Iowa State Fair Free Entertainment Announce

100 Days Until the Best Days Ever
2023 Iowa State Fair, August 10-20

Only 100 days until the 2023 Iowa State Fair and the BEST DAYS EVER! Food, concerts, local entertainment, special contests, zany competitions, livestock and more! Make your plans today to celebrate the Best Days Ever by designing a concrete statue or applying to be in the State Fair parade, or entering a contest or livestock, food, fabric and threads, creative arts, photography, horticulture and floriculture competition! Maybe you want to get a couple coupons for the Giant Slide, Ye Old Mill or a Value Pack full of coupons? Maybe you are hungry for a cup or bucket of Barksdale’s Iowa State Fair cookies or can’t wait to ride the rides in Thrill Ville and Thrill Town?

Check out the list of FREE entertainment from daytime family-friendly shows and up-and-coming artists, Fair favorites, as well as top-notch tribute bands. Hairball, Country Gold, Ron Diamond, Bob Dorr and The Nadas return to the Fair along with nights chock-full of country, classic rock, contemporary Christian, blues/reggae, alternative and Latin. There is something for every music fan in the family, you won’t want to miss a night!

You can also find our complete Grandstand list of concerts on sale now at

Susan Knapp Amphitheater sponsored by Prairie Meadows with media sponsor WHO 13
August 10 Priscilla Block
August 11 Blake Guyre (Tribute to Elton John/Billy Joel)
August 12 Shane Profitt
August 13 Nate Smith
August 14-15 Hairball
August 16 Ned LeDoux
August 17 Megan Moroney
August 18 Ingrid Andress
August 19 Claire Rosinkranz
August 20 Asleep at the Wheel

Anne and Bill Riley Stage sponsored by Pepsi with media sponsor iHeart
August 10-11 Rockland Road
August 12 2023 Iowa State Fair Queen Coronation presented by Nature Hill
August 13 Latino Celebration
August 14-18 Hypnotist Ron Diamond
August 19 Country Gold – LeRoy Van Dyke, Mandy Barnett, David Frizzell
August 20 CAIN

MidAmerican Energy Stage with Iowa Realty and media sponsor KCCI 8
August 10 Jason Brown
August 11 The Nadas
August 12 Good To Be King (A Tribute to Tom Petty)
August 13 Renata
August 14 Autograph
August 15 Vixen
August 16 Great White
August 17 TBA
August 18 Paradise Kitty
August 19 Bob Dorr’s Iowa Music Revue
August 20 Junior Marvin & the Legendary Wailers

Fun Forest Stage sponsored by Community Choice Credit Union
August 10-20 Fantastick Patrick, comedy and incredible tricks
August 10-20 Barrel O’Fun, magic show

Other Grounds Entertainment
Chainsaw Artists Gary Keenan, T.J. Jenkins and Clint Henik – Country School Area
Bruno’s Tiger Show – Near Gate 15 and Little Hands on the Farm
iFlip, sponsored by Mountain Valley Spring Water – Jacobson Building West Lawn
The Red Trouser Show – Expo Hill
Bandaloni, one-man band – Strolling
The Strolling Piano – Strolling
Robocars, transforming robot vehicles – Strolling
Brian Sobaski’s Straw Art – Near Giant Slide
Sandscapes – Thrill Ville Entrance on the Grand Concourse

All free entertainment is available with admission. Adult advance admission tickets are just $11 in advance ($16 at the gate). Purchase tickets online at or beginning July 1, tickets will be available at participating Iowa Hy-Vee, Fareway and Price Chopper locations. The Iowa State Fair Ticket Office also opens Wednesday, July 5 for walk-up orders.

The complete daily program of events and entertainment will be released in July on our website and on the official Iowa State Fair App. Sign up for our e-newsletter and text alerts, download our App and follow us on social media for the latest information as well as giveaways and contests.