Special Fair Days

Special Day information for the
2021 Great New York State Fair

  • Children 12 and under are admitted free every day of the 2021 State Fair

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

  • Youths & Students 18 and under are admitted free on Saturday, August 21, 2021


Unused 2019 Advance Sale Program tickets (non-promotional*) will be accepted at the 2021 State Fair

* Does not include free or complimentary tickets


See list below to learn more about other 2021 Special Fair Days!

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


Friday, August 20, 2021

Opening Day

The state’s largest party begins! Join in on the opening day of the 2021 New York State Fair.

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Fidelis Care Youth Student Day

Youths and students 18 years old and younger admitted free on this day. ID showing date of birth may be requested. Sponsored by Fidelis Care.

Monday, August 23, 2021

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.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

St. Joseph’s Health Women's Day

Celebrate Women’s Day with $1 admission for all women ages 13-64… children 12 and under, as well as seniors 65 and over are free always.

Women’s Day $1 tickets will be available for purchase only on this day. Tickets are sold exclusively online, click here to buy yours.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Dairy Day

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

Friday, August 27, 2021

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 at 10:30am.

Monday, August 30, 2021

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 31, 2021

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.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Lockheed Martin 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). Sponsored by Lockheed Martin.

Friday, September 3, 2021

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.


Monday, September 6, 2021

Labor Day • Wade Shows Midway Dollar Day

Labor Day:

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


Wade Shows Midway Dollar Day:

All of the rides on the Wade Shows Midway will be $1 per ride (excludes Broadway Skyliner). In addition, look for select Midway $1 food offerings! Midway will be open 11:00am – 9:00pm. Ride tickets are only available for purchase at any Wade Shows ticket booth on the midway. Last call for Dollar Day midway ticket sales will be at 7:30pm.

Purchase Restrictions: Absolutely no refunds will be given under any circumstance including but not limited to weather. Please check the posted height requirements on WadeShows.com prior to purchasing. Not valid on the Broadway Skyliner. This offer is only available on Labor Day (Monday, September 6).


Height restrictions: Armbands are not recommended for children under 36″ as there are a limited amount of rides they can safely ride. Parents with children under 48″ should check the height requirements before purchasing to make an informed decision whether armbands are the best value for their children. Height requirements for the rides can be found onsite or at WadeShows.com.