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Minnesota State Fair 2017: The best music, food, beer & more

The ultimate guide to this year's Great Minnesota Get-Together.

Esteemed Minnesota State Fair attendee: Welcome to the first GoMN Music, Food & Beer Guide, curated by our editorial staff. 

This will help you make the most of your time at the Great Minnesota Get-Together (and save a little money too).

For a copy of the printed guide featuring a map to the good stuff – even if your phone’s dead – visit the Go Radio Go Zone on the southeast side of Judson Avenue and Cooper Street, just east of the International Bazaar. (Here's a PDF if you want a preview.)

For an expanded look, here's our online edition, which will be updated throughout the State Fair. Let's get started!


Go Guide: The best music to see at the 2017 Minnesota State Fair

A star-studded lineup greets State Fair music fans this year, and the entertainment fits every budget and interest. Curated by music writer Zach McCormick, everything in our guide is free, unless we have ticket info listed.

The Grandstand includes Usher, PhantogramStevie NicksPentatonix, and many more.

As for the rest of the stages, there are 900 free shows to choose from – including Hippo Campus and George Clinton at the Leinie Lodge – so you can save your money for beer and food.


Go Guide: 5 best classic Minnesota State Fair foods

Eating something classic, new, or bizarre is a definitive part of the Minnesota State Fair. Here, with help from food writer Mecca Bos, we simplify your quest for a bodacious bite. Start with this list of the top-rated (and tastiest) classics.

Go Guide: 5 new Minnesota State Fair Foods actually worth trying

Now, the trendy options. If you need the full list, here are all 31 *NEW* foods at the fair this year. But for the ones that you absolutely must not miss, Mecca narrowed it down to five.

Go Guide: 5 underrated Minnesota State Fair foods

Go Guide: The 5 best-kept secrets at the State Fair's International Bazaar

Go Guide: 5 hidden-gem foods at the State Fair

Go Guide: 2 underrated spots serve up the Minnesota State Fair's best comfort food

Still not satisfied? You can now go kosher at these food stands, and for a small fee, get all-you-can-eat JonnyPops.


Go Guide: These are the 16 new, exclusive beers at the Minnesota State Fair this year

Go Guide: We tried the Minnesota State Fair's 16 new adult beverages

OMG, so much beer. For the sake of simplifying things, we're focusing on the new stuff at the State Fair. It'll take a thirsty drinker to get through all of these.

Go Guide: If you like beer, this is the place to visit at the Minnesota State Fair

And here's even more: One of the best spots for beer enthusiasts is the Land of 10,000 Beers exhibit. They've got 300 different beers from nearly 70 local breweries at this year's exhibit, held in the Agriculture/Horticulture Building.

What do you like at the State Fair?

Go Guide: We asked for the best MN State Fair drinks – here's what you said

Go Guide: The best State Fair parking options – your picks

Go Guide: The best State Fair activities for kids – your picks

Go Guide: The best State Fair foods – your picks

This exercise wasn't just about our own opinions. We hit up our Facebook audience for their recommendations too.

Tickets, Info, and more

Go Guide: The Tip Jar: The best ways to save money at the Minnesota State Fair

First, let us help you get through this experience without breaking the bank – even though ticket prices went up this year. Tip Jar writer Adam Uren is always looking for the best bargains, and the State Fair is no exception.

Go Guide: Is the Blue Book worth it?

Go Guide: Which food stands accept credit cards at the Minnesota State Fair?

Go Guide: Planning a trip to the State Fair? Here's what the weather will be like

Last year we rounded up the best selfie spots, but a new one worth a look is a giant Ferris wheel. Here's why your mobile phone service is so much better this year and what to expect from the restrooms.

Lastly, if you're really in a rush, here's a 30-second guide to the 2017 State Fair, including which day is the least busy. See you there!

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Thanks for support from: Choose MN Credit UnionsNew Towns Autos, Unstable Intellect Records, Davanni’s Pizza & Hot Hoagies, LuLu’s Public House, College of St. Scholastica, Tropical Smoothie, Lord Fletcher’s Old Lake Lodge, Nicollet DinerSub Zero Customz, and Star Tribune.

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