The Iowa State Fair has always been about celebrating Iowa's agriculture industry. You won't want to miss participating in the Iowa State Fair's newest agricultural education events! From learning where your food comes to playing with baby animals, we have VIP, behind the scenes, one-of-a-kind agricultural experiences only found at the Iowa State Fair. Space is limited and will fill up fast.

Barnyard Yoga - Sponsored by the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative

It started with goat yoga in 2018 and it's about to get even more adorable with the addition of llamas and bunnies in Barnyard Yoga at the 2021 Iowa State Fair! This won't be the most physically intense workout, but it is guaranteed to be an experience loaded with giggles, cuddles and just the right amount of cuteness to put you in a good mood. Tickets are required for each class. The first 50 registered will receive an Iowa State Fair Barnyard Yoga mat along with a swag bag from the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative including fruit from Capital City Fruit and much more! Classes will fill up quickly, so register today!

  • Goat Yoga- August 18 at 7 p.m. Goat Show Ring in the Swine Barn
  • Llama Yoga- August 20 at 6 p.m. North Side of the Cattle Barn in the grass
  • Bunny Yoga- August 22 at 9 a.m. Outside the Rabbit and Poultry Building
  • Tickets are $20

Cuddles and Snuggles Chore Time

Cuddles and Snuggles Chore Time is your chance to help with morning chores, grab some baby animal snuggles, check out the behind the scenes action, and meet a veterinarian in the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center. This VIP experience is for families who have always wondered what it takes to care for all the mamas and babies during the Fair! Spaces are limited and are per family (6 members or less, appropriate for all ages).

  • Friday, August 13, 8-9 a.m.
  • Tuesday, August 17, 8-9 a.m.
  • Thursday, August 19, 8-9 a.m.
  • Saturday, August 21, 8-9 a.m.
  • Tickets are $40 per family (6 person max)

Fair After Dark – Moos and BrewsSponsored by Midwest Dairy

Get up close and personal with the dairy cows and calves in the Boulevard of Dairy Breeds in a fun evening learning about the Dairy industry in Iowa! From Butter Sculpting to baby calf selfies to cow judging and boozy milkshakes, there is something for everyone! Tickets are limited to this behind the scenes, event and attendees must be 21 or over to attend. Prizes will be awarded and two drink tickets are included with your purchase.

Friday, August 20, 9-11 p.m.

Location: North Annex of Cattle Barn (Boulevard of Dairy Breeds)

Tickets are $30 per person

Fair After Work – Beef, Beer, & BingoSponsored by Iowa Beef Industry Council

What more do you want after work than Beef, Beer, & Bingo? Starting at the new Iowa Craft Beer Tent and ending at the Top of the Vine, you and your team will search the Iowa State Fairgrounds learning all about Beef production in Iowa! Fill your Bingo card learning about beef cattle breeds, meet an Iowa Beef Farmer and even find some beef samples! This is a 21 and older event. Prizes will be awarded and two drink tickets per person are included with your registration.

Tuesday, August 17, 6:30-8 p.m.

Location: Iowa Craft Beer Tent

Tickets are $100 per team of 4 or $30 for individuals

To purchase tickets to these exclusive events, visit Special events do not include admission tickets into the Fair.