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The Great New York State Fair 2024

Discover lots of delicious food, exciting competitions, exhibits, and thrilling entertainment at the oldest state fair in the U.S.

Dates: August 21–September 2, 2024

The Great New York State Fair
The Great New York State Fair
The Great New York State Fair
The Great New York State Fair
The Great New York State Fair
The Great New York State Fair
The Great New York State Fair

This 13-day State Fair is indeed great! Held since 1841 and attracting about a million people every year, it showcases thousands of animals, hundreds of vendors, dozens of exciting midway rides, and big-name musicians.

The Great New York State Fair in Syracuse is New York's largest annual event and a respected end-of-summer tradition. The first fair dates back to 1841 and took permanent residence in Syracuse in 1890. It begins on the third or fourth Wednesday in August and runs until Labor Day. Held at the Empire Expo Center on the shores of Onondaga Lake, it's located on the western side of Syracuse in the town of Geddes.

NYC Fair Entertainment and Activities

The main concert venue of the fair, the Chevy Court hosted 36,900 people for a performance by the Steve Miller Band. The stage also hosted Bruno Mars, REO Speedwagon, and Lady Antebellum.

In 2024, guests can enjoy amazing music performances by Chubby Checker, RVSHVD, Sophie B. Hawkins, Sister Sledge, Kidz Bop, The Elders, Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone, Cain, Little Anthony, Blue Öyster Cult, Danielle Ponder, and Chapel Hart. The concerts commonly take place at 1 pm or 6 pm.

Another place to feel the music vibe is The Suburban Park Stage, formerly known as the Experience Stage at Chevy Park. Here, guests will see TLC, Dropkick Murphys, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, and Brian Kelley. The concerts start at 8 pm.

The Midway was reconstructed in 2014 and features about 100 rides, funhouses, games, and concession stands. There is also a Kiddie Midway, which features rides and games for children. Agriculture is still a big part of the Great New York State Fair, and more than 10,000 including horses, dairy cattle, rabbits, and dairy goats, take part in the fair. The Fair's Marketplace has plenty of foods made in New York State, including gourmet sauces, syrups, and pasta.

The Center of Progress features a massive 180-ton sand sculpture. A team of sculptors works on it throughout the 12 days of the fair. In 2011, the sculpture' theme was paying respect to the victims of 9/11. Other themes included Syracuse University and The Olympics. The center of the Dairy Products building has a rotating butter sculpture comprising 800 pounds or 360 kg of butter. The sculpture has been a highlight of the fair since 1969.

Besides all the attractions, fairgoers have a great chance to try all sorts of delicious foods at Taste NY. All the products are grown and made in New York State. So head to the Horticulture Building to get free samples of food and drinks and meet the people behind these products. There is something new to explore, even for second-time visitors, as Taste NY vendors change every day.

The Great New York State Fair is also famous for its parades, which are held at 6 pm on Pride Day, Law Enforcement Day, Fire, Rescue & EMS Day, and Armed Forces Day and at 10:30 am on Labor Day.

New York State Fair Tickets

The Daily Adult admission costs $6. Children 12 and under/seniors 65 and older have free admission.

New York State Fair Fairgrounds Hours

The Fair's general admission gates open for fairgoers daily at 9 am and close at 11 pm. Exhibit buildings have different operating hours from 10 am to 9 or 10 pm. except The Daniel Parrish Witter Agriculture Museum and the Wegmans Art & Home Center. On Labor Day, the grounds and exhibit buildings close at 9 pm.


The Fairgrounds has parking for over 23,000 cars in Orange, Brown, Pink, Gray, and Willis Ave. parking lots at the Fair. Parking for automobiles is available for $10 per day. Passes should be purchased online in advance or at the lot upon arrival.

Practical info

How much does it cost to get into the New York State Fair?

Admission for Great New York State Fair is $3. Tickets can be purchased online. People ages 65+, kids 12 and under, and some other groups on select days enjoy free admission. Show more

How big is the New York State Fair?

The New York State Fair runs for 18 days at the 375-acre (152 ha) Empire Expo Center on the shores of Onondaga Lake, in Geddes, Syracuse. Show more

How many people attend the NY State Fair?

The NY State Fair is attended by 1.2 million people Show more

How do I get to the NY State Fair?

The New York State Fairgrounds are located side by side to Route 690, West of Syracuse. The venue is accessible from Route 81, South and North and from the New York State Thruway (Rt. 90) from the East and West. Follow the signs once you enter the Syracuse region. Show more

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Authors: Olena Basarab