The Minnesota State Fair is less than two months away and this year you can expect a large selection of free entertainment.

With over 900 shows and 100 different acts, you'll surely be able to find something to watch while you chow down a bucket of mini donuts. All the free entertainment will be spread around the fairgrounds and the seven stages.

Highlights of this year's free entertainment include the Minneapolis quartet Yam Haus on September 5th and 6th, members of the eighties band Dire Straits on August 26th and 27th, 'We Are Family' singers Sister Sledge on August 28th and 29th, and Roots & Boots featuring Aaron Tippin, Sammy Kershaw and Collin Raye on September 3rd and 4th. All these acts will play the Leinie Lodge Bandshell Tonight stage.

Other acts include:

Leinie Lodge Bandshell:

  • Box On
  • Tonic Sol-fa
  • Shenandoah
  • Becky Buller Band
  • The Next Generation Leahy
  • King Calaway
  • The 34th Infantry Division “Red Bull” Band

West End at Sunset at the Schell’s Stage at Schilling Amphitheater:

  • Davina and The Vagabonds
  • The Greeting Committee Contact: Lara Hughes
  • Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys
  • NUR-D
  • First Avenue Goes To The Fair
  • Mae Simpson
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Schell’s Stage at Schilling Amphitheater at West End Market:

  • MNHS presents History On-A-Schtick
  • Mary Cutrufello Band
  • The Jorgensens
  • The Minnesota State Fiddle Contest
  • Barley Jacks
  • Starlifter from the USAF Band of Mid-America
  • Poppa Bear Norton

Bazaar After Dark at the International Bazaar Stage:

  • Dr. Mambo’s Combo
  • Good For Gary
  • Takin’ It To The Limit: An Eagles Tribute
  • Banda La Verdadera
  • Socaholix
  • Ka Lia Universe & Friends

Family Fair Stage at Baldwin Park:

  • The Chipper Experience
  • Monster Shop Bump’n
  • Mama Lou: American Strong Woman
  • Jared Sherlock
  • Fantastick Patrick
  • The Flyin’ Hawaiian Show
  • Kidsdance
  • Lizzy – Comedy Stage Hypnosis

The North Woods area of the fair will feature All-Star Stunt Dogs Splash and Timberworks Lumberjack Show, and of course the daily parade at 2 PM features floats, special guests and the State Fair High School Marching Band Exhibition.

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