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Aug. 23 – Labor Day, Sept. 3, 2018

7 Days 5 Hours 57 Mins

Fair FAQ

What are the dates of the fair?

The Minnesota State Fair is always 12 days of fun ending Labor Day. The 2018 fair runs Aug. 23 – Sept. 3. In 2019, join us Aug. 22 – Sept. 2, and in 2020 visit us Aug. 27 – Sept. 7!

How much is admission to the fair?

Pre-fair discount admission tickets can be purchased for just $11!

Regular fair-time admission ticket pricing at the gate:

  • Adults (13-64): $14
  • Seniors (65+): $12
  • Kids (5-12): $12
  • Children (Under 5): Always free

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What are the hours of the fair?

The fairgrounds are open from 6 a.m. to midnight (10 p.m. on Labor Day). Admission ticket booths are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (9 p.m. on Labor day). Most exhibits are open at least from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Where can I share a comment or suggestion?

During the fair, please stop by Guest Relations at Visitors Plaza from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. You can also email

Where can I meet State Fair mascots Fairchild and Fairborne during the fair?

Our friendly mascots can be seen throughout the fairgrounds. They make daily appearances at Visitors Plaza at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. See them in the parade at 2 p.m.

Does the State Fair offer refunds on admission or Grandstand tickets?

No refunds are issued for State Fair admission or Grandstand tickets. In the event that a Grandstand concert is canceled, however, refund instructions will be posted on the fair’s website.

Can I leave the fair and re-enter?

During the State Fair, if you leave the fairgrounds, get your hand stamped when you exit. Then, you can re-enter the same day during the hours the outside gates are open without purchasing another admission ticket. The outside gates are open from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily (9 p.m. on Labor Day).

If you park on the fairgrounds and leave the lot, you must pay to re-park your vehicle when you return.

Are there nearby hotels to stay at?

Here are some links to websites that may prove useful for booking area hotel rooms. We offer these links as a convenience for our customers and hope you will find them helpful. Hotel and motel listings appearing on these sites have not been checked by State Fair personnel, and we offer no recommendation of one over another.

Can I get a Minnesota State Fair gift certificate?

The Minnesota State Fair does not currently sell gift certificates.