Spacious, Affordable Gathering Places for Rent
These days, planning an event, meeting or gathering of any type requires out-of-the-box thinking and significant flexibility.

The Minnesota State Fairgrounds features a variety of versatile indoor and outdoor spaces to successfully and safely host in-person events. We offer great rates, free parking, friendly and helpful staff, a convenient and unique location easily accessible from anywhere in the Twin Cities metro, and an affordable a la carte menu of rental equipment and services.
North End Event Center
Built in 2019, the North End Event Center is the centerpiece of the Minnesota State Fairgrounds’ newest reimagined neighborhood. A welcoming outdoor plaza leads into a striking entrance gallery framed by floor-to-ceiling natural light and wood beams overhead. The large exhibit hall is the perfect blank palette - with a moveable wall divider, high-tech built-ins and other features to transform this versatile space into the ideal venue to host your guests.
Horton Pavilions at Heffron Park
Horton Pavilions at Heffron Park
Nestled in the middle of the iconic State Fairgrounds in a private event area, the expansive Horton Pavilions at Heffron Park offer an open grassy lawn and covered picnic pavilions with plenty of space to gather together but still spread out. New this year – the pavilions are also available during the non-fair time! Enjoy affordable hourly rental rates for one or both pavilions and the option of adding catering, audio/visual equipment, décor and so much more.
Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum
Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum
Looking for a wide-open event space with plenty of room for meeting attendees, event participants and spectators to physically distance? While it may not be a conventional venue choice, the Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum, with its uninterrupted sight lines, surrounding concourse and many other arena features, may be an affordable solution to help you follow current guidelines for safe gatherings. 
History & Heritage Center
History & Heritage Center
The stunningly unique ambience of the State Fair History & Heritage Center is the ideal setting for a business meeting, a fun, casual gathering or a more formal affair. An abundance of natural light and two walls of sliding glass doors envelope a wide range of table and chair set-ups and free-flowing reception layouts. So much more than just an event space, the center will enthrall your guests with State Fair stories that come to life in exhibits throughout the venue. 
West End Market
West End Market
With its open-air market and festive atmosphere, this is one of the most flexible spaces at the State Fairgrounds. Complete with the Schilling Amphitheater stage and its built-in seating, covered pavilions for vendors, activity stations or catering stops, and a sprawling plaza for meandering guests, West End Market is the ideal setting to let your imagination soar. If you’d like, add on use of the adjacent History & Heritage Center (additional rental fees apply). 
Other spaces for rent at the State Fairgrounds:

  • Baldwin Park
  • Bandshell
  • Christensen Pavilion 
  • Compeer Arena
  • Dairy Building
  • DNR Building and Park
  • Education Building
  • Fine Arts Center
  • Grandstand building, concert area and infield
  • International Bazaar
  • Merchandise Mart
  • Progress Center
  • State Fairgrounds parking lots and open spaces 
  • State Fairgrounds roadways
  • And more!

Please note that all events at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds must submit a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan to the fair for review and approval and must follow the event and capacity guidelines of the Minnesota Department of Health and Office of the Governor that are in effect at the time of the event.