Coronavirus
May 27
Arlie Gonsior, 6, jumped up and down to stay warm while waiting for fresh french fries with her family Thursday at the Kickoff to Summer at the Fair.

Minnesota State Fair preview offers taste of return to normalcy

A bone-chilling day couldn't dampen enthusiasm at fairgrounds.
State Fair
May 26
On the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Wednesday, Alexana Lofton, left, and Megan Hare (right) got the bacon ready for the big weekend.

Minnesota State Fair fans can get their fix at preview event

The sold-out "Kick Off to Summer" will allow 10,000 people to roam the grounds at a time.
Coronavirus
April 30
Huge crowds on opening day of the Minnesota State Fair in August 2017.

Walz considers COVID-19 dial change, 'normal' State Fair

Gov. Tim Walz met with business leaders to discuss further easing of COVID-19 restrictions and commended Minnesotans for a vaccine uptake rate that "out-vaccinated the surge."
Coronavirus
March 13
Huge crowds on opening day of the Minnesota State Fair in 2017.

Brooks: Planting the seeds for a great Minnesota get-together

A great many things have to come together before a Great Minnesota Get-Together, and almost none of them can wait.
Coronavirus
February 24
GLEN STUBBE • glen.stubbe@startribune.com The opening day of 2017’s Minnesota State Fair.

Prospects for 2021 Minnesota State Fair are encouraging

A drop in COVID-19 cases and rising vaccination rates have sparked optimism.
Coronavirus
November 24, 2020
Officials say they are hopeful that the 2021 State Fair will go forward, despite this year’s COVID-related cancellation.

State Fair's flash sale deepens discount on advance tickets for 2021

The $10 price was only offered on Tuesday.
Eat & Drink
September 15, 2020
This summer's Minnesota State Fair Food Parade sold out in hours. Now fair-food lovers will get a second chance over two long weekends in October.

State Fair Food Parade returns for another round of drive-through fair treats

The two long weekends in October are a follow-up to the summer event that turned the fairgrounds into a drive-through for the first time in history.
State Fair
September 7, 2020
Former "Voice" contestants Kat Perkins and Nick Davis in the Dunsmore Jazz Room at Crooners Supper Club on April 16, 2020 in Fridley, Minn. (Jeff Whee

'Voice' finalists Kat Perkins and Nicholas David team up for Mini-Grandstand finale

Perkins and David met 15 years ago on the local bar-band circuit. But they've performed together only once before.
State Fair
September 7, 2020
Breakfast waffle from Nordic Waffles Rick Nelson

Need a State Fair food fix? Here are 10 that you can buy at stores or online

Meet your hunger for State Fair foods any time of the year with these options available at stores and online.
State Fair
September 7, 2020
Fact Frenzy: How well do you know your Minnesota history?

Fact Frenzy: How well do you know your Minnesota history?

Pop quiz! Do you know your state history? We'll be judge of that.
Music
September 7, 2020
Molly Maher at home. ] JEFF WHEELER • Jeff.Wheeler@startribune.com Americana ace Molly Maher is releasing "Follow" her first album in nine years thi

Like a country road, Molly Maher's music takes the long way home

The Twin Cities singer looks for opportunities to "stop, slow down and reset." Watch her performance on our virtual Grandstand.
Music
September 7, 2020
Watch Lady Midnight, one of Minnesota's most captivating singers

Watch Lady Midnight, one of Minnesota's most captivating singers

A riveting presence, she just made City Pages' Best Of issue with her album "Death Before Mourning."
Music
September 7, 2020
Watch and fall in love again as the Cactus Blossoms perform

Watch and fall in love again as the Cactus Blossoms perform

Road hounds for nearly a decade, the harmonizing brothers have gone months without playing live.
Music
September 7, 2020
Watch Dan Wilson play 'Closing Time' and more in his virtual concert

Watch Dan Wilson play 'Closing Time' and more in his virtual concert

His solo set for our Mini-Grandstand series precedes the band's first new record in nearly two decades.
State Fair
September 6, 2020
Flavors of the Food Building

Flavors of the Food Building

When the Fair's epicenter for food is packed with people, you never notice this funny feature.
Wolves
September 6, 2020
Timberwolves' Gersson Rosas on landing the No. 1 pick and what's next

Timberwolves' Gersson Rosas on landing the No. 1 pick and what's next

State Fair
September 6, 2020
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10 chocolate chip cookies to satisfy your Minnesota State Fair cravings

Missing Sweet Martha's Cookie Jar, the State Fair's top-grossing food vendor? Here are a few options to fit your chocolate chip cookie needs.
State Fair
September 6, 2020

Lineup for Star Tribune State Fair, Day 12

Always a blast: “The prospect for the future could not be brighter. Success begets success. One great fair makes a greater one the year following…
State Fair
September 6, 2020

Lineup for Star Tribune State Fair, Day 11

This little piggy: … went to the fair, and then to market. Some pigs, cows, goats, rabbits or chickens have that winning look and are…
Local
September 5, 2020
Gov. Tim Walz.

Gov. Tim Walz on Minnesota's future: 'The clock is ticking'

Gov. Tim Walz spoke with the Star Tribune's Patricia Lopez on the challenges facing Minnesota.