Doing the Sale

Getting in

Shopping entry times for the Sunday discount sale

Shopping entry times for the discount sale on Sunday, May 9, were done separately from the main sale. 

There is a full explanation of how Sunday signups worked here

Shopping entry times, Thursday–Saturday

Due to COVID, we had to limit the number of people shopping at a time. 

Shoppers were able to sign up for a single entry time on Thursday, Friday OR Saturday, May 6, 7, or 8. Reserved entry times were free of charge, but required a name, phone number and email address. 

The signup system does not allow the same person to get more than one entry time, but people are able to change or cancel their time.

Each person shopping needed their own entry time. The only exception is a registered Personal Care Attendant: they don’t need to be signed up and can accompany a shopper.

Getting to the sale

Recommended routes:

  • From south (including from I-94 or Highway 36), take Snelling Avenue to Como Avenue, then west to the U of M Transitway, which will allow plant sale shoppers in cars to go north one block to Commonwealth/Dan Patch. Turn right onto Dan Patch and then right into the Midway parking lot.
  • From the north and east, enter the Fairgrounds through the main gate on Snelling Avenue. Turn right onto the first street, then go north to Randall. Turn left on Randall and follow it around all of the parking lots until you reach Dan Patch Ave. When you cross Dan Patch, you will go directly into the Midway parking lot.
  • From St. Paul west of the Fair, take Cleveland Avenue North next to the University of Minnesota Saint Paul Campus to Commonweatlh Ave. Go east on Commonwealth until it turns into Dan Patch Ave. Turn right into the Midway parking lot.
  • For more information, see the map.

Note: Please enter the sale area from the west side of the Midway parking lot. There is no entrance from the east end near the Grandstand or the area where the wristband booth usually is.

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 schedules, route planning from where you are, and Next Ride available here: www.metrotransit.org

Parking and admission

Parking at the State Fair is free. The best parking this year is west of the sale area in the Midway parking lot. It’s also legal to park on non-posted streets within the Fairgrounds, but they are generally farther away from the entrance and exit.

Parking for people with handicapped hangtags will be marked in the Midway parking lot nearest to the entrance.

Bike parking will be available near the entrance of the sale.

Admission to the Plant Sale is free but this year you must have a time slot reserved through our signup system.