Guests using wheelchairs may enter by way of the ramp at the west end of the Grandstand, the Grandstand Ramp from Carnes Avenue or the elevator at the east end of the Grandstand. For further information, call (651) 288-4427.
Everyone entering the fairgrounds must present a valid ticket of admission, including those attending Grandstand concerts. Concert tickets do not include admission to the fair.
Assistive listening devices are available free of charge for use during Grandstand events. Receivers and headsets are available from Guest Services at Visitors Plaza. A valid driver’s license or state ID and a credit card are required for deposit.
With the exception of the Amateur Talent Contest finals, audio and video recording equipment is not allowed in the Grandstand. Contact the ticket office (651) 288-4427 for information concerning still photography at specific shows.
Cash machines are available on the fairgrounds with locations just outside of Grandstand entrances and inside the venue at the east and west ends of the plaza seating area.
Weather permitting, fireworks follow each evening's Grandstand show. Starting times vary, but fireworks shows generally start between 10 and 11 p.m. For your safety, please remain seated during the fireworks.
Minor injuries and ailments are treated at the Red Cross booth located at the east end of the Grandstand Plaza level near the elevator. In the event of serious illness or injury, contact an usher for assistance.
Food, drinks, beer and artist merchandise are available for purchase within the Grandstand venue. Beer will be served until approximately one hour before the scheduled conclusion of the performance. IDs will be checked for beer sales. Coolers are not allowed.
Select Grandstand shows have general admission tickets available. General Admission is ground level and does not have chairs. If you purchase these tickets, you will be standing throughout the show.
Ticket holders may enter the seating area at the east or west end of the Grandstand. All patrons are subject to search. (Wheelchair patrons see “Accessible Seating.”)
The following items are prohibited at the Grandstand:
The Minnesota State Fair reserves the right to utilize a random number distribution procedure at the State Fairgrounds Ticket Office for select events the day tickets first go on sale to the public. This procedure is used to allow the general public a fair and safe opportunity to purchase tickets for their favorite Grandstand shows.
One hour prior to the start of the on-sale, numbered tickets will be distributed to customers waiting to purchase tickets. The number distribution will conclude 20 minutes prior to the on-sale. At the 20 minute mark, a random number will be drawn. The customer that holds the ticket with the number drawn will be first in line. You must be present at the time of the drawing or you will forfeit your spot. The remaining participants will line up in numerical order behind this individual.
If you arrive after the drawing, you will line up behind all of the customers with numbered tickets.
200 customers are issued a numbered ticket for an on-sale. The ticket drawn is 79. The person holding ticket number 79 will be the first person in line for the on-sale. Everyone else will line up in numerical order following number 79; number 80 will be second in line, 81 will be third, and so on. The customer with the number 1 on their ticket will line up after the individual with the number 200 ticket.
Tickets for Grandstand events and gate admission are non-refundable. Questions should be directed to Guest Services at Visitors Plaza, open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Most Grandstand show seating is reserved, unless advertised as general admission. Seating consists of plaza seats (folding chairs) and elevated main stand seats (theater-style).
Permanent restrooms are located inside the Grandstand with entrances into the building at row 10 (second floor Grandstand). Restrooms are also available at the east and west end of the plaza. All restrooms are wheelchair accessible.
Consumer Warning – The Minnesota State Fair uses bar code scanning for Grandstand ticket admissions. As a result, fans should be careful when purchasing tickets to make certain the seller is a Minnesota State Fair licensed ticketing agent.
Etix is the ONLY authorized ticketing agent outside of the Minnesota State Fair Ticket Office. If you purchase tickets from an unauthorized agent in the secondary market (scalper, ticket broker, eBay, Craigslist, etc.), you risk purchasing counterfeit or invalid tickets which may result in refusal of admission.
The use of "selfie sticks" is prohibited in the Grandstand concert venue.
Sign language interpreters are available upon request for all paid Grandstand shows with 14 days notice required. Please call (651) 288-4427 to purchase tickets and request an interpreter.
Smoking is not allowed in the Grandstand seating areas. Smoking (including the use of electronic cigarettes) is allowed on the plaza level of the east and west ends behind the white lines. Ask any usher for further direction.
When purchasing tickets for a Grandstand show, you are limited to a specified number of tickets for each show. The ticket limit is posted during the purchase process online. This can change from show to show per the artist's request. For specific details on the ticket limit for a Grandstand show, please call the Minnesota State Fair Ticket Office at
All patrons who are in the Grandstand must be prepared to produce a valid ticket at the request of State Fair personnel. Please retain your ticket until the conclusion of the performance.
LED screens will be utilized on both sides of the stage.
All concerts go on, rain or shine. Concert bookings do not allow for refunds or exchanges in the event of rain. If weather appears threatening, please bring jackets or ponchos. Use of umbrellas is prohibited at the Grandstand.
For all ticketed Grandstand events, all children two years of age and older must have a ticket. Children under the age of two will be allowed entry without a ticket, however, they are required to sit on the lap of a ticket holder.
Will Call is located at the east Grandstand Plaza. Will Call windows open 90 minutes prior to the scheduled event and will generally remain open until the start of the headliner’s performance. Once the ticket office has closed during an event, all unclaimed tickets are taken to the gate at the main entrance of the Grandstand for the convenience of late arrivals.
Will Call tickets will only be released to the person whose name appears on the Will Call envelope or whose name was provided in the sales transaction. No tickets designated for another person will be released without prior authorization. Proper photo identification is required (valid driver's license or passport) in order to claim your tickets. Your order confirmation number and purchasing credit card may also be required. A signature from the person authorized to pick up the order will be obtained at the time tickets are claimed. Signatures will remain on file for future reference. Should a name change be necessary, please call the Minnesota State Fair Ticket Office for further information at (651) 288-4427.