FAQ -- Questions Most Asked Year-Round
Throughout the year, Nebraska State Fair receives hundreds of questions. Here are the most asked: State Fair FAQ
General State Fair Questions
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.
Grand Island, Nebraska. For map and directions, click here.
You can purchase gate admission on our website, at Pump & Pantry and at the Fair upon arrival. See the full pricing breakdowns here.
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.
You may have your hand stamped for reentry into the Fair on the same day.
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.
We love Fair food! You can find the full list of vendors and concessionaire options here.
No – We only allow service animals to the Fairgrounds, along with competition animals.
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.
You can volunteer in multiple ways! All volunteer information can be found here.
You can contact the box office at 308-382-1620.
You can find a Fairgrounds map here.
We offer a full list of driving and parking directions here. ADA accessible parking is available at the Main Gate as well as Gates 6 and 8.
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.
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.
Buses will drop off and pick up at the North Gate off of Fonner Park Road.
The State Fair offers local hotel recommendations here. Our campground is full.
Carnival wristbands are just $20 when purchased before midnight, Aug. 22. More deals are available here.
You can find our full list of activities, competitions and other events here.
Vendor applications and information can be found here.
Yes! Email email@example.com for business gatherings at the Fair.
You can find all of our concessions, maps, hours and more general visitor information here.
You can find all competition information here.
A celebration of our elders, Older Nebraskans Day is Monday, Aug. 26. Click here for all the day’s activities.
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.
This year’s lineup includes 12 shows in 11 days. Click here to see the full list and how you can purchase tickets!
We offer several concert bundles that are $79 each but include multiple concerts and gate admission! You can find bundle opportunities here.
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)!
Yes –individual concert tickets are $48 per ticket and include gate admission. You can purchase them here or at the box office.
You can print them out, or you can download them to your mobile device where we can scan them!
All concerts will be held indoors at the Heartland Events Center.
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.
Cameras will not be allowed at this year’s State Fair concerts. You can find additional rules and regulations for the Fair here.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are having issues with your concert/event tickets. They will be able to assist you!
You can call our office at 308.382.1620 to purchase wheelchair accessible tickets for any concert. First come, first served.
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.
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.
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.