Minnesota State Fair

Visit us at the Minnesota State Fair!

The 2017 Minnesota State Fair runs August 24 - September 4
MPR Day is Friday, September 1
Plan to visit our booth near the corner of Judson and Nelson!

Schedule of Events

Plan to visit us at the Minnesota State Fair! Attend a live broadcast or taping, visit with our hosts and staff, or get some pretty good public radio goods. Check back frequently, details and guests may be added or updated! Schedule subject to change.

Thursday, August 24
9-10 a.m.: Live MPR News broadcast with Kerri Miller; guest Governor Mark Dayton
11 a.m.-12 p.m.: Live MPR News broadcast with Tom Weber; guest Senator Amy Klobuchar
1-2 p.m.: Classical MPR presents Justice Choir with Tesfa Wondemagegnehu
3-6:30 p.m.: Live MPR News broadcast of All Things Considered with Tom Crann, including a live boradcast of Climate Cast with MPR Chief Meteorologist Paul Huttner, MPR News Political Editor Mike Mulcahy, and Jon Lauck historian and author of "From Warm Center to Ragged Edge"

Friday, August 25 12-1 p.m.: Live MPR News broadcast of Almanac with Cathy Wurzer; guests include MPR News Reporter Brian Bakst, meteorologis Mark Seeley, Mary Lahammer, Kathryn Pearson, Larry Jacobs, Kevin Kling, and a lamb
3-7 p.m.: Live broadcast of The Current with Mark Wheat

Saturday, August 26 12-1 p.m.: Terrible, Thanks for Asking: State Fair "Bummer Olympics" with podcast host Nora McInerny
3-7 p.m.: The Current live broadcast of Oake and Riley in the Afternoon

Sunday, August 27 10 a.m.–2 p.m.: Rock the Cradle Pop Up: Rock the Cradle music with games and more
10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.: Experience Brains On, a podcast for kids & curious adults
3-3:30 p.m.: Classical MPR presents Class Notes Artist Gaosong V. Heu

Monday, August 28 9-10 a.m.: Live MPR News broadcast with Tom Crann; guest Dr. Jon Hallberg
3-7 p.m.: Live broadcast of The Current with Mark Wheat 4 p.m.: Live broadcast of Nooky Jones performance on The Current

Tuesday, August 29 11 a.m.-12 p.m.: Live MPR News broadcast with Tom Weber; guest Mark Seeley presents the Weather Quiz
1-2 p.m.: The Hilarious World of Depression podcast taping
3-7 p.m.: Live broadcast of The Current with Mark Wheat
4 p.m.: Live broadcast of Mike Peters performance on The Current

Wednesday, August 30
11 a.m.-12 p.m.: Live MPR News broadcast with Tom Weber; guests Anne Bancroft and Patrick Nunnelly
1-2 p.m.: Live broadcast of Classical MPR presents the Minnesota Opera, hosted by Steve Staruch
3-7 p.m.: Live broadcast of The Current with Mark Wheat
4 p.m.: Live broadcast of Romantica performance on The Current

Thursday, August 31
1-2 p.m.: Live broadcast of Classical MPR - Cantus hosted by Alison Young
3-7 p.m.: Live broadcast of The Current with Mark Wheat 4 p.m.: Live broadcast of Bad Bad Hats performance on The Current

MPR DAY Friday, September 1
Join us in Dan Patch Park (formerly Carousel Park) between 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Our activities will include live broadcasts, show tapings, MPR Membership thank you gifts, merchandise for purchase, meet and greet opportunities with MPR staff, a SmartyBar for mobile audio assistance, sponsor information & games and more!

10 a.m.- while supplies last! MPR Members can pick up a thank you gift
11 a.m.-12 p.m. : Live MPR News broadcast with Tom Weber and Andrea Swensson; guest Jeremy Messersmith
12-1 p.m.: Live MPR News broadcast
2-3 p.m.: Live broadcast of Classical MPR - Matra, hosted by John Birge
4-5 p.m.: The Current’s Local Show taping with Andrea Swensson; guest Lady Lark
7 p.m.: The Minnesota Show with Garrison Keillor at the Grandstand

Saturday, September 2
1-2 p.m.: Classical MPR presents the Twin Cities Beer Choir, hosted by Brian Newhouse
3-7 p.m.: The Current live broadcast of Oake and Riley in the Afternoon
7p.m.: Music on a Stick at the Grandstand

Sunday, September 3
10 a.m.–2 p.m.: Rock the Cradle Pop Up: Rock the Cradle music with games and more 3-4 p.m.: Live discussion of Policy and a Pint on The Future of Minnesota’s Clean Waters

Monday, September 4
1-2 p.m.: Classical MPR presents Justice Choir with Tesfa Wondemagegnehu
3-7 p.m.: Live broadcast of The Current with Mark Wheat
4 p.m.: Live broadcast of The Ambassadors of Culture performance on The Current

State Fair Resources for fair fans

Minnesota State Fair official Web site
State Fairground map for reference
Official food finder for meal mapping

State Fair Sponsors