AUGUST 27TH THROUGH LABOR DAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH
FAIR GROUNDS OPEN 6AM – MIDNIGHT
Students, take a break from the studio and check out the outdoor fun! Here is all the relevant info you need to access the food, music, rides and everything Minnesota that comes with the State Fair! For the most comprehensive info, check out the MN State Fair Website.
GATE ADMISSION & DEAL DAYS
REGULAR ADMISSION AT THE GATE
Adults (13-64): $11
TICKET DEAL TUESDAY (September 1)
Adults (13-64): $9
READ & RIDE DAY (September 2)
Discount applies only to individuals presenting a valid public library card when purchasing admission at the gate. One card required for each discounted admission.
Adults (13-64): $9
Call (651) 288-4427 for hours and additional box office or ticket information.
PARK FREE & RIDE FREE (SHUTTLE BUS)
EVERY DAY • 8 a.m. to midnight (Open Sundays at 1pm)
One of the easiest and most affordable ways to get to the fair is by parking at a Park & Ride lot and taking a shuttle bus that will drop you off at the fairgrounds. Check the State Fair website for a complete list of lots. The Closest Park & Ride lot to IPR is located on the U of M Minneapolis Campus. The 4th St. ramp is available weekdays after 4 pm and various surface lots are open all day weekends & Labor Day.
EXPRESS BUS SERVICE
State Fair express buses are another great option for getting there and back. They operate from 17 Twin Cities locations. For automated State Fair transit information, call 612-341-4287. Check the State Fair website for a complete list of routes.
Express buses are $5 Round-trip for all customers. They are CASH ONLY – Please have exact change. Buses operate 8 am – midnight daily. Express buses drop off/pick up customers at fair Gate #20 (on the south side of Como Ave. across from the Warner Coliseum).
The express bus stop nearest IPR is at the Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis at I-394 & Dunwoody Blvd. It operates every day with service every 15 minutes.
DIRECTIONS TO THE FAIR
If you decide to drive to the fair, here is how you get there. Note: be prepared to pay $11 for parking
The fairgrounds are located at 1265 North Snelling Ave. in St. Paul.
To get to the fairgrounds:
Coming from the north: Take 35W south to Highway 36 east via Cleveland Avenue Exit on Snelling Avenue South.
Coming from the south: Take 35W north to I-94 east. Exit on Snelling Ave., then turn left and head north. Or take 35E north to I-94 west. Exit on Snelling Avenue, then turn right and head north.
Coming from the east: Take I-94 west to Snelling Avenue, then turn right and head north.
Coming from the west: Take I-94 east to Snelling Avenue, then turn left and head north.
If you get lost, you can call (651)-288-4400 for help!
PARKING – FAIRGROUND LOTS
Parking in State Fair lots is $11. Lots may be accessed off Larpenteur Avenue (must be traveling east) by turning south on Underwood Street through Gate #1; off Snelling Avenue (must be traveling south) by turning west on Hoyt Avenue and proceeding to Gate #0; or off Cleveland Avenue (must be traveling north) by turning east on Commonwealth (by the U of M St. Paul Campus) through Gate #15. Additional parking is available south of Como Avenue.
The complete concert schedule and ticket information are available here. Highlights include Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd on August 29th, Kelly Clarkson on August 30th, and O.A.R. on September 2nd.