The Grandstand was rebuilt in 1927, and is known for holding an assortment of concerts, horse and automobile races.  The north and south interiors accommodates vendors, displays and organizations.



Information about the grandstand acts for the 2023 Illinois State Fair is not available at this time.  Please check back at a later date.

The safety of all attendees of the Illinois State Fair is the Department’s first priority. At the 2023 Illinois State Fair, the Department will continue to offer world-class entertainment and agricultural showcase while prioritizing the health and safety of the public. While not required at this time, concert attendees are encouraged to be vaccinated and to wear face coverings while in the Grandstand or on the track. The Department will continue to monitor State and local COVID-19 trends and may adjust mitigations as necessary to comply with State mandates and to ensure the safety of all Fair attendees. The Department will not issue ticket refunds due to any mitigations or mandates that may be in place at the time of the Fair.


Illinois State Fair Grandstand


Only sells official online Illinois State Fair Grandstand & MPA event tickets.  Other online ticket companies and/or brokers may state they are an official seller; however, we cannot guarantee tickets purchased from other sources are legitimate. Please verify the website you are on prior to purchasing. Convenience charges apply to all ticket purchases.  

Admission is NOT included in price of a Grandstand or MPA Event Ticket.


​​​​Additional Info on Box Office Purchases:

  • ​ 2.25% fee ($1.00 minimum) of total order will be assessed to all credit/debit card ticket orders.
  •  $2.00 per ticket facility fee, is included in the ticket prices listed for all Grandstand concerts.
  •  $1.00 mailing fee per order will be charged for all orders requested to be mailed.
  • Payment types accepted:
    • Cash
    • Credit/Debit - Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
    • Checks - accepted through July 15th ​​​​​​​​

General Track Tickets

  •  Info printed in Row/Seat area of the ticket is for Inventory Purposes Only.
  • General Track areas are General Admission and are STANDING ROOM ONLY, unless otherwise stated. No chairs are permitted. The Grandstand track is a dirt track, uncovered and exposed to the weather. In extreme circumstances only, if the Track were to be closed for safety and concert is still scheduled to go on, General Track ticketholders would receive a Grandstand seat ticket. No partial refunds will be given for any potential price difference in the face value of those seats.

*Blue Ribbon Zone seating

Blue Ribbon Zone – Premium reserved tickets in the Blue Ribbon Zone seating area.  Price of ticket includes a bar stool seat at a high top table and a designated drinks wait staff at your service throughout the show (drinks must be purchased).

**Stage Side Pre-Show Party

Upgrade your concert experience with a stage side pre-show party. For $30, in addition to a concert ticket purchase, concert-goers are given access to an exclusive Pre-Show party which includes a food bar, entertainment and giveaways (drinks available for purchase). Party attendees will be allowed early entry to the concert** and will enter the venue from the party tent area. Limited tickets are available. Fair will include (1) parking permit with each party ticket for all party tickets purchased through July 15th. Parking permit will be a dated parking ticket, for Infield Lot 18, that can be used day of party event only. In-person sales will receive parking permit at time of purchase. Fair will mail permits for all box office phone orders or Ticketmaster (online/mobile) purchases to Purchaser at address listed per order details. Fair will not be held responsible for any mail delivery issues. Purchases made on or after July 15th will not be eligible for the free parking permit inclusion with purchase.

Party tent is located near the south end of the Grandstand Stage. The Pre-Show Party is open for 1 ½ hours only – please check ticket for party hours. Party closes 1 hour prior to concert start time. Stage side party purchase is only available to those who have purchased a concert ticket to attend that evening's concert (concert ticket is NOT included with party ticket purchase). BOTH a concert and party ticket will be required to scan in for entrance to the party tent.

*Note – Entrance to party tent is allowed only from party start time to party closing time. There will be no entry into or through the party tent area once it has closed. Any party ticket holder that did not arrive prior to party tent closing, will be required to enter the concert venue through the Grandstand Gate shown on their concert ticket. All attendees of the party will be required to enter into the venue when the party closes.

**Early entry refers to attendees entering the venue prior to other regular ticketholders.  If Artist is offering any type of their own VIP packaging for the event (which may include first entry), party attendees will enter after any such VIP package ticket holder, but before any regular ticketholders. 


Though many online ticket brokers may imply that they are an official website for ticket purchases for our events, only Ticketmaster and their website are official online ticket purchase points for the Illinois State Fair concerts and events. We cannot guarantee that tickets purchased from other sources are legitimate. We will not be able to assist you if there is a problem with tickets purchased from such companies.

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