Frequently Asked Questions

Special Fair Days 2

 ⋅ What are the dates of the 2021 State Fair?

The 2021 New York State Fair runs from Friday, August 20 through Labor Day, Monday, September 6
• The dates for 2022 are Friday, August 19 through Monday, September 5
• The dates for 2023 are Friday, August 18 through Monday, September 4


 ⋅ What are the Fair hours?

For fairgoers the Fair's general admission gates open at 7:00am daily and close at 10:00pm, except for Labor Day, when the entire grounds close at 9:00pm. Exhibit buildings are open Monday - Thursday from 10:00am to 9:00pm and Friday - Sunday from 10:00am to 10:00pm.

  • For vendors Gates 7 and 11 are open 24 hours a day for vehicle access only (proper permit required).


Wade Shows Midway Hours:  Monday - Thursday 10:00am – 11:00pm  •  Friday - Sunday 10:00am – 12:00 midnight  •  Labor Day 10:00am – 9:00pm (Closing time subject to change without notice)


 ⋅ What are daily admission prices?

Admission tickets for the 2021 State Fair, August 20 through September 6 will cost $3 when purchased online and $5 at the gate. 

  • Children 12 and under are admitted free every day of the 2021 State Fair
  • Seniors 60 and over are admitted free on consecutive Mondays and Tuesdays on August 23-24 and August 30-31, 2021
  • Students 18 and under are admitted free on Friday, September 3, 2021
  • Free admission with any ticket from a 2021 concert at the St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
  • To learn more about other admission offers, please visit our Special Fair Days page coming in early 2021


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

Does not include free or complimentary tickets


 ⋅ What about parking during the Fair?

Ample parking is available in our designated Orange, Brown, Pink and Gray parking lots at the Fair. Follow signs from exit 7 on 690 East or West. Cost is $5.00 per vehicle. A free shuttle bus service is provided from the Orange parking lot to the Main Gate. E-Z Pass Plus will be accepted in the Brown and Orange lots. Follow the E-ZPass Plus signs for quick, cashless access.


All chartered buses and motor coaches will now enter through gate 6. Buses should continue to the new Centro Park-N-Ride lot. They will drop-off in charter designated bays #29 or #30, from there passengers will walk to Gate 10 for admission. The driver can park the bus in the designated area in the middle of the lot if not immediately departing. The driver will also then pick up their passengers at the same designated bays #29 or #30. There is no cost for buses or motor coaches to enter and/or park in the new Centro Park-N-Ride lot.

Motorcycle parking is offered in the Pink Parking lot a crossed from Gate 3 at a cost of $3.00 per bike.

For those who decide to ride their bicycles to the State Fair, bike racks will be provided at gates 1, 3 and 10.


 ⋅ Where is the Fairgrounds located?

The New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, New York is adjacent to Route 690 West. The Fairgrounds is accessible from the New York State Thruway, exit 39 (from the West) and 34A (from the East), and Route 81 from the North and South. Click here for driving directions.


 ⋅ What special days are there at the fair?

A list on our Special Fair Days coming in early 2021.


 ⋅ Is there public transportation service to the Fair?

Centro will once again provide its popular Park-N-Ride direct shuttle service to the New York State Fair. Centro Express buses will regularly depart from locations across Onondaga, Cayuga, and Oswego Counties arriving at the Fair's new Park-N-Ride lot outside gate 10. Again for 2021, free express trams will provide non-stop service between gates 10 and 12 (at Chevy Court). This is in addition to the Fair’s regular free trams that stop at various points. Trams are free courtesy of Chevrolet. The first Centro shuttle from downtown Syracuse will arrive at the Gray Lot Bus Depot at Gate 10 at 6:55am. The next bus will depart downtown at 8:00am, with buses leaving downtown every 13 minutes. The first Park-N-Ride buses will arrive at the Gray Lot Bus Depot at approximately 8:50am. Click here for locations and schedules. Centro Ride Passes and transfers will be accepted on all State Fair service buses. Fares and times will vary depending on location. For more information, please contact Centro’s Call Center at 315.442.3400.

Amtrak has continued its partnership with the New York State Fair to provide direct train service for customers traveling as a more convenient, cost-effective, family friendly and comfortable way to travel to and from the Empire State’s largest annual event between Friday, Aug. 20 and Monday, Sept. 6. Tickets are available now at, via the Amtrak mobile app, at station ticket counters or by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL.


 ⋅ Where can people/riders be dropped off and picked-up at the Fair?

There are separate pull off areas for cars to drop off and pick-up people that are located between Gates 3 and 4 on both sides of State Fair Boulevard... just look for the signs in these areas.

Now both app-based ridesharing and taxi services will utilize the same area to drop off and pick-up riders. This area is located alongside State Fair Boulevard, between gate 2 where vehicles will enter, and the main gate where they will exit. Click here to view a map showing area. This area is not to be used for drop off and pick-up by any other non-service type vehicles.

There is no drop off or pick-up at the main gate at any time!

