Outdoor Stages

The Fairgrounds play host to four permanent stage venues perfect for hosting a variety of events including concerts, weddings, dance recitals, comedians or kid's events.

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Facility Detail

Susan Knapp Amphitheater

The Susan Knapp Amphitheater is the largest and newest of the Fairgrounds' entertainment stages. The state-of-the-art venue can accommodate more than 5,000 audience members, with seating for 3,000. The facility also features dressing rooms, storage areas and trailer/bus loading docks.

  • Dimensions: Approximately 99' wide x 39' deep
  • Seating: 3,000
  • Price: $1,000-1,500 per day

Anne and Bill Riley Stage

The Anne and Bill Riley Stage is home to the famous Bill Riley Iowa State Fair Talent Search. During the off-season, the bandshell stage is the optimum venue for outdoor events and entertainment. With 500 square feet of stage space and 3,400 square feet of roof area, the venue provides a great balance of shade and natural light.

  • Dimensions: Approximately 94' wide x 35' deep
  • Seating: 2,000
  • Price: $500-750 per day

Anderson Erickson Dairy Stage

The Anderson Erickson Dairy Stage is a cozy entertainment venue ideal for small concerts, recitals, lectures and award ceremonies. Open to the air, the stadium seating offers a breezy view of the Fairgrounds.

  • Dimensions: 35' wide x 32' deep
  • Seating: 500
  • Price: $250-500 per day

Fun Forest Stage

Stationed in the middle of one and a half acres of green space dotted with shady trees and beautiful flowers, the Fun Forest Stage offers a colorful venue perfect for a variety of kid-friendly entertainment.

  • Dimensions: 25' wide x 23' deep
  • Seating: Ground seating
  • Price: $150 per day