Minnesota State Fair | West End Aerial Photo

WELCOME TO THE WEST END!

We welcome you to experience the Minnesota State Fair's West End at the 2017 Great Minnesota Get-Together. The transformed area includes: the open-air West End Market, a neighborhood featuring entertainment, specialty shops, food and beverage establishments and the Minnesota State Fair History & Heritage Center; the Transit Hub for Express and Park & Ride buses arriving to and departing from the fairgrounds; and a welcoming West End Gate with convenient guest services adjacent to the restored 1930s Streetcar Arch. To learn more, read on.


WEST END MARKET

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily (some vendors and attractions are open earlier or later)

West End Market is a one-of-a-kind destination. A welcoming neighborhood that celebrates the spirit of the Great Minnesota Get-Together, the area includes:

  • The Minnesota State Fair History & Heritage Center, featuring treasured artifacts and photographs from throughout the fair's 150+ years of history.
  • The Schell's Stage at the Hugh & Margaret Schilling Amphitheater, a gathering place for intimate sets of free music and entertainment all 12 days and nights of the State Fair.
  • KSTP Heritage Plaza, a gathering space that showcases performing arts in Minnesota.
  • Dozens of artisans, craftspeople and specialty merchants.
  • Plentiful, accessible restrooms for men, women and families.
  • Stellar food and beverage options featuring State Fair classics and other delectable offerings.

History & Heritage Center

MINNESOTA STATE FAIR HISTORY & HERITAGE CENTER

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily

A centerpiece of the West End Market, the History & Heritage Center showcases the competition, entertainment, agriculture, food, merchandise, rides & games and Minnesota industry that have been the heart of the fair for a century and a half. Developed in partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society and the Minnesota State Fair Foundation, the center reflects the progression of change at the fair. Exhibits bring to life the significant events, intriguing stories and inspiring traditions that have laid the foundation for the present-day Great Minnesota Get-Together. Free with fair admission.



Photo of the historic Streetcar Arch at the West End Gate

TRANSIT HUB, WEST END GATE AND STREETCAR ARCH

Half of the fair's 1.9 million guests travel to the fair via mass transit. Designed to meet current and future transportation demand, the Transit Hub provides easy, safe access to Park & Ride and Express Service buses. Whether you arrive by bus, car or bike, kick off your fair experience at the West End Gate, where several guest services are housed in one convenient location — gate tickets; electric scooter, wheelchair, stroller and wagon rental; an information booth; a State FairWear Gift Shop; a Blue Ribbon Bargain Book & State Fair Poster Cart and more. Just inside the gate, look skyward! The beautifully restored 1930s-era Streetcar Arch, an ideal meeting place for friends and family, welcomes you to the Great Minnesota Get-Together.