Minnesota DNR brings new entertainment at the 2023 State Fair

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ building and surrounding grounds at the Minnesota State Fair will feature new musicians, presentations and activities in addition to popular attractions from previous years.

“Every year, I look forward to connecting with people at the Great Minnesota Get Together as they visit the DNR fish pond, climb the fire tower, ask questions, and share their passion for our state’s unique natural resources,” DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen said in a press release. “Visiting the DNR at the state fair is an interactive and fun way to find out more about outdoor recreation experiences and conservation efforts in Minnesota. DNR staff and I are eager to see you there!”

The Minnesota DNR’s iconic State Fair log building opened 89 years ago in 1934, providing fairgoers with a unique opportunity to experience the outdoors among State Fair carnival rides and food stands.

Activities that visitors can enjoy at the Minnesota DNR building:

  • Visiting an outdoor fish pond and listening to a talk about Minnesota fish
  • Asking DNR staff questions
  • Learning about outdoor recreation opportunities
  • Enjoying music or a presentation at an outdoor stage
  • Taking a picture in front of giant butterfly wings or in a giant hiking boot

The Minnesota DNR’s building and surrounding grounds are located at the corner of Carnes Ave. and Nelson St. in Falcon Heights. The building is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily during the fair.

There are a number of new activities for the 2023 season. For a complete schedule of DNR attractions and activities at the fair, visit the Minnesota DNR website (mndnr.gov/StateFair).