Special Fair Days

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Special Day information for the
2019 Great New York State Fair


  • Children 12 and under are admitted free every day of the 2019 State Fair

  • Seniors 60 and over are admitted free on Monday, August 26 through Wednesday, August 28, 2019

  • Students 18 and under are admitted free on Friday, August 30, 2019

  • College Student Discount Day is every day of the Fair where admission is just $1 for any college student with a current college ID

  • Free admission with any ticket from a 2019 concert at the St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview

  • Free admission with any Amtrak train ticket bought between August 21 and September 2

 

* Unused tickets from the 2019 Advance Sale Program will be accepted at the 2020 Fair *

Does not include free or complimentary tickets

 

   See list below to learn more about other 2019 Special Fair Days!

Please note there are no refunds or exchanges on tickets. Special promotional admissions offers are subject to change at any time.

 


 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Governor’s Day • Opening Day

  • Governor’s Day and Opening Day

Join in on the opening day ceremonies for the 2019 New York State Fair… admission is just $1.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Agriculture Career Day • Family Fishing Day • $3 Thursday • Canadian Friendship Day • College Student Discount Day

  • Agriculture Career Day

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the State Department of Labor partner to promote the importance of agriculture careers to get young people excited about the many possibilities for future jobs in the industry. Be sure to check out the event by the main gate and participate in the Agriculture Career Challenge game.


  • Family Fishing Day

Presented in cooperation with the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Admission is $1 for anyone presenting a valid New York State hunting or fishing license at the gate. The DEC will operate free fishing clinics in the pond in the New York Experience festival grounds on this day.


  • $3 Thursday

Another great Thursday at the Fair when admission is just $3.


  • Canadian Friendship Day

$1 Admission for any Canadian citizen visitor with legal identification.


  • College Student Discount Day

Admission is just $1 for college students with a current college ID.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Pride Day • New Americans Day • Canadian Friendship Day • College Student Discount Day

  • Pride Day

The first state fair in America to host an official Pride Day to celebrate the LGBTQ community, the annual event includes a morning flag raising ceremony, performances in the Empire Theater in the afternoon and LGBTQ participation in the daily parade at 6:00 pm.


  • New Americans Day

Come to the Empire Room in the Art & Home Center and be inspired as people from all around the world complete years of hard work and become American citizens, raising their right hands and swearing allegiance to our country.


  • Canadian Friendship Day

$1 Admission for any Canadian citizen visitor with legal identification.


  • College Student Discount Day

Admission is just $1 for college students with a current college ID.

 

Saturday, August 24, 2019

4-H & FFA Day • Summer Send-Off Day

  • 4-H & FFA Day

Come celebrate all that 4-H and FFA does for the youth of New York State. 4-H and FFA are dynamic youth organizations that changes lives and prepares members for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.


  • Summer Send-Off Day

     – Adult admission to the Fair will be $1 per person all day.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Adopt a Pet Day • Christmas In August Day • Summer Send-Off Day

  • Adopt a Pet Day

Local shelters will be in the lobby of the Expo Center starting at 10:00am with more than two dozen dogs and cats looking for their new furever home. Stop by and you may find yourself a new best friend!


  • Christmas In August Day

Join in our early celebration with holiday themed events in the Expo Center. Bring a new toy to donate… they will be given to a non-profit agency that provides gifts for underprivileged children, bins will be located outside each gate. The Salvation Army will also collect donations outside the Main Gate and Gate 10 that days.


  • Summer Send-Off Day

     – Adult admission to the Fair will be $1 per person all day.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Law Enforcement Day • Maple Day • Senior Citizens Day • Wade Shows Midway Monday • College Student Discount Day

  • 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. Make sure to attend the Law Enforcement Day ceremonies at 12:00 pm in front of the Horticulture Building and make sure to see all the law enforcement participants in our Special Day Parade at 6:00 pm.


  • Maple Day

In celebration of New York’s growing maple industry, the New York State Fair will hold Maple Day and is sponsored by the New York State Maple Producers Association. This day will feature maple products, such as maple cotton candy, maple donuts, pancakes with maple syrup, maple soft serve ice cream and more that can be sampled at locations across the Fairgrounds. Cooking demonstrations using pure New York maple syrup will be held throughout the day in the Wegmans Demonstration Kitchen and maple vendors will be sampling and selling products at the Taste NY Marketplace in the Horticulture Building.


  • Senior Citizens Day

Senior citizens, sixty (60) years of age and older, are offered free admission today. ID showing date of birth may be requested to allow free admittance.

There is a new reception area for senior group bus and van parking, thus a special parking permit for this location will be required. Please contact the Art & Home Center office at (315) 487-7711 ext. 1265 to pre-register for this permit.

Again for 2019, all Fair trams will be offered free of charge from 9:00am to 8:00pm, thanks to a sponsorship from Chevrolet. Fairgoers are able to make use of the Fair’s internal tram network to travel around the perimeter road, stopping at 9 scheduled stops. Limited accessible tram service will run evenings from 8:00-10:00pm.

Tram service stops temporarily from 5:00 – 7:00pm for our four special day parades, and resumes after the parade is finished – these occur on Friday, August 23; Monday, August 26; Tuesday, August 27; and Thursday, August 29.

In addition, new trams will provide non-stop express service between Gate 10 and Gate 12, at the corner of Chevy Court.


  • Wade Shows Midway Monday

Ride 10 rides for just $10 through this special promotion. Wristbands can be purchased at any Wade Shows ticket booth on the midway. Wristbands are not shareable. Please see Midway page for height restrictions on all rides.  


  • College Student Discount Day

Admission is just $1 for college students with a current college ID.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Fire & Rescue Day • Beef Day • Senior Citizens Day • College Student Discount Day

  • 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. Make sure to attend the Fire & Rescue Day ceremonies at 11:00 am in front of the Horticulture Building and make sure to see all the fire & rescue participants in our Special Day Parade at 6:00 pm.


