MINNESOTA COOKS DAY: Through cooking demonstrations and discussions with chefs, cooks, farmers and celebrities, the 15th annual Minnesota Cooks Day highlights foods produced in Minnesota and explores the critical role that local family farmers and sustainable agriculture have within our food system.


GRANDSTAND: Toby Keith: With 3 Doors Down. 7:30 p.m.

DNR PARK: Standing Room Only: 10 a.m., noon, 2, 4, 6 & 8 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL BAZAAR: Doctor Kielbasa: 10:45 a.m., noon & 1:15 p.m.; Socaholoix: 3:15, 4:30 & 5:45 p.m.; Charanga Tropical: 8 p.m.

LEINIE LODGE BANDSHELL: Sammy Arriaga: 10:30 & 11:45 a.m.; Roddie Romero & the Hub City All-Stars: 1 & 2:30 p.m.; The Loving Mary Band: 3:30 & 4:45 p.m.; George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic: 8:30 p.m.

MINNESOTA WINE COUNTRY: Greg Herriges: 6:30 p.m.

RAMBERG SENIOR CENTER: Brass Barn Polka Band: 10:30, 11:45 a.m. & 1 p.m.; Scott Fraser: 3:15, 4:30 & 5:45 p.m.

SCHILLING AMPHITHEATER: Dan Israel: 11:30 a.m., 12:30 & 1:30 p.m.; Minnesota State Fiddle Contest: 3 p.m.; the Pines: 8 p.m.


4-H BUILDING: 4-H Performing Arts: 5:30 p.m.

CATTLE BARN AND ANNEX: Moo Stage: Moo Sample Station: Enjoy free dairy treats from local vendors 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Moo Booth: AGDAY365: 12:30 p.m.; Moo Booth: Watch cows being milked and join fun activities and competitions. Hours vary; 4-H Livestock Demonstrations: 8, 9 & 10:30 a.m.; Moo Booth: Moo Live: Presentations and interactive activities highlighting cows and agriculture. 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.

DAIRY BUILDING: Butter Sculptures: Princess Kay and her court will all have their likeness carved into a 90-lb. block of butter by a sculptor. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

DNR PARK: The Minnesota outdoors are showcased and aquariums show fish in their native habitats. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; DNR Fire Prevention Building: Learn about firefighting equipment and the impact of fires. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; DNR Fire Tower: 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Fish Pond Talks: 9:45, 10:45, 11:45 a.m., 12:45, 1:45, 2:45 & 3:45 p.m.; Smokey Bear: 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. Good Bacteria — Keeping Minnesota Water Clean: 11 a.m.

EDUCATION BUILDING: A variety of educational exhibitors and artwork by Minnesota students. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Tech Ed First Robotics: Demonstrations and competitions by high schools students. 10 a.m. & 3 p.m. Come Square Dance: 11:30 a.m.; Line Dance Evolution: 4 & 6:30 p.m.

FAMILY FAIR/BALDWIN PARK: Meet authors and alphabet activities. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Math On-A-Stick: A space for kids and families to explore math concepts. Go on a number scavenger hunt, play and sort with shapes, use the spiral machine, take the pentagon challenge. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; The Splatter Sisters: 10:30, 11:30 a.m. & 3 p.m.; Sean Emery: 12:30 & 5 p.m.; Break-Shop Bump’n: 1:30, 4 & 6 p.m.

FINE ARTS CENTER: An annual exhibition that is the result of a juried competition. See the original 2017 State Fair Commemorative Art created by St. Paul artist Ta-coumba Aiken. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Studio: Here: Each day of the fair, a practicing Minnesota artist will create artwork and interact with fair guests. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Be a Fine Arts Detective: Find clues to discover artwork throughout the fine arts exhibition and earn a ribbon for finding all the pieces. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

FIREWORKS: West of the grandstand, following the grandstand concert sometime between 10-11 p.m.

GIANT SING ALONG: Group karaoke; south side of Murphy Av. between Underwood and Cooper Sts. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

HISTORY AND HERITAGE CENTER: Showcase of the significant events, stories and traditions of the fair. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

HORSE BARN: EquiMania: Exhibits including skeletons, anatomy models and other artifacts used in caring for horses. 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.

