Upper Peninsula State Fair & Events Grounds

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula definitely fosters rugged individualism. But we do know how to have fun with family, friends and anyone else that loves to visit one of the most beautiful places on earth! So when we need a place to gather on a grander scale than our backyards or community halls can hold, there’s no better place than the Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds.

Located on 144 acres on North Lincoln Road (US 2 & 41 and M35) in Escanaba, the Fairgrounds are just minutes from places to stay, dine  and shop. But it’s what takes place right on the grounds that brings 100,000+ people through our gates throughout the year. We hope we’ll see you soon, too.

Home of the largest fair in the Upper Peninsula

Escanaba has been the site of the Upper Peninsula State Fair ever since the first opening day on Sept. 17, 1928. That fair week, adult tickets were only 50 cents until 6 p.m., then the price dropped to 25 cents! The fair’s wholesome family entertainment and agricultural showcase were threatened to end on Oct. 30, 2009, when state funding was eliminated for it and the State Fair held in Detroit. 

The decision closed the downstate fair in 2010, but that August the Upper Peninsula State Fair came back stronger than ever. The 15 U.P. counties, plus the Hannahville Indian Community, rallied their resources and volunteers. Every year since Escanaba has hosted what for many years was the only State Fair in Michigan. (In August 2019, the Lower Peninsula will once again hold a state fair in Novi).  

Don’t miss the 2020 Fair!

Held the third week of August, it’s seven days of midway thrills, grandstand entertainment and mouthwatering fair foods that entice 80,000+ through its gates! So bring the kids and watch blue ribbon winners at the horse and livestock shows. See newborn lambs wobble to their feet in the Miracle of Life exhibit. Enter a raffle for a beautiful, handmade quilt. Look at your reflection in the highly polished antique cars. Feel the rush of adrenaline as the UPIR (UP International Raceway) cars roar around the track. And oooh and ahh during the brilliant fireworks finale on Sunday. You’ll take home happy memories year after year.

More fun throughout the year

The Upper Peninsula State Fair isn’t the only good time you’ll find at the fairgrounds. Here is a sampling of other events and activities that will bring you back again and again. Check our events page or Facebook for updates.


-Hilltop RV Superstore Annual Show


-TV6 Spring Craft Show


-Craft Beer Festival
-Bays de Noc Kennel Club Dog Spring Agility Trials

Late May-Late August

-U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association Agricultural Museum: Visit this free park noon to 4 p.m., every Thursday, May 23 to August 29. See an eclectic collection of antique farm equipment and artifacts that help tell the story of the hardy men and women who used them. The Antique Village is open for special events. It features two acres of shops and displays, including a blacksmith shop, granary, general store, ice cream parlor, schoolhouse, an 80-ton Fairbanks diesel engine and much more.

-Memorial Weekend-Labor Day Weekend

-DNR Pocket Park: This free park is open Memorial Day through Labor Day Weekend (call 906-789-0714 for current days and hours). During fair week there are extended hours  At the park you can enjoy a fishing pond, archery and pellet gun range, fire tower and a waterfall. It is a great place for family gatherings, picnics, youth organizations, school groups, sports associations and public events. Fishing poles, pellet guns and archery equipment are available; all you’ll need to bring is bait (except during fair week when it’s supplied).


-UP International Raceway (UPIR) races


-UPHA Horse Show


-Upper Peninsula State Fair


-UP Steam and Gas Engine Annual Show


-Escanaba Gun & Knife Show


-TV6 Thanksgiving Craft Show


-Christmas in the Antique Village

Ready to host your event or special celebration 

Our fairgrounds are known throughout the U.P. and beyond as the friendliest, go-to place for:

Agricultural clinics, events and expos
Art, craft, home and garden or special interest shows

Auto shows, events and races

Camping and RV shows

Community celebrations

Concerts and festivals

Corporate and association meetings, clinics, expos, trade shows and parties 

Food shows

Fundraising dinners and events

Equestrian or livestock shows and clinics

Family reunions, anniversary and retirement celebrations

Healthcare expos

Logging clinics and equipment expos 

Motorcoach and motorcycle rallies and expos

Sports, hunting and outdoor recreation shows

Wedding ceremonies and receptions; there’s a chapel in the UP Steam and Gas Engine Village

For more information or to make facility reservations contact:

Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds

2401 12th Avenue North, Escanaba, MI 49829

Phone: 906-786-4011 – Email: info@upstatefair.org
Facility reservation guidelines, fees and forms 

Winter Office

Delta County Commerce Center

1001 North Lincoln Road, Escanaba, MI  49829

Phone: 906-786-2192 – FAX: 906-786-8830 – Email: info@deltami.org 


Quick Facts

At the Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds you’ll find:

20 buildings on 144 acres (Map)

  • Main exhibition building is 26,400 square feet with 120 feet x 220 feet of exhibit space
  • Grandstand has 5,500 seating capacity and 1/4-mile dirt track

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Pocket Park & Customer Service Center

UP Steam and Gas Engine Association Agricultural Museum and Antique Village

Campground: 765 modern and rustic campsites for tent and RV; reservations [new link]

Winter storage available