Music
June 25
Jon Pardi performed Saturday, July 21, 2018, at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN.

Another country singer takes the Minnesota State Fair's final grandstand slot for 2024

Jon Pardi will hit the fair's big stage Aug. 28 fresh off playing the Winstock festival two weekends ago.
Music
May 7
Becky G performed at the KDWB Jingle Ball at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Monday night.

Latina music star Becky G will kick off 2024′s Minnesota State Fair grandstand series

The "Mamiii" singer will be only the second Latin music star to headline the grandstand in over a decade.
Music
April 16
Ludacris performed at halftime during the NFL wild card playoff game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants on Jan. 15, 2023, at U.S. B

Ludacris and T-Pain to stand up together at Minnesota State Fair grandstand in 2024

The '00s-era hip-hop hitmakers will perform a Tuesday night co-headlining gig on Aug. 27.
Music
April 9
Rob Thomas, second from right, and Matchbox Twenty will perform the second Friday night of the 2024 Minnesota State Fair.

Matchbox Twenty pushes its way onto the 2024 Minnesota State Fair grandstand lineup

Rob Thomas and the band will return Aug. 30, adding to the heavy '90s radio-rock flavor already on tap for summer concerts.
Local
January 25
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State Fair's 'Kickoff to Summer' to return for fourth year in May

The event will be held May 23-26 on the fairgrounds.
Local
January 19
Quinn Hawkins, 2, looked at the bench dedicated to her late-grandmother.

State Fair quickly sells out of personalized benches in final year of the program

The fair stopped taking orders Thursday after reaching its goal of 300 new benches and tables.
Local
December 9, 2023
Ed Zieba, left, with four other flyers, World War II.

Remembering the lucky life of WWII gunner, cribbage champ and tuba player Ed Zieba

The son of Polish immigrants worked at the Salem Lutheran Church Dining Hall at the Minnesota State Fair and was an Aqua Jester.
Local
November 24, 2023
When Minnesota State Fair officials questioned whether yellow mustard is a true Minnesota crop — and thus eligible to be used in crop art at the fai

Brooks: Minnesota crop artists may be able to put a little mustard on it

The Minnesota Crop Improvement Association is improving the state's crops and maybe its crop art.
State Fair
November 21, 2023
Friends Danny Suelter, left, and Katelyn Christensen of Minneapolis made a stop at Poncho Dog’s Corn Dogs stand in 2022.

Fair deal: Early sale offers 2024 State Fair tickets for $13 — for one day only

With the holidays approaching, the fair is offering the discounted admission on one day only.
State Fair
September 6, 2023
Metro Transit ran State Fair express buses this year from lots in Blaine, Bloomington, Minnetonka and Cottage Grove. The agency hopes to open a fifth

Metro Transit saw 33% increase in State Fair express bus ridership this year

The agency deployed more than 100 buses a day to provide more than 241,000 rides on its State Fair express service.
State Fair
September 5, 2023
Thousands of people moved down Liggett Street on Aug. 24, the first day of the 2023 Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights.

2023 Minnesota State Fair attendance ranks in all-time top 10

After setting an all-time daily record early on, attendance slowed later in the fair's run amid a heat wave.
September 4, 2023

Portraits of Minnesota State Fair rabbits

Local
September 4, 2023
A creme d'argent rabbit shown by Erik Bengtson of Canton, Minn.

Portraits of Minnesota State Fair rabbits

Rabbits are brought to the Minnesota State Fair from across the state and Wisconsin.
Local
September 4, 2023
Kenneth Shutes brought a towel to mop his brow as he played games with his family on the midway on the final day of this year’s State Fair on Monday

Summer feels far from over on State Fair's last sweltering day

Labor Day fairgoers sweated through crowds and corn dogs before the close of the 2023 Great Minnesota Get-Together.
Variety
September 4, 2023
Mango Tango Tajin from Caribbean Smoothees. The new foods of the 2023 Minnesota State Fair photographed on the first day of the fair in Falcon Heights

What to do on the final day of the Minnesota State Fair

The best things to taste, see and hear one last time at the great get-together.
Variety
September 3, 2023
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What to do Sunday at the Minnesota State Fair

The best things to taste, see and hear when checking out the great get-together.
Music
September 2, 2023
Edina native Craig Finn sang to the crowd as the Hold Steady performed Saturday at the Minnesota State Fair grandstand.

Review: Minnesota ties help seal Hold Steady, Bob Mould pairing at the fair grandstand

This year's Current concert at the fair also featured a fiery opening set by Dillinger Four.
Variety
September 2, 2023

Review: Minnesota ties help seal Hold Steady, Bob Mould pairing at the fair grandstand

Local
September 2, 2023
Chelsey Duranleau, Assistant Director BLIND, Inc. leads a group of students from their school to the bus stop. Staff and students spent the day naviga

Without sight, other senses guide these visitors to the Minnesota State Fair

A group of staff and students from BLIND Inc. navigated the Minnesota State Fair by planning ahead and using environmental cues.
September 2, 2023

Without sight, other senses guide these visitors to the Minnesota State Fair

Minnesota State Fair

Coverage of the annual Minnesota State Fair. including food reviews, grandstand concert performances, full daily schedules, live video and a fairground map.