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    The Great New York State Fair, Syracuse

The Great New York State Fair

Note: The 2020 Great New York State Fair is cancelled out of an abundance of caution. The next Great New York State Fair is scheduled for August 20-September 6, 2021.

The glittering lights, the thrilling coasters, and the promise of new memories are just a few reasons that thousands are attracted to the State Fair in Syracuse each summer. Whatever your reason, there's a lot of fun in store. What started as a nod to the agricultural community in the 1800s has evolved into a colorful 13-day celebration of New York's outstanding food, entertainment, and technology. So whether you're here for a cultural awakening or to eat fried Oreos by the handful, the Great New York State Fair will take you on a journey.

Jump to: The Music | The Food | The Classics | Special Fair DaysFair PhotosMore to Love in SyracuseMoney-Saving Deals | Where to Stay | Getting There 

The Music

Crowd at Chevy Court concert at Great New York State Fair

Every year, fairgoers are treated to world-class concerts on the Stan Colella Stage at Chevy Court with two shows daily from a variety of popular artists and genres. Did we mention the concerts are FREE with your regular admission ticket to the fair that day?!

In 2019, attendees enjoyed performances by names like Bad Company, Lindsey Stirling, Jimmie Allen, Dropkick Murphys, Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone, Midland, Ice Cube, The Mavericks, Why Don't We, Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe, Granger Smith, Theory of a Deadman, The Roots, lovelytheband, and Gavin DeGraw. For the most updated schedule, click here.

Local New York bands and national touring tribute bands typically perform on the Experience Stage on the western end of the Fairgrounds.

The Food

Donut fries held up in the air in front of midway rides at the Great New York State Fair

Learn about all the unique fair foods you can devour at the Great New York State Fair, from wine slushies made with local Finger Lakes wine to Dinosaur Bar-B-Que to deep-fried everything.

Farm-to-fork cuisine is at the heart of Taste NY, where free samples of food and beverage products are available daily in the Horticulture Building.

Like what you taste? Products will also be available for sale. Meet the people behind the products and learn from the experts with daily cooking demos. Find the full cooking schedule and event list here.

Don't miss the Taste NY Food Truck Competition, typically held Labor Day Weekend, where 39 different trucks will sell $3 samples of their offerings and you can text the name of your favorite truck to a special number to cast your vote.

The Classics

Sand Sculpture at the Great New York State Fair

The Great New York State Fair offers sculptures in unique mediums, some carved before your very eyes. Whether you prefer sculptures made from 800 pounds of butter, New York State cheese, or 180 tons of sand, you are guaranteed to be impressed by the artistry on display.

All your favorite midway rides like Ferris wheels, tea cups, and coasters return along with as many carnival games as you can handle.

It wouldn't be the Great New York State Fair without showcasing the best of the best of New York State farms. Watch livestock competitions, piglet races, and even the miracle of life itself at the calf-birthing center.

Special Fair Days

Girls on ride at The Great New York State Fair

Special Fair Days offer discounts or free admission for certain people and special programming.

These include Pride Day (flag-raising ceremony, performances, participation in the parade), Biker Appreciation Day ($1 for fairgoers arriving on motorcycles and showing valid motorcycle licenses), Law Enforcement Day (free admission to active or retired law enforcement or corrections personnel with ID, ceremonies, parade), Senior Citizens Day (free admission with ID), Fire & Rescue Day (free admission to active or retired members of fire departments or emergency services organizations with ID, ceremonies, parade), Women's Day ($1 admission for women ages 13-59, children under 12 free, including luncheon, activities), Comic-Con Day, Native American Day (free admission for members of Native American tribes) Labor Day “Dollar Day,” and Armed Forces Day (free admission to active duty or veteran members of the Armed Forces with military ID, ceremonies, parade).

Fair Photos

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More to Love in Syracuse

Where to Stay

Whether you'd like to stay in a hotel, inn, luxury retreat, or the comfort of your own RV, Syracuse and the surrounding Finger Lakes region have what you need for a comfortable, convenient stay at the State Fair. 

Check out the several hotels near the Fair that provide a comfortable, close place to stay. Check for availability and book now—rooms fill up fast!

Daily RV Camping
Plan your camping trip for the Great New York State Fair. Conveniently located onsite in the Fair's Pink Lot, the Fair has approximately 70 spaces (20' x 40') available for daily RV parking for 14 days on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $25.68 per day, which covers your RV parking site and one vehicle parking permit. This fee does not include admission to the Fair. Find more information on RV camping here

Money-Saving Deals

Check out the special "Food Bucks" sale, offering up to a 25% discount on great food at the Great New York State Fair.

Remember, children 12 and under get into the Fair for free and college students with current IDs can get in for $1. Check Special Fair Days for additional free and discounted admission opportunities.

Getting to Syracuse

By train

Amtrak to Syracuse Station

By bus

Trailways to Adirondack Trailways Bus Stop or Greyhound to Syracuse Regional Transit Center.

By plane

Syracuse International Airport

By car

From NYC: 4 hours
From Albany: 3.5 hour
From Buffalo: 2.5 hours
From Boston: 3.5 hours
From Philadelphia: 4 hours
From Montreal: 4.5 hours

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