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Iowa State Fairgrounds

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Open Now: 7:00 AM - 1:00 AM
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Lots or things to see and do

Iowa has one of the best fairs in the country with lots of things to see and do everyday. Great... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Des Moines, Iowa
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Very nice arena for a dog show with plenty of free parking, vendors and bathrooms. The kennel club... read more

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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
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Iowa has one of the best fairs in the country with lots of things to see and do everyday. Great entertainment on the stage at night and free concerts at different places every day.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very nice arena for a dog show with plenty of free parking, vendors and bathrooms. The kennel club staff are helpful and put on a great show!

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My parents first took me to the fair when I was one. I have gone almost every year. It is always new. yet there are things I visit every year. Good is expensive, but you can get some things only there.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Linda G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From the Iowa state fair to gun show, craft shows, and many many events that happen at the fairgrounds, there is literally something for everyone.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed January 15, 2019

So many things to do! Great animal barns, great entertainment, and great 'fair food". This is an annual 'must do'.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed January 14, 2019 via mobile

Had a good trip. Was reasonably priced. The kids had a lot of fun as well. Plan to return next year.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed January 13, 2019 via mobile

There is something about a state fair. Iowa's staye fair is not only a true food experience for the adults it is also food on a stick for the kids. Kids can also see and touch all the baby farm animals. If you time it...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed January 7, 2019 via mobile

The Iowa State Fair is one of the nation’s best. I’ve been to the Texas and Arizona State Fairs, as well as The Orange County, CA Fair and Iowa tops them all. Bring an appetite and do some preparation beforehand to map out what you...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed December 9, 2018

The Iowa State Fair happens once per year for ten days in August. The food will give you indigestion, but you won't be able to resist. Perhaps the one bright spot for food is the Jennie Grinder. I can never go to State Fair and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Steve L
Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

Always hot temp when I go. Hope they bring back the truck and tractor pulls. Dippin dots have been gone for two years now-hope they come back. Pineapple whip is so good and refreshing.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Lurch11386
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February 12, 2019|
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Response from JamersonRocks | Reviewed this property |
The grandstand use be part of a race track. It is covered, but any seats close to the stage wouldn't be covered. The grandstand was renovated a couple of years ago, restrooms and concessions very nice. Grandstand is on... More
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Response from Jo B | Reviewed this property |
This is true, there is water at every food vender
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!
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Columbus Hotel (1 Reply)
I am attending a horse show at the Ohio Expo Center/State Fairgrounds. I would like to know of any nice hotels in the area. I would like something fairly close and want to avoid getting stuck in traffic on my way from the hotel back to the fairgrounds. I stayed at the comfort Suites last year and it was terrible. They really let it get run down.
January 04, 2008|
Response fromRedColumbus|
the nice thing about the fairgrounds is that you're right off of I-70 so you can go north or south... I'd go south. for a nice basic hotel check out the Red Roof Inn downtown (Nationwide Blvd) or Drury Inn (also on Naationwide)... only a 10 minute drive from the fairgrounds. There's a convention center downtown so finding a room downtown can either be easy peasey or next to impossible the side bonus is, if you can get a room downtown, you'll be within walking distance of a ton of other...More
Inexpensive lodging convenient to State Fairgounds (4 Replies)
Hi. I am looking for inexpensive lodging in a 15 mile radius to the State Fairgrounds. So far my searches are tuning up terrible. Reviews for anything less than $70 a night. We need to stay for a week and cannot afford more. The trip is inrly September. Any suggestions? ThanKYou.
March 18, 2017|
Response fromgrandmalisa|
Have you tried the Extended Stay Americas at Crabtree Valley? I think it will fit your criteria.
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Ampitheatre parking? (6 Replies)
Hello, We will be travelling from Orlando to Tampa Amphitheatre at Florida State Fairgrounds for the bruce Springsteen concert on May 1st. So, is car parking easy? Is it free and how soon should I arrive? Thanks.
February 28, 2014|
Response fromjillbozz|
It is easy. Earlier you get there closer it is to park. Has always been free for concerts. Enjoy the show