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Admission Tickets

Regular Adults: $12

Regular Children (Ages 6-11): $6
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Admission ticket is valid for one admission to the Iowa State Fair for any one day, August 8-18, 2019.  Not valid with any other discount or offer.  No refunds, no exchanges, no replacement tickets.

Fair After Dark

Fair After Dark returns to the Iowa State Fair with two special events for Fairgoers in 2019.  For the second year, the behind-the-scenes event series will allow Fairgoers over 21 to experience exclusive Fair sights, sounds and tastes.  The 2019 series features two Fair After Dark events: Hungry Games in the Elwell Family Food Center and Crafts and Crafts in the Patty and Jim Cownie Cultural Center. 

Fair After Dark Tickets Include:
VIP Access
Food and Drink Samples (Hungry Games)
Contests (Hungry Games)
Multiple Take Home Crafts (Crafts and Crafts)
(2) Drink Tickets

Tickets are on sale at, limited number available.

Attendees must be 21 and over, no children allowed. IDs will be checked at the door. No refunds, no exchanges. Fair Admission is not included, but advanced admission tickets are on sale at . 

Crafts and Crafts: Thursday, August 15
9:30-11:30 p.m. - Tickets: $30
Patty and Jim Cownie Cultural Center
Crafts and Crafts will bring out your inner artist with all three levels of the popular Patty and Jim Cownie Cultural Center having hands-on activities like wood art, bracelet making, photography, crafts and art that is literally on fire! Iowa’s craft beer industry is booming, so enjoy your favorite or try a new craft beer or cider from Iowa Craft Beer while you get creative!

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Hungry Games: Saturday, August 10
9:30-11:30 p.m. - Tickets: $30
Elwell Family Food Center
It’s a foodapalooza of friendly competition in the Elwell Family Food Center with grown up cupcake wars, an ugliest cake competition, “Chopped” gone Fair style and samples galore of Iowa beef, pork, dairy, egg, turkey and corn. This isn’t your Dad’s turn at the grill or your Mom’s glass of wine; find out how to create boozy marinades with Templeton Rye and pair wine and spirits with the best of dishes. Come hungry boys and girls; this is where food gets seriously fun!

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Goat Yoga

Goat Yoga is returning to the Iowa State Fair on August 12, 14 and 17 in the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center. Pick a time to get face-to-face with these babies while doing your favorite poses alongside other baby animals, including ducks, piglets, chicks and more!

Tickets are just $20 and are open to any age. The ticket includes an exclusive Iowa State Fair Goat Yoga mat, professional instructor and cuter than cute baby goats born during the 2019 Iowa State Fair.

Monday, August 12 - 2:00 p.m.


Wednesday, August 14 - 6:00 p.m.


Saturday, August 17 - 10:00 a.m.


Grandstand Tickets

Tickets for all concerts and events go on sale online below or by phone at 800.514.3849.
Convenience charges apply. Note that your grandstand ticket does not include admission to the Fair and must also be purchased to attend the concert. 
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