  • 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.


  • Senior Citizens Day

Senior citizens, sixty (60) years of age and older, are offered free admission on this day of the Fair. ID showing date of birth may be requested to allow free admittance.

There is a new reception area for senior group bus and van parking, thus a special parking permit for this location will be required. Please contact the Art & Home Center office at (315) 487-7711 ext. 1265 to pre-register for this permit.

Again for 2019, all Fair trams will be offered free of charge from 9:00am to 8:00pm, thanks to a sponsorship from Chevrolet. Fairgoers are able to make use of the Fair’s internal tram network to travel around the perimeter road, stopping at 9 scheduled stops. Limited accessible tram service will run evenings from 8:00-10:00pm.

Tram service stops temporarily from 5:00 – 7:00pm for our four special day parades, and resumes after the parade is finished – these occur on Friday, August 23; Monday, August 26; Tuesday, August 27; and Thursday, August 29.

In addition, new trams will provide non-stop express service between Gate 10 and Gate 12, at the corner of Chevy Court.


  • College Student Discount Day

Admission is just $1 for college students with a current college ID.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Women's Day • Senior Citizens' Day • Comic Con Day • College Student Discount Day

  • Women’s Day

Admission is just $1 for all women ages 13-59… children 12 and under are always free, and those 60+ are free as this is the new third Senior Day (see details below).

Plan on attending the annual Women’s Day Luncheon plus many other special events throughout the day. Highlights include the Fine Arts and Photo Exhibition in the Art & Home Center as well as judging in the Culinary Arts area. St. Joseph’s Health sponsors Women’s Day.

  • The 2019 Women’s Day Luncheon will take place in the Art and Home Center’s Empire Room at 12:00 noon. Click here to purchase your ticket, which includes parking, Fair admission and entry to the luncheon itself. Cost is $25 per ticket plus convenience & handling fees. Seating is limited – available online only through August 16.
  • The Art & Home Center will open at 10:00am with various activities for Women’s Day. In addition, a mini-fair will be held from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Chevy Court and will feature many advocacy groups for women, feel free to stop by to get information and ask any questions.
  • Click here for more details about Women’s Day or by calling the Art & Home Center office at 315-487-7711 ext. 1265.

 


  • Senior Citizens’ Day

A new added third Senior Citizens’ Day!!! Senior citizens, sixty (60) years of age and older, are offered free admission today. ID showing date of birth may be requested to allow free admittance.

There is a new reception area for senior group bus and van parking, thus a special parking permit for this location will be required. Please contact the Art & Home Center office at (315) 487-7711 ext. 1265 to pre-register for this permit.

Again for 2019, all Fair trams will be offered free of charge from 9:00am to 8:00pm, thanks to a sponsorship from Chevrolet. Fairgoers are able to make use of the Fair’s internal tram network to travel around the perimeter road, stopping at 9 scheduled stops. Limited accessible tram service will run evenings from 8:00-10:00pm.

Tram service stops temporarily from 5:00 – 7:00pm for our four special day parades, and resumes after the parade is finished – these occur on Friday, August 23; Monday, August 26; Tuesday, August 27; and Thursday, August 29.

In addition, new trams will provide non-stop express service between Gate 10 and Gate 12, at the corner of Chevy Court.


  • Comic Con Day

Comic Con Day at the Fair will feature $1 admission for fairgoers who arrive in costumes.


  • College Student Discount Day

Admission is just $1 for college students with a current college ID.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Armed Forces Day • Dairy Day • $3 Thursday • College Student Discount Day

  • Armed Forces Day

We celebrate the men and women 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). Make sure to attend the Armed Forces Day ceremonies at 11:00 am at the Veterans Memorial. Join the State Fair community as we honor and give tribute to all members of our Armed Forces. Make sure to see all the Armed Forces participants in our Special Day Parade at 6:00 pm.


  • Dairy Day

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


  • $3 Thursday

Another great Thursday at the Fair when admission is just $3.


  • College Student Discount Day

Admission is just $1 for college students with a current college ID.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Native Americans Day • Stomp Out Stigma Day • Students' Day • College Student Discount Day

  • Native Americans Day

We honor all members of Native American tribes with free admission on this day. ID is not required, but it is asked that attendees enter through Gate 4 only. Make sure to visit the Indian Village throughout the day for cultural performances and crafts.


  • Stomp Out Stigma Day

Help in the fight against addiction takes center stage at the new Stomp Out Stigma Day. The event coincides with International Overdose Awareness Day. The day will feature inspirational talks, an information fair with support services, and free training sessions in the use of NARCAN.


  • Students’ Day

People 18 years old and younger admitted free on this day. ID showing date of birth may be requested.


  • College Student Discount Day

Admission is just $1 for college students with a current college ID.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Grange Day • Summer Send-Off Day

  • Grange Day

This day marks the achievements of the NYS Grange organization supporting and advocating for rural communities and agriculture.


  • Summer Send-Off Day
  •      – Adult admission to the Fair will be $1 per person all day.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Summer Send-Off Day

  • Summer Send-Off Day

     – Adult admission to the Fair will be $1 per person all day.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Labor Day • Labor Day "Dollar Day"

  • Labor Day

On Labor Day, we honor the working women and men who make America strong. Supporters of labor can meet at 10:00 a.m. near Gate 4 and then at 10:30 a.m. they will march to Chevy Court for a Labor Day rally.


  • Labor Day “Dollar Day”

     – Adult admission to the Fair will be $1 per person all day.

     – All of the rides in the Wade Shows Midway will be $1 per ride (excludes Broadway Skyliner).

     – Fair Parking will still cost $5.