Iowa State Fair





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  • Purchase and print your discount admission tickets, State Fair Value Pack vouchers, and ride wristband vouchers online, at home, without fees, or have them mailed to you (shipping & handling fees apply). Orders will not be mailed after July 28.
  • Beginning July 6, the Iowa State Fair Ticket Office will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday for walk-up orders only. The office is located on the front porch of the Administration Building on the Fairgrounds. Tickets available while supplies last.
  • Beginning May 1, companies can purchase admission tickets and other products, including food tickets, by email at or by phone at 515.262.3111 ext 305. Orders will be taken through August 6 or until supply runs out. Shipping and processing fees may apply. Find a form and more information on the Corporate Opportunities page.
  • Beginning July 1, tickets may be purchased at Iowa Hy-Vees, Hy-Vee Drugstores and Dollar Fresh stores, Iowa Fareways and participating Des Moines metro Cash Saver and Price Chopper stores.

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Advanced Admission Tickets


Adult Advanced Admission (12 and up): $9
Children Advanced Admission (Ages 6-11): $5
5 & Under: Free

(Advanced ticket discount offered through 11:59 p.m. on August 11, 2021.)

Regular Adults (12 and up): $14
Regular Children (Ages 6-11): $8
5 & Under: Free

Admission ticket is valid for one admission to the Iowa State Fair for any one day, August 12-22, 2021. Not valid with any other discount or offer. No refunds, no exchanges, no replacement tickets.

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Barnyard Yoga

Barnyard Yoga

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 intensive 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! Tickets are $20.

  • Goat Yoga- August 18 at 7 p.m.
    Goat Show Ring in the Swine Barn

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  • Llama Yoga- August 20 at 6 p.m.
    North Side of the Cattle Barn in the grass

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  • Bunny Yoga- August 22 at 9 a.m.
    Outside the Rabbit and Poultry Building

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Cuddles & Snuggles

Cuddles and Snuggles Chore Time

A family adventure like no other! 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). Tickets are $40 per family (6 person max). Appropriate for all ages.

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Fair After Dark: Moos & Brews

Fair After Dark - Moos and Brews

Get up close and personal with the dairy cows and calves in the Boulevard of Dairy Breeds as you will have a fun evening learning about the Dairy industry in Iowa! From Butter Sculpting to baby calf selfies to cow judging to boozy milkshakes there is something for everyone! Tickets are limited to this behind the scenes, VIP event and attendees must be 21 or over to attend. Prizes will be awarded and two drink tickets are included with your purchase. Tickets are $30 per person.

Date: Friday, August 20
Time: 9-11 p.m.
Location: North Annex of Cattle Barn (Boulevard of Dairy Breeds)

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Fair After Work: Beef, Beer, Bingo

Fair After Work - Beef, Beer & Bingo

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 have some beef samples! This is a 21 and older event and entries will fill up fast so get your team together! Prizes will be awarded and two drink tickets are included in your registration per person. $100 per team of 4 or $30 for individuals.

Date: Tuesday, August 17

Time: 6:30-8 p.m.

Location: Iowa Craft Beer Tent

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Barksdale's State Fair Cookies

State Fair Value Pack


*Valued at $34 -This is a voucher and it must be redeemed during the Fair at the redemption booth on Grand Avenue, by the Pepsi Clock, from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

The Value Pack Includes:

  • 1 Reloadable Thrill Parks Wristband with 5 Credits
  • 1 Ye Old Mill OR Snakes Alive OR Train Exhibit admission
  • 1 Kids Bungee Jump or Krazy Maze
  • 1 Giant Slide
  • 1 Sky Glider
  • 4 $1 food/beverage tickets
  • 1 cup of Barksdale's State Fair Cookies

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Advanced Thrill Pass Wristband

Advanced Thrill Parks Pass Wristband

  • $25 for 35 credits and includes a re-loadable wristband
    Good any day of the Fair on any ride or game in Thrill Town and Thrill Ville
  • Additional credits can be added during the Fair in the Thrill Parks
  • This is a voucher and it must be redeemed during the Fair at the redemption booth on Grand Avenue, by the Pepsi Clock, open from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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Unlimited Ride Wristband

Unlimited Ride Wristband


  • Good for 1 day of unlimited rides
  • Only valid Monday-Thursday until 10:00 p.m. in Thrill Town and Thrill Ville
  • This is a voucher and it must be redeemed during the Fair at the redemption booth on Grand Avenue, by the Pepsi Clock, open from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wristband is only valid for one person
  • Rider must be present at the time of redemption
  • Does not include games, but credits can be added in the Thrill Parks
  • Wristband is re-loadable after 10:00 p.m. for further rides and games

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*Unlimited Ride Wristbands do NOT include admission into the Fair.

*Only available for a limited time! Once the Fair starts this wristband will not be available for purchase. Instead, you'll need to purchase credits during the Fair at the Thrill Parks.

Grandstand Tickets

Tickets for all concerts and events go on sale at the Iowa State Fair website or by phone at 800.514.3849.
Convenience charges apply and Fair admission tickets are not included.

Thursday August 12 | 8:00 PM

Casting Crowns

with special guest Jordan Feliz


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Friday August 13 | 8:00 PM

Blake Shelton

with special guest Matt Stell


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Saturday August 14 | 7:30 PM

Sam Hunt

with special guest Kip Moore


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Sunday August 15 | 8:00 PM

Boyz II Men

with special guest Bell Biv DeVoe


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Monday August 16 | 8:00 PM

Cole Swindell and Dustin Lynch


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Tuesday August 17 | 8:00 PM

The Beach Boys

with special guest Hanson


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Wednesday August 18 | 8:00 PM


with special guest Tesla


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Thursday August 19 | 8:00 PM

Chris Stapleton

with special guest Nikki Lane


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Friday August 20 | 8:00 PM

Five Finger Death Punch

with special guest All That Remains


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Saturday August 21 | 8:00 PM

Dan + Shay

with special guest Russell Dickerson


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Sunday August 22 | 8:00 PM

The Doobie Brothers' 50th Anniversary Tour

Featuring Tom Johnston, Michael McDonald, Pat Simmons, John McFee


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