Nothing compares to state fair tickets

Nothing Compares to the thrills of a super sensational midway ride or the thrill of dancing and singing along with your favorite bands. Maybe you prefer the thrill of a blue ribbon or the latest food adventure on-a-stick, Nothing Compares to State Fair Thrills! Buy your tickets now to enjoy all the fun, food, entertainment and thrills of the 2017 Iowa State Fair, August 10-20 in Des Moines.

Fair Admission

Get your 2017 Fair tickets now and save over 30 percent. You can print your tickets at home or purchase them at the Administration Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (Monday – Friday).

  • Adult tickets (ages 12+): $8 (thru August 9th); $12 (at the gates)
  • Child tickets (ages 6-11): $4 (thru August 9th); $6 (at the gates)
  • Ages 5 and under admitted free every Fair day

Beginning July 1st and while supplies last, Advanced Admission Tickets will be available for purchase at participating Iowa HyVee and Fareway stores.  

During the Fair,  special admission deals and discounts are only available at Fair admission gates.  Regular gate admission can be purchased both at the gates or through the Print at Home online option. 

Grandstand Tickets

Tickets for select Grandstand concerts and events are on sale through or by phone at 800.514.3849. All concert seats are reserved. Convenience charges apply to all tickets. The Iowa State Fair Ticket Office opens on July 5th for walk-up orders only (while tickets remain). 
Grandstand tickets do not include admission to the Fair, but can be purchased at

  • for KING & COUNTRY
    Thursday August 10 | 8PM for KING & COUNTRY with special guest Matt Maher $30 $35 / $45
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  • Nickelback
    Friday August 11 | 8PM Nickelback $52 $62 / $72
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  • I Love the 90's
    Saturday August 12 | 8PM I Love the 90's Featuring: Vanilla Ice, Salt N Pepa, Color Me Badd, Tone Loc, Coolio, Young MC $27 $32 / $45
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  • Alabama
    Thursday August 17 | 8PM Alabama $42 $47 / $57
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  • Little Big Town
    Friday August 18 | 8PM Little Big Town $32 $42 / $52
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