Gift Ideas _and more__ for the State Fair Fans on Your List_


State Fair Ticket FLASH SALE Today Only

Just $10 - that's a savings of up to $5 off full-price 2021 State Fair admission tickets and our biggest discount EVER on pre-fair tickets. This offer is only good TODAY, Tuesday, Nov. 24, until 11:59 p.m. Limit of 12 tickets per customer. Buy now! 
If you miss today's flash sale, State Fair admission tickets still make great stocking stuffers at the regular pre-fair discount price of $12. Choose the free print-at-home or mobile download delivery option, and you can check off everyone on your list with one click! Or select the "regular mail" option and order by Dec. 13 to ensure delivery by Dec. 23. 
Here's a free print-at-home holiday greeting card to accompany your gift!
Holiday Crop Art To Go Kit

Ho, Ho, Ho - It's Crop Art to Go!
Back by popular demand - with a holiday touch! Try your hand at this famous Minnesota State Fair tradition! Crop Art to Go kits have everything you need to get started: Seven varieties of seeds, four beginner design illustrations specially created for the holidays, a 5" x 7" canvas, glue, paintbrush, toothpicks, a pencil and directions. We've even included a bit about the history of crop art at the fair. The limited-quantity holiday edition is sure to sell out - just like our summer-time kits, so act fast! (Cost is $25 including shipping.)  
Join the Kitchen Pack Give-Together Dec. 12! 
Minnesota State Fair Community Gives Together A can opener, mixing spoon, spatula and a dish towel - essential kitchen tools, especially for our neighbors seeking housing stability with furnishings and household goods provided by Bridging, a Minnesota nonprofit. Currently serving 80 households each week, Bridging's goal is to give each new home a Kitchen Pack with these four items. 
Here is how you can help:
  • The key items we're looking for are new or gently used can openers, mixing spoons, spatulas (preferably the kind used for cooking rather than the bowl-scraping style) and dish towels. For gently used items, consider if you'd give them to a friend or family member.
  • Give whatever you'd like - individual items and complete packs are welcome and appreciated!
  • Consider creating a "Welcome Home" card or note to accompany your donation (this is a great way to get children involved). 
  • If you give a complete Kitchen Pack, your four items can be packaged in a bag or given loosely, or wrap the utensils in the dish towel tied with a string - however you'd like. 
Bring your items to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds:
Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Parking lot south of Como Avenue (across from the Warner Coliseum)
When you stop by, you'll receive instructions on how to obtain a receipt form for your donation and a link to prized State Fair recipes.
Please note: While Bridging accepts a variety of furniture and household goods at its warehouse locations, the State Fair donation drop-off is only accepting Kitchen Pack items.
Financial donations are always welcome if you're not able to drop off items. Here's a link for State Fair fans.
If you have additional questions, please email Thank you for joining our holiday give-together.
Make State Fair Fans Into Friends
Friends of the Fair

For the State Fair fans on your list, how about giving them a membership to the Friends of the Fair program of the Minnesota State Fair Foundation
For as little as $25, membership benefits include a Blue Ribbon Bargain Book of coupons or Annual Friends of the Fair pin, discount at State FairWear Gift Shops during the fair, and a Friends of the Fair ribbon. Benefits at higher membership levels include State Fair admission tickets, presale access to 2021 Grandstand shows, and more! 
This membership program supports the nonprofit Foundation's mission to preserve and improve Minnesota State Fair buildings, grounds and educational programs. In a year without a State Fair, the support of Friends of the Fair is more important than ever.
Click & Shop: Browse State Fair Vendors From Your Couch 

Shop State Fair vendors

Find unique, distinct gifts for everyone on your list - even yourself! - when you visit the Minnesota State Fair Online Marketplace, a hub of more than 280 State Fair vendors and exhibitors. 
Use our gift guide search feature to discover great ideas and stocking stuffers for the kids, pet lovers, outdoor fanatics, kitchen lovers, foodies and guy or gal on your list. You can also narrow your search by using the category and keyword filters. 
As you scroll and click, watch for holiday special highlights, including:
And so many more!

Please note that some restrictions apply to the above specials; information subject to change.
State Fairwear
Get Decked Out in FairWear - 
at a Discount!

