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Timeline of Updates


May 6: We’re excited by today’s news regarding the easing of covid restrictions, and we’re continuing to move forward with State Fair preparations. More information on the Great Minnesota Get-Back-Together will be shared in the coming weeks.

May 5: The State Fairgrounds will be closed to the public beginning May 10 through June 20.

May 4: Kickoff to Summer at the Fair is our first big step toward bringing Minnesotans together in a safe and fun way. All health and safety guidelines at the time of the event will be followed.

Planning for this year’s State Fair is moving ahead. We don’t know exactly what the fair will look like, but we’re working hard with our many partners on a safe and successful event. We look forward to seeing you all at the 2021 Great Minnesota Get-Back-Together.

Jan. 13: Due to Saint Paul Winter Carnival’s Drive-Thru Ice & Snow Sculpture Park, the fairgrounds will close to the public beginning Jan. 23 and remain closed through Feb. 7.


Nov. 24, 2020: The Minnesota State Fair is pleased to announce a number of holiday gift giving ideas, along with a giving opportunity on the fairgrounds. For all holiday gift giving ideas, check out our Holiday Gift Guide!

Nov. 13, 2020: The State Fairgrounds will close to the public beginning Nov. 16 and remain closed through Jan. 10.

Oct. 20, 2020: Our friends at GLOW Holiday Festival are bringing millions of lights to the fairgrounds this holiday season! This one-mile drive-thru wonderland features a dozen stunning stops, a 100-foot lit Christmas tree, and icicle and art installations, all wrapped up with the opportunity to purchase tasty food and drink.

Oct. 14, 2020: Beginning today, the fairgrounds will be open for walkers and bikers daily until dark. Vehicles may enter through Gate 5 at Snelling and Midway Parkway and then park. Bikers and walkers may also enter at West Dan Patch, Larpenteur and Hoyt avenues. No through traffic is permitted.

Sept. 24, 2020: Tickets for the Fall Food Parade are sold out.

Sept. 14, 2020: The Minnesota State Fair is pleased to announce the Fall Food Parade.

Sept. 10, 2020: After closing for the Food Parade, the State Fairgrounds has reopened for walkers and bikers. Please note that until further notice, the only open gate will be at Snelling Avenue and Midway Parkway (Gate #5); through-traffic will not be permitted, and the fairgrounds will close daily at dark, rather than remaining open until 11 p.m. as in the past.

Aug. 18, 2020: Fair fans can’t be together for the usual Great Minnesota Get-Together this year, but for those 12 days that would have been the fair, Aug. 27 through Sept. 7, they can safely and virtually bring the fair home with the Minnesota State Fair: At-Home Edition! Content can be viewed from the home page of or via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube!

We’ve also released special State Fair kits and 2020 merchandise!

Aug. 17, 2020: The State Fairgrounds will be closed to the public beginning today through Sept. 10.

Aug. 4, 2020: Although there will not be the usual opportunity to gather for the Great Minnesota Get-Together this year, the Minnesota State Fair is pleased to announce the creation of the Minnesota State Fair Online Marketplace, as well as four virtual competition showcases, from cookie decorating to crop art, for fair guests to enter and showcase their creativity this summer.

July 31, 2020: Tickets for the first-ever Minnesota State Fair Food Parade are currently sold out. Our website and ticketing service experienced unprecedented volume; in 2½ hours, we reached our capacity of 19,000 vehicle tickets sold for this 13-day historic event. The capacity is limited in order to present the event in a safe and enjoyable manner for guests. We understand Minnesotans are missing the Great Minnesota Get-Together this year, and we regret that we cannot accommodate more fair fans. We look forward to bringing the full fair experience back to our 2 million guests in 2021.

July 22, 2020: The first-ever Minnesota State Fair Food Parade is a meandering drive-thru experience featuring 16 vendors and a chance to support the Great Minnesota Get-Together. Join us Aug. 20-23, 27-30 and Sept. 3-7, 2020!

July 13, 2020: In addition to a virtual recording and virtual catalog, the Fine Arts Exhibition of Minnesota will feature in-person gallery showings in the Fine Arts Center Aug. 27 through Sept. 7.

July 7, 2020: The Minnesota State Fair is now selling sleeves of cups! (Sales ended in July 2020.)

June 25, 2020: The Fine Arts Exhibition of Minnesota will proceed virtually for 2020.

May 22, 2020: The 2020 Minnesota State Fair is canceled. Learn more.

May 21, 2020: The Minnesota State Fair board of managers will meet Friday, May 22, to discuss the 2020 fair. All official and up-to-date information can be found here.

April 23, 2020, message from Minnesota State Fair General Manager Jerry Hammer: As stewards of the Great Minnesota Get-Together, it is our duty to do everything we can for as long as we can to ensure that Minnesota has a world class State Fair this year. Central to this year’s preparations are the directives of state, national and international health agencies. At this point, the outlook for late summer events remains unknown. As of now, there is no specific date by which a decision to hold the fair must be made. That picture will become more clear in the weeks ahead as we continue to be in contact with our partners that are vital to produce an event the size and scope of the Great Minnesota Get-Together. The fair’s success relies on agriculturists, commercial and competitive exhibitors, educators, entertainers, attraction operators, suppliers, contractors and many others who must be at their very best to successfully produce the type of event that Minnesota expects and deserves.

At its heart, the State Fair is a grand celebration where all feel welcome, safe and secure. We are discussing and considering options that will enable us to provide that experience in 2020; however, alternate fair dates, a change in duration of the fair, or significant restrictions are not being considered.

We continue to remain hopeful that we can celebrate this year in our usual style, but ultimately please know and rest assured the State Fair will do the right thing for Minnesota, our nation and our world.

April 3, 2020, message from Minnesota State Fair General Manager Jerry Hammer: Planning and preparations continue for the 2020 Minnesota State Fair. Production of an event the size and scope of the State Fair requires the year-round efforts of our hard-working team, and those efforts must continue if we are to present the type of event that Minnesotans expect and deserve. We’re carefully following the directives of state and national health agencies, and we’re in close touch with our fair industry colleagues throughout North America including vendors, entertainers, competitive exhibitors and support services. Despite the uncertainties of the day, we remain hopeful that we can all celebrate the end of summer in our usual Great Minnesota Get-Together style. As we plan for the end of August, rest assured that the State Fair will always do what’s right for Minnesota, our nation and our world.

April 3, 2020: For the time being, the Minnesota State Fairgrounds are open to pedestrian and bicycle traffic and is accessible from Gate 5 at Snelling Avenue and Midway Parkway. All other gates are closed. For the safety of walkers and bikers, if you are driving to the fairgrounds, we ask that you park upon entering and do not drive around the grounds. Please comply with posted parking and traffic signs, including speed limits.

We also ask that your inner “Minnesota Nice” guides you as you use the fairgrounds to walk or bike.

  • Our staff takes extra care to make sure our historic grounds remain beautiful, so please help us keep the fairgrounds in tip-top shape by cleaning up after yourself and your pet.
  • Speaking of Fido, all dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet.
  • Most importantly, in accordance with guidelines from the CDC, please maintain a respectful distance of 6 feet or more from others, and do not gather in groups.

Things to note:

  • The fairgrounds are open to walkers and bikers between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily.
  • None of the buildings are open to the public, with the exception of the restroom just south of Gate 5 at the Admin Too building.
  • Pedestrians and bikers have the right of way. Again, please do not drive around the fairgrounds; park as soon as possible upon entering the grounds.

Thank you for respecting other walkers and bikers, the fairgrounds and its buildings and property. If you have questions or comments, please email

March 26, 2020, 12:30 p.m.: As of Friday, March 27 at 11 p.m., the Minnesota State Fairgrounds are closed to public vehicle traffic until Friday, April 10 at 5 p.m.

March 18, 2020, 2 p.m.: While things are quiet here on the fairgrounds, and you may not hear from us for a bit, please know that our team is working hard preparing to welcome you to one of our state’s most treasured traditions – the Minnesota State Fair. Hang in there, Minnesota.

March 16, 2020, 4:45 p.m.: Based on recent CDC guidelines, all events taking place on the fairgrounds for the next eight weeks, through May 10, have been canceled. Gate 5 (Snelling Ave.), Gate 7 (Como Ave./Underwood St.), Gate 14 (Como Ave./Canfield St.) and Gate 15 (West Dan Patch) will be open to the public 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily for through traffic. Learn more about non-fair events.

March 16, 2020, 1:30 p.m.: Until further notice, access to State Fair buildings will be limited to staff only. We are available via phone or email. Please use the direct contact information for the department or staff you are trying to reach. Or, use our general phone number or email address: 651-288-4400 or