Any ridesharing or taxi service going to the St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview to drop-off or pick-up in the designed area of the Orange Lot will be charged $5.00 each time to enter.


 ⋅ Is there scooter, wheelchair, stroller or wagon rentals?

Scootaround is proud to be the exclusive scooter and wheelchair rental service for the Great New York State Fair in 2021. Rental hours will be 7:30am until close daily. Equipment will be available at four convenient locations: Inside the Main Gate (Gate 1), inside Gate 3, inside Gate 10 and a new location inside Gate11A.

Reserve a scooter or wheelchair today by calling toll free 1.888.441.7575.

Quantities limited – Reservations recommended. More information and pricing coming soon.


 ⋅ Is there tram service at the Fair?

Again for 2021, all Fair trams will be offered free of charge from 9:00am to 8:00pm, thanks to a sponsorship from Chevrolet. Fairgoers are able to make use of the Fair’s internal tram network to travel around the perimeter road, stopping at 9 scheduled stops. Limited accessible tram service will run evenings from 8:00-10:00pm.

Tram service stops temporarily from 5:00 - 7:00pm for our four special day parades, and resumes after the parade is finished.

In addition, new trams will provide non-stop express service between Gate 10 and Gate 12, at the corner of Chevy Court.


 ⋅ What musical entertainment is performing at the Fair?

During the State Fair, the Fairgrounds are transformed into the live music capital of New York State! Come see and hear it for yourself by checking out the exciting lineups at each of our venues.


 ⋅ What are the details for the Wade Shows Midway?

Make sure to visit our Wade Shows Midway page for more information about ticket choices, purchase options and midway ride list with attraction details.

Wade Shows Midway Hours:  Monday - Thursday 10:00am – 11:00pm  •  Friday-Sunday 10:00am – 12:00 midnight  •  Labor Day 10:00am – 9:00pm (Closing time subject to change without notice)


 ⋅ What are the details for the St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview?

A ticket to any amphitheater show throughout the current season will gain you free admission to the current year’s New York State Fair.  Tickets from previous years will not be valid for fair admission.  Tickets are good for one entry any of the 18 days of the Fair and must be presented at the Fair gate, both paper and mobile/electronic tickets are accepted. For more details about amphitheater shows, make sure to visit the official St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview website.


 ⋅ What if someone gets lost at the Fair?

If you or someone in your group gets separated from each other, please contact the nearest New York State Trooper who will assist you until both are reunited. Make sure to grab a Wegmans Lost Kid Tag which provides quick identification for those who become separated from their group. Tags are available at most gates or from any New York State Trooper.


 ⋅ Where is first aid available during the Fair?

There are two First-Aid stations during the Fair. The main infirmary facility is located directly behind the Horticulture Building and another is within the Fire Station near the Youth Activity Center where only emergency aid is available.


 ⋅ Where do you find general information during the Fair?

Fairgoers can use any of our six Guest Relations Center locations that provide information on all aspects of the Fair. You can also report non-emergency concerns or give any recommendations for future years. Their locations are:

  • Inside Gate 1 in front of the Chevy Court stage - Open 8am to 9pm daily
  • Inside Gates 3 - Open 9am to 9pm daily
  • Inside 4 - Open 9am to 9pm daily
  • Inside 10 - Open 8am to 9pm daily
  • On the east and west ends entrances of the midway - Open 9am to 9pm daily


 ⋅ What if I lose something at the Fair?

During the Fair, please contact the New York State Police barracks at 315.487.7711. After the Fair, you can contact the New York State Police in North Syracuse at 315.455.2826.


 ⋅ What is the Fair's smoking policy?

Smoking is not permitted in the following areas: in any building or under cover; in any of the picnic areas; within the confines of Kiddieland; the Midway; the grassy area of Chevy Court; at the Veterans and 9/11 Memorials; or within the State Park at the Fair. Smoking is permitted on the Fairgrounds in other general areas that are not prohibited by New York State Law. Tobacco products will not be sold anywhere on the Fairgrounds.


 ⋅ What do I have to wear at the Fair?

Each visitor to the New York State Fair will be required to wear a shirt and footwear.


 ⋅ Are pets allowed at the Fair?

No, unless they are a trained service animal that does work or performs a task for a person with a disability. They are also allowed if the animal is in a competition. Guests with these animals must retain control of their animals at all times and must keep them on a leash or harness while visiting.  Pets are not allowed to be kept in vehicles while attending the Fair.


 ⋅ What are the Fair's other policies?

Please click on the policy from the list below to view:


 ⋅ Can I bring my own food/beverages to the Fair?

While Fairgoers can and are encouraged to bring coolers with food and drink, they will not be allowed to carry any alcoholic beverages through the gates. All coolers and bags are subject to New York State Fair Bag Check Policy.


 ⋅ Are there jobs available for the 2021 State Fair?

All current employment details can be found on our employment opportunities page.
PLEASE NOTE – The New York State Fair does not hire for any of the food vendors or concessionaires. If you are interested in a job with a food vendor or concessionaire you must apply with them directly.