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. Advanced admission tickets are on sale now!

Advanced Admission

Purchase your discounted Admission tickets through August 8, 2018 and save over 30%.

Adults (ages 12 and over) are $8
Children (ages 6-11) are $4
Children 5 and under are FREE every Fair day.

  • Purchase and print your discounted admission tickets online at home without fees, or have them mailed to you (shipping and handling fees apply). Orders will not be mailed after July 27.

  • Beginning July 5, 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 ticketoffice@iowastatefair.org or by phone 515.262.3111 ext 305. All orders must be placed by August 3 and while supplies last. Shipping and processing fees may apply.

  • Beginning July 1, Advanced Admission Tickets will be available at participating Hy-Vee, Hy-Vee Drug, Fareway, Price Chopper and Cash Saver Stores.

PURCHASE ADVANCED ADMISSION TICKETS

Fair Time 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.

For additional questions please contact ticketoffice@iowastatefair.org or call 515.262.3111 ext. 305

Family Fun Pack

Save even more on Fair fun for the whole family, including discounts on select rides and food. Get a $35.50 value for $20 with the Family Fun Pack through August 8!

Family Fun Packs are now available for purchase online or at the Iowa State Fair Ticket Office beginning July 5. 

Family Fun Pack - $20 
Includes:
1 Snakes Alive OR Train Exhibit Admission
1 Kids Bungee Jump* OR Pony OR Camel Ride** at Hedrick’s Petting Zoo
1 Ye Old Mill OR Zipline***
1 Giant Slide
1 Rock Wall OR Krazy Maze
1 Sky Glider ride
5 $1 food/beverage tickets

Purchase and print your Family Fun Pack Voucher online at home without fees, or have them mailed to you (shipping and handling fees apply). Orders will not be mailed after July 27. Family Fun Pack Vouchers are redeemable 9 am - 9 pm during the Fair at the Redemption Booth on Grand Avenue by the Pepsi Clock.

Admission to the Fair is not included. Available while supplies last.

PURCHASE FAMILY FUN PACKS

*Jumpers must weigh between 20-180 pounds.
**Pony and Camel Riders must weigh at or below 60 pounds.
***Zipline riders must weigh between 40-250 pounds.

Thrill Parks

Get your digitial wristband for loads of thrills at the Iowa State Fair Thrill Parks!

Advanced Thrill Parks Wristbands are now on sale online or at the Iowa State Fair Ticket Office beginning July 5 through August 8.

Advanced Unlimited Ride Wristband
$36 (includes wristband)

Good for 1 day of unlimited rides Monday-Thursday until 10:00 p.m. in Thrill Town and Thrill Ville. Does not include games, but credits can be added at the Thrill Park Booths. The wristband is reloadable after 10:00 p.m. for further rides and games. Each fairgoer wishing to ride or play games in Thrill Town and Thrill Ville must have their own wristband.

Advanced Thrill Pass Wristband
$25 for 35 credits (includes wristband)
Good all day, any day on any ride or game in Thrill Town and Thrill Ville. Additional credits can be added at any time during the Fair.

Purchase and print your Wristband Vouchers online at home without fees, or have them mailed to you (shipping and handling fees apply). Orders will not be mailed after July 27. Wristband Vouchers are redeemable 9 am - 9 pm during the Fair at the Redemption Booth on Grand Avenue by the Pepsi Clock.

*Wristbands are not valid in Thrill Zone

PURCHASE ADVANCED WRISTBANDS

FAIR TIME WRISTBANDS

Wristbands can be purchased at Thrill Park 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.  

Food Tickets

Though not mandatory, food tickets may be purchased in packs of five for $5. Each food ticket is good for $1 toward food or beverage purchases on the Fairgrounds.  

Food Tickets are no longer available for purchase online; however, they are available for purchase at the Iowa State Fair Ticket Office beginning July 5 through August 8, while supplies last. 

Food Tickets will no longer be sold in the Grandstand, instead cash, debit/credit, or previously purchased food tickets can be used.

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
9:00-11:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20

Get up close and personal with the Fair’s newest and cutest baby animals. Animals After Dark lets you ask your best agriculture related questions while enjoying a behind the scenes experience with a few drinks of choice.

Tickets Include:

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

PURCHASE ANIMALS AFTER DARK TICKETS

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

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

PURCHASE AGRICULTURE AFTER DARK 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.

  • Casting Crowns
    Thursday August 9 | 8PM Casting Crowns with special guest Matthew West $30 $35 / $45
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  • Reba McEntire
    Friday August 10 | 8PM Reba McEntire with special guest Chase Bryant $50 $55 / $65
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  • Daughtry
    Saturday August 11 | 8PM Daughtry with special guest to be announced $25 $30 / $35
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  • Old Dominion
    Sunday August 12 | 8PM Old Dominion Happy Endings World Tour with special guest High Valley $21 $31 / $51
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  • Papa Roach
    Monday August 13 | 8PM Papa Roach with special guests Chevelle and Bad Authority $27 $32 / $42
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  • Jim Gaffigan
    Tuesday August 14 | 8PM Jim Gaffigan The Fixer Upper $32 $37 / $45
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  • Thomas Rhett
    Wednesday August 15 | 8PM Thomas Rhett with special guest Danielle Bradbery $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 featuring Bo Bice $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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