The Minnesota State Fair comes to MOA


Mall of America

Fair on 4 at Mall of America (Courtesy of Mall of America).

Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has irrevocably altered our lives, forcing us indoors and away from many of our favorite activities. One of the casualties of the pandemic, to the dismay of many Minnesotans, was the loss of the State Fair. Last year, the fair was cancelled and replaced with a drive through “food fair” with limited tickets and only a little of the beloved State Fair spirit.

This year, a new attraction at the Mall of America aims to recreate the spirit of the fair with a little more success. The Fair on 4, named after its location on the mall’s fourth floor, is a State Fair-inspired food hall and entertainment venue that will be open year-round. Though it’s not quite summertime, the venue hopes to get Minnesotans their fair-time fix and make up for what we all missed last year.

The Fair on 4 features a variety of activities, reminiscent of the State Fair’s many entertainment options. Within the 35,000 square-foot space, there is axe throwing, an arcade, and hammerschlagen (a German game that involves hammering nails into a stump). Also among the attractions is a quarter mile long multi-level go kart track, which is one of only a few in North America. Furthermore, there is a stage for live music, a large exterior patio, and a private event space available for rent. 

Along with activities, a wide menu is available that features both old fair favorites and new creations. Ingredients are sourced from the Food Building in northwest Minneapolis, which connects local farmers, producers, and suppliers to businesses. The restaurant has a self-serve system, which includes items such as cheese curds, corn dogs, and pizza, in addition to a variety of mixed drinks, desserts, and much more. 

Currently, The Fair on 4 is operating at 50% capacity, with up to 250 guests according to state regulations. The venue is currently walk-in only, so reservations are unavailable, but groups of any size are allowed and accommodated. With something to do for everyone, it’s certainly worth visiting.