Fair Hours & Admission

Fair Hours

  • Grounds: 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.; no entry or re-entry after 9 p.m. on Extreme Sunday, August 17
  • Buildings: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Midway: 10 a.m. to Midnight

Regular Gate Admission

Visa, MasterCard and Discover accepted at the gate.

  • Adults (Ages 12+): $11
  • Children (Ages 6-11): $5
  • Children (Ages 5 & Under): FREE

Discounted Fairtime Admission

During the 2014 Iowa State Fair, visitors could save up to $5 off regular gate admission by taking advantage of these special offers:

  • $5 OFF ADULT TICKETS AFTER 5: Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for kids age 6-11 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the gate Monday through Thursday (not good with any other offer).
  • OPENING DAY: On Thursday, August 7, enjoy $6 adult admission and $3 child admission at the Gate from 5 a.m. to Noon with a coupon from the August 3 Des Moines Sunday Register (not good with any other offer). 
  • VETERANS' DAY: On Monday, August 11, active and retired members of the military and their spouses are admitted for $8 at the gate (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) with a military ID (not good with any other offer). 
  • CANNED FOOD DRIVE: On Tuesday, August 12, get $3 off regular admission (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) with a donation of at least two canned food items. Limit one discount per donation (not good with any other offer).
  • OLDER IOWANS' DAY: On Wednesday, August 13, Fairgoers ages 60 and up get in for $8 at the gate until 5 p.m. (not good with any other offer).
  • EXTREME SUNDAY: $5 off regular adult admission and $2 off admission for Fairgoers age 6-11 until 9 p.m. on Sunday, August 17 (not good with any other discount).

Parking

Three parking lots are available for Fair motorcycle and vehicle parking: North, Sims and Northeast Lot. Bicycle parking is available inside Gate 10. Buses and drivers are admitted free.