Tools to Help You Plan What to Do at the Fair

What to Do at the Fair
(St Paul, MN) — August 23rd, 2023 — With hundreds of things to do and experience, it’s easy to fill a day at the fair. Use these tools to help you find food, merchandise, entertainment, demonstrations, exhibits and more.

Minnesota State Fair App

Our free app features our State Fair Finders and Daily Schedule tools to help you locate your favorites at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. Plus there’s info on new foods and new attractions, buildings and stages, rides and attractions, hours, maps and more. Find download instructions on our website. (Note: Our previous app is no longer available on the App Store or Google Play.)

Daily Schedule on the State Fair Website


Search for live music, exhibitions, competitions and more by day, location or key words online with our daily schedule tool. Plus, get event descriptions and pinpoints showing locations on the map.

  • Quick tip: If you’d like to hide activities that run all day (such as barn hours or exhibits open at least 11 hours), click the box to “Hide All-Day Events,” then click “Apply Filters” to narrow your results.
  • Quick tip: To create a custom schedule of events, use the “star” feature to designate an event as a “favorite.” Then click the “only show favorites” box to display your custom list. (Note: If you select favorites on your desktop, these will not translate to your phone; your “favorites” filter will only work on the device you used to select them.)


State Fair Finders for Food and Merchandise

Search for new foods, any kind of merchandise, specialty sips, booths open early, vendors offering special deals and more with just a few clicks and taps. Plus, see menus, booth photos (so you know what the booth looks like), and pinpoints showing locations on the map. (These Finders are also part of the app!)

Daily Schedules in Print

These daily schedule brochures list the when and where details for hundreds of activities happening each day of the fair (subject to change). Take a look now or pick one up at any information booth at the fair.


Brochure Rack

Whether you’re looking for the History Walking Tour, new foods on a map, the Fabulous Fair Alphabet Game Card, Math On-A-Stick Number Game Card, a coloring sheet, specialty sips on a map, the Deals, Drawings & Giveaway Guide – and more – the brochure rack is a collection of interesting, useful, informative pieces to help you make the most of your fair day!

Ever wonder how you’d grow a quarter-ton pumpkin? Find out at “Giant Pumpkins – Extreme Gardening,” one of dozens of informative, entertaining programs and question-and-answer sessions on The DIRT Demonstration Stage. Stop by throughout the day to learn from master gardeners, talented florists, lawn enthusiasts and other outdoor experts. The 2 p.m. program each day is ASL-interpreted.

Know Your Fairgrounds Hours

When making your fair plans, please take note of fairgrounds hours.

  • Fairgrounds Admission (gates are open to enter the fair): 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Labor Day  
  • Fairgrounds Hours: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Labor Day 
  • Online Ticket Sales Fair Time: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Labor Day 
  • Gate Ticket Sales Fair Time: 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Labor Day  

Hours of Buildings, Rides & Attractions, Gates & More

Please also note that, for the safety of fair guests, animals and exhibitors, the barns will close early on select days when animals depart and we prepare the barns for the arrival of new animals. For example, if you want to visit the livestock area, go early in the day, especially on Aug. 27 & 31 and Sept. 4. (The Horse Barn is closed on Aug. 29.) Barn Hours

Photo: A 23-foot loon on loan from Virginia, Minn., and a giant moose made from 500 pounds of cardboard loom large in the Eco Experience, an exhibit filled with hands-on activities, demonstrations and resources about improving our air, land, water and climate. Eco Experience is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily (8 p.m. Labor Day).

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