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.

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Tickets on Sale

Advance admission tickets and Thrill Park passes and wristbands on sale now

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2024 Grandstand

Check out who is coming to Iowa State Fair Grandstand in 2024

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Making the Cuts: Preparing Your Own Farm-to-Table Meal, Saturday, April 20 at 11 a.m.

The Kitchen

Making the Cuts: Preparing Your Own Farm-to-Table Meal | Saturday, April 20 at 11 a.m.

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Way We Live Award Farm Family

The Way We Live Award

Entries open for The Way We Live Award

Nomination Form

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Just Announced: Lottery and State Fair Celebrate Years of Partnership

The Iowa Lottery officially has FAIR FEVER! This hot new promotion is a partnership between the Iowa State Fair and the Iowa Lottery for the first-of-its-kind Iowa State Fair scratch ticket with several cash and Iowa State Fair Grandstand concert series prize opportunities for the 2024 Iowa State Fair… including a chance to win up to $5 million in a live lottery game show on the opening day of the 2024 Iowa State Fair!

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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

Cars on Grand Concourse


Fair Merchandise

Get your favorite souvenirs from the Blue Ribbon Foundation Online Store.

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