Doing the Sale

Getting in

Getting to the sale

Recommended routes:

  • From north, south and east (including from I-94 or Highway 36), take Snelling Avenue to the main gate of the State Fair.  
  • From St. Paul west of the Fair, take Cleveland Ave. to Commonwealth, which turns into Dan Patch Ave. on the Fairgrounds.

Metro Transit buses 

The Fairgrounds are served by the A Line rapid transit bus and the 84 local bus on Snelling Avenue and the 3 bus on Como Avenue.

Bus rides to the sale are free to plant sale shoppers this year!  

The free passes were valid during the sale days plus an hour earlier and later.

Bus schedules, route planning from where you are, and Next Ride available here:

Parking and admission

Parking at the State Fair is free. It’s legal to park on non-posted streets, and there is a large lot southwest of the Grandstand (it’s the Midway during the Fair).

Handicapped parking is on the east side of the Grandstand on Nelson Street and also along Carnes Avenue, south of the Grandstand. Watch for the signs. If you’re concerned about physical accessibility to the Plant Sale, please call us at 651-621-8930 and we’ll call you back to discuss options.

Admission to the Plant Sale is free.

Wristbands are handed out in the morning hours of the sale. Once you have your wristband, you can freely wander the Garden Fair or even leave the Fairgrounds for a while.

Wristband system in use each day for morning admission

Before the sale opens and after opening, until the number of people wanting to get in lets up, shoppers are given a ­numbered paper wristband as they arrive (one per person).

This means you don’t have to stand in line the entire time. Wristbands are ­distributed ­starting at:

  • Friday: 7:00 a.m. (sale opens at 9:00)
  • Saturday: 8:30 a.m. (sale opens at 10:00)
  • Sunday: 9:00 a.m. (sale opens at 10:00 — all remaining plants 1/3 off)

Once the sale opens, you will enter the building in a group, according to the ­number on your wristband.

If you arrive early, plan to visit our ­outdoor Garden Fair after picking up your wristband.

If you have been waiting elsewhere or ­visiting the Garden Fair, please plan to be near the entrance at the west end of the Grandstand in time to line up with your group. Don’t ­worry…we’ll have volunteers to help.

­Please note: If you have friends arriving later than you or parking the car, they will be given a ­number at the time of their arrival, not yours. This system makes the waiting process fair for everyone, and we appreciate your cooperation.

If you leave the area and return after your group has entered the building, you may go into the sale with the next group that’s ­admitted.