Minnesota state fair guide find out where to stay during fair & what to do

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Find out about the 2023 Minnesota State Fair here.

The Minnesota State Fair is an amazing event and is a huge deal; it is, in fact, the largest state fair in the United States by average daily attendance.

The Minnesota State Fair will be running at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds midway between Minneapolis and St. Paul on August 22nd through September 2nd (Labor Day) this year, and the 2019 Minnesota State Fair is sure to be one of the best yet!

What to Do:


  1. Giant Slide
  2. Go Karts
  3. Great Big Wheel
  4. River Raft Ride
  5. Skyride
  6. SkyGlider
  7. Space Tower
  8. Ye Old Mill (a.k.a. the Original Tunnel of Love)


  1. Haunted House
  2. Butterfly House
  3. Bob’s Snake Zoo
  4. The X-Zone
  5. Great Big Sandbox
  6. Giant Sing Along
  7. Monty’s Traveling Reptile Show


  1. Hootie and the Blowfish and Barenaked Ladies
  2. Weird Al Yankovic
  3. Daryl Hall & John Oates
  4. Lionel Richie
  5. Brandi Carlile

Where to Stay:

Here are some great hotels within 3 miles of the Minnesota State Fairgrounds:

  1. Home2 Suites by Hilton Roseville Minneapolis
  2. Hampton Inn Minneapolis-Roseville
  3. DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis University Area
  4. Hampton Inn & Suites Minneapolis University Area
  5. Best Western Plus Como Park Hotel
  6. Delta Hotels by Marriott Minneapolis Northeast
  7. Radisson Hotel Minneapolis/St. Paul North
  8. Holiday Inn Express Roseville-St. Paul
  9. Como Lake Bed and Breakfast
  10. Days Hotel by Wyndham University Ave SE

What to Eat:

There are 31 new delicious foods available at the Minnesota State Fair this year:

  1. Bada Bing Sandwich
  2. Blueberry Key Lime Pie
  3. Boozy Berries & ‘Barb Trifle
  4. Breakfast Potato Skin
  5. Carnitas Taco Cone
  6. Carolina Pit-Smoked Brisket Taco
  7. Cheesy Sriracha Funnel Cake Bites
  8. Cuban Fusion Fajita
  9. Deep-Fried Dilly Dog
  10. Duck Drummies
  11. Feta Bites
  12. Fried Tacos On-A-Stick
  13. Grilled Sota Sandwich
  14. Halo Cone
  15. The Hot Hen
  16. Irish Whiskey Boneless Wings
  17. Jammi’n Brisket Grilled Cheese
  18. Joey Mary
  19. Lamb T-Bone Chops
  20. Lavender Lemonade
  21. Mini Donut Latte
  22. No Bologna Coney
  23. Nordic Waffles in Pebbles & Bam Bam and Al Pastor varieties
  24. Peaches n’ Cream Nachos
  25. Shrimp & Grits Fritters
  26. Snow Cap Mini Waffle Sundae
  27. Stuffed Cabbage Roll
  28. Tipsy Pecan Tart
  29. Turkish Pizza
  30. Warm Cheesecake Tart
  31. Wingwalker Donut Flight