Nothing compares to state fair tickets

Nothing Compares to State Fair Moments. The moment you ride the big slide, the moment you share a corn dog, the moment you earn a purple ribbon, the moments are endless and unique. With over 1 million attendees and 11 days, there are billions of moments at the Iowa State Fair, August 9-19, 2018. 

Fairtime Admission

Adult (ages 12 and over) $12
Children (ages 6-11) $6 
Children 5 and under are FREE every Fair day.
Fair time admission is available for purchase at the gate or online.

Purchase Tickets

For additional questions please contact or call 515.262.3111 ext. 305

Thrill Parks


Wristbands can be purchased at Thrill Parks Booths in Thrill Town and Thrill Ville at the Iowa State Fair. 

Thrill Pass Wristband
Good throughout Fair time on any ride or game in Thrill Town and Thrill Ville. Thrill Pass Wristbands are available for purchase at any Thrill Parks Booth.  
$1 for 1 credit
$20 for 25 credits
$30 for 40 credits

* Upon initial purchase of a Thrill Pass Wristband a one-time $1.00 wristband fee is charged.

You can reload your wristband at any Thrill Parks Booth, Reload Kiosk or on the MagicMoney App.  

Fair After Dark

In 2018, the Iowa State Fair is launching a new exclusive behind the scenes event series for Fairgoers over 21 called, Fair After Dark. The inaugural year will feature two special Fair After Dark events: Animals After Dark in the Animal Learning Center and Agriculture After Dark in the Agriculture Building.

Animals After Dark: Friday, August 10
Currently SOLD OUT

Agriculture After Dark: Thursday, August 16
9:00-11:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20

Gain access to the infamous Butter Cow cooler, create colorful works of floral art and get close to Iowa’s bee industry. Agriculture After Dark is a world tour of agriculture experienced with your friends and favorite brews.

Tickets Include:

  • VIP access to Fair icons such as baby animals and the butter cow
  • Souvenir Lighted Pint Glass
  • (2) Drink Tickets


Tickets are on sale now through the night of the event. Attendees must be 21 or over. Fair Admission is not included.

Grandstand Tickets

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

Sign up for text alerts by texting FAIR to 75782 for up to date information.

  • Jim Gaffigan
    Tuesday August 14 | 8PM Jim Gaffigan The Fixer Upper, with special guest Ted Alexandro $32 $37 / $45
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  • Thomas Rhett
    Wednesday August 15 | 8PM Thomas Rhett with special guest Danielle Bradbery $37 $43 / $53 / $60
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  • Earth, Wind & Fire
    Thursday August 16 | 8PM Earth, Wind & Fire with special guest Sinbad $37 $42 / $47
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  • Sugarland
    Friday August 17 | 8PM Sugarland ‘Still the Same Tour’ with special guests Frankie Ballard and Lindsay Ell $52 $57 / $67
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  • Peter Cetera
    Saturday August 18 | 8PM Peter Cetera with special guest Blood, Sweat & Tears $27 $32 / $37
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  • Florida Georgia Line
    Sunday August 19 | 8PM Florida Georgia Line with special guest Jillian Jacqueline $70 $75 / $80
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