Nothing compares to state fair tickets

Nothing Compares to the thrills of a super sensational midway ride or the thrill of dancing and singing along with your favorite bands. Maybe you prefer the thrill of a blue ribbon or the latest food adventure on-a-stick, Nothing Compares to State Fair Thrills! Buy your tickets now to enjoy all the fun, food, entertainment and thrills of the 2017 Iowa State Fair, August 10-20 in Des Moines.

Fair Admission

Get your 2017 Fair tickets now and save over 30 percent. You can print your tickets at home or purchase them at the Administration Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (Monday – Friday).

  • Adult tickets (ages 12+): $8 (thru August 9th); $12 (at the gates)
  • Child tickets (ages 6-11): $4 (thru August 9th); $6 (at the gates)
  • Ages 5 and under admitted free every Fair day

Beginning July 1, admission tickets will be available at participating Fareway, Hy-Vee, Hy-Vee Drug, Price Chopper and Cash Saver Stores while supplies last. 

Beginning July 5, admission tickets will be available at the Iowa State Fair Ticket Office, available without fees and while supplies last.

During the Fair,  special admission deals and discounts are only available at Fair admission gates.  Regular gate admission can be purchased both at the gates or through the print-at-home online option. 

Companies or large groups can call the Iowa State Ticket Office 515.262.3111 ext. 305 to purchase tickets and other products including food tickets. All orders must be placed prior to August 10 and while supplies last. Shipping and handling fees may apply.

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 purchase on the Fairgrounds.  Tickets must be used for all food and beverage purchases in the Grandstand. 

Food Tickets are no longer available for purchase online; however, they are still available for purchase at the Iowa State Fair Ticket Office July 5 through August 9, while supplies last, and during the Fair at the Iowa State Fair Grandstand. 

Family Fun Pack

Get a $36.50 value for $20 with the Family Fun Pack! Save even more on Fair fun for the whole family, including discounts on select rides and food.

Includes 1 Snakes Alive or Train Exhibit admission, 1 Pony or Camel ride or Zipline, 1 Rock Wall or Ye Old Mill ride, 1 Giant Slide, 1 Windstorm Roller Coaster, 1 Sky Glider, and 5 $1 food/beverage tickets.

Family Fun Packs do not include admission to the Fair.

*Starting May 1, purchase online a print-at-home or by mail (shipping and handling fees apply) Family Fun Pack voucher to be redeemed at the Fair. Voucher redemption booths will be open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the entrance of Thrill Town or 10 a.m. to Midnight at the entrance of Thrill Ville. Orders will not be mailed after July 28 but will be available for print-at-home. All offers will also be available at the Iowa State Fair Ticket Office July 5 through August 9, while supplies last.

* The Family Fun Pack voucher is only redeemable at the Iowa State Fair, August 10-20, 2017. 

Thrill Parks

In 2017, the super spectacular ride areas on the Fairgrounds will get a facelift and be called Thrill Parks. Within the Iowa State Fair Thrill Parks there are three separate areas designed for different ages and levels of entertainment: Thrill Town, Thrill Ville and Thrill Zone.

Looking to save on Thrill Park rides? Purchase your discounted Thrill Pass in advance. This will include unlimited rides to Thrill Town (9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday - Thursday) and unlimited rides to Thrill Ville (10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday).

*Starting May 1, purchase online a print-at-home or by mail (shipping and handling fees apply) Thrill Pass to be redeemed at the Fair. Voucher redemption booths will be open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the entrance of Thrill Town or 10 a.m. to Midnight at the entrance of Thrill Ville. Orders will not be mailed after July 28th but will be available for print-at-home. All offers will also be available at the Iowa State Fair Ticket Office July 5 through August 9, while supplies last.

* The Thrill Pass voucher is only redeemable at the Iowa State Fair, August 10-20, 2017. 

Grandstand Tickets

Tickets for select Grandstand concerts and events are on sale through www.etix.com or by phone at 800.514.3849. All concert seats are reserved. Convenience charges apply to all tickets. The Iowa State Fair Ticket Office opens on July 5th for walk-up orders only (while tickets remain). 
Grandstand tickets do not include admission to the Fair, but can be purchased at www.iowastatefair.org

  • for KING & COUNTRY
    Thursday August 10 | 8PM for KING & COUNTRY with special guest Matt Maher $30 $35 / $45
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  • Nickelback
    Friday August 11 | 8PM Nickelback $52 $62 / $72
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  • I Love the 90's
    Saturday August 12 | 8PM I Love the 90's Featuring: Vanilla Ice, Salt N Pepa, Color Me Badd, Tone Loc, Coolio, Young MC $27 $32 / $45
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  • Pentatonix
    Sunday August 13 | 8PM Pentatonix $30 $40 / $50
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  • Alabama
    Thursday August 17 | 8PM Alabama $42 $47 / $57
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  • Little Big Town
    Friday August 18 | 8PM Little Big Town $32 $42 / $52
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  • John Mellencamp
    Saturday August 19 | 8PM John Mellencamp with special guest Carlene Carter $50 $60 / $85
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