Happy Mardi Gras: Bret Michaels to Bring “Parti-Gras” to The Great New York State Fair

Happy Mardi Gras: Bret Michaels to Bring “Parti-Gras” to The Great New York State Fair

Bret Michaels - the multi-platinum music icon, reality TV superstar and creative entrepreneur - is considered a “cultural touchdown” by entertainment industry leaders. On Tuesday, August 29, Michaels will make his long-awaited return to the Great New York State Fair. Bret will play at 6:00 p.m. on the Chevy Court Stage.

Hot off the heels of a massive stadium tour with his band Poison, Bret looks forward to bringing his big hits and “Parti-Gras" energy back this summer. His iconic hits include “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” “Nothin’ But A Good Time,” “Talk Dirty to Me,” his crowd-favorite cover of “Your Mama Don’t Dance,” and many more. Branded as a celebration of fans, bands and music, the Parti-Gras tour builds on the vibe of Mardi Gras, promising to deliver an “all killer, no filler” night of hit songs.

“Bret Michaels has been entertaining fans for three-generations, and we are thrilled that he’s joining us again for the Great New York State Fair,” said Interim Fair Director Sean Hennessey. “Michaels encapsulates the energy and star power that our audience loves and, above all, he’s an awesome entertainer!”

The August 29 appearance will be Bret’s third appearance at the Great New York State Fair. He most recently performed at Chevy Court in 2017 as a solo artist, and rocked the Grandstand with Poison and Cinderella in 2002.

Bret Michaels is also known for starring in mega-hit reality shows including Rock of Love with Bret MichaelsBret Michaels Rock My RV and Celebrity Apprentice, where his entrepreneurial spirit shined to launch the bestselling Snapple flavor, Bret’s Blend Trop-A-Rocka.

A lifelong Type 1 diabetic, Bret champions wellness causes and supports the military.

The Chevrolet Music Series features daily performances at Chevy Court (located near Gate 1) and the Suburban Park Stage (located on the western end of the Fairgrounds, beyond the Midway.). All of the acts announced thus far at both stages are provided below. Schedules are continuously updated at pages dedicated to Suburban Park and Chevy Court on the Fair’s website.


Chevy Court:

Wednesday, August 23 1:00 p.m. Chubby Checker
Monday, August 28 1:00 p.m. Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
Tuesday, August 29 1:00 p.m. Tommy James and the Shondells
Tuesday, August 29 6:00 p.m. Bret Michaels’ Parti Gras
Wednesday, August 30 6:00 p.m. Chapel Hart


Suburban Park Stage:

Thursday, August 24 8:00 p.m. Theory of a Deadman
Tuesday, August 29 8:00 p.m. Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line

As concerts are announced, Fair staff will update schedules on the Fair’s website at pages dedicated to Chevy Park and Chevy Court.


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. It is the oldest fair in the United States, and is consistently recognized as being among the top five state fairs in the nation.

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 statefairideas@agriculture.ny.gov.