Kickoff to Summer at the Fair

Kickoff to Summer at the Fair sponsored by Paddle North is a brand-new walk-around event with food, brews, music, shopping and fun happening May 27-31!

Giant Slide: A rare chance to ride the slide in May! Tickets are $2.50; cash only. The slide is open weather permitting; if it rains, the slide will reopen when it dries.

Family Fun Zone at DNR Park: Challenge your family and friends to a board game! Stop by the north side of the DNR Building to check out some favorite classics.  For the young ones, they’ll have a selection of games – Giant Connect 4, Giant Jenga and Cookie Monster Cookie Toss – to check out on the south side of the DNR Building. Plus, watch for the Kids Wagon cruising throughout the Family Fun Zone with sidewalk chalk, jacks, coloring sheets and crayons.

High-Five Fairborne & Fairchild: Socially distanced, of course! Watch for our beloved furry State Fair mascots – they’re done hibernating and ready to help us spring into summer!

** Food, beverages, merchandise and Giant Slide rides are an additional cost. **





Minnesota State Fair Food Parade

The first-ever Minnesota State Fair Food Parade is a meandering drive-thru experience featuring 16 vendors and a chance to support the Great Minnesota Get-Together. Join them Aug. 20-23, 27-30 and Sept. 3-7!

A limited number of vehicle tickets will be sold for this historic event and must be purchased online. Each vehicle ticket is $20 (fees extra, sales tax included).

This is a parade! All vehicles will follow the same one-way 1.5-mile route through the fairgrounds by all 16 vendors. Plan for a multi-hour experience, and enjoy entertainment, a trivia contest and activities along the way.