See details below to learn more about our 2024 Special Fair Days
Please note there are no refunds or exchanges on tickets. Special admission offers are subject to change at any time.
Regular Admission Details:
Children under 12 years of age are admitted free every day of the New York State Fair
Seniors 65 years of age and over are admitted free every day of the New York State Fair
Students & youth under 18 years of age are admitted free on Thursday, August 22 for Student Youth Day
Unused 2023 admission tickets will not be accepted during the 2024 New York State Fair
Wednesday, August 21, 2024
Opening Day • Governor's Day
The state’s largest party begins! Join in on the opening day of the 2024 New York State Fair.
Thursday, August 22, 2024
Student Youth Day
Youth and Students under 18 years of age are admitted free on this day. ID showing date of birth may be requested.
Agriculture Career Day
Agriculture Career Day is an opportunity to get young people excited about the many possibilities for future jobs in agriculture and give them a chance to learn about a wide variety of career options and connect directly with industry representatives.
Friday, August 23, 2024
The first state fair in America to host an official Pride Day to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community.
New Americans Day
Witness approximately 100 people as they complete a long and challenging process to pledge their allegiance to the United States and become Americans. Ceremony will be held at Daniella’s Seafood & Pasta House in the Art & Home Center.
Monday, August 26, 2024
Law Enforcement Day
We honor the men and women of law enforcement in New York State with free admission to any active or retired law enforcement or corrections personnel who presents a badge or picture ID from the department from which they are or were employed.
As we shine a spotlight on our law enforcement friends and heroes today, we hope you’ll join us for our annual Law Enforcement Ceremony where we honor fallen officers. The ceremony starts at Noon at the Veterans Memorial in front of the Horticulture Building at 12:00 noon.
The Law Enforcement Parade steps off from the back of the Exposition Center at 6:00 p.m., and moves counterclockwise following the perimeter of the building down Broadway, around Cayuga Avenue, and back to Iroquois.
Tuesday, August 27, 2024
Fire, Rescue & EMS Day
We honor the brave men and women of fire, emergency services and EMS agencies with free admission to any active or retired member of a fire department, emergency services, or EMS organization who has a picture ID from that department or organization.
On this Fire, Rescue & EMS Day, an annual ceremony held at the Veterans Memorial in front of the Horticulture Building recognizes those who keep us safe. The ceremony starts at 11:00am.
The Fire, Rescue & EMS Day Parade steps off from the back of the Exposition Center at 6:00 p.m., and moves counterclockwise following the perimeter of the building down Broadway, around Cayuga Avenue, and back to Iroquois.
Beef Day celebrates the vibrant beef industry in New York State and pays tribute to the hardworking beef producers who work diligently to provide high quality and nutritious protein to the millions of beef-loving New Yorkers.
Wednesday, August 28, 2024
A mini-fair will be held from 11:00am to 4:00pm at the Chevy Court Pavilion featuring many advocacy groups for women… feel free to stop by to get information, learn, and ask any questions.
Thursday, August 29, 2024
Armed Forces Day
We celebrate all members of the military with free admission to any active duty or veteran with military identification (Military ID Card, form DD-214 or NYS Driver License, Learner Permit or non-driver ID card with a veteran designation).
Every Armed Forces Day, we recognize active duty and veteran members of the military. Thank you for your service to our country, and for keeping us safe. A ceremony will take place at the Veterans Memorial in front of the Horticulture Building at 11:00am.
The Armed Forces Parade steps off from the back of the Exposition Center at 6:00 p.m., and moves counterclockwise following the perimeter of the building down Broadway, around Cayuga Avenue, and back to Iroquois.
Celebrate the dairy industry and the delicious dairy beverage and food products made here in New York! As you “moove” through the Fairgrounds, thank a dairy farmer by visiting the Dairy Cow Birthing Center to witness the “udder” miracle of calves being born and see how cows are milked at the Milking Parlor in the Dairy Cattle Barn. For a refreshing treat, stop by the Dairy Products Building for a 25-cent glass of New York milk and view the 56th Annual Butter Sculpture or check out who won the “Best NY Milk, Best NY Cheese and Best NY Ice Cream Awards.” Join the fun at the Milkshake Contest at 10:30 a.m. and root for your favorite team as they compete to see who can create the tastiest milkshake. The day wraps up with the Dairy Day Parade at 6:00 p.m. at Chevy Court featuring representatives from New York’s great dairy industry as well as milk trucks, tractors and more.
Friday, August 30, 2024
Native Americans Day
We honor all members of Native American tribes with free admission on this day. ID is not required. Make sure to visit the Indian Village throughout the day for cultural performances and crafts.
Monday, September 2, 2024
On Labor Day, we honor the working women and men who make America strong.
Join organized labor members as they lead a parade that steps off from the Expo Center at 10:30am. The parade route follows the perimeter of the building down Broadway, around Cayuga Avenue, and back to Iroquois.