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

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

Parking

Check back soon for details for 2018 drop-off arrangements. 

Older Iowans' Day drop-off - August 16, 2017

From 235 (recommended route): Exit at IA-163/E. University Avenue (Exit 10A) and travel east on E. University approximately 2 miles to E. 30th Street. Turn right at E. 30th street and take a left on Dean Ave, enter at Gate 9. Buses will travel north and passengers will be dropped off on Grand Avenue. Buses will continue to the North Parking Lot. For pick up, they will travel back through the North Parking Lot, stop at Grand Avenue for passengers and exit through Gate 9 onto Dean Ave.

From 65: Exit at IA-163/E. University Avenue exit (Exit79). Travel west approximately 5 miles to E 30th Street and take a left on Dean Ave, enter at Gate 9. Buses will travel north and passengers will be dropped off on Grand Avenue. Buses will continue to the North Parking Lot. For pick up, they will travel back through the North Parking Lot, stop at Grand Avenue for passengers and exit through Gate 9 onto Dean Ave.

2017 Older Iowans' Day Map

Motor coach drop-off - August 10-15 & 17-20, 2017

From 235 (recommended route): Exit at IA-163/E. University Avenue (Exit 10A) and travel east on E. University approximately 2 miles to E. 33rd Street. Turn right at E. 33rd into Gate 2. Buses will be directed through the North Lot to the paved road north of the Grandstand. Proceed east to the drop off/pick up point at Gate 15. Circle back through the lot to park in designated bus parking area (along the paved road north of the Grandstand).

From 65: Exit at IA-163/E. University Avenue exit (Exit 79). Travel west approximately 4 miles and turn north on Williams St., turn west on Easton Blvd., and then south onto E. 33rd. Enter the Fairgrounds through Gate 2. Please note left turns on E. 33rd from E. University are not permitted and the above directions may cause minor delays. Buses will be directed through the North Lot to the paved road north of the Grandstand. Proceed east to the drop off/pick up point at Gate 15. Circle back through the lot to park in designated bus parking area (along the paved road north of the Grandstand).

2017 Motor Coach Map

Fairgrounds Map

Map of the Iowa State Fairgrounds