Advanced 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 and while supplies last, advanced admission tickets will be available for purchase at participating Iowa HyVee, HyVee Drug, Fareway, Price Chopper and Cash Saver Stores.  

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



Fairgoers can save on gate admission by taking advantage of these special, at the gate only, admission offers. These offers are not good with any other discount.

Half Off Adult and Child Tickets After 5

Half price adult and child admission from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the gate Monday through Thursday.

Opening Day

On Thursday, August 10 bring 3 cans of non-perishable food for a $3 discount (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) on an adult admission only.

Veterans' Day

On Monday, August 14, $9 admission (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) for active and former members of the United States military and their spouses.

Older Iowans' Day

On Wednesday, August 16, $9 admission (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) for Fairgoers ages 60 and older.

Extreme Sunday

Half off regular admission until 9 p.m. on Sunday, August 20.