Special Fair Days

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Special Day information for the
2020 Great New York State Fair


  • Children 12 and under are admitted free every day of the 2020 State Fair

  • Seniors 60 and over are admitted free on consecutive Mondays and Tuesdays on August 24-25 and August 31-September 1, 2020

  • Students 18 and under are admitted free on Friday, September 4, 2020

  • Free admission with any ticket from a 2020 concert at the St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview

 

* Unused tickets from the 2019 Advance Sale Program (non-promotional) will be accepted at the 2020 Fair

Does not include free or complimentary tickets

 

   See list below to learn more about other 2020 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 21, 2020

Governor’s Day • Opening Day

  • Governor’s Day and Opening Day

Join in on the opening day ceremonies for the 2020 New York State Fair.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Fire & Rescue Day • Senior Citizens 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 11:00am in front of 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) 728-4328 to pre-register for this permit.

Again for 2020, 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 8:00-9:00pm.

In addition, extra trams will provide non-stop express service from 7:30am to 10:30pm between Gate 10 and Gate 12, at the corner of Chevy Court.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Senior Citizens Day

  • 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) 728-4328 to pre-register for this permit.

Again for 2020, 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 8:00-9:00pm.

In addition, extra trams will provide non-stop express service from 7:30am to 10:30pm between Gate 10 and Gate 12, at the corner of Chevy Court.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Women's Day

  • Women’s Day

Admission is just $1 for all women ages 13-59… children 12 and under are always free.

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 2020 Women’s Day Luncheon will take place in the Art and Home Center’s Empire Room at 12:00 noon.
  • 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.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Pride 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 and performances in the Empire Theater in the afternoon.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Biker Appreciation Day

  • Biker Appreciation Day

Anyone arriving at the Fair on a motorcycle may park for free in any Fair lot and be admitted for $1 when showing a valid New York State motorcycle license.

Monday, August 31, 2020

Law Enforcement Day • Senior Citizens 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.


  • 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) 728-4328 to pre-register for this permit.

Again for 2020, 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 8:00-9:00pm.

In addition, extra trams will provide non-stop express service from 7:30am to 10:30pm between Gate 10 and Gate 12, at the corner of Chevy Court.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Senior Citizens Day • Beef Day

  • 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) 728-4328 to pre-register for this permit.

Again for 2020, 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 8:00-9:00pm.

In addition, extra trams will provide non-stop express service from 7:30am to 10:30pm between Gate 10 and Gate 12, at the corner of Chevy Court.


  • 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 3, 2020

Armed Forces Day • Dairy 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.


  • Dairy Day

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

Friday, September 4, 2020

Native Americans Day • Student 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.


  • Student Day

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

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Grange Day

  • Grange Day

This day marks the achievements of the New York Grange Organization supporting and advocating for rural communities and agriculture.

Monday, September 7, 2020

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.