A proud tradition since 1854, the Iowa State Fair is included in the New York Times bestseller, 1000 Places to See Before You Die, and was the inspiration for the novel, State Fair, three motion pictures and a Broadway musical.

Experience nearly 200 mouthwatering food choices, fabulous free entertainment and plenty of blue-ribbon competition. The Iowa State Fair is a 2009 and 2010 American Bus Association Top 100 event and 2009 Discover America Top 200 event.

Location and Directions

The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th Street & East University Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa, just off I-35 and I-80.

Driving Directions

Future Fair Dates

  • 2017 August 10-20
  • 2018 August 9-19
  • 2019 August 8-18
  • 2020 August 13-23
  • 2021 August 12-22


Map of motor coach drop-off and parking
Older Iowans’ Day drop-off and parking map

Fairgrounds Map

Map of the Iowa State Fairgrounds