LASER HITZ SHOW: Outdoors at the intersection of Cosgrove St. and Randall Av. 9:15 p.m.

LITTLE FARM HANDS: Hands-on agricultural education exhibit for children. 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

MINNESOTA NEWSPAPER MUSEUM: See how newspapers were made before the use of modern machinery. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.


MIRACLE OF BIRTH CENTER: Meet the Animals: Q&A with Minnesota FFA members and their animals. 10 a.m.; Dairy Goodness with Princess Kay Finalists: 11 a.m.; Thank a Farmer Magic Show: Noon, 4 & 6 p.m.; Bees and Honey: Meet and learn with the American Honey Queen Maia Jaycox. 3 p.m.

NORTHWOODS: All-Star Stunt Dogs Splash: 11 a.m., 2 & 4:40 p.m.; Timberworks Lumberjack Show: Noon, 3, 5:30 & 7 p.m.

OLD IRON SHOW: Reminiscent of the old Machinery Hill, rare and fully operational antique farm equipment is displayed and demonstrated. Near Little Farm Hands on Lee Avenue between Underwood and Cooper streets. 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

SCHILLING AMPHITHEATER: History on-a-Schtick: 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.; Kristoffer Olson: 6 p.m.

SHEEP BARN: Baa Booth: An educational exhibit featuring sheep displays and hands-on activities. Hours vary.

STATE FAIR MALL PARADE: The parade route begins near the Haunted House, heads north on Cosgrove Street, west on Randall Avenue and south on Underwood Street. 2 p.m.

SWINE BARN: Get a glimpse into the life of pig farming. Hours vary. Oink Booth: Pig Tales: Find out facts about pigs during this narrated talk and Q&A. 11 a.m.

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA DRIVEN TO DISCOVER: Meet researchers and participate in a study. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

VISITORS PLAZA: Fairchild and Fairborn Appearance: Pose with state fair mascot Fairchild and his sidekick, Fairborne. 11 a.m. & 4 p.m.

WALKING HISTORY TOUR: A free self-guided tour to discover State Fair history. Brochures available throughout the fairgrounds.

THE X-ZONE: Skateboard and BMX Bike Demonstrations: 1:30, 3, 4:30 and 6 p.m.


AGRICULTURE/HORTICULTURE BUILDING: Ask the Cider Maker: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Ask the Apple Grower: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Looking Inside the Hive: 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 p.m.; Cooking with Honey: 11, 11:30 a.m. & noon; Ask the Grape Grower: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Harvesting Honey: 1, 2, 4, 5 p.m.; Beekeeper’s Corner: Mini classes on beekeeping topics. 3, 3:15, 3:30 & 3:45 p.m.

CATTLE BARN AND ANNEX: Moo Stage: Moo Booth: Make It Better With Butter Contest: 10 a.m.; Hand Milking: 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

CREATIVE ACTIVITIES AND ANNEX: Needleworkers Guild of Minnesota: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Nordicware — A Minnesota Original: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

DAN PATCH PARK: The Buttered Tin and Hope Creamery: Chefs prepare, cinnamon rolls and red wattle farmers’ sausage with chimichurri and summer vegetables. 10 a.m.; Honey & Rye Bakehouse and York Farms: Featured recipes are cherry Madeleines with cherry glaze and roasted eggplant roulades with goat cheese, greens and heirloom tomato sauce. 11 a.m.; Cup N’ Saucer, Elm Creek Veggies, Forager Brewery and Capra Nera Creamery: Oven-roasted asparagus, garlic scape pesto and micro lemon balm. Noon. Horticultural Research Center: Terra Truck makes signature recipes including Fall Greens Salad with Curry Roasted Squash. 1 p.m.; OMC Beeworks, Heirloom Kitchen and Riverbend Farm: Cilantro chipotle barbecue sauce and garden gazpacho. 2 p.m.; 6Smith, Untiedt’s Vegetable Farm, Sassy Spoon and Abraham’s Table Farm: Spicy lemongrass aged sirloin and bibimbap, spici garlic aioli and beef Bolognese over spaghetti squash. 3 p.m.

