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


  • Adult tickets $12
  • Child tickets $6 
  • Ages 5 and under admitted free every Fair day


Admission is also available for purchase at the gate.

Family Fun Pack

If you purchased a Family Fun Pack prior to the Fair please redeem your voucher at any voucher redemption booth. Voucher redemption booths will be open 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the entrance of Thrill Town across from Gate 10 or on Grand Avenue by the Pepsi Clock.  

Thrill Parks

In 2017, the Iowa State Fair unveils Thrill Parks: Thrill Ville, Thrill Town and Thrill Zone!  The super spectacular ride areas on the Fairgrounds have received facelifts, but the most exciting part is they now offer wristbands in lieu of tickets!  Fairgoers can easily access rides and games simply by scanning a wristband. Wristbands can be purchased at the Fair. Get your wristband today!

Iowa State Fair Thrill Parks hours

Thrill Ville opens at 10 a.m.
Thrill Town opens at 9 a.m.
Thrill Zone opens at 10 a.m.

Voucher redemption booths will be open 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and are located at the entrance of Thrill Town (across from Gate 10) or across from the entrance of Thrill Ville (Grand Ave. by the Pepsi Clock).  


Wristbands can be purchased at Thrill Park booths in Thrill Ville and Thrill Town at the Iowa State Fair. 


» Thrill Pass Wristband
Good throughout Fair time on any ride or game in Thrill Town and Thrill Ville. Thrill Pass Wristbands are available for purchase at any Thrill Parks Booth.  Getting your Thrill Pass the the Fair is simple!  Choose a package then play:

Red Package
$21 for 25 credits (includes 1 reloadable wristband) 

Blue Package
$31 for 40 credits (includes 1 reloadable wristband) 

To continue your fun, reload credits to your wristband anytime!  You can reload your wristband at any Thrill Parks Booth, Reload Kiosk or on the MagicMoney App.  Reload options are:
5 credits for $5
10 credits for $10
25 credits for $20
40 credits for $30
80 credits for $60
105 credits for $80

* Upon initial purchase of a Thrill Pass Wristband a one-time $1.00 wristband fee is charged.

Grandstand Tickets

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

  • John Mellencamp
    Saturday August 19 | 8PM John Mellencamp with special guest Carlene Carter $50 $60 / $85
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  • Kid Rock
    Sunday August 20 | 8PM Kid Rock with special guest Uncle Kracker $62 $70 / $90
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