Central New York is ready for the 174th edition of the New York State Fair. The 13-day event will feature plenty of food, music, rides, exhibits, and more. With more than one million people attending the fairgrounds, there is something for every person to hear, see, smell, touch, taste.
If you’re heading to the New York State Fair, here’s everything you need to know before your visit.
What are the dates of the New York State Fair?
The New York State Fair will take place August 21 – September 2. The gates open at 7 a.m. every day, and close at 10 p.m. except for Labor Day, when the fair closes at 9 p.m.
How much does it cost to enter?
Regular daily admission tickets are $10, except on either Thursday, August 22 or 29 when admission is $3. But there are many opportunities to get in for cheaper. Opening Day, August 21, and Labor Day, September 2, admission is $1. Children 12 and under are free every day of the fair.
There are plenty of special days at the New York State Fair that select groups can take advantage of, including bringing any ticket from a 2019 St. Joseph’s Lakeview Amphitheater to the ticket office, which will give you free admission to the fair on any of the 13 days.
Every day is also College Student Discount Day. Any student who shows their current college ID will receive admission for $1.
August 26 – August 28 is Senior Citizens’ Day. Seniors 60-years-old and older on these days will receive free admission.
Where can I see more of the State Fair Special Days?
For more information on special days, visit the State Fair’s Special Fair Days page.
Where can I park?
The fairgrounds have parking for more than 23,000 vehicles. With five lots available to fairgoers, there is plenty of space at the New York State Fair to leave your vehicle, including the brand new parking lot at the corner of Willis Avenue and State Fair Blvd. The cost for parking is $5 per vehicle.
View the map below to see where the lots are located: