Iowa State Fair

How Do You Fair?

Where there is eleven days to do, eat and see everything at the Iowa State Fair.

From the food, to the games, rides and competitions… How Do You Fair?

August 12-22, 2021

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The excitement is just beginning

The internationally acclaimed Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. Annually attracting more than a million people from all over the world, the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines is Iowa’s great celebration, a salute to the state’s best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement.

Iowa State Fair Grandstand


Iowa State Fair Grandstand presented by Homemakers Furniture on the Kum & Go Stage

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Free Entertainment

Free Entertainment

Learn what free entertainment acts will be playing at the Iowa State Fair.

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Admission and More On Sale

Plan your visit to the Iowa State Fair now! Buy Advanced admission, State Fair Value Packs, Advanced Thrill Pass Wristbands and Unlimited Ride Wristbands today!

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Camping at the Fair


Learn more information about Fair-time camping, including registered and non-registered camping, at the Iowa State Fair Campgrounds!

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The Way We Live Award

The Way We Live Award

Nominate a hard-working farm family for The Way We Live Award. It will award six Iowa families who exemplify hard working farm values and a love for farming.

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Contests, livestock shows, volunteering, talent shows and more - how will you participate?


The Iowa State Fair is YOUR Fair, and you can be involved! Showcase your talent with contests, livestock, commercial spaces, volunteering and talent shows.



Information regarding COVID-19 can be found on the Iowa State Fair's Safety page. All safety precautions will be followed per CDC guidelines in August 2021.

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Iowa State Fair

Iowa State Fairgrounds

Year Round Events

For 11 days in August, it’s a fairground, but for the other 354 days of the year, the Iowa State Fairgrounds is home to auto shows, livestock exhibitions, flea markets, antique shows, concerts, trade shows and more.

Fairgrounds Event Calendar

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