Q. What are the dates of the 2016 State Fair?
A. The 2016 New York State Fair is from Thursday, August 25 through Labor Day, Monday, September 5.
The dates for 2017 are Thursday, August 24 through Monday, September 4
The dates for 2018 are Thursday, August 23 through Monday, September 3
Q. Where is the Fairgrounds located?
A. The New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY 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.
Q. What are the Fair hours?
A. For fairgoers the Fairgrounds general admission gates open at 10:00am daily and close at 10:00pm, except for Labor Day, when the entire grounds close at 9:00pm. Exhibit buildings are open from 10:00am to 10:00pm, with the exception of Labor Day when they close at 9:00pm.
- For vendors, Gates 1 and 10 open up at 7:00am for pedestrian access; Gate 12 opens up at 6:00am for vehicle access only (proper permit required); Gates 7 and 11 are open 24 hours a day (proper permit required)
- For exhibitors Gate 9 is open 8:00am to 8:00pm (proper credentials required)
Midway Hours: The Midway is open 10:00am until 11:00pm every night of the Fair except on Labor Day when it closes at 9:00pm (Closing time subject to change without notice).
Q. What are daily admission prices?
A. During the Fair, regular daily admission tickets are $10.00 every day except on both Thursdays when it will be $3.00 and Labor Day when it will only be $1.00. Tickets are available at any State Fair gate when you arrive. Additional admission details:
- Children 12 and under are admitted free every day of the Fair. Students 18 and under are admitted free on Friday, September 2, 2016.
- Senior Citizens' Days are Monday, August 29 and Tuesday, August 30, 2016 when all seniors 60 years and over are admitted free.
- To learn more about other 2016 Special Fair Days, click here.
Admission tickets may be bought in advance of the Fair at a discount. The Fair's only and official online ticket seller, etix.com, offers Fair admission tickets that can be printed at home or scanned at the gate on your smartphone. In addition, major retailers including Wegmans, Price Chopper and Tops sell discounted admission tickets. The discount admission sales begin in early July and run until midnight of the day before the opening day of the Fair.
Q. What about parking during the Fair?
A. Ample parking is available in our designated Orange, Brown and Pink parking lots at the Fair - there will be no public parking inside Gates 6 & 7. 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.
- Click here for information about our Accessible Parking Area
- Click here for information about our Fairtime Temporary RV Parking
All buses and motor coaches should proceed to the Orange Parking Lot to park at a cost of $5.00 per vehicle. Buses should park and drop off their passengers at Shuttle Stop #3 where they will then be brought to the main gate by the Fair’s Centro Bus parking lot shuttle for admission. Passengers will be returned to the same shuttle stop in the Orange Lot from the main gate by the Centro Bus shuttle as well.
Motorcycle parking is offered in the Pink Parking lot a crossed from Gate 3 at a cost of $3.00 per bike.
Q. Where can pedestrians be dropped off/picked up at the Fair?
A. There will be a new separate pull off area for cars to drop-off and pick-up pedestrians that is located between the Gate 3 and 4 on the side of State Fair Boulevard. From now on only buses can drop-off and pick-up fair-goers at the main gate. Just look for the signs directing you to this new area.
Q. What musical entertainment is performing at the Fair?
A. 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:
- Chevy Court
- Regional Artist Variety Stage
- Empire Theater
- Pan-African Village
- NYS Grange Stage
- Dairyland Stage
Q. What are the details for the Lakeview Amphitheater?
A. Make sure to visit our Lakeview Amphitheater venue information page.
Q. What are the details for the Wade Shows Midway?
A. Make sure to visit our Wade Shows Midway page.
Q. What attractions will be at the Fair?
A. Make sure to visit our Fair Attractions page.
Q. What special days are there at the fair?
A. See a list on our Special Fair Days page.
Q. Where do you find general information during the Fair?
A. Fairgoers can use any of our two Guest Relations Centers: inside the Main Gate (Gate 1) and just inside Gate 4. These facilities provide information on all aspects of the Fair and take any recommendations for future years. Fairgoers can stop by one of these locations from 9:30am to 9:00pm daily.
Q. What do I have to wear at the Fair?
A. Each visitor to the New York State Fair will be required to wear a shirt and footwear.
Q. What is the Fair's smoking policy?
A. 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.
Q. What are the Fair's other policies?
A. Please click on the policy from the list below to view:
Q. Can I bring my own food/beverages to the Fair?
A. 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.
Q. Are pets allowed?
A. No, unless they are a trained service or companion animal or 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.
Q. Is there scooter, wheelchair, stroller or wagon rentals?
A. Vista Mobility Specialists is the exclusive scooter, wheelchair, stroller and wagon rental service for the 2016 New York State Fair. Rental hours will be daily from 7:30am until the last piece of equipment is returned. Equipment will be available for rental at three locations: inside the Main Gate, inside Gate 3 and outside Gate 10.
To reserve a scooter or wheelchair today call 1.877.588.4782 or click here to book online.
Quantities limited - information subject to change. Click here for pricing and more information about mobility scooters.
Q. Is there tram service at the Fair?
A. New for 2016, all Fair trams will be offered free of charge from 10:00am - 10:00pm, 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 11 scheduled stops. Tram service stops temporarily from 5:15 - 6:45pm for our six special day parades, and resumes after the parade is finished - these occur on Friday, August 26, and from Monday-Friday, August 29 - September 2.
Q. Is there public transportation service to the Fair?
A. Centro will once again provide its popular direct service to the New York State Fair from August 25th through September 5th. Centro Express buses will regularly depart from 14 NYS Fair Park-N-Ride locations across Onondaga, Cayuga, and Oswego Counties arriving at the Fair’s Main Gate. 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 will once again provide this summer service directly to the New York State Fair, offering families a convenient and affordable way to travel to the state's largest annual event this summer. For reservations or information, visit Amtrak.com or call 1-800 USA-RAIL.
Q. What if someone gets lost at the Fair?
A. Our Lost Persons Center is located between the Horticulture and the International Buildings, if you get lost from your group, meet there to be reunited. In addition, our Wegmans Lost Kid Tags provide quick identification for those who become separated from their group. Tags are available at most gates, from all New York State Troopers or at any Guest Relations Center.
Q. Where is first aid available during the Fair?
A. 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.
Q. Are there jobs available for the 2016 State Fair?
A. Click here for details about employment opportunities for the 2016 State Fair.
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.