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Aug. 23 – Labor Day, Sept. 3, 2018

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Admission Tickets

Buy Admission Tickets Early & Save

Pre-fair discount admission tickets for the 2018 Minnesota State Fair are on sale NOW for just $11! Get yours online, at the State Fairgrounds Ticket Office or by phone at 800-514-3849.

Pre-fair discount tickets are valid for any age guest (age 5+) on any day of the fair. Children under 5 are always free!

Please note: The tickets available online are valid for regular fair-time admission on any day of the 2018 Minnesota State Fair, Aug. 23-Sept. 3. Admission discounts are available at the entrance gates on several discount days (link to Deals & Discounts page) throughout the fair’s run; admission pricing may be less expensive if you purchase admission during the fair at the entrance gates. No refunds will be given if you purchase regular-price tickets and discover you qualify for a discount at the gate.

Ticket Office Location & Hours

Visit the Minnesota State Fair Ticket Office to purchase pre-fair discount admission tickets, Grandstand tickets, pre-fair ride & game tickets and Blue Ribbon Bargain Books!

  • June 4 through July 27
    Monday through Friday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • July 28 through Aug. 17
    Monday through Friday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 18: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 19: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 20 through Wednesday, Aug. 22
    10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Minnesota State Fair Ticket Office on the fairgrounds is located at 1312 Cosgrove St., St. Paul, MN 55108 (in the Admin Too Building just off Snelling Avenue). It will relocate to the Loop Gate (#9) on Como Avenue Tuesday, Aug. 7 through Wednesday, Aug. 22.

The Ticket Office will be closed on the following dates:

  • Friday, June 22
  • Wednesday, July 4
  • Monday, Aug. 6

Other Ticket Outlets

Beginning June 24, pre-fair discount admission tickets, pre-fair ride and game tickets and Blue Ribbon Bargain Books can be purchased at many Twin Cities Cub locations, Minneapolis Visitor Information Center in downtown Minneapolis, and locations in greater Minnesota and Hudson, Wis. Purchase at these locations through Aug. 22 while supplies last.

Fair-Time Tickets

Regular fair-time admission tickets are on sale Aug. 23 through Labor Day, Sept. 3. Buy tickets online or at the fair entrance gates.

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

Print-at-Home Card!

Print a free card to give with your gift of State Fair admission tickets! This card prints in color on one side of an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of paper. Fold paper in half and then in half again to create your card!