Mobile Apps for Fairs & Festivals

Whether your fair or festival serves 1,000 or more than 1 million our groundbreaking mobile app platform enables you to deliver the exact app your fair or festival attendees are looking for.

Our hybrid approach to event apps means that we will work with you to create a custom look and feel, and then give you the tools to manage the content using Grandstand Builder. This unique approach means that you will always have an app that matches your brand, without the price tag that is usually associated with apps of this quality.

Mobile Apps That Stand Out.

Single-Event or Year-Round App

We have built our platform to not only service short-term multi-day events like county fairs, state fairs, music festivals, and community festivals, but also a facility or fairground that serves the community throughout the year. We effortlessly let you swap icons and menu items to create the mix of content that makes sense for each time of year. We even offer multiple types of calendars as the calendar you want at a short-term multi-day event should look and function significantly different than your events happening at slower times of the year.

Not looking for a year-round solution for your fair or festival? Our platform offers the perfect combination of tools your attendees are looking for during their time spent at your event.


Your event app is only as good as the custom schedule your app delivers. Since the schedule is the most used part of any event app, we have taken great care in crafting a user experience that matches what a user is looking for in an app schedule. Many event apps show only the start time for an event, but we include both the start and end times to deliver a more personalized experience to the user that shows what events are going on at any given moment during your event with a LIVE NOW button.

Each schedule item can be linked to venue information, the actual location on a map, websites, phone numbers or more. And best of all, all of this is controlled from the Grandstand Apps Builder platform.

In addition, attendees can create their own list of can’t miss events by favoriting select items and viewing them in their own custom list. This gives you valuable insight into which events your attendees find most valuable and which ones they view as can’t-miss.

Events can be displayed on a monthly calendar or the event-favorite multi-day calendar that shows all the days of the event at the top. Creating events using our admin tool couldn’t be easier with the latest addition that gives you the ability to setup recurring events that might occur, daily, weekly or even monthly.

Custom Maps

Let’s face it, neither Google Maps or Apple Maps provide much information when it comes to your event. Using our Grandstand Apps Builder you can create a layer on top of the maps with groups of pins all representing different types of venues or locations. Even better, these locations all tie back to specific events, and can be shared via social media to encourage and allow attendees to help spread the word about where they are.

Users can also search for a specific location right on the map page or filter by a pin group. You control the pin color and can even control the look-and-feel of each pin if you want it to match your branding.

Custom Lists & Food Finder

One of our most powerful tools is our custom list builder that allows you to create and manage Tradeshow Vendors, Food Vendors, Attendees, Donors, or anything else you might want to serve up in list form. Using our Grandstand App Builder you control the order of the list, can set priority tiers to represent varying levels (donor levels, for example) and provide custom action items direct from each list item. For some lists you might want to send them to a webpage for each item. For some you might want to direct the user to a specific area on the map. Or you could mix and match.

With Grandstand, anything you want to display to your eventgoers is both easy to setup and manage.


Results Integration

For fairs that use ShoWorks or any other results-tracking software, there is no better app platform than Grandstand. Grandstand allows you to upload your ShoWorks data directly into our Grandstand App Builder tool to publish them to the app. Once they are in the app the fair attendees can browse them by category, search by name, sort by ribbon types, and more. And because of our unique mobile technology, your users can have spotty wi-fi connectivity and still have access to all of your event data.

Don’t have ShoWorks, all you need is an excel spreadsheet to get results into the app. Let us show you this powerful tool that is unlike anything else in the industry.

Alerts & Notifications

You don’t want your users to have their nose buried in an app during the entire event. With custom alerts we give you the power to reach out to your attendees at specific times. We offer three different types of alert setups. The first and most basic is a single alert that every app user can either opt in or out of. The second type allows your users to toggle the types of alerts they want to receive. Then, using our Grandstand App Builder tools you select the subgroup you want to send to, craft your message, and hit send. It’s as simple as that.

In addition, you can include custom action items that will take the user from the alert to the app to a video, for example. You can even schedule all of your alerts for your event before it starts, and have our system send them out at your predetermined time.


Photo Booth

Any app can include a link to the camera feature on a phone, but we take it one step further with a unique photo booth feature that allows your users to add various enhancements to their photos, including your event logo, hashtag, and other theme items. By creating a custom experience for your users they are shown to not only take more photos but to more frequently share them via social media. Even better, we give your users multiple choices of filters that they can preview just by swiping left to right after taking the photo. Filters can be custom created to match your brand.


Current Weather

Keep your attendees on top of the current weather conditions. A simple weather module that will show the current conditions for your event location. In addition, all area and above and below the weather is customizable for you to include information about weather shelters or to showcase an advertiser or sponsor.

Scavenger Hunt

Create an interactive game for your attendees by adding a scavenger hunt to your event app. At each location stop the users can verify they are there with a code entry. This is a great way to get your attendees to explore all areas of your event. Even better, create a unique redemption coupon or prize for users that complete a configurable percentage of the stops.




Prove how effective the app is to your vendors by offering redeemable coupons directly from the vendor pages or following an interactive game completion. These coupons can be set to be redeemable only once or unlimited with multiple types of redemption options. You can even create a form that the user must fill out before redeeming the coupon to gain even more demographic data.

In addition to coupons, offer your vendors ad space in the app, including loading page spots, and lower banners on each page of the app.


Social Media

All of our apps have social media hooks built into nearly every screen of the app. If you are on the schedule page you are encouraged to share specific events via your social feeds and provided with one-click links to do so. If you are on the map page you are encouraged to check-in at various venues. If you are on the News page you are given the opportunity to post via a specific hashtag for your event.


Robust Search

Allow your users to search through schedules, vendor lists, sponsors, map locations, and results all from a single search box on the home page. In addition, each section has its own built-in search for context-sensitive searching.


Third-Party Integration

Integration with various third-party services, like Marcato Festival and others is now available. Let us know if you have a specific platform you’d like to see us integrate with.