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Iowa State Fairgrounds

  • Region: East/Northeast
  • 3000 E Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50317
  • Phone: (515) 262-3111
Overview
Amenities
Meeting Facilities
Events
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With more than a dozen major buildings and exhibit facilities, acres of parking and a full-time planning staff, the Iowa State Fairgrounds is a complete, year-round meeting and exposition center. For example, the Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition Center is a state-of-the-art, climate controlled indoor arena offering the versatility to host events ranging from livestock shows to intimate concerts.

Sports Facilities
Multi-Sport Ability
  • Multi - AC:
  • Multi - Ceiling Height: 30
  • Multi - Fixed Seating:
  • Multi - Onsite Meeting Room:
  • Multi - Other Sport Capabilities: Soccer, Wrestling, Volleyball, Cheerleading, Dance, Equine Sports
  • Multi - Total Square Footage: 110000
Soccer
  • Soccer - # of Full Sized Fields: 1
  • Soccer - # of Lit Fields: 1
  • Soccer - Concession Stand:
  • Soccer - Modern restrooms:
  • Soccer - Onsite Meeting Room:
  • Soccer - Permanent Seating:
  • Soccer - Seating Capacity: 3500
Volleyball
  • Volleyball - AC:
  • Volleyball - Ceiling Height: 20
  • Volleyball - Floor Surface: 110,000 sq ft
Wrestling
  • Wrestling - # of 42x42 Mats: 12
  • Wrestling - Seating Capacity: 3500
Facility Info
Meeting Rooms
  • Largest Room 110400
  • Total Sq. Ft. 315000
  • Reception Capacity 10000
  • Theatre Capacity 10000
  • Banquet Capacity 7500
  • Number of Rooms 14
  • Classroom Capacity 4500
  • 10 X 10 Booths 400
  • Outside Catering? true
  • Wireless Internet Available? true
Varied Industries Building
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 110400
  • Width: 480
  • Length: 230
  • Height: 14
  • Booth Capacity: 400
  • Theater Capacity: 10000
  • Classroom Capacity: 4500
  • Banquet Capacity: 7500
Varied Industries Building Conference Center Upper level
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 8000
  • Width: 198
  • Length: 52
  • Height: 12
  • Booth Capacity: 40
  • Theater Capacity: 800
  • Classroom Capacity: 400
  • Banquet Capacity: 600
  • Reception Capacity: 150
4-H Exhibits Building
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 43000
  • Width: 165
  • Length: 262
  • Height: 20
  • Booth Capacity: 180
  • Theater Capacity: 2500
  • Classroom Capacity: 1500
  • Banquet Capacity: 2000
  • Reception Capacity: 4000
Grandstand
  • Width: 605
  • Length: 116
  • Height: 15
Family Theaters
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 2650
  • Width: 35
  • Length: 75
  • Height: 15
  • Theater Capacity: 600
Livestock Pavilion
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 46776
  • Width: 170
  • Length: 120
  • Height: 30
Walnut Center
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 7000
  • Width: 65
  • Length: 107
  • Height: 14
  • Booth Capacity: 35
  • Theater Capacity: 775
  • Classroom Capacity: 400
  • Banquet Capacity: 575
  • Reception Capacity: 750
Cattle Barn
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 153276
  • Width: 318
  • Length: 482
  • Height: 18
  • Theater Capacity: 700
Horse Barn
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 90272
  • Width: 434
  • Length: 208
  • Height: 18
Swine Barn
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 184096
  • Width: 352
  • Length: 523
  • Height: 15
Sheep Barn
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 142000
  • Width: 230
  • Length: 615
  • Height: 15
Elwell Family Food Center
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 15000
  • Width: 100
  • Length: 150
  • Height: 24
  • Booth Capacity: 75
  • Theater Capacity: 1660
  • Classroom Capacity: 855
  • Banquet Capacity: 1250
  • Reception Capacity: 1570
Jacobson Exhibition Center
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 32000
  • Width: 250
  • Length: 125
  • Height: 30
  • Booth Capacity: 150
  • Theater Capacity: 3400
  • Classroom Capacity: 1750
  • Banquet Capacity: 2500
  • Reception Capacity: 6800
Animal Learning Center
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 17280
  • Width: 180
  • Length: 96
  • Height: 22
  • Booth Capacity: 85
  • Theater Capacity: 1800
  • Classroom Capacity: 950
  • Banquet Capacity: 1400
  • Reception Capacity: 2000
Agriculture Building
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 29000
  • Width: 100
  • Length: 290
  • Height: 25
  • Booth Capacity: 72
  • Theater Capacity: 1600
  • Classroom Capacity: 825
  • Banquet Capacity: 1200
  • Reception Capacity: 3000
Jacobsen Exhibition Center indoor warm-up area
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 18000
  • Width: 200
  • Length: 90
  • Height: 30
Jacobsen Exhibition Conference Area
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 966
  • Width: 42
  • Length: 33
  • Theater Capacity: 100
  • Classroom Capacity: 50
  • Banquet Capacity: 72
Jacobsen Exhibition/VIP area/Upper Level
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 2200
  • Width: 70
  • Length: 30
  • Theater Capacity: 175
  • Classroom Capacity: 90
  • Banquet Capacity: 130
Varied Industries Building Meeting Rooms Four (4) Rooms A-D
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 2000
  • Width: 50
  • Length: 40
  • Height: 12
  • Booth Capacity: 10
  • Theater Capacity: 175
  • Classroom Capacity: 100
  • Banquet Capacity: 150
Stalling Barn
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 36400
  • Width: 260
  • Length: 140
Outdoor Arena
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 19100
  • Width: 191
  • Length: 100

Junk Jubilee - 7th Annual Spring Show

  • April 28, 2017 - April 30, 2017
    Friday & Saturday 10 - 6pm; Sunday 10 - 4pm

IQHA Mayflower State Show

  • May 4, 2017 - May 7, 2017
    Starting at 8am Daily

Iowa State Fairgrounds Auto Parts Swap Meet

  • May 5, 2017 - May 6, 2017
    From: 08:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Iowa Largest Flea Market


  • From: 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

ATHS (American Historical Truck Society) National Convention

  • May 25, 2017 - May 27, 2017
    All Day on May 25, 26, 27, 2017

World Pork Expo, June 7-9

  • June 7, 2017 - June 9, 2017
    See schedule of events on website

28th Annual Red Power Round Up

  • June 15, 2017 - June 17, 2017
    From: 07:00 AM to 08:00 PM each day

Goodguys 26th Heartland Nationals

  • June 30, 2017 - July 2, 2017
    Fri- Sat 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sun 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

2017 National Junior Angus Show

  • July 9, 2017 - July 16, 2017
    Daily schedule coming soon @ www.iowastatefairgrounds.org

Arts and Craft Show/Callahan Promotions

  • September 29, 2017 - October 1, 2017
    Friday 5 - 9pm; Saturday 9 - 5pm; Sunday 10 - 4pm

American Alpaca Showcase

  • October 28, 2017 - October 29, 2017
    Saturday 8:30am - 5pm; Sunday 8:30am - 3pm

Arts and Craft Show/Callahan Promotions

  • November 17, 2017 - November 19, 2017
    Friday 5 - 9pm; Saturday 9 - 5pm; Sunday 10 - 4pm