After a wildly successful debut in 2021, Kickoff to Summer at the Fair sponsored by Paddle North returns May 26-30, 2022!
Enjoy a slice of the fair! Get together with family and friends, savor State Fair food favorites, raise a glass to a bright summer ahead, tap your toes to live music, enjoy activities and attractions for the whole family, shop specialty Minnesota merchants, and so much more! This is the ultimate way to kick back and relax at the iconic State Fairgrounds! Plus, there’s free parking!
To make this an extra-special experience, attendance is limited to 15,000 people for each timeslot.
Please note: No refunds or exchanges on tickets. Ticket holder agrees to comply with all Minnesota State Fair policies and protocols (including health, safety and security) in place at the time of the 2022 Kickoff to Summer event, and acknowledges that policies and protocols may be updated between time of ticket purchase and the event, as the Covid-19 pandemic evolves and the State Fair finalizes its 2022 Kickoff to Summer plans. Check out our website for the most updated information. If the 2022 Kickoff to Summer event is canceled, Etix will automatically issue a refund to the credit card used to purchase the tickets. This event is rain or shine. If you are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19, please do not attend the event.
Tickets are $12.50 each online (fees and tax included) and $15.50 each at the gate (credit/debit only; fees and tax included). Save $3 when you buy in advance online! Children 4 and under are free and do not require a ticket. Each ticket is valid for a specific day and timeslot. You will choose your day and timeslot when you purchase tickets. There is a limit of 15,000 tickets available for each timeslot. This event is rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable.
Tickets for available timeslots are available online now.
Questions about tickets: Contact the Minnesota State Fair Ticket Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-288-4467.
Note that tickets for this event are limited for each timeslot, and some timeslots may sell out. Tickets originally went on sale Feb. 22-27 through a lottery process with a presale for Minnesota State Fair Foundation Friends of the Fair. All guests who registered in advance for the lottery or have a qualifying 2022 Friend of the Fair membership had an opportunity to purchase tickets prior to the general public.
Unfortunately, as with any event ticket, you run the risk that a ticket bought from an unauthorized third party will not be valid when we scan it at the entrance. If your ticket is not valid, you will not be permitted to enter.
Fair food faves and refreshing summer beers! Here’s the list of vendors to date. Visit our Menu & Vendor Offerings page and view our downloadable program and detailed event map for additional details.
Spring into summer with live entertainment and plenty of fun activities! View our downloadable program and detailed event map for additional details.
Three Stages of Free Entertainment!
Thursday, May 26, 4:30-9:30 p.m.
Friday, May 27, 4:30-9:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, May 28, 4:30-9:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, May 29, 4:30-9:30 p.m.
Monday, May 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fun Activities for the Whole Family
Dance, sing and tap your toes to summertime tunes sponsored by Adagio Djay Entertainment.
#OnlyinMN Photo Op
Stop by this iconic symbol of all that makes our state great, take a photo, and use the hashtag on social media (or just save the snapshot as a memory of your visit to the State Fairgrounds)! Sponsored by Explore Minnesota.
Put your thinking caps on and play live trivia challenges led by the folks of Trivia Mafia, known for their popular games at local pubs, breweries and special events. Yes, there are prizes! Trivia Mafia is located in the Grandstand, lower level. Each session is approximately 45 minutes. It’s free to play!
A chance to ride the slide in May! Tickets are $3; cash only. The slide is open weather permitting; if it rains, the slide will reopen when it dries.
Yard Games & Board Games
From beanbag toss to giant chess to Jenga and all sorts of board games, we’ll have a wide assortment of things to try with your friends and family! Yard games are in Dan Patch Park. Check out board games in the Trivia Mafia area in the Grandstand, lower level. Free to play!
High-Five Fairborne & Fairchild
Watch for our beloved furry State Fair mascots – they’re done hibernating and ready to help us spring into summer!
Learn about working at the best fair around!
Our employees make the Great Minnesota Get-Together even greater! To find out more about all the summer and fair-time opportunities that are available, stop by the State Fair employment tent (see map) or visit our employment page.
Save on your Friend of the Fair membership!
The Minnesota State Fair Foundation kicks off its 20th summer by offering a special membership price exclusively for Kickoff to Summer guests. Sign up to become a Green Ribbon Friend of the Fair for just $20 (regularly $25). Friends of the Fair donations help fund a wide range of fair projects, AND our Friends get some fair-time benefits too. Stop by one of the Friends of the Fair carts located near the info booths (see map) and sign up when you’re at Kickoff to Summer!
Win Door Prizes!
Sponsored by Minnesota Rusco
Winners from each timeslot will be randomly drawn from all who purchased Kickoff to Summer at the Fair tickets through Etix and opted in to enter. Winners of fabulous prizes will be notified the week of June 6!
Unique finds from artisans and merchants! Here’s the list of shops so far. Visit our Menu & Vendor Offerings page and view our view our downloadable program and detailed event map for additional details.
On Monday, May 30, we will honor those who died while serving our country in the U.S. military.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we’re honored to highlight three local nonprofits at Kickoff to Summer. These organizations support veterans, first responders, frontline medical staff and others, along with their families. If you’re attending the Kickoff event, consider bringing a donation or making a financial contribution on-site.
To find out what each organization needs, or if you’d like to give online, visit Minnesota State Fair Community Gives Together on our website.
Food, beverages, merchandise and Giant Slide rides are an additional cost.
Kickoff to Summer at the Fair is here! Still need tickets? Buy in advance online and save $3. Below is the information you need to know before you go:
HomeTown Mobility is accepting reservations for wheelchairs and electric mobility scooters. Reserve online (select “Kickoff to Summer on the MNSF grounds” from the list) or call HomeTown Mobility at 712-938-2029 Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time. (Note: Reservations made by phone are subject to a $5 call-in fee.) Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance. Cancellation must be made 48 hours in advance to receive a refund, less a $5 cancellation fee per rental unit. A valid driver’s license or state ID is required when picking up your rental.
If rented on-site (without a reservation), all equipment is available on a first-come basis with no guarantee of availability.
At the Kickoff event, HomeTown Mobility will have two locations (see Parking & Entrance Map), one inside Gate 16 on the north, and one inside Gate 10 on the south by Como Avenue. Cash or credit accepted. Battery charging for personal scooters is not available at the HomeTown Mobility site.