DNR PARK: Paddleboard and Kayak Demonstrations. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

PET CENTER: Dog Tricks — Making Life Fun for You and Your Dog: 9, 11 a.m., 1, 3 & 5 p.m.; Pet Surgery: 10 a.m., noon, 2 & 4 p.m.; Training Tips & Tricks with Rhonda Maeth. 6 p.m.; St. Paul Police K-9 Foundation: 7 p.m.

PROGRESS CENTER/ECO EXPERIENCE: ReUSE MN: Demonstrations of DIY reuse and repair techniques. 10 a.m., 12:30, 3 & 5:30 p.m.


4-H BUILDING: 4-H Chef for a Day Cook-Off: 6 p.m.

AGSTAR ARENA: 4-H Dairy Showcase Awards: 10:30 a.m.; State Fair Horse Show: Miniature Halter, Obstacle Course & Jumper Class: 2 p.m.

SHEEP AND POULTRY BARN: 4-H Poultry Prince & Princess Scholarship Contest Final Round and Awards Program: 10:30 a.m.; Dress a Sheep Contest: 11 a.m.; Sheep Open Class: Dress a Sheep Contest: 11 a.m.

SWINE BARN: 4-H Goat Games and Skill-A-Thon: 11:30 a.m.

WARNER COLISEUM: State Fair Horse Show: Miniature Horses Driving, Draft Horse Barrel Racing & Pleasure Performance Classes: 8 a.m.; 4-H Minnesota Meat Grilling Contest: 9 & 10:30 a.m.; State Fair Horse Show: Draft Horse Hitch, Arabian Mounted Costume, Gaited, Miniature Horse Driving, Western Pleasure: 6:30 p.m.


DNR PARK: Raptor Displays and Flying Demonstrations: 11 a.m., 2 & 4 p.m. (Except Aug. 30.)

HORSE BARN: Aisle of Breeds: Showcase of different types of horses. Meet the horses and their owners and ask questions. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

MIRACLE OF BIRTH CENTER: This agricultural education exhibit is the birthplace of nearly 200 animals, including calves, lambs and piglets, during the fair’s 12-day run. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Meet the Animals: Q&A with Minnesota FFA members and their animals. 10 a.m.

PET CENTER: Meet a variety of dog breeds, shop pet vendors and see demonstrations. Meet the Dog Breeds: See a variety of different canine breeds each day. 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Greyhound Pets of America Minnesota: 9, 11 a.m., 1, 3 & 5 p.m.


AGRICULTURE/HORTICULTURE BUILDING: State Floral Association: “A Feast of Flowers:” Local florists present floralscapes that depict a different occasion or event within our daily lives with an abundance of beautiful fresh flowers and plants. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. The Common Table: Minnesota Eats: An interactive exhibit that seeks to inspire Minnesotans to get connected to the food they eat, centered around six areas of action: buy local, eat local, grow food, nurture soil, promote justice and reduce waste. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Minnesota Gladiolus Society Show: 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Tree and Shrub Planting: 10 p.m.; Recipe Card Roundup: 10 a.m. & 4 p.m.;Growing Apples in Minnesota: 11 a.m.; Minnesota Grape Growers Association: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Hydroponic Gardening: The Easy Way: 1 & 3 p.m.; How to Arrange Beautiful Gladiolus: 2 p.m.; Garden Art: Let the Budding Artist Flower Out of You: 4 p.m.; Straw Bale Gardening All Over This Planet: 5 p.m.

CREATIVE ACTIVITIES AND ANNEX: Home to the finest needlework, handcrafts, baking and canning that Minnesota has to offer, along with various demonstrations held daily. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

How-To Tips from Blue Ribbon Baking Winners: 9 a.m.

DNR PARK: Aquatic Insects — The Good, the Bad and the Fascinating: 1 p.m.; Aquatic Creatures: 3 p.m.

GRANDSTAND: The Great Minnesota Knit Together: Minnesota’s largest yarnbomb — a form of street art featuring crocheted, knitted and other crafted yarn creations — will blanket topiaries on the Grandstand ramp.

MINNESOTA WINE COUNTRY: Exploring Minnesota Wine Country: Sip and Sample Across the State: 3:30 p.m.

PROGRESS CENTER/ECO EXPERIENCE: An educational exhibit with information and activities by local health and environmental organizations. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Pruning Landscape Trees: Noon; Driving Electric in Minnesota: 2 p.m.