- Grounds7 a.m. to 1 a.m.*
- Buildings9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Thrill ParksThrill Ville opens at 10 a.m., Thrill Town opens at 9 a.m. & Thrill Zone opens at 10 a.m.
*No entry or re-entry after 9:00 p.m. on the last Sunday.
Regular Gate Admission
Visa, MasterCard and Discover accepted at the gate.
- Adults Ages 12+$12
- Children Ages 6-11$6
- Children Ages 5 & UnderFREE
18 special fair days
- Amerigroup Iowa Day - Thursday, August 9
- Heroes' Day - Thursday, August 9
- Iowa 4-H Day - Friday, August 10
- Delta Dental of Iowa Day - Saturday August 11
- Des Moines University Day - Sunday August 12
- Veterans Day - Monday, August 13
- Farm Bureau Day - Tuesday, August 14
- Older Iowans' Day - Wednesday, August 15
- Red Hat Day - Wednesday, August 15
- Iowa Credit Union Day - Thursday, August 16
- Iowa Park and Recreation Day - Thursday, August 16
- Iowa Corn Day - Friday, August 17
- Outlets of Des Moines Day - Saturday, August 18
- Iowa STEM Day - Sunday, August 19
- Extreme Sunday - Sunday, August 19