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Taste of the Fair!

  • 3000 E Grand Avenue | Des Moines, IA 50317
  • Dates: 9/25/2020, 9/26/2020, 9/27/2020, 10/2/2020, 10/3/2020, 10/4/2020, 10/9/2020, 10/10/2020, 10/11/2020
  • Location: Iowa State Fairgrounds
  • Phone: 800.545.FAIR
  • Overview

    We still miss the Fair and we just can’t stop thinking about the food. So, we are giving it one last “go” this year. Don’t miss your chance to grab some Fairtime favorites like corn dogs, funnel cakes, cheese curds and more. The Fall Taste of the Fair events are slated for September 25-27, October 2-4 and October 9-11 on the Grand Concourse on the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

    Each weekend, roughly 20-25 vendors will be spaced out along the Grand Concourse on the Fairgrounds for walk-up orders. You can choose to enjoy the foods at a safe distance or take them home. Masks are encouraged and hand sanitizer will be available. Please obey social distancing markers.

    Taste of the Fair, Week 1
    Friday, September 25             4 p.m.-8 p.m.
    Saturday, September 26         11 a.m.-8 p.m.
    Sunday, September 27            11 a.m.-6 p.m.

    Taste of the Fair, Week 2
    Friday, October 2                    4 p.m.-8 p.m.
    Saturday, October 3                11 a.m.-8 p.m.
    Sunday, October 4                  11 a.m.-6 p.m.

    Taste of the Fair, Week 3
    Friday, October 9                    4 p.m.-8 p.m.
    Saturday, October 10              11 a.m.-8 p.m.
    Sunday, October 11                11 a.m.-6 p.m.

    Find a place to park on the grounds and walk up and down the Grand Concourse to enjoy the last tastes and smells of your deep fried, piled high, sweet or salty, on-a-stick, in-a-boat or on-a-plate items.

    No beer will be sold during the events. For safety and sanitization purposes, limited restrooms will be available behind the Service Center near the Administration Building.

    Enter through the Grand Ave gate off East 30th or the University gate off East 33rd.

    No parking is allowed on the Grand Concourse, but parking is available in the Elwell Family Food Center parking lot, behind the Varied Industries Building, in the North parking lot or in the Midway/Thrill Ville area. 

    See the list of vendors at or download the official Iowa State Fair App.