DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa State Fair opens Thursday at 5 a.m. and runs till August 17th. Opening Ceremonies will begin at 9 a.m. Regular hours run from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. with buildings open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Adults (12+): $11
Children (Ages 6-11): $5
Children (Ages 5 and Under): FREE
Three parking lots are available for motorcycle and vehicle parking: North, Sims, and Northeast Lot, $10 per spot. Bike parking is available inside Gate 10 for $2. The largest area reserved for visitors with disabilities is located in the North Lot.
DART Park & Ride:
Round trip costs $2. You can get a discount if you present your advanced fair admission tickets prior to your ride. Three Park & Ride locations are available with free parking:
- State Capitol – Pennsylvania and Grand Avenues Parking Garage and State Capitol visitor lots. Pick up is at the bell on East 12th Drops off at Gate 10.
- Center Street – Enter Center Street Parking Garage from West 7th Picks up at West 6th and Center Street. Drops off at Gate 10.
- Southeast Polk – Picks up Southeast Polk School at Northeast 80th Avenue and Highway 163. Drops off at Gate 8.
For more information go to: IowaStateFair.org.
Don’t forget to take a selfie with the butter cow and post it to Twitter with #13Cow. We’ll be making a gallery of the best images throughout the fair.