Photo of the main gate from inside the fairgrounds, guests entering the fair

IMPORTANT NOTE: The following information pertains to the 2017 Minnesota State Fair.
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WAYS TO SAVE AT THE STATE FAIR!


SPECIAL DAY DEALS

Note: Tickets purchased at the gate are valid for that day only (they cannot be used on another day).

THRIFTY THURSDAY (Aug. 24)

Admission prices are reduced all day, and many merchandise and food vendors offer special Thrifty Thursday bargains for all fair guests. All-day specials are offered on Mighty Midway and Kidway rides & games.

Admission Discounts:

  • Adults (13-64): $12
  • Kids (5-12): $9

SENIORS & KIDS DAY (Monday, Aug. 28)

Admission prices are reduced all day for seniors (65+) and kids (5-12). All-day specials are offered on Mighty Midway and Kidway rides & games. Many merchandise and food vendors offer Seniors & Kids Day bargains for all fair guests.

Admission Discounts:

  • Seniors (65+): $9
  • Kids (5-12): $9

MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY (Tuesday, Aug. 29)

Active military, retired military and veterans receive an admission discount when they purchase a ticket at the gate and present valid documentation of military service. Early Bird Specials are offered on Mighty Midway and Kidway rides & games until 1 p.m. Many merchandise and food vendors offer Military Appreciation Day bargains for all fair guests.

Admission Discounts: $9* (all ages with documentation)

* Discount applies to active military, spouses and kids; retired military and spouses; and military veterans and spouses when they purchase a ticket at the gate and present valid documentation of military service

READ & RIDE DAY (Wednesday, Aug. 30)

Public library cardholders receive a discount off regular admission when they purchase a ticket at the gate and present a valid library card (one discount per card). All-day specials are offered on Mighty Midway and Kidway rides & games.

Admission Discounts:

  • Adults (13-64): $12**
  • Seniors (65+): $9**
  • Kids (5-12): $9**
  • Children (Under 5): Free

** Discount applies to public library cardholders who purchase a ticket at the gate and present a valid library card. (One discount per card).

SENIORS DAY (Thursday, Aug. 31)

Seniors (65+) can take advantage of discounted admission at the gate all day. Early Bird Specials are offered on Mighty Midway and Kidway rides & games until 1 p.m. Many merchandise and food vendors offer Seniors Day bargains for all fair guests.

Admission Discounts:

  • Seniors (65+): $9

KIDS DAY (Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4)

Kids (5-12) are admitted for less all day. Many merchandise and food vendors offer Kids & Last Chance Day bargains for all fair guests. All-day specials are offered on Mighty Midway and Kidway rides & games.

Admission Discounts:

  • Kids (5-12): $9

MIGHTY MIDWAY AND KIDWAY SPECIALS

For more savings, ride and play for less at Mighty Midway and Kidway when we offer all-day specials on: Thursday, Aug. 24; Monday, Aug. 28; Wednesday, Aug. 30; and Monday,
Sept. 4. The same great promotions are offered as Early Bird Specials until 1 p.m. on: Friday, Aug. 25; Tuesday, Aug. 29; Thursday, Aug. 31; and Friday, Sept. 1.
 
Note: Kidway rides generally require four or five tickets. Mighty Midway rides generally require four to six tickets, and games of skill generally require one to four tickets to play.

BLUE RIBBON BARGAIN BOOK

The State Fair Blue Ribbon Bargain Book offers 150 coupons with huge savings on food, merchandise and attractions. Each coupon offers at least 30% off on listed items. Coupons are valid every day of the fair. Books are available for $5 at State FairWear Gift Shops and Bargain Book & State Fair Poster Carts on the fairgrounds. Learn more about the Blue Ribbon Bargain Book.


DEALS, DRAWINGS & GIVEAWAYS GUIDE

This free guide lists discount days, best values, free stuff, items for less than $1 and hidden bargains at the fair, including deals on food and beverages. This guide is available at all information booths during the fair or to view from our website.

FAIR-TIME TICKET OFFICE:

Thursday, Aug. 24 - Monday, Sept. 4

Gate Ticket Booth Hours:
6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Labor Day

Fairgrounds Hours:
6 a.m. to midnight
6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Labor Day

Purchase Grandstand Concert Series tickets:
Located at the east Grandstand Plaza
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.