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Aug. 26 – Labor Day, Sept. 6, 2021

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2021 Minnesota State Fair Updates

The Great Minnesota Get-Together will officially return Aug. 26 through Labor Day, Sept. 6, 2021! Use this page as a starting point to learn more about this year’s plans. Please check back often – we’ll update this page frequently throughout the summer.

Other ways to stay in the know:

All information is subject to change. 

Health & Safety

COVID-19 Protocols

The health and safety of everyone is the State Fair’s top priority, and the fair continues to follow and monitor current guidance from federal and state health officials. Restrictions regarding large gatherings have recently eased, so at this time, the State Fair does not anticipate daily attendance limits. Further, at this time, masks will not be required for fair guests but are strongly encouraged for those not fully vaccinated. Proof of vaccination will not be required for guests, staff or vendors. Cleaning and sanitization measures will adhere to federal and state guidelines. Hand sanitizer will be provided at locations throughout the fairgrounds.

We’re working hard to ensure a healthy and safe environment, so if you’re ready to get together later this summer, the fair will be here and ready to welcome you back.

What if I am experiencing COVID-19 symptoms?

If within the 14 days before you attend the fair you have tested positive or presumptively positive for COVID-19, experienced any COVID-19 related symptoms or been in direct contact with or in the immediate vicinity of any person who is confirmed or suspected of being infected with COVID-19, please do not attend the fair.

Public Safety

The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office is currently providing round-the-clock security for the State Fairgrounds and for non-fair events. The State Fair and the Sheriff’s Office continue planning discussions for security services during the State Fair. The fair’s comprehensive public safety program will include enhanced gate security with metal detectors at entrances, upgraded technology and communications systems, liaison with federal and regional law enforcement agencies, first aid and emergency medical services, and community ambassadors.

Allowed & Prohibited Items

The Minnesota State Fair’s security program includes walk-through metal detectors at all entry gates. Bags, purses, coolers and packages will be subject to search at each of the State Fair’s entrances. Prohibited items include weapons, fireworks, alcoholic beverages, drones and bikes/skateboards/skates/hover boards. Other items may be refused at the discretion of State Fair management or police.

Exhibits & Attractions

The Great Minnesota Get-Together is back, but this year’s fair may look a little different from what we’re used to. Some changes are due to pandemic-related issues and operational challenges, and others will help us improve your visit to the fair. We’re working hard alongside agriculturists, educators, entertainers, attraction providers, vendors, suppliers and others to give you the best fair experience. Here is a sampling of the changes in 2021:

  • 3rd Lair SkatePark, EquiMania!™, Festival of Nations Demonstration Stage, Giant Sing Along, Go Karts, the Great Big Sandbox, Laser Encore’s Laser Hitz Show and the River Raft Ride will not be at the 2021 State Fair.
  • The increasingly popular Llama Costume Contest is moving to the Warner Coliseum and will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1. More seating for fans to enjoy the fun!
  • The longest-running entertainer at the State Fair – Sean Emery, who performed each day of the fair since 1991 – has retired. We’ll miss you, Sean!
  • The CHS Miracle of Birth Center will showcase dozens of newborn farm animals in place of live births.
  • Dan Patch Park will be open green and gathering space on three days when Read & Ride Day, Hubbard Broadcasting Day and AARP Day have traditionally been featured in the park.
  • Adventure Park with the extreme thrill rides will have a new home south of Judson Avenue between the CHS Miracle of Birth Center and the Dairy Building.
  • On Labor Day – Kids Day – the Grandstand show featuring Darci Lynne: My Lips Are Sealed (Except When They’re Not) with special guest Okee Dokee Brothers takes the stage at 4 p.m. Fireworks Spectacular will be at 9 p.m.
  • Watch for an announcement of 2021 new attractions later this summer!


How do I get tickets?

Tickets are on sale now! Learn more about the various ways to purchase tickets to the 2021 Minnesota State Fair.

Note: There is not a lottery to purchase tickets, and we do not anticipate a daily attendance limit at the 2021 State Fair. A pre-fair discount admission ticket is valid for any one day of the fair. Regular admission tickets can also be purchased at the gate during the fair.

What if I already purchased tickets for the 2020 State Fair or pre-fair discount admission tickets for the 2021 State Fair?

Your tickets will be valid for the 2021 fair. No action is required. Bring your ticket with you and get it scanned at the gate any one day of the 2021 Minnesota State Fair, Aug. 26-Sept. 6.

Is it safe to buy tickets from a source other than Etix, Cub or an outlet authorized to sell State Fair tickets?

Unfortunately, as with any event ticket, including the Grandstand, you run the risk that a ticket bought from an unauthorized third party will not be valid when we scan it at the entrance. If your ticket is not valid, you will not be permitted to enter.

Learn more about where to purchase tickets.


On Labor Day, Sept. 6, the fairgrounds, ticket booths and most exhibit buildings and attractions will close 1 hour earlier than in past years. See a full list of hours.



We have announced four shows so far! We plan to announce the other seven Grandstand shows in the coming weeks, so stay tuned! If you’d like to be among the first to hear about the Grandstand announcements, sign up for our e-news list.

See this list of announced 2021 Grandstand shows!

If you already had tickets to a 2020 Grandstand show, it has been rescheduled for 2021 (with the exception of NF). Your concert ticket will be valid for the 2021 date, and you will keep your same seat location. No action is required. Bring your ticket with you and get it scanned at the Grandstand on the night of the show.

Free Entertainment

As always, we will have a full lineup of free entertainment throughout the fairgrounds in 2021! That announcement will be made in the coming weeks. If you’d like to be among the first to hear about the 2021 free entertainment announcement, sign up for our e-news list.


Non-Livestock Competitions

Registration is now open for ag-hort-bee, creative activities, fine arts and K-12! Learn more.

Livestock & Horse Competitions

Registration will open soon for livestock and horse exhibitors! Learn more.

Amateur Talent Contest

Registration for Amateur Talent Contest auditions is now open!

2021 Milk Run 5K Race

Due to the cancellation of the 2020 Minnesota State Fair, the Milk Run was not held, and registered 2020 Milk Run runners were able to defer their registration to 2021. At this time, there are no spots available for the 2021 Milk Run.


Information on Park & Ride and Express buses will be available in the coming weeks. Uber, Lyft and taxis are also great options. Learn more on the transportation and on-site parking pages when it’s available.

Employment & Volunteers

The Minnesota State Fair is now hiring for summer employees, and our Employment Center will open soon to begin hiring for fair-time employees!

Volunteering at the Fair

We welcome volunteers at the 2021 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! Most shifts are two to three hours, and we’ll show you what to do. Sign up solo or with a group! Each volunteer receives a FREE admission ticket to the fair!

Support the Fair

The Minnesota State Fair has not received state government funding since 1949. The cancellation of the 2020 fair resulted in a $16 million loss after going a year without nearly all of our operating revenue. Your support is needed now more than ever. The Minnesota State Fair Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that preserves and improves the historic Minnesota State Fairgrounds, and supports State Fair agricultural, scientific and educational programs. To learn more about the Foundation, its impact and how to contribute, visit

Need More Information?

If your questions haven’t been answered here, check out our Frequently Asked Questions pages or visit our Contact Us page.

All information subject to change.