Little Farm Hands
A free and educational journey through this mock farm takes kids through the agricultural process—planting crops, milking cows, driving tractors, selling goods at the farmers market and spending earnings at the grocery store.
The North Woods
The tastes and adventures of greater Minnesota come to life with lumberjack shows, All-Star Stunt Dogs Splash and more. The North Woods complete schedule can be found using the State Fair Fun Finder.
Itʼs a dogʼs life at the Pet Center where four-legged friends are the featured attraction. Watch pet surgery and canine agility demonstrations, visit with your favorite breeds and bring home a treat for the furry friends in your life.
Giant Sing Along
A participatory public art installation, the Giant Sing Along offers an opportunity for fair guests to do something together. A field of microphones will welcome everyone to sing their lungs out to this year’s voted hits, karaoke style.
This award-winning exhibit is interactive, informative and designed to educate visitors about green living, alternative fuels, organic food and renewable energy. Visit ecoexperience.org for details.
Extreme skateboarders and BMX bikers perform stunts and tricks daily. Want to know how they do it? Take a lesson from these pros at the 3rd Lair SkatePark. The X-Zone schedule can be found using the State Fair Fun Finder.
The fairgrounds hub for special events and touring promotional exhibits. For a complete Expo Place schedule, use the State Fair Fun Finder.
Great Big Wheel
The tallest traveling Ferris wheel in North America will carry riders 15 stories high into the sky for breathtaking views of the State Fairgrounds and beyond the Twin Cities. The 156-foot-tall Great Big Wheel boasts 36 enclosed gondolas each carrying six people and a spectacular lighting display of a half-million LED lights. $5 per rider.
Step inside the Alphabet Forest and discover alphabet activities for all ages. Take pictures with Fair Letters, create alphabet Ferris wheels, add your fair words to the Fair Dictionary or meet a different Minnesota author each day.
Family Fair at Baldwin Park
Entertainment and adventures for children make this area a favorite stop for families. For a Family Fair Stage lineup, use the State Fair Fun Finder.
Great Big Sandbox
Kids can dig, scoop, pour and burrow their toes in a sandbox made just for them.
This educational exhibit is hands-on and interactive while teaching the littlest fair fans all about numbers. Meet a mathematician, explore the fair through a photo scavenger hunt called The Number Game, and more!
Fine Arts Center
Home to Minnesota’s largest juried art show, this showcase features the best sculpture, photography, painting, drawing, jewelry, ceramics and textile work from artists throughout the state. The original 2017 State Fair Commemorative Art created by St. Paul artist Ta-coumba Aiken is also on display.
Home-away-from-home to Minnesota 4-H’s highest achievers—more than 6,000 youth who showcase knowledge, skills and exhibits in agriculture, arts, technology, leadership, science and more.
Home Improvement Building
This mini-expo within an expo is dedicated to helping homeowners find the best contractors, products and materials to improve their homes and outdoor living spaces.
Offering more than 30 of the country’s best touring carnival attractions for pint-sized fair guests. Click here for information on Kidway bargains.
Headquarters for Minnesota colleges and universities, local nonprofits and ribbon-winning school projects. Additionally, robotics teams demonstrate how their constructed robots work.
Creative Activities Building & Annex
See Minnesota’s blue ribbon winning needlework, handcrafts, baking and canning in the main area. Foodies and crafters shouldn’t miss a visit to the Annex’s specialty shops.
Peruse the State FairWear Gift Shop, pick up a map at the information booth and mail a State Fair postcard all in one stop.
Agriculture Horticulture Building
Among this historic exhibit building’s offerings are: giant vegetable displays, Minnesota wine and beer tasting, bee and honey demonstrations, flowers of every color and size, Christmas trees of numerous varieties, and the quirky yet nostalgic State Fair tradition—crop art! Visit “The Dirt” demonstration area for the 411 on anything from composting to caring for your backyard trees.
Leinie Lodge Bandshell
The State Fair’s premier free entertainment venue, this stage showcases all genres of music and the popular Bandshell Tonight! Series featuring big-name acts. Also, catch Minnesota’s most talented at the nightly Amatuer Talent Contest. For a complete Leinie Lodge Bandshell lineup, use the Fun Finder.
Take charge of your health while enjoying the fair. More than a dozen organizations provide educational materials and screenings including: diabetes, vision, blood pressure, bone density and balance assessments; and gluten-free fair food guides.
Be a State Fair rock star! Karaoke is the backdrop for fabulous food and beverage selections.
The fair’s a favorite for food lovers and the Food Building is paradise-found with hundreds of selections in one convenient location.
A trip around the world for shopping, free entertainment, food and cold beer! For an International Bazaar Stage lineup, use the State Fair Fun Finder.
Stroll through dozens of unique shops and peruse jewelry, gadgets, memorabilia and gotta-have items galore.
J.V. Bailey House
The fair’s historic greenhouse residence is headquarters for the Minnesota State Fair Foundation and its mission to preserve and improve State Fair buildings, grounds and educational programs.
DNR Building & Park
Minnesota’s lakes, wildlife, forests and recreation are the focus for this interactive and educational tribute to our natural resources. Visit the fish pond and wildlife areas, climb the fire tower, learn about invasive species in Minnesota, chat with Smokey Bear and listen to live music and demonstrations.
Home to the famous Princess Kay of the Milky Way butter sculptures, magnificent malts and dozens of home improvement, automobile, outdoor and Minnesota-made products.
CHS Miracle of Birth Center
The birthplace of nearly 200 little miracles—calves, lambs, piglets and more! Experience animal agriculture and the aww, ohh and eww inspiring births of these baby animals. An unforgettable experience.
Home to a variety of free entertainment from ragtime to oldies and more. For a Ramberg Center Stage lineup, use the State Fair Fun Finder. Also, stop by the Relax & Recharge Station for cell phone charging, free water and a chance to kick up your feet in a rocking chair.
Headquarters for Minnesota’s best bovines—dairy and beef cattle that is! Visit the Moo Booth and follow the farm to table process by viewing cattle as they’re milked and cared for. Participate in educational games and demonstrations, and see today’s farm technology in action.
Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum
There’s always action at the Warner Coliseum with livestock judging and the Minnesota State Fair Horse Show daily. One of the premier horse expositions in the Upper Midwest, the Minnesota State Fair Horse Show features a wide variety of competitions, breeds and demonstrations – all free with fair admission. In addition, dozens of concourse vendors sell western wear and wares, arts and crafts, snacks, accessories and much more. Click here for a horse show schedule.
West End Market
West End Market is the fair’s newest neighborhood. The area includes:
• The Minnesota State Fair History & Heritage Center, showcasing treasured artifacts and photographs from throughout the fair’s 150+ years of history.
• The Schell’s Stage at the Hugh & Margaret Schilling Amphitheater, a place for intimate sets of free music and entertainment all 12 days and nights of the fair.
• KSTP Heritage Plaza, a gathering space that celebrates performing arts in Minnesota.
• Dozens of artisans, craftspeople and specialty merchants.
• Stellar food and beverage options, including The Blue Barn, LuLu’s Public House and more.
Transit Hub, West End Gate & Streetcar Arch
Nearly half of the fair’s 1.8 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; wheelchair, electric scooter, stroller and wagon rental; an information booth; a State FairWear Gift Shop; a Blue Ribbon Bargain Book and 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.
A myriad of horse breeds are showcased throughout the fair’s run and housed in this historic barn when they’re not competing at the Warner Coliseum. Visit the Aisle of Breeds or EquiMania™! to learn more about our equine friends. Click here for a Where & When to See the Animals schedule.
Enjoy twinkling lights and heart-pounding rides. More than 30 of the country’s best carnival rides and 60 games of skill make the Mighty Midway a thrill-seeker’s paradise. Click here for information on Mighty Midway bargains.
Stop at the Oink Booth located inside to judge a hog, pet a baby pig, test your knowledge of the swine industry and take a trip around the barn to visit the different breeds. Swine judging takes place most days in the building’s center rings. Click here for a Where & When to See the Animals schedule.
Sheep & Poultry Barn
Sheep, rabbits and poultry share this historic barn and are judged throughout the fair’s run.
AgStar Arena is home to horse, cattle, llama, goat and sheep competitions among 4-H, FFA and open-class exhibitors. Complete with great seating and a top-of-the-line sound system so you’ll get the most out of competition viewing, this project was supported by more than 200 contributions to the Minnesota State Fair Foundation. Don’t miss the 4-H Purple Ribbon Auction the first Saturday of the fair—excited competitors; the frantic chant of auctioneers; buyers from all over the Midwest; and the best of the best in 4-H lambs, hogs and steers.
Dan Patch Park
Every day is a surprise at Dan Patch Park where you’ll find contests, celebrations, live radio broadcasts, kids activities or celebrity chef demonstrations. Use the State Fair Fun Finder for a complete schedule.
See some of the country’s hottest touring acts. There’s something for everyone with nearly a dozen nights of big-name entertainment. For a complete Grandstand lineup, click here. New this year in the Grandstand shopping area: The Veranda! In the upper level of the Grandstand, the Veranda is a place to eat, sip and shop with boutique-style shopping and the new Hideaway Speakeasy, featuring artisanal appetizers, panini sandwiches and a selection of craft beer and Minnesota wine.
Horton Pavilions at Heffron Park
Horton Pavilions at Heffron Park is a reservations-only event area for groups gathering at the fair. This area is also available for non-fair event rentals, including weddings, corporate events and other parties. Rental inquiries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or (651) 288-4400.
Fans are the name of the game at FAN Central. Check out what’s new with your favorite local teams, meet and greet hometown heroes, and get in on the action.
Go to extremes and fly high above the fair on attractions for the bravest fair guests. Adventure Park first. Cheese curds later. See a list of Adventure Park attractions.