Frequently Asked Questions

Special Fair Days 2

 ⋅ What are the dates of the 2021 State Fair?

The 2021 New York State Fair runs from Friday, August 20 through Labor Day, Monday, September 6

• The dates for 2022 are Friday, August 19 through Monday, September 5
• The dates for 2023 are Friday, August 18 through Monday, September 4
• The dates for 2024 are Friday, August 16 through Monday, September 2

 


 ⋅ What are the hours of the State Fair?

NEW for 2021 - Fairgrounds hours are from 11:00am-11:00pm daily with no entry or re-entry after 10:00pm. On Labor Day (Sept. 6) the grounds will fully close at 9:00pm.

• Buildings will be open 11:00am-10:00pm (9:00pm on Labor Day).

• At designated closure times, all Fairgoers must exit the grounds.

 


 ⋅ What are daily admission prices?

Daily admission ticket sales will be available for purchase online only and must be purchased prior to arrival.

• NEW for 2021 - Daily admission is $3 for adults and are available online only at etix.com

Children 12 and under are admitted free every day of the State Fair

• NEW for 2021 - Seniors 65 and over are admitted free every day of the State Fair

Admission tickets and $5 vouchers for parking in the Fair’s lots are available online via the Fair’s official online ticket seller, Etix, or by calling Etix toll-free at 1-800-514-3849 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Having both available on Etix, you can now buy your admission and parking in the same transaction!

To learn more about other admission offers, please visit our Special Fair Days page.

Unused 2019 Advance Sale program tickets (non-promotional) will be accepted at the 2021 State Fair, this does not include free or complimentary tickets.

Tickets from St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview shows will not be valid for admission to the 2021 State Fair.

 


 ⋅ Where is the Fairgrounds located?

The New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, New York 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.

 


 ⋅ Where can people/riders be dropped off and picked-up at the Fair?

There are separate pull off areas for cars to drop off and pick-up people that are located between Gates 3 and 4 on both sides of State Fair Boulevard... just look for the signs in these areas.

Now both app-based ridesharing and taxi services will utilize the same area to drop off and pick-up riders. This area is located alongside State Fair Boulevard, between gate 2 where vehicles will enter, and the main gate where they will exit. Click here to view a map showing area. This area is not to be used for drop off and pick-up by any other non-service type vehicles.

There is no drop off or pick-up at the main gate at any time!

Any ridesharing or taxi service going to the St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview to drop-off or pick-up in the designed area of the Orange Lot will be charged each time to enter.

 


 ⋅ Is there scooter, wheelchair, stroller or wagon rentals?

Scootaround is proud to be the exclusive scooter and wheelchair rental service for the Great New York State Fair in 2021. Rental hours will be 11:00am until close daily. Equipment will be available at three convenient locations: Inside the Main Gate (Gate 1), inside Gate 3 and outside Gate 10. Click here for more information and pricing.

Rent a scooter or wheelchair today reserving online or by calling toll free 1.888.441.7575  ⋅  Quantities limited - Early reservations recommended

 


 ⋅ What are the details for the Wade Shows Midway?

Make sure to visit our Wade Shows Midway page (coming soon) for more information about ticket choices, purchase options and midway ride list with attraction details.

Wade Shows Midway Hours:  11:00am – 11:00pm (9:00pm on Labor Day) - Closing time subject to change without notice

 


 ⋅ What if someone gets lost at the Fair?

If you or someone in your group gets separated from each other, please contact the nearest New York State Trooper who will assist you until both are reunited. Make sure to grab a Wegmans Lost Kid Tag which provides quick identification for those who become separated from their group. Tags are available at most gates or from any New York State Trooper.

 


 ⋅ Where is first aid available during the Fair?

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.

 


 ⋅ Where do you find general information during the Fair?

Fairgoers can use any of our four Guest Relations Center locations that provide information on all aspects of the Fair from 11:00am to 10:30pm daily. You can also report non-emergency concerns or give any recommendations for future years. Their locations are:

  • Inside Gate 1 behind the Chevy Court stage
  • East side entrance of the midway (near The Villa)
  • Inside Gate 4
  • Inside Gate 10

 


 ⋅ What if I lose something at the Fair?

During the Fair, please contact the New York State Police barracks at 315.487.7711. After the Fair, you can contact the New York State Police in North Syracuse at 315.455.2826.

 


 ⋅ What is the Fair's smoking policy?

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.

 


 ⋅ What do I have to wear at the Fair?

Each visitor to the New York State Fair will be required to wear a shirt and footwear.

 


 ⋅ Are pets allowed at the Fair?

No, unless they are a trained service animal that does work or performs a task for a person with a disability. They are also allowed if the animal is 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.

 


 ⋅ What are the Fair's other policies?

Please click on the policy from the list below to view:

 


 ⋅ Can I bring my own food/beverages to the Fair?

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.

 


 ⋅ Are there jobs available for the 2021 State Fair?

All current employment details can be found on our employment opportunities page.
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.