off-season camping

Off-season camping begins April 15th, visit the Iowa State Fairgrounds website for more information.

Fair time camping

Fair time camping is a great way to enjoy the fun and festivities of Iowa’s biggest celebration! Every August, thousands of Fairgoers from all over the Midwest park their trailers and pitch their tents during the Fair. Whether it’s a vacation or a family reunion, stop and see why Nothing Compares to the Iowa State Fair.

Be sure to get the Des Moines Register delivered to your campsite everyday of the Fair, and receive a collector's edition coffee mug! More details to come. 

Campgrounds Map

Accommodations for tents can always be made if campers are not particular on placement. Tent campers follow the same procedures as other campers. Please see the non-registered camper information packet for further details.

Registered Camping Information

Not a registered camper yet? Visit the Non-Registered Camping page for more information, including a non-registered camping packet or to be placed on the camping wait list.

Non-Registered Camping Information

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