Camping & Lodging


Fair Time Camping

During the Fair, the Campgrounds house more than 2,300 sites with full hook ups, including 734 partial sites and three large bathhouses. The beautiful, 160-acre Iowa State Fair Campgrounds are home to century-old trees, woodland flora and small wildlife. The Campgrounds are easy to find and conveniently located just off Interstates 80 and 35. The Iowa State Fair Campgrounds are the perfect place to enjoy the comforts of home and the excitement of the city. Check out Fair Time Camping for specifics on camping during the Iowa State Fair.

Iowa State Fair Campgrounds

Off-Seasons Camping

The Iowa State Fair campgrounds are open during non-Fair time from April 18-June 16, July 2-July 16 and August 20-October 13, 2024.

Although there are numerous hotels and motels in the area some event organizers and guests prefer taking advantage of our 160-acre campsite. There are plenty of campsites available now with country comforts alongside city conveniences. Campers enjoy the best of both worlds — the natural beauty of gently rolling woodlands plus the modern amenities of water and electrical hookups. Best of all, campers will find themselves a short stroll away from the many buildings that dot the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Our campgrounds’ staff is ready to make your stay safe, comfortable and economical. To learn more about camping during the off-season call the Iowa State Fair Campgrounds office at 515.262.3111 ext. 284 or visit the Iowa State Fairgrounds website. Campers are welcomed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hotel Lodging

The Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau provides up-to-date lodging information. You may contact them by calling 800.451.2625 or search their online accommodations listings.