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Nothing Compares to the Iowa State Fair! 

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Advanced Admission Tickets

Advanced admission tickets are now on sale.

Adults: $8 (Ages 12 and over)

Children: $4 (Ages 6-11)
Nothing Compares to Fair Favorites!

Beginning July 1, advanced admission tickets will be available at participating Fareway, Hy-Vee, Hy-vee Drug, Price Chopper and Cash Saver stores.

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Advanced admission tickets available online. Admission ticket is valid for one admission to the Iowa State Fair for any one day, August 8-18, 2019.  Not valid with any other discount or offer.  No refunds, no exchanges, no replacement tickets.

Family Fun Pack

Save even more on Fair fun for the whole family, including discounts on select rides and food. Get a $35.50 value for $20 with the Family Fun Pack!

Family Fun Pack - $20

1 Reloadable Wristband with 5 Credits
1 Snakes Alive or Train Exhibit admission
1 Kids Bungee Jump or Zipline or Krazy Maze
1 Ye Old Mill
1 Giant Slide
2 Sky Gliders
5 $1 food/beverage tickets

Admission to the Fair is not included. Available while supplies last.


*Jumpers must weigh between 20-180 pounds.
**Zipline riders must weigh between 40-250 pounds.

Thrill Parks

Advanced thrill pass WRISTBANDS

Wristbands can be purchased at Thrill Parks Booths in Thrill Town and Thrill Ville at the Iowa State Fair. 

Thrill Pass Wristband
$25 for 35 credits includes reloadable wristband. Good any day of the Fair on any ride or game in Thrill Town and Thrill Ville. Wristband is reloadable at the Fair.

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Advanced Unlimited Ride Wristband

Good for 1 day of unlimited rides Monday-Thursday until 10:00 p.m. in Thrill Town and Thrill Ville. Does not include games, but credits can be added at the Thrill Park Booths. The wristband is reloadable after 10:00 p.m. for further rides and games. Each fairgoer wishing to ride or play games in Thrill Town and Thrill Ville must have their own wristband.

$36 Advanced Unlimited Ride Wristband

Buy Unlimited Ride Wristbands

Fair After Dark

Fair After Dark returns to the Iowa State Fair with two special events for Fairgoers in 2019.  For the second year, the behind-the-scenes event series will allow Fairgoers over 21 to experience exclusive Fair sights, sounds and tastes.  The 2019 series features two Fair After Dark events: Hungry Games in the Elwell Family Food Center and Crafts and Crafts in the Patty and Jim Cownie Cultural Center. 

Fair After Dark Tickets Include:
VIP Access
Food and Drink Samples (Hungry Games)
Contests (Hungry Games)
Multiple Take Home Crafts (Crafts and Crafts)
(2) Drink Tickets

Tickets are on sale at, limited number available.

Attendees must be 21 and over, no children allowed. IDs will be checked at the door. No refunds, no exchanges. Fair Admission is not included, but advanced admission tickets are on sale at . 

Crafts and Crafts: Thursday, August 15
9:30-11:30 p.m. - Tickets: $30
Patty and Jim Cownie Cultural Center
Crafts and Crafts will bring out your inner artist with all three levels of the popular Patty and Jim Cownie Cultural Center having hands-on activities like wood art, bracelet making, photography, crafts and art that is literally on fire! Iowa’s craft beer industry is booming, so enjoy your favorite or try a new craft beer or cider from Iowa Craft Beer while you get creative!

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Hungry Games: Saturday, August 10
9:30-11:30 p.m. - Tickets: $30
Elwell Family Food Center
It’s a foodapalooza of friendly competition in the Elwell Family Food Center with grown up cupcake wars, an ugliest cake competition, “Chopped” gone Fair style and samples galore of Iowa beef, pork, dairy, egg, turkey and corn. This isn’t your Dad’s turn at the grill or your Mom’s glass of wine; find out how to create boozy marinades with Templeton Rye and pair wine and spirits with the best of dishes. Come hungry boys and girls; this is where food gets seriously fun!

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Grandstand Tickets

Tickets for all concerts and events go on sale online below or by phone at 800.514.3849.
Convenience charges apply. Note that your grandstand ticket does not include admission to the Fair and must also be purchased to attend the concert. 
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  • for KING & COUNTRY
    Thursday August 8 | 8PM for KING & COUNTRY with special guest Zach Williams $35 $40 / $45
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  • The Chainsmokers
    Friday August 9 | 8PM The Chainsmokers $70 $75 / $80
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  • Slipknot
    Saturday August 10 | 8PM Slipknot with special guest Gojira $43 $53 / $60
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  • Zac Brown Band
    Sunday August 11 | 8PM Zac Brown Band The Owl Tour with special guest Caroline Jones $70 $75 / $85
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  • Toby Keith
    Monday August 12 | 8PM Toby Keith with special guest Jimmie Allen $20 $45 / $55 /$60
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  • Dan + Shay
    Tuesday August 13 | 8PM Dan + Shay with special guest Carly Pearce $27 $37 / $47
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  • Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias
    Wednesday August 14 | 8PM Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias with special guest Alfred Robles $32 $37 / $45
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  • Foreigner
    Thursday August 15 | 8PM Foreigner with special guest Night Ranger $27 $32 / $42
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  • Luke Bryan
    Friday August 16 | 8PM Luke Bryan 'What Makes You Country' with special guest Jon Langston $70 $75 / $80
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  • Pentatonix
    Saturday August 17 | 8PM Pentatonix The World Tour with special guest Rachel Platten $35 $40 / $50
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  • Hootie & the Blowfish
    Sunday August 18 | 8PM Hootie & the Blowfish 'Group Therapy Tour' with special guest Barenaked Ladies $55 $65 / $72
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