• Grounds
    7 a.m. to 1 a.m.*
  • Buildings
    9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Thrill Parks
    Thrill Ville opens at 10 a.m., Thrill Town opens at 9 a.m. & Thrill Zone opens at 10 a.m.

*No entry or re-entry after 9:00 p.m. on the last Sunday.

Regular Gate Admission

Visa, MasterCard and Discover accepted at the gate.

  • Adults Ages 12+
    $12
  • Children Ages 6-11
    $6
  • Children Ages 5 & Under
    FREE

18 special fair days

  • Amerigroup Iowa Day - Thursday, August 9
  • Heroes' Day - Thursday, August 9
  • Iowa 4-H Day - Friday, August 10
  • Delta Dental of Iowa Day - Saturday August 11
  • Des Moines University Day - Sunday August 12
  • Veterans Day - Monday, August 13
  • Farm Bureau Day - Tuesday, August 14
  • Older Iowans' Day - Wednesday, August 15
  • Red Hat Day - Wednesday, August 15
  • Iowa Credit Union Day - Thursday, August 16
  • Iowa Park and Recreation Day - Thursday, August 16
  • Iowa Corn Day - Friday, August 17
  • Outlets of Des Moines Day - Saturday, August 18
  • Iowa STEM Day - Sunday, August 19
  • Extreme Sunday - Sunday, August 19