T-shirts, sweatshirts, buttons, drinkware and face coverings, oh my! There's something for everyone at Get your hands on exclusive Minnesota State Fair merchandise, as well as other State Fair-themed goodies. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Minnesota State Fair Foundation. And the icing on the holiday cake is days and days of deals: 
  • Nov. 23-29: Black Friday Sale - 25% off sitewide with promo code HOLIDAY25 (some exclusions apply)
  • Nov. 30: Cyber Monday Sale - 25% off sitewide and free shipping on orders of more than $25 with promo code GIFTS25 (some exclusions apply)
  • Dec. 3-7: Five Days of Holiday Deals featuring a different deal each day

Glow Holiday Festival

Give the Gift of GLOW!

Minnesota's newest holiday light experience has come to the State Fairgrounds! This one-mile drive-thru, produced by GLOW Holiday Festival LLC, features more than a million holiday lights, illuminated trees, larger-than-life glitter critters, icicles and snowflakes, plus a drive-thru food court with flavors of the fair.
More information and ticket details at 
2021 Grandstand Concert Series

Fun Summer Concerts Are on Sale Now! 
Miranda Lambert: Aug. 26, 2021
The Doobie Brothers - 50th Anniversary Tour featuring Tom Johnston, Michael McDonald, Pat Simmons, John McFee with special guest Dirty Dozen Brass Band: 
Aug. 31, 2021
Tim McGraw with special guest Midland: Sept. 1, 2021
NF - The Search Tour: Sept. 2, 2021
Darci Lynne & Friends: Fresh Out of the Box Tour with special guest Okee Dokee Brothers: Sept. 6, 2021

Honor Family, Friends and Special Moments

Watch a fun video to see Lucas Riley's reaction when she was surprised with a State Fair bench.

What can you give people who have everything? How about a personalized recognition brick or bench - their own unique place to visit when they come to the State Fair? Each brick and bench comes with a certificate to share as a holiday gift (place your order by Dec. 13 to receive your certificate by Dec. 23). 
More than 5,500 bricks and 1,300 benches honoring loved ones and commemorating special occasions have been added to the fairgrounds through the Minnesota State Fair Foundation. For details, email, call 651-288-4325, or click here.

Limited-Edition Commemorative Art Prints and Posters Make Great Gifts

Commemorative Posters
Each year - dating back to 2004, the Minnesota State Fair has commissioned a local artist to create commemorative art to celebrate the Great Minnesota Get-Together. A limited number of select posters and hand-signed prints from past years are still available. If you're interested, contact the Minnesota State Fair Foundation at to inquire about availability and to make a purchase.
Visit our gallery of available artwork

Caramel Apple Nachos and Other Blue Ribbon Recipes to Share 

Caramel Apple Nachos
Whether you're looking for goodies to give as gifts or to enjoy on your own, check out our "Blue Ribbon Recipes & Tips" board on Pinterest. You'll find award-winning how-tos for Caramel Apple Nachos With Nutty Dipping Sauce (pictured above), Lisa Silmser's winning recipe from the 2014 Minnesota State Fair Stadium and State Fair Foods Competition (and provided courtesy of, plus other delectable delights such as Salsa - Swedish Style, Sweet Tangerine Tea-Infused Jelly, Harry's Homemade Turkey Quinoa Burger, and more. This winter is the perfect time to try your hand at blue-ribbon baking and canning, and we have the perfect Pinterest place to start!

It's Easy to Support the Fair While You Shop 
Supporting the future of the Great Minnesota Get-Together doesn't get any easier! When you do your online shopping at Amazon, start at the AmazonSmile website, and Amazon donates 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the nonprofit Minnesota State Fair Foundation. 
AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know - same selection of millions of products, same prices, same service, and you can use your same Amazon account. To learn more, visit, and be sure to search for and select the Minnesota State Fair Foundation as the nonprofit you choose to receive 0.5% of your eligible purchases.
The Minnesota State Fair Foundation is the nonprofit organization that raises funds to preserve and improve State Fair buildings, fairgrounds and educational programs. Program focus areas include Agriculture Education, Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, and History & Heritage.

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Until We Get-Together Again_ Aug. 26 through Sept. 6_ 2021