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Aug. 22 – Labor Day, Sept. 2, 2019


Party Together!

Get your group together at Heffron Park’s Horton Pavilions during the State Fair! Located just east of the Grandstand, this by-reservation-only picnic area welcomes groups, rain or shine. A great place for company picnics, appreciation dinners, class reunions, anniversary parties or family celebrations!

  • Private, covered pavilion event space available between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Option to work with our caterers to provide food and beverage service
  • Audio/visual equipment available if needed

Note: Friday, Aug. 10 is the last day to submit an inquiry for Horton Pavilions at Heffron Park. Contact the group hospitality department at 651-288-4308 or for availability and more information.

Travel Together!

Groups arriving at the State Fair by bus may use the University of Minnesota Transitway to avoid traffic and park in a designated lot for free!

Charter Buses

Groups arriving at the fair by charter bus and wanting to park in the Charter Bus Lot must use Highway 280 and exit Energy Park Drive. Head east and turn onto the University of Minnesota Transitway and drive directly into the fairgrounds and park in the Charter Bus Lot for free. See a map. Groups can also utilize one of approximately 30 free Park & Ride lots or other bus routes to get to the fair, including State Fair Express buses, Metro Transit buses and the light rail.

Other Transportation Options

Play Together!

Our group hospitality staff has a variety of resources to make your day at the fair even more fun!

Eat Together!

Reward your group with Fairborne Bucks! Fairborne Bucks are the perfect way to treat members of your group to food and beverage options throughout the fairgrounds. Each of these dining vouchers has a value of $5 and may be used toward purchases at approximately 40 concession locations. Vouchers are not redeemable for cash; however, change will be given. Fairborne Bucks are available for purchase only through the Minnesota State Fair Ticket Office. Contact the ticket office at 651-288-4427.

Save Together!

Attend the State Fair on special discount days for more savings, or buy your tickets now at the pre-fair discount price of just $11! For more information on tickets, call the Minnesota State Fair Ticket Office at 651-288-4427.

Learn more about Deals & Discounts

Shop Together!

Save big, buy Blue! The State Fair Blue Ribbon Bargain Book has 150 coupons with huge savings on food, merchandise and attractions, valid all 12 days of the fair. Pass the books around and let everyone clip their favorite coupons, or offer Bargain Books to each member of your group as a prize or gift! Books are available during the fair at State FairWear Gift Shops and Bargain Book & State Fair Poster Carts for $5. Books can also be purchased before the fair begins wherever pre-fair discount admission tickets are sold.

Learn more about the Blue Ribbon Bargain Book

Join in Together!

Volunteers are critical to the Great Minnesota Get-Together! These essential folks are what make many of our exhibits memorable and engaging. No expertise required – just a willingness to help your fellow fair fans make the most of their day! PLUS, each volunteer receives a FREE admission ticket to the fair!

Volunteer at the fair

Any Questions?

If you’re planning a trip to the fair, contact the group hospitality department at 651-288-4308 or