Iowa State Fair

Frequently Asked Questions

Every year the Iowa State Fair staff fields questions from visitors. Some of the most frequently asked questions are below. The answers are a constant reminder that Nothing Compares to the Iowa State Fair.

Where can I find information about the Iowa State Fair being postponed for 2020?

Find more information on the Fair Updates page.  

When is the 2021 Fair?
Where is the Fair located?
Where can I find a map of the Fairgrounds?
What time do the Fairgrounds open and close?
Where is accessible parking available during the Fair?
Will my bag be searched?
Are concealed weapons allowed on the Fairgrounds?
Is smoking allowed on the Fairgrounds?
When do advance admission tickets go on sale? Where can I purchase them?
When do Grandstand tickets go on sale? Where can I purchase them?
Do Grandstand tickets include Fair admission?
Are pets allowed on Fairgrounds?
What can I bring through the gate – like outside food, coolers or water bottles?
Does the Fair have private areas for nursing mothers?
Where are ATMs located?
Where are lost items claimed?
Does the Fair have motorized scooters?
Where can I rent strollers or wagons at the Fair?
Where do I find a daily program of Fair events?
Where are the DART State Fair Park and Ride locations and when are they running?
Where can I find results and when are they posted?
Are there camping sites available during Fair time?
Are political candidates welcome to campaign at the Iowa State Fair?
Where can I find information about hotels near the Fairgrounds?