How to spend a budget-friendly day at the Fair

How to spend a budget-friendly day at the Fair

Updated: August 23, 2019 09:15 PM

The 2019 Minnesota State Fair is here, and that means a chance for you to enjoy the many things that come with the Great Minnesota Get-Together, including the food, games, concerts and many other attractions. However, it can also be very spendy. Here's a look at how to enjoy the Fair on a budget.

Ride, don't drive


Parking at the fair can not only be a headache, but it can be expensive. There are many different options that you can take advantage of to get to the Fair and save some money. 

  • Rideshare or taxi: The fair has designated drop-off spots for those who take a ride service, like Uber and Lyft, or a taxi to the fairgrounds.
  • Metro Transit: State Fair express buses will give you a ride to the fair.
  • Park & Ride: There are several Park & Ride options that will get you to the fair and are free. Take advantage of these options!

Buy tickets in advance

Yes, you can buy your tickets at the gate, but if you buy them in advance, you save a few bucks! You can either buy them online and print them at home, or you can stop by a Cub Foods location and buy them. Regular admission for adults (13-64) costs $15, $13 for seniors (65 and older) and kids (5-12) $13, and children ages 4 and under are free. Buying in advance also will save you time! Find more here.

Go to the Fair on Discount Days

On certain days, you can take advantage of different promotions to save a few dollars. 

  • Aug. 22 is Thrifty Thursday, meaning admission prices are $2 off.
  • Aug. 26 is Seniors & Kids Day, where tickets are $10 for those ages 65+ and 5-12.
  • Aug. 27 is Military Appreciation Day, where active military members, there spouses and kids, retired military and their spouses, and veterans and their spouses get tickets for $10.
  • Aug. 28 is Read & Ride Day, where you can get discounted admission with a valid library card.
  • Aug. 29 is Seniors Day, where Seniors again get discounted admission.
  • Sept. 2 is Kids & Last Chance Day, where kids get in with discounted admission.

 There are also Mighty Midway and Kidway discounts on certain days.

Buy the Blue Ribbon Bargain Book

The Blue Ribbon Bargain Book costs $5, but has coupons for a variety of vendors that you can use to save some money, especially if you're going with a group of people or for multiple days. You can find more on it here.

Grab the Last Chance Flier

There are deals all over the place on the last day of the Minnesota State Fair! You can get deals on food and merchandise, and the Last Chance Flier will show you where. You can find it online on Labor Day or at any information booth on Labor Day.

Of course, if you're planning on spending a whole day at the fair, you can also bring some basic things to help you get through the day and save some money, like bringing water or snacks. Otherwise, take advantage of all the offers and perks listed above to help reduce your costs and enjoy the fair on a budget! You can also find more here.

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Josh Skluzacek

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