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Map of the area around the Fair showing detours

When you travel to the Friends School Plant Sale this year, you may want to avoid Snelling Avenue, which is under construction from Highway 36 in Roseville all the way to Como Avenue in St. Paul.

That means Snelling is one lane in each direction, and very backed up during morning and evening rush hour. (It’s not as bad in the middle of the day and on the weekends, but can be slow even then.)

Also completely closed: Raymond Avenue just north of Energy Park Drive.

We recommend the following routes to the Fairgrounds:

  • From the west, north, or northeast suburbs, take Highway 36 or I-35W to Cleveland Avenue South. Follow Cleveland past Larpenteur Avenue. As you go through the U of M campus, turn left onto Commonwealth Avenue. This takes you directly to the big parking lot that is the Midway during the fair. 
  • From the south, southeast and southwest, take I-94 to Highway 280 north. Take the Larpenteur Avenue exit (east/right) and follow Larpenteur until you reach Cleveland Avenue. Turn right (south) on Cleveland. As you go through the U of M campus, turn left onto Commonwealth Avenue. This takes you directly to the big parking lot that is the Midway during the fair.
  • From Minneapolis, either take I-94 and follow the directions from the south above, or take East Hennepin, which turns into Larpenteur Avenue when it crosses Highway 280. Follow Larpenteur Avenue and continue until you reach Cleveland Avenue. Turn right (south) on Cleveland. As you go through the U of M campus, turn left onto Commonwealth Avenue. This takes you directly to the big parking lot that is the Midway during the fair.
  • From the east or south within St. Paul, you probably already know all about the Snelling problem. It may work to take Midway Parkway, which goes straight into the State Fair’s main gate off of Snelling. Otherwise, take Como Avenue along the south side of the Fairgrounds. From Como, you can enter on Underwood Avenue to reach street parking on the Fairgrounds, or you can enter on Canfield Avenue, which connects directly to the parking lot that is the Midway during the Fair.

 

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