Lauren Daigle with Melissa Etheridge, Foreigner open the 2024 Iowa State Fair Grandstand acts

Foreigner plays the Iowa State Fair Grandstand on East Side Night in 2024. Photo by Karsten Staiger Special to The Register.

By Susan Stapleton, Des Moines Register

It seems appropriate as winterlike weather blankets Iowa that the Iowa State Fair already announced the acts taking the Grandstand for the first two nights.

The fair returns Aug. 8-18, 2024, with the theme Fair Fever.


Here’s a look at the two shows that go on sale on Friday.

Lauren Daigle performs on night one of the Iowa State Fair

Contemporary Christian singer Lauren Daigle opens the Iowa State Fair as the first Grandstand act in 2024. Courtesy Iowa State Fair.

Contemporary Christian singer Lauren Daigle performs at the Iowa State Fair for the first time when she takes the Grandstand on opening night.

Daigle came on the scene in 2015 when she released her debut album, “How Can It Be,” which featured her hits “First,” “Trust in You,” and “O’Lord.”

Her pop crossover hit “You Say” garnered her a Grammy. The song appeared on her third studio album “Look Up Child,” which earned her a second Grammy.

Daigle played Wells Fargo Arena in September.

Special guest Blessing Offor opens.


Tickets for the 8 p.m. show on Thursday, Aug. 8, range from $35 to $65. 

Foreigner performs on East Side Night at the Iowa State Fair

Rockers Foreigner play on East Side Night at the Iowa State Fair. Courtesy Iowa State Fair.

Classic rock band Foreigner takes the Grandstand stage on the second night of the fair, AKA East Side Night, a homecoming for Des Moines residents who grew up on the east side of the city. Foreigner is on their “Historic Farewell Tour.”


The band out of New York City formed in 1976 and released their self-titled debut album in 1977 with hits “Feels Like the First Time” and “Cold as Ice.” They followed that up with “Double Vision” and “Hot Blooded.”

Some of the band’s other big hits include “Head Games,” “Urgent,” “Juke Box Hero” and the ballads “Waiting for a Girl Like You” and “I Want to Know What Love Is.”

In 2019, Foreigner launched a musical based on their catalog of hits dubbed “Juke Box Hero.”

This marks Foreigner’s fourth time performing on the Grandstand, most recently taking the stage in 2019.

Melissa Etheridge opens for Foreigner at the Iowa State Fair

Melissa Etheridge returns to Des Moines to perform at the Iowa State Fair. Courtesy Hoyt Sherman Place.

Special guest Melissa Etheridge opens for Foreigner at the Iowa State Fair. The two-time Grammy winner is known for songs such as “I’m the Only One,” “If I Wanted To,” “Come to My Window,” and “I Want to Come Over.” She won an Academy Award in 2007 for Best Original Song for “I Need to Wake Up” from the film “An Inconvenient Truth.”

She last performed in Des Moines at Hoyt Sherman Place in 2022.

Tickets for Foreigner and Melissa Etheridge’s show on Friday, Aug. 9, at 8 p.m. range from $35 to $70.

When and where do tickets go on sale?

Tickets for Lauren Daigle and Foreigner’s shows go on sale on Friday at 10 a.m. at or 800-514-3849.

When does the 2024 Iowa State Fair take place?

The 2024 Iowa State Fair takes place Aug. 8-18.

How much are tickets to the Iowa State Fair?

Discounted admission tickets are already on sale for $11 for adults, a $5 discount over regular prices, and $7 for children, a $3 discount.

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