Visitors headed to the Minnesota State Fair certainly won’t find a shortage of shopping, specialty merchants and unique artisans. From goods, gadgets and gear to crafts, collectibles and confections, the hundreds of vendors on the fairgrounds offer exceptional merchandise and stellar savings. In addition to the great shopping in the locations listed below, while you’re strolling the fairgrounds, be on the lookout for the myriad of other freestanding shops dotting the fairgrounds. To see a complete list of vendors and merchandise, use the Fair Finder (available in August).
Located on the east side of Cosgrove Street between Wright and Dan Patch avenues
After perusing the ribbon-winning baked and canned goods in the Creative Activities Building, head back to the Creative Activities Annex to find the latest in gourmet cooking and baking, along with many other boutique-style vendors. From specialty food (maple syrup, lefse, cheese, pasta, snacks and dips) to culinary and baking gadgets, cutlery and cookware, your kitchen could be fully stocked after a visit to the Creative Activities Annex. Younger fair visitors will be excited to find children’s books, and doll clothing and accessories. Find home décor aplenty including original framed artwork, holiday items such as ornaments, plant stands and more. Among all the other great products, guests will find jewelry, greeting cards, cell phone accessories, gardening tools and clothing.
Located on the southwest corner of Judson Avenue and Underwood Street
The Dairy Building is much more than malts and butter sculptures! Step inside and find home improvement merchandise and services, farm supplies, outdoor products such as fishing gear, apparel, kayaks and tools. Also, browse through some of Minnesota’s wool and our great state’s best agricultural products.
Located between Randall and Wright avenues and Cooper and Cosgrove streets
Family Fair sponsored by Coca Cola
Family Fair at Baldwin Park offers families and guests of all ages plenty to shop for. Many apparel options are available for the whole family, and vendors offer a great deal of accessories including bags and purses, wallets, hats, flip-flops and sunglasses. For the little fair guests in your party, Family Fair at Baldwin Park has hand-crafted puppets and plush toys.
Located on the west side of Underwood Street between Dan Patch and Carnes avenues
Sponsored by Xfinity
Sports lovers will find everything necessary to deck themselves out in their favorite local teams’ regalia. The Minnesota Wild, Timberwolves, Lynx, United FC, Vixen, RollerGirls, the St. Paul Saints and more sell jerseys, hats, other apparel and themed memorabilia to bring out the sports fanatic in all of us.
Located on the north side of Dan Patch Avenue between Chambers and Nelson streets
What can’t be found in the Grandstand? Not much! It’s a one-stop shop for all your home needs including mattresses, sheets and bedding, hand soaps, home décor including various original artwork, flagpoles and flags, cookware and cutlery, gardening tools, birdhouses and more, as well as services for hardwood flooring installation, landscape design, roofing installation, saunas and hot tubs. The Grandstand shops offer plenty of accessories as well: handcrafted and personalized jewelry, leather goods, eyeware and frames, makeup, cell phone accessories and more. Find clothing for the whole family including various types of shoes and boots, sports apparel and State FairWear merchandise. Don’t miss toys for little fair fans, unique food mixes and kitchen gadgets, sewing accessories, hunting and camping gear, exercise equipment, stationary and much, much more! The Grandstand is two levels of exceptional shopping. Make sure to stop by the repurposed area of the upper Grandstand called the Veranda! With 20 boutique-style vendors, it’s a can’t-miss area.
Located on the west side of Cosgrove Street between Wright and Dan Patch avenues
Sponsored by Leaf Filter
The Home Improvement Building offers insight, ideas and products for fairgoers planning to update or remodel their homes. Find information and experts offering siding, ladder systems, windows, floor heating, indoor lighting, home security and alarm systems, sprinklers, flooring, saunas and hot tubs, garage doors, cabinets, countertops, fireplaces, porches and more!
Located on the south side of Judson Avenue between Underwood and Cooper streets
Take a trip around the world and find the finest in international goods – all in a day at the fair! Artifacts, jewelry, home décor, purses and bags, clothing and much, much more can be found. At the Bazaar’s mercantile shops representing are Norway, Scandanavia, Sweden, Australia, China, Mexico, Guatemala, African countries, Native American cultures, the Philippines, France, Russia and Ireland. The best handmade products from around the globe are at the International Bazaar.
Located on the south side of Judson Avenue between Liggett and Clough streets
Luggage and travel bags, fossils and minerals, glassware and pottery, herbs and nutrients for the health-conscious, barn boots, waterproof clogs, lit and handcrafted metal signs, children’s books and toys, clip-on sunglasses, rugs, fur products, kitchen gadgets and home goods, camping and outdoor gear, log furniture and more are available here. And yes, it’s a Warner Coliseum tradition that you’ll find the best in western wear, and custom agricultural gear embroidery, boots and accessories. Jewelry is abundant here, too: handmade from glass, bullet casings and other upcycled materials. Don’t miss a State FairWear shop: stop for Great Minnesota Get-Together clothing and souvenirs.
Located on the southeast corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Cooper Street
The Merchandise Mart offers a wide variety of shopping for each and every fair guest. Home improvement lovers will discover the latest and greatest bathroom and kitchen techonologies, along with goods for lawn and garden such as sprayers, sprinklers and lawn furniture. Other home goods available include kitchen gadgets, decorations and framed art, and cleaning supplies like mops, brooms and special cloths. There are plenty of options for the littlest fair guests, too — plush toys, kids clothing and costumes and remote-controlled cars and helicopters. Cell phone accessories, crafting supplies, jewelry, sunglasses, beauty products and everything in between can also be found in the Merch Mart.
Located on the northwest corner of Murphy Avenue and Underwood Street
Sponsored by Sam’s Club
A stop at the brand-new Pet Pavilions is sure to keep your furry family members happy with plenty of treats, pet clothing, toys and animal furniture. Don’t forget a leash, collar, I.D. tag, kennel, grooming tools and cleaning products for homes with pets. And for the animal lover in us all, find animal-themed T-shirts and other clothing.
Located at the west end of the fairgrounds, northwest of the corner of West Dan Patch Avenue and Liggett Street
West End Market is a stellar shopping destination featuring fine handmade goods and the latest in up-cycled products — hand-woven baskets, jewelry including spoon and personalized rings, handbags, pottery, glass art, face and body soaps, rugs, couture aprons, leather goods and wooden canes. Find up-cycled products at West End Market like candles in recycled bottles and cans, lamps salvaged from American factory parts, decorative wooden signs, hand-carved wooden sculptures, birdhouses made of salvaged wood, and the list goes on. Additionally, seed jewelry, decorative light switch cover plates, Christmas décor, custom flags and banners, children’s toys, original artwork, artisan clothing and jewelry, gourmet seasonings, Minnesota-themed T-shirts and a myriad of other products can be found in this quaint fairgrounds neighborhood.
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Fair Finder: Shops