When: Thursday, August
24 through Labor Day September 4, 2017.
Directions: From the north or south, take 35W to I-94 east. Exit on Snelling Ave.
From east or west, take take I-94 to Snelling
State Fair is an annual fair that takes place in St. Paul every year, a traditional fun fest that has been taking place since its inaugural year in 1859.
Like many state
fairs, the Minnesota State Fair moved around a fair bit in its early years to better
include the various parts of the state, which had trouble transporting
livestock over long distances.
The transient nature of the fair was actually in part what led
to a competing fair opening up in Minneapolis. The two fairs were
both quite popular, and in the end they were joined together and
held roughly half way between the two areas at what is now the modern Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul.
Today, the fair runs for twelve days in late August until Labor Day. attracting upwards of 1,600,000 people during an almost two-week run. This makes the Minnesota State Fair the largest fair in the US by daily attendance,
but not by total attendance. (The Texas State Fair holds that honor, although the Texas fair runs for
almost twice as long.)
This year, the 2017 Minnesota State Fair runs from opening day on Thursday, August 24 to Monday, September 4.
2017 Minnesota State Fair concert lineup
The 2017 Minnesota State Fair concert
Nickelback, Toby Keith, Usher and Sam Hunt.
The 2017 Minnesota State Fair grandstand concert lineup was announced in the spring, with tickets available at the Minnesota State Fair box office and at etix.com. The full lineup includes:
Thursday, Aug. 24 • 7:30 p.m. - NICKELBACK, with special guest Daughtry
Saturday, Aug. 26 • 8 p.m. - JIM GAFFIGAN
Sunday, Aug. 27 • 7:30 p.m. - TOBY KEITH, with special guest 3 Doors Down
Monday, Aug. 28 • 8 p.m. - FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS
Tuesday, Aug. 29 • 7:30 p.m. - JOHN MELLENCAMP, with special guest Carlene Carter
Wednesday, Aug. 30 • 8 p.m. - PENTATONIX
Thursday, Aug. 31 • 7:30 p.m. - USHER
Sunday, Sept. 3 • 7:30 p.m. - MSF AMATEUR TALENT CONTEST FINALS (Free)
Monday, Sept. 4 • 7 p.m. - SAM HUNT, with special guests LANCO & Ryan Follese
Along with major headliners, the Minnesota State Fair also hosts a varied and talented array
of live entertainment featuring 70 bands on 5 stages. Styles of music
range from blues, rock and country to bluegrass, R&B, and
polka, along with stand-up comedy and even talent shows.
What else to see and do at the Minnesota State Fair
Perhaps one of the oldest traditions at the fair is the election
of the Princess
Kay of the Milky Way, who has the honor of having her likeness
carved in to a block of butter, among other official duties!
There is also livestock - such as cattle, horses, sheep, and llamas,
which are all on show and in various competitions as well.
The Minnesota State Fair is also home to many amusement rides, along with art displays and other exhibitors
with, of course, a wide selection of calorie-laden fried foods and regional
There is so much to do and see that it would be impossible not
to find something to enjoy at the Minnesota State Fair.
From top left, there's the giant ferris wheel in the Mighty Midway and carnival rides in The Kidway, with top name concerts by night and marching band parades by day! It's all part of the fun at the annual Minnesota
State Fair in August. (All photos courtesy of the Minnesota State Fair.)
More about the Minnesota State Fair around the Web:
State Fair - The official site with information on admission
and ticket prices, fair highlights and events including rides,
concert lineup, entertainment, food finder, directions, map, photos.
State Fair - Wikipedia - History and fun facts, including
an overview of the modern fair's most popular events & attractions,
photo gallery, attendance records, with related references and