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If you are wanting to attend the largest and best-known state fair, you need to secure Iowa State Fair tickets today from TicketSmarter. The Iowa State Fair is an annual state fair held in Des Moines, Iowa in August. Since 1886 the Iowa State Fair has been held on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines for 11 days in August. With over a million visitors it is one of the largest and best-known fairs in the United States.

Iowa State Fair tickets were first sold at Fairfield in 1854, when the fair only had a budget of $323. The fair was held again in Fairfield in 1855, then for the next few years moved from town to town, mostly in eastern Iowa. In 1878, the fair was moved permanently to Des Moines city limits.  After the Iowa State Legislature and the City of Des Moines granted funds for the fair in 1886, it moved to its current location. The fairgrounds spread over 450 acres, including 160 acres of campsites. The fairgrounds are filled with carnival rides and vendors during the fair. There are plenty of agricultural contests as well, including largest boar, ram, bull, rabbit, and pigeon, as well as plenty animal shows and contests.

Another staple of the Iowa State Fair is the Butter Cow, since 1911 when J.K. Daniels sculpted the first one. After Sculpting her first butter cow in 1960, Norma “Duffy” Lyon sculpted all six breeds of dairy cows over the next 45 years. She also did a butter version of Garth Brooks, The Peanuts characters, Iowa native John Wayne, Elvis Presley, and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

All of the events, concerts, and shows are great, but the real star of the Iowa State Fair is the food! The fair is known for food on a stick, which had over 70 options in 2015. Some of the more notable are deep fried, including Snickers, Oreos, fried Cokes, cheesecake, pickle dawg, and butter. Other meat on a stick products include pork chop, hot dogs, and a bacon-wrapped hot dog dipped in cornmeal batter. In 2019, the Buffalo Chicken Chimichanga was introduced. Outside of the more extravagant options, healthy and gluten-free offerings are available for more than 200 food stands. The Iowa State Fair also has great concerts every year, and feature top artists like Slipknot, Zac Brown Band, and Gabriel Iglesias.

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Iowa State Fair Seating Chart

The main concerts feature stage and grandstand seating for the nightly events.  There is also Free Entertainment throughout the day and fairgrounds. With over 450 acres on the Fairgrounds, it is important to get a map to help you through the area. With a variety of things to see and do there is something for ticket buyers of all ages. Find the best seats at Iowa State Fair in Des Moines with our easy to use and interactive seating chart. TicketSmarter offers extensive filtering options to help you secure Iowa State Fair tickets at the very best prices in Des Moines, IA. Our convenient delivery options make it easy to instantly download your tickets or have them transferred to you. Once you secure your fair tickets, be sure to purchase your tickets for the nightly concerts as well.

Iowa State Fair Schedule

The Iowa State Fair is loaded with things to do and see, but don’t forget to purchase your tickets for the grandstand concerts as those are sold separately. The schedule is also loaded with fun events like Horse Barn, The Thrill Zone, and Kids’ Zone.  There is events for everyone including kids of all ages. Event tickets are easy to find when you buy them from TicketSmarter. Quickly navigate the above event schedule for Iowa State Fair using our filtering tool. If you are searching for event tickets, we have the best selection of tickets for every live event in Des Moines. 

Our online marketplace makes buying Iowa State Fair tickets simple. Use the search bar located above to search an artist or venue to find the concert or event you are looking to attend.

How much are Iowa State Fair tickets?

Ticket prices will fluctuate depending on the event and where your seats are located. On average, the cost to attend a live event at Iowa State Fair is $0. Seats located in the back of the venue are always the cheapest option and can cost as low as $0 a ticket. Premium seating with unobstructed views of the event can go for as high as $0 for a seat near the action.

How many events are coming to Iowa State Fair?

We do not have any events scheduled for Iowa State Fair at this time.

Who is playing at Iowa State Fair?

Right now there are no events scheduled for Iowa State Fair at this time.

What time does Iowa State Fair open?

The Iowa State Fair doors usually open 45 minutes before the event. Guests should arrive at the venue 30 - 60 minutes early to find parking near the venue.

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