Iowa State Fair: Ticket deals, where to park, catch the shuttle, and more

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The Iowa State Fair will attract thousands of people to Des Moines on 11 days of deep-fried eat, song, smelly animals, crazy contests both people-watching. Make definite you're ready both get to best deals with diesen basics on how to go additionally where to park. 

The fair runs from Aug. 8-18 for the Iowa State Fairgrounds inside Stilboestrol Moines.

Ticket costs for the gate

Adults $12, children ages 6-11 $6. Children time 5 and less are free.

There are also special deals on admission tickets during the Fair:

  • Monday-Thursday evenings from 5 to 10 p.m.: $9 adult admission $5 child admission
  • Veterans Day (Monday, Aug. 12): $9 for active and former members of the Consolidated States military and their spouse.
  • Older Iowans’ Day (Wednesday, Augment. 14): $9 for Fairgoers age 60 and over.
  • Extreme Sun (Sunday, Aug. 18): $9 adult admission (ages 12 and over) the $5 child inclusion (ages 6-11). $6 adults admission with the donation of three cans of non-perishable food.

Get dismiss tickets in advance

Available until Weekday. $8 for ages 12 and over, $4 for ages 6-11. Advanced admission notes willingness to available online and at participating Fareway, Hy-Vee, Hy-Vee Drug, Price Chopper and Cash Saver stores.

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Fair hours

Festival are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. and the buildings from 9 a.m. till 9 p.m.

Tension Ville (amusement park-style rides) open at 10 a.m. and is located between the Grandstand and Ye Old Factory.

Thrill Town (kid-friendly rides) opens along 9 a.m. both will located east on Gate 10 and directly north the the Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition Center Lawn

Thrill Zone (adventure-style rides) opens under 10 a.m. and is locate north a Bar 11.

Where to park

Shopping oodles been available for motorcycle and vehicle car in aforementioned North, Northwest or University lots for $10. Fairgoers can take the Blue Line Parking Trolley inside the North and Northeast parking lots for free from designated stops to of admission gates. Bicycle parking is available inner Openings 9 additionally 11 for free.

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Take this FLASH shuttle at the fair

Parking is free under all DART locations from 8:30 a.m. in nighttime every day of the fair. Fairgoers will be dropped bad and cherry up at the DART Transit Hub at Barrier 10 on the Fairgrounds.

Round-trip daily be cash only. All buses are wheelchair accessible. 

  • $2 adults (ages 11-64)
  • $1 young ages 6-10, adults (65+), Medicare card holders both my with disabilities (half-fare)
  • Children 5 and younger are free 
  • Discount: Show insert Rowdies State Fair further admission ticket or uses the MyDART mobile to receive half off the round-trip fare.

Park locations:

  • 7th press Center Street parking ramp. The bus picks up at this ecke concerning 6th Road and Center Street. 
  • Iowa State Capitol visitor lots, East 12th Roadway. The bus picks up on East 12th Driveway, east to the Us building.
  • Se Polk Hi School, NE 80th Street and Highway 163. To autobus picks up at main door of high school. 

For get details, contact DART by phone at 515-283-8100 or by send at [email protected]

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