Coming Wednesday: $3 Admission and $5 Parking Tickets Go On Sale for The Great New York State Fair

It’s all there at The Fair - Tickets and parking tickets for the 2022 Great New York State Fair go on sale Wednesday, July 20 at 8 a.m. through the Fair’s exclusive online ticket seller, Etix. Tickets will cost $3 and parking will cost $5, the same as it was last year.  

 At $3, admission to the New York State Fair remains among the most affordable in the nation among state fairs. Admission remains free of charge to people ages 65 years old and up, and children 12 years old and under.  

“As part of our commitment to making sure that the Fair is as accessible as possible to all New Yorkers, our team felt strongly that keeping admission across the board at $3 was the right thing to do - especially as we continue to re-emerge from the pandemic,” said interim Fair Director Sean Hennessey.   

Tickets will only be sold online in advance and during the Fair. There are three ways to buy tickets: In advance online and over the phone, and in-person during the Fair at all gates through electronic kiosks.   

  • Online: The link to purchase tickets will go live at 8:00 am, Wednesday, July 20, at 
  • Over the Phone: Tickets may also be purchased over the phone starting Wednesday, by calling Etix toll-free at 1-800-514-3849 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.  
  • At the Gate: During the 13-day run – which begins Wednesday, August 24 – kiosks positioned at all gates will be used for electronic ticket purchases. Large signs featuring QR codes will be strategically posted, directing fairgoers to the Fair’s website to purchase tickets.


With fees, patrons’ total cost will be $3.19 per admission. 

*Please note, there will be no cash sales at the Fair’s entrance gates or in parking lots.

As for parking, $5 tickets may also be purchased through Etix. On the day(s) they visit the fair, drivers may show their ticket to parking attendants electronically on their phones, or through a printed copy. With fees, parking purchased online will cost $5.23/vehicle. In the Orange and Brown lots, parking may also be paid for using EZPass Plus, a free add-on to EZPass, which allows users to pay for parking in addition to highway tolls.   

The New York State Fair begins on Wednesday, August 24 and continues through Labor Day, September 5. For planning purposes, gates open to the public at 9 a.m.. The Orange Parking lot opens at 9 a.m., with the Brown, Pink and Gray lots opening at 6 a.m.. The Willis Ave parking lot opens at 10 a.m., but will only be accessible on weekends (August, 26, 27 & 28, and September 2, 3, 4 & 5). 

During the Fair, Centro’s popular Park-N-Ride direct shuttle service will return, providing passengers with transportation from the Centro Transit Hub Downtown to and from the Fairgrounds, as well as to and from Destiny USA. To ride the shuttle one way, the fee is $1.00 for adults, $.50 for senior citizens, children 6-9 years old, and people living with disabilities. The last shuttle of the day is at to 12:00 midnight. A schedule from Centro is provided here, at Centro’s website. Please note, masks are required on Centro shuttles.

Including today, there are 37-days until the New York State Fair returns. Founded in 1841, the Great New York State Fair showcases the best of New York agriculture, provides top-quality entertainment and is a key piece of the state’s CNY Rising strategy of growing the Central New York economy through tourism.  

The New York State Fairgrounds is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. Audiences are encouraged to learn more about the Great New York State Fair online, and follow the fun on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Guests are invited to see photos from the Fair on Flickr and ideas are always welcome. New Yorkers are encouraged to send suggestions via email to