The nation’s third-largest state fair with over a million visitors for three years in a row, the New York State Fair is a must-visit event that features something for everyone! Started in 1841 with animal exhibits, a plowing contest and samples of manufactured goods, the New York State Fair now offers visitors agricultural, livestock, arts and crafts exhibits and competitions, culinary competitions, thirteen days of entertainment on the experience stage, a wide variety of food and drink concessions, historic exhibits and so much more. The entire family is sure to find something they enjoy!
From historic displays to a circus and live music, rides and much more, there is something for all ages at the New York State Fair! Some of the attractions and lineups include:
Agricultural and Carriage Museums: Take in a little history with the Daniel Parrish Witter Agricultural Museum, which celebrates its 90th anniversary at the fair! The museum showcases the history of agriculture in New York, including exhibits, demonstrations and an actual, fully furnished log cabin from the area’s homespun days. The Carriage Museum features more than 50 horse-drawn vehicles and a blacksmith demonstration. Both museums are open daