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Iowa State Fairgrounds

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Open Now: 7:00 AM - 1:00 AM
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This place has everything. Something always going on even if it's not the actual fair. Fun to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Round Lake, Illinois
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What a Fair!

First time going to the Iowa State Fair, it was enjoyable. The parking was ample and clean. Plenty... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Lisa H
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For 11 days in August, it’s a fairground, but for the other 354 days of the year, the Iowa State Fairgrounds is home to auto shows, livestock exhibitions, flea markets, antique shows, concerts, trade shows and more. See what’s happening this month...more
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3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317-2494
+1 800-545-3247
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place has everything. Something always going on even if it's not the actual fair. Fun to walk around off season too, many things to see. Great ingress location for extra fun too.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First time going to the Iowa State Fair, it was enjoyable. The parking was ample and clean. Plenty of staff to direct traffic. Easy access to the entrance with rides available. The walk ways were wide and clean. Wide variety of food to try. Sweets...More

Thank Lisa H
Reviewed October 15, 2018

August may be very hot and humid in Iowa, but you must make a trip to the Iowa State Fair! It's one of the biggest state fairs in the whole United States.Great food, with new items added every year. Great concerts every year. The butter...More

Thank AngieP1988
Reviewed October 12, 2018

The inn's personnel made this trip memorable and comfortable. This was a first time experience to the midwest and found new things which made this a big learning experience.

Thank helenunderwood
Reviewed October 9, 2018 via mobile

The Iowa State Fair is the largest and arguably the best State Fair in the entire country. I make it an annual outing taking my grandchildren. If you've never been to a fair this is the one to go to

Thank diehardcowboy
Reviewed September 13, 2018

This year was at least the third time we’ve made the three-plus hour trek from Kansas City to this fair. Each time, it’s been on a Sunday,, and we had to drive back that evening to get to work the next day. It’s worth the...More

Thank Dmarkwind
Reviewed September 12, 2018

Great way to experience Iowa. The Animal Learning Center is a great addition and a wonderful learning experience!

Thank Vacation187538
Reviewed September 3, 2018

I'm going to try to keep this simple and to the point! The fair is expensive, you have to pay to get there. You have three options when it comes to getting there you can pay to park at the fair which is crazy expensive...More

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Reviewed September 2, 2018

We came to the fair to see the 2018 cowgirl queen coordination and was surprised at how expensive the food was at the fair. We really didn't get much chance to walk around since we only got their in time for this event. Need to...More

Thank tamaram651
Reviewed September 1, 2018

My advice is to buy an admission ticket early, at reduces rate. Show your admission ticket to the bus gate keeper, You will get a half price ride on the DART bus. Enjoy a no stress ride in a clean comfortable bus with a safety...More

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August 12, 2018|
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Response from Jo B | Reviewed this property |
This is true, there is water at every food vender
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August 6, 2017|
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Response from IowaStateFair | Property representative |
Anne, Camping spots are limited, reach out to the the Fair directly to see if there is any availability. 515.262.3111. Thank you and we can't wait to see you here!
June 12, 2017|
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Response from IowaStateFair | Property representative |
Thank you for reaching out with your question. A Grandstand ticket for a concert during the Iowa State Fair does not include admission, however, if you purchase your admission ticket before August 10 you can receive a... More