lend a hand to the children at “Little Farm Hands!” Groups of 15-25 volunteers are needed in 4-hour shifts to guide the kids through this hands-on exhibit that teaches the agricultural process from farm to market. “Day of Volunteers” sponsorship opportunities are also available with additional benefits. For more information, please contact Virginia at (651) 288-4440 or virginia.mold@mnstatefair.org.

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ANY QUESTIONS? If you’re planning a trip to the fair, contact the group hospitality department at (651) 288-4306 or groups@mnstatefair.org.