After setting an attendance record in 2019, the New York State Fair returns to Syracuse later this month – with a few changes.
Here is everything you need to know about this year’s event:
Dates and hours
This year’s fair will be the longest yet, running from Aug. 20 to Sept. 6 – a total of 18 days. It will be open daily from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. (except Labor Day, when the hours are 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.).
This year, tickets will cost $3 per person (down from $10 in 2019). For all 18 days of the fair, admission will be free for seniors (ages 65 and older) and children ages 12 and under. You must purchase tickets online in advance – they go on sale Aug. 1 at etix.com.
If you have unused advanced sale tickets from 2019, they are valid for this year’s event.
In addition to this year’s discounts, the fair will again offer several special days, including:
Fidelis Care Youth Student Day (Saturday, Aug. 21): Free admission for attendees ages 18 and under.
Fire & Rescue Day (Monday, Aug. 23): Free admission for firefighters and emergency personnel (active or retired).
Dairy Day (Thursday, Aug. 26): This special day recognizes New York’s dairy industry.
Law Enforcement Day (Monday, Aug. 30): Free admission for law enforcement (active or retired).
Beef Day (Tuesday, Aug. 31): This special day recognizes New York’s beef industry.
Armed Forces Day (Thursday, Sept. 2): Free admission for veterans and active military members.
For more information, including a list of this year’s concerts, visit nysfair.ny.gov.