What is the difference between the RNC and the Minnesota State Fair? For starters, the Great Minnesota Get-Together is open to everyone, no security passes required. At the State Fair, the winners are still being picked, offering suspense as judges decide on the best of everything from llamas to pickles. Food choices range from A to Z, alligator to zeppoles. (The alligator, and at least a hundred other choices, come on a stick—not sure about the zeppoles.) Ready to go? Here are some useful tips on getting to the fair.
Park your bike in a FREE bike corral:
* Como-Snelling Gate (#6)
* Hoyt-Snelling Gate (#2)
* Commonwealth-West Dan Patch (#15)
Three regular Metro Transit routes – 3, 84 and 960 – serve the fairgrounds directly.
PARK FREE & RIDE FREE
Every day 8 a.m. to midnight, Aug. 21 – Sept. 1
EXPRESS BUS SERVICE
Express buses travel directly to and from the fairgrounds, operating from 8 a.m. to midnight daily.
Find the lot closest to you: call 612-341-4287 for automated information or use the State Fair Park & Ride Finder at metrotransit.org.
$5 Round-trip for all customers
Exact fare, please. Kids under age five ride free.
Buses operate 8 a.m. – midnight daily
* Express buses drop off/pick up customers at fair Gate #20 (on the south side of Como Ave. across from the Warner Coliseum)
* All express service is wheelchair accessible.
* Bus departure times are approximate.
Six out of twelve days offer some kind of discounted admission: kids, seniors, MTC riders. Check it out!
Oh — you wanted to try the zeppoles? Check the official State Fair Fabulous Food Finder for lists of food and locations!