Iowa State Fair

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It is the true heartbeat of the Midwest, unequaled and unduplicated.The Iowa State Fair, the inspiration for the original novel “State Fair” by Iowan Phil Stong, three motion pictures and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway musical, is without a doubt the country’s most famous state fair.National media frequently rank the Fair as one of the top events in the country. In 2004, USA Weekend named the event the #2 choice for summer fun in America, topping New York City’s Times Square, Cedar Point Amusement Park Resort in Ohio and Disneyland in California. Midwest Living magazine named the Fair one of the “Top 30 Things Every Midwesterner Should Experience.” The Fair is also included in the New York Times best-selling travel book 1000 Places to See Before You Die and the subsequent travel book, 1,000 Places to See in the U.S.A. and Canada Before you Die.

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.

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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Saturday August 14 | 7:30 PM

Sam Hunt

with special guest Kip Moore

$40/55/65/75

Buy Tickets

Thursday August 19 | 8:00 PM

Chris Stapleton

with special guest Nikki Lane

$45/65/80/90

Buy Tickets

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Space Rental Guide

Space rental rates vary depending on location and products. The words “concession” and “exhibit” may vary in usage from one Fair or trade show to another. At the Iowa State Fair, a commercial exhibit denotes “for display only” of products, services or concepts and taking leads for later follow-up. Merchandise sales and Food vending are referred to as “Concessions.”

Rules & Regulation

Please review the rules and regulations for Iowa State Fair Commercial booth and area spaces.

Exhibit Areas & Concessions

The 400 plus acre Iowa State Fairgrounds has many places for exhibitors to display products, services and merchandise.

Commercial Building 2x

Space Rental Guide

Space rental rates vary depending on location and products. The words “concession” and “exhibit” may vary in usage from one Fair or trade show to another. At the Iowa State Fair, a commercial exhibit denotes “for display only” of products, services or concepts and taking leads for later follow-up. Merchandise sales and Food vending are referred to as “Concessions.”

Rules & Regulation

Please review the rules and regulations for Iowa State Fair Commercial booth and area spaces.

Exhibit Areas & Concessions

The 400 plus acre Iowa State Fairgrounds has many places for exhibitors to display products, services and merchandise.

Frequently Asked Questions

Every year the Iowa State Fair staff fields questions from visitors. Some of the most frequently asked questions are below. The answers are a constant reminder that nothing compares to the Iowa State Fair.

Where can I find information about the Iowa State Fair being postponed for 2020?

Find more information on the Fair Updates page.  

When is the 2021 Fair?
Where can I find a map of the Fairgrounds?
What time do the Fairgrounds open and close?
Where is accessible parking available during the Fair?
Will my bag be searched?

Get Involved. Participate Today!

The Iowa State Fair is YOUR Fair, and we want you to be involved! With contests, livestock shows, volunteering and talent shows, there are many ways to showcase your talent at the Fair. After all, you’re the reason that Nothing Compares to the Iowa State Fair!

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Get Involved. Participate Today!

The Iowa State Fair is YOUR Fair, and we want you to be involved! With contests, livestock shows, volunteering and talent shows, there are many ways to showcase your talent at the Fair. After all, you’re the reason that Nothing Compares to the Iowa State Fair!

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Get Involved. Participate Today!

The Iowa State Fair is YOUR Fair, and we want you to be involved! With contests, livestock shows, volunteering and talent shows, there are many ways to showcase your talent at the Fair. After all, you’re the reason that Nothing Compares to the Iowa State Fair!

Dont Wait

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Get Involved. Participate Today!

The Iowa State Fair is YOUR Fair, and we want you to be involved! With contests, livestock shows, volunteering and talent shows, there are many ways to showcase your talent at the Fair. After all, you’re the reason that Nothing Compares to the Iowa State Fair!

Dont Wait

This is a link

Get Involved. Participate Today!

The Iowa State Fair is YOUR Fair, and we want you to be involved! With contests, livestock shows, volunteering and talent shows, there are many ways to showcase your talent at the Fair. After all, you’re the reason that Nothing Compares to the Iowa State Fair!

Dont Wait

This is a link

Get Involved. Participate Today!

The Iowa State Fair is YOUR Fair, and we want you to be involved! With contests, livestock shows, volunteering and talent shows, there are many ways to showcase your talent at the Fair. After all, you’re the reason that Nothing Compares to the Iowa State Fair!

Dont Wait

This is a link

Get Involved. Participate Today!

The Iowa State Fair is YOUR Fair, and we want you to be involved! With contests, livestock shows, volunteering and talent shows, there are many ways to showcase your talent at the Fair. After all, you’re the reason that Nothing Compares to the Iowa State Fair!

Dont Wait

This is a link

Get Involved. Participate Today!

The Iowa State Fair is YOUR Fair, and we want you to be involved! With contests, livestock shows, volunteering and talent shows, there are many ways to showcase your talent at the Fair. After all, you’re the reason that Nothing Compares to the Iowa State Fair!

Dont Wait

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Largest event in the state

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. 

See the Spectacle

Largest event in the state

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. 

See the Spectacle

Largest event in the state

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. 

See the Spectacle

Largest event in the state

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. 

See the Spectacle

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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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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Fair Dates
Year Fair Dates Fair Theme
2020 No Fair (due to COVID-19 pandemic) How Do You Fair?
2019 Aug 8-18 Nothing Compares to State Fair Favorites
2018 Aug 9-19 Nothing Compares to State Fair Moments