Special Fair Days

See details below to learn more about our 2023 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 24 for Student Youth Day
  • Unused 2022 admission tickets will not be accepted during the 2023 New York State Fair


Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Opening Day • Governor's Day

The state’s largest party begins! Join in on the opening day of the 2023 New York State Fair.

Thursday, August 24, 2023

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 25, 2023

Pride Day

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 28, 2023

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.

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Fire & Rescue Day

We honor the brave men and women of fire and emergency services agencies with free admission to any active or retired member of a fire department or emergency services organization who has a picture ID from that department or organization.


Beef Day

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 30, 2023

Women's Day

A mini-fair will be held from 10:00am 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 31, 2023

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).


Dairy Day

Come celebrate the dairy industry with the New York State Fair and New York dairy farmers.


Stomp Out Stigma Day

First introduced in 2018, The Fair is pleased to collaborate with the BRiDGES Council to bring back Stomp Out Stigma Day. The event is meant to promote hope and recovery, to help make sure those who may be struggling with addiction feel loved, supported, and provide education about available services. As part of some of the special activities planned for the day, BRiDGES invites fairgoers to “Chalk  the Walk” and light lanterns in remembrance of loved ones. Stomp Out Stigma Day coincides with International Overdose Awareness Day, which is observed on Thursday, August 31.

Friday, September 1, 2023

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.

Saturday, September 2, 2023

Apple Day

Come visit the New York Apple Association exhibit in the Horticulture Building to find out more about New York’s official state fruit! There will be apple industry trivia, games and apple sample giveaways.

Monday, September 4, 2023

Labor Day

On Labor Day, we honor the working women and men who make America strong.