IT'S FINALLY HERE! The 2019 Iowa State Fair will is underway! And with 11 days of live entertainment, rides, games, fun, and a WHOLE lot of food! To prepare you for the busy week ahead, we've put together a list of all the important stuff you need to know about this year's fair! For any additional details, including a full schedule of events and what you can/can't bring in, you can always visit the official state fair website HERE.

  • General Information
    • Address
      • For GPS/online map services: 3000 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50317
    • Hours
      • Fairgrounds are open daily from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.
      • Buildings are open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Ticket Prices
      • Adults are $12, ages 6 to 11 are $6, and ages 5 and younger are free
    • Ticket Deals
      • Veterans Day (Monday, August 12)
        • Tickets are $9 for active/former U.S. Military members and their spouses
        • Older Iowans’ Day (Wednesday, August 14)
          • Tickets are $9 for ages 60 and older
        • Extreme Sunday (Sunday, August 18)
          • Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for ages 6 to 11
          • Price can be reduced to $6 for adults with a donation of three cans of non-perishable food
        • Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m.
          • Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for ages 6 to 11
    • Fairground Map
    • Parking
      • Get details on lots, DART Park & Ride, the Tram, and Uber/Lyft pick up HERE
  • Entertainment
    • Thursday, August 8th
      • Grandstand
      • Susan Knapp Amphitheatre
        • Maddie Poppe at 8 p.m. - FREE
    • Friday, August 9th
      • Grandstand
      • Susan Knapp Amphitheatre
        • Ned LeDoux at 8 p.m. - FREE
    • Saturday, August 10th
      • Grandstand
        • Slipknot with special guest Gojira at 8 p.m. - tickets are SOLD OUT
      • Susan Knapp Amphitheatre
        • Logan Mize at 8 p.m. - FREE
    • Sunday, August 11th
      • Grandstand
      • Susan Knapp Amphitheatre
        • Broadway's Rock of Ages Band at 8 p.m. - FREE
    • Monday, August 12th
      • Grandstand
      • Susan Knapp Amphitheatre
        • Hairball at 8 p.m. - FREE
      • MidAmerican Energy Stage
        • Prince Tribute "The Purple Xperience" at 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. - FREE
    • Tuesday, August 13th
      • Grandstand
        • Dan + Shay with special guest Carly Pearce at 8 p.m. - get tickets HERE
      • Susan Knapp Amphitheatre
        • Hairball at 8 p.m. - FREE
      • MidAmerican Energy Stage
        • Jamestown Revival at 8 p.m. - FREE
    • Wednesday, August 14th
      • Grandstand
      • Susan Knapp Amphitheatre
        • Chicks With Hits Featuring Terri Clark, Pam Tillis, and Suzy Bogguss at 8 p.m. - FREE
      • MidAmerican Energy Stage
        • Steven Adler of Guns N’ Roses at 8 p.m. - FREE
    • Thursday, August 15th
      • Grandstand
        • Foreigner with special guest Night Ranger at 8 p.m. - get tickets HERE
      • Susan Knapp Amphitheatre
        • Brandon Lay at 8 p.m. - FREE
      • MidAmerican Energy Stage
        • Flatland Cavalry at 8 p.m. - FREE
    • Friday, August 16th
      • Grandstand
      • Susan Knapp Amphitheatre
        • Country Gold at 5 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. - FREE
    • Saturday, August 17th
      • Grandstand
      • Susan Knapp Amphitheatre
        • Ross Ellis at 8 p.m. - FREE
    • Sunday, August 18th
      • Grandstand
      • Susan Knapp Amphitheatre
        • Tyler Rich at 8 p.m. - FREE
      • MidAmerican Energy Stage
        • Nelson at 8 p.m. - FREE
  • Food
    • 2019 Best New Deal Winner (under $4)
      • Cookies & Cream Wonder Bar at J&L Soukup's Wonder Bar Stand
    • 2019 Best New Food Finalists
      • Georgie's Roast with the Most Wrap ($10) at G Mig's Wrap Stand
      • The Chief ($8) at The Rib Shack
      • Chicken Street Tacos ($9) at the Chicken City Stand
    • See photos of all the new foods HERE

For any additional info on the fair, click HERE.

[Via Des Moines Register/Iowa State Fair]