Groups & Tours
A proud tradition since 1854, the Iowa State Fair is included in the New York Times bestseller, “1000 Places to See Before You Die,” and was the inspiration for the novel “State Fair,” three motion pictures and a Broadway musical.
Experience nearly 200 mouth watering food choices, fabulous free entertainment and plenty of blue-ribbon competition. The Iowa State Fair is a 2009 and 2010 American Bus Association Top 100 event and 2009 Discover America Top 200 event.
Location and Directions
The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th Street & East University Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa, just off I-35 and I-80. Click here for driving directions.
- 2013 August 8-18
- 2014 August 7-17
- 2015 August 13-23
2013 Adult Admission*
- $8 Advance Admission (when purchased by August 7)
- $8 Older Iowans’ Day, August 14 (day of, ages 60 and over)
- $11 Gate Admission (day of)
* Prices subject to change.
Special Group Offers
Discount advance admission tickets and packages save time and money on admission, rides, food and beverages when purchased before the Fair. Motorcoach group tickets will be available in June and can be purchased online or from Megan Grandgeorge through July 25, 2013. Click here for detailed ticket information.
The Book of Values, a complimentary Fair coupon book offering food and drink discounts is offered exclusively to motorcoach groups. Each guest will also receive a map and daily schedule. Arrangements must be made by July 25, 2013. Packets with tickets, parking map, coupon books and daily schedules will be mailed July 29.
Free parking for buses and free gate admission for bus drivers in uniform (no ticket needed).
Complimentary ticket for tour planner, one ticket per bus.
On Older Iowans’ Day, Wednesday, August 14, buses will be able to drop off/pick up on the inner grounds. On all other days, the drop off/pick up point is inside the North Parking Lot.
Iowa State Fair trivia - great for fun bus games.
Motor Coach Services
For information on charter companies in Iowa, please email Megan Grandgeorge. Nearby motor coach friendly fuel stations are located just off I-80 and include:
|Flying J Travel Plaza |
11820 Hickman Rd.
Clive, IA 50325
|Pilot Travel Center |
11957 Douglas Pkwy.
Urbandale, IA 50323
Pilot Travel Center I-80 EXIT 143
For more information on group tours, please contact:
Marketing and Tourism Assistant
Phone: 515/262-3111 x335
P.O. Box 57130 | Des Moines, IA 50317
Click to email Megan