2021 New York State Fair Guide


SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WWTI) — It’s here! The New York State Fair officially opened on Friday.

The Great New York State Fair will run from August 20 to September 6. Below is a comprehensive guide of everything you need to know about the 2021 New York State Fair


The 2021 Great New York State Fair is now the most affordable state fair in the nation with admission tickets on sale for $3 each—the lowest regular admission price of any major fair. People ages 65 and up will now be admitted free every day of the Fair. That is in addition to the Fair’s longstanding tradition of free admission for children ages 12 and under and for certain groups on special honorary days.

Tickets and $5 vouchers for parking in the Fair’s lots are available online via the Fair’s official online ticket seller, Etix, or by calling Etix toll-free at 1-800-514-3849 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Having both available on Etix, you can now buy your admission and parking in the same transaction!

There will be no cash sales at the Fair’s entrance gates or in parking lots. Kiosks will be available at gates 1 and 10 for self-service use to purchase admissions. Large signs with QR codes will be at all gates so patrons can use their phones to link directly to the ticket purchase site. Drivers can pay for parking by credit card in each lot or by EZPass Plus in the Fair’s Orange and Brown lots. EZ Pass Plus is a free add-on to EZ Pass that allows it to be used to pay for parking in addition to highway tolls.

With fees, each admission ticket is $3.18 and each parking voucher is $5.23. Up to 20 tickets can be purchased at a time. Etix advises that because so many festivals and fairs are operating this year, its call center is taking a very high volume of calls. Customers who are asked to leave their names and phone numbers for a call-back will have their calls returned often within three hours but always within 24 hours.

Unused 2019 Advance Sale Program tickets (non-promotional*) will be accepted at the 2021 State Fair

*Does not include free or complementary tickets


Fairgrounds Hours 11 a.m.- 11 p.m. (9 p.m. on Labor Day)

Building Hours 11 a.m.- 10 p.m. (9 p.m. on Labor Day)


  • Everyone is required to wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccine status. There are no outdoor mask requirements.
  • Masks will be available at entrances to buildings and at guest relations.
  • There is no mandatory vaccination requirement to get into the Fair.
  • 100% capacity is allowed with no social distancing requirements.
  • Some building entrances and exits will be closed to limit the number of options people have for entering and exiting.


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August 20Bobby Bones & the Raging IdiotsNas SimplelifeLOCASH
August 21 Tee Grizzley98 Degrees Hard Promises: The Music of Tom PettyRATT
August 22 The BarndogsBrothers OsborneiGNiTE All That Remains
August 23 Isreal Hagan & StrokeForeignerJimmy Sturr & His OrchestraBishop Briggs
August 24 The Jess Novak BandTrainThe SpinnersJackyl
August 25Jameson RodgersREO Speedwagon The Carolyn Kelly Blues BandRussell Dickerson
August 26 Dangerous TypeBell Biv Devoe Bad Mama’s Blues BandThree Dog Night
August 27 ScoreyMelissa EtheridgeTionesta CNCO
August 28 Waydown WailersThe Beach BoysStephen Phillips Great White/Vixen
August 29Noah CyrusSouthside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes (7pm) Harmonic DrillDropkick Murphys (8pm)
August 30 Alex MillerJustin MooreHerman’s Hermits starring Peter NooneGrandson
August 31Cory MarksHalestormOak Ridge BoysJamey Johnson
September 1 Sydney Irving & The MojoNellySheena EastonBlue Oyster Cult
September 2 Brownskin BandThird Eye BlindBeatleCUSE Starship w/Mickey Thomas
September 3 Dark HollowAJRUncle KrackerBlues Traveler
September 4Cold War KidsYG Syracuse JAMS FunkFest Stone City Band & the Mary Jane Girls 
September 5Jesse McCartneySheff G &
Sleepy Hallow
The Mavericks En EspañolThe Mavericks
September 6Joan Jett & The Blackhearts (1pm)Cheap Trick (6pm) The Ripcords (noon)Resurrection (4pm)


  • Gianelli Sausage and Dinosaur BBQ
  • Baker’s Chicken Coop
  • Haddock’s Paddock
  • Tully’s Good Times
  • Empire State Arabian Horse Show

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