Minnesota State Fair Grandstand events & shows


It’s that time of year: We are already starting to see commercials for the Minnesota State Fair beginning later this month. Summer is coming to an end and many of us are dreading the cold upcoming weather on the horizon and fall semester classes beginning (note: fall doesn’t begin until September 22nd, so we still have plenty of time to enjoy what we have). Many people are excited for the cool weather, kicking off the football season, the pretty colors of fall, and, of course, the Fair. There is an abundance every year of new events, food-on-a-stick attractions, and Grandstand headliners. With the countdown of excitement for the 2017 Minnesota State Fair already in motion, here is a list of events and headliners (in order of appearance, not talent) for the Grandstand.


Date: Thursday, August 24th 7:30 p.m.
Special Guest: Daughtry
Ticket prices:
$80 (GA & Plaza Standing Room)
$65 (Reserved Seating)

Stevie Nicks

Date: Friday, August 25th 7:30 p.m.
Special Guest: Vanessa Carlton
Ticket Prices:
$90 (Reserved Seating in Plaza, Patio, & Mainstand through Row 26)
$74 (Reserved Seating in Mainstand Rows 27-52)
$49 (Reserved Seating in Mainstand Rows 53-58)

Jim Gaffigan

Date: Saturday, August 26th 8 p.m.
Ticket Prices:
$60 (Reserved Seating Plaza & Mainstand through Row 40)
$50 (Reserved Seating Mainstand Rows 41-58)

Toby Keith

Presented by Ford F-Series
Date: Sunday, August 27th 7:30 p.m.
Special Guest: 3 doors down
Ticket Prices:
$101 (General Admission PIT & Standing Room Only)
$77, $68.50, $53, $23 (Reserved Seating)

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Date: Monday, August 28th 8 p.m.
Ticket Price: $29 (Reserved Seating)

John Mellencamp

Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour
Date: Tuesday, August 29th 7:30 p.m.
Special Guest: Carlene Carter
Ticket Prices:
$64 (Reserved Seating Plaza & Mainstand through Row 40)
$49 (Reserved Seating Mainstand Rows 41-58)


Date: Wednesday, August 30th 8 p.m.
Special Guest: Us The Duo
Ticket Prices:
$50 (Reserved Seating Plaza & Mainstand through Row 40
$40 (Reserved Seating Mainstand Rows 41-58)


Date: Thursday,August 31st 7:30 p.m.
Special Guest: Black Coffee
Ticket Prices:
$97 (General Admission Plaza-Level, Standing Room Only)
$87 (Reserved Seating Patio and Mainstand to Row 22)
$72 (Reserved Seating Mainstand Rows 25-58)

The Minnesota Show w/ Garrison Keillor

Love & Comedy Tour 2017
Date: Friday, September 1st 7:45 p.m.
Ticket Prices:
$36 (Reserved Seating Plaza)
$28 (Reserved Seating Patio & Mainstand)
Discount $2 Per Ticket for MPR Members (Password Required)


Presented by The Current’s Music on-a-stick
Date: Saturday, September 2nd 7 p.m.
Special Guests: Lucius and Now, Now
Ticket Prices:
$25 (General Admission Plaza-Level & Standing Room)
$25 (Reserved Seating Patio and Mainstand)
Discount $5 Per Ticket for MPR Members (Password Required)

MSF Amateur Talent Contest Finals

Presented by Jack’s pizza
Date: Sunday, September 3 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices: Free!

Sam Hunt

15 IN A 30 TOUR 2017
Date: Monday, September 4th 7:00 p.m.
Special Guests: Lanco & Ryan Follese
Ticket Prices:
$68 (Reserved Seating Plaza-Level and Mainstand to Row 42)
$58 (Reserved Seating Mainstand Rows 43-58)

Photo credit: minnesotastatefair.org

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