Questions Most Asked Year-Round

Throughout the year, Nebraska State Fair receives hundreds of questions. Here are the most frequently asked questions. 

General State Fair Questions

When is the State Fair? How long is it?

The 2019 Nebraska State Fair is Aug. 23 through Sept. 2. Gates open at 10am each day (except for Aug. 26 at 9am). You can find all the information here.

What are the hours of operation at this year’s Fair?

The Fair is open from 10am to 10pm daily, except Aug. 26 (9am to 10pm) and Sept. 2 (10am to 7pm). Full details can be found here.

You can find additional guest information here.

Where is the Fair located?

Grand Island, Nebraska. For map and directions, click here.

How much is gate admission? Can I purchase tickets at the Fair?

You can purchase gate admission on our website, at Pump & Pantry and at the Fair upon arrival. See the full pricing breakdowns here.

Is the State Fair offering Mega Passes this year?

Yes. The Fairabration Pass covers 11 days of fun, while the Carnival’s Mega Pass covers 11 days of rides. We also have a variety of multi-day pass bundles and online exclusive deals. You can find the full list of pricing and passes here.

Is there in and out privilege if I buy one admission ticket?

You may have your hand stamped for reentry into the Fair on the same day.

Do Veterans get discount to the Fair?

We offer free admission to the Fair with proper ID to active and veteran military personnel on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. Additional deals/discounts can be found here.

What food will be served at the fair?

We love Fair food! You can find the full list of vendors and concessionaire options here.

Can my pet come to the Fair?

No – We only allow service animals to the Fairgrounds, along with competition animals.

Are there any bag or stroller restrictions?

There are no bag restrictions for gate admission but additional rules apply for concerts. There are no stroller restrictions. You can bring your own or rent one at the Fair. Click here for more information.

How can I volunteer for the Fair?

You can volunteer in multiple ways! All volunteer information can be found here

What is the box office phone number?

You can contact the box office at 308-382-1620.

Where can I find a Fair map?

You can find a Fairgrounds map here.


How do I get to the State Fair?

We offer a full list of driving and parking directions hereADA accessible parking is available at the Main Gate as well as Gates 6 and 8. 

Where do I park? Is parking free?

Parking at the Fairgrounds is FREE! All parking/shuttle information can be found here. ADA accessible parking is available at the Main Gate as well as Gates 6 and 8. 

Are there shuttles to and from the Fair?

Yes! There is off-site parking and shuttle services in addition to our FREE Fairgrounds parking. You can find the shuttle locations and times here.

Is there a designated drop off area?

Buses will drop off and pick up at the North Gate off of Fonner Park Road.

What kind of lodging is offered?

The State Fair offers local hotel recommendations here. Our campground is full.


How much are carnival rides? Is there a wristband?

Carnival wristbands are just $20 when purchased before midnight, Aug. 22. More deals are available here.

What competitions will there be this year?

You can find our full list of activities, competitions and other events here.

How can I become a vendor?

Vendor applications and information can be found here

Can I rent a room/space at the Fair?

Yes! Email for business gatherings at the Fair.

What kind of amenities are available at the Fair? (ATMs, Stroller Rentals, Concessions, etc.)

You can find all of our concessions, maps, hours and more general visitor information here.

How do I participate in livestock competitions?

You can find all competition information here.

When is the Older Nebraskans Day?

A celebration of our elders, Older Nebraskans Day is Monday, Aug. 26. Click here for all the day’s activities.

Concert/Ticket Questions

Where do I buy tickets?

You can purchase concert tickets online, or at the box office. Information on purchasing tickets can be found here or by calling the box office at 308.382.1620.

Who is playing at the Fair this year?

This year’s lineup includes 12 shows in 11 days. Click here to see the full list and how you can purchase tickets!

What are the ticket packages?

We offer several concert bundles that are $79 each but include multiple concerts and gate admission! You can find bundle opportunities here.

How do bundles work?

Each bundle you purchase will come with three separate concert tickets and three separate gate admissions. When you print off your tickets at home, you will have six sheets of paper (tickets)!

Can I buy single concert tickets?

Yes –individual concert tickets are $48 per ticket and include gate admission. You can purchase them here or at the box office.

Do I need to print out my concert tickets?

You can print them out, or you can download them to your mobile device where we can scan them!

Are the concerts indoors or outdoors?

All concerts will be held indoors at the Heartland Events Center.

If I bought a single concert ticket, do I need to pay for gate admission still?

No you do not. Gate admission is included with all concert tickets, regardless of when purchased.  However, if you pay for gate admission during the Fair, and then buy your concert ticket at the HEC box office, you will still pay the full $48. No refunds for pre-paid gate admission.

Are cameras allowed at the concerts?

Cameras will not be allowed at this year’s State Fair concerts. You can find additional rules and regulations for the Fair here.

I’m having trouble/technical issues accessing my tickets. Who can I call about this?

Please email if you are having issues with your concert/event tickets. They will be able to assist you!

Who can I talk to about wheelchair accessible concert tickets?

You can call our office at 308.382.1620 to purchase wheelchair accessible tickets for any concert. First come, first served.

Are there Meet and Greet packages for each artist?

We currently do not offer Meet and Greet packages for artists. You are able to buy pit tickets for each concert which will get you closer to the stage. You can find ticket information here.

What does the seating chart of Heartland Events Center look like?

When you purchase tickets to a concert at the Heartland Events Center, you can select reserved seating or pit tickets. All other event configurations can be found here.

Are there any concert bag restrictions?

The Heartland Event Center clear bag policy is not in effect for concerts during the fair. All bags brought to the concert are subject to search by law enforcement and NSF security. Clear bags are encouraged, but not required. Metal detectors and metal detection wands will be in use at all concerts.

You can view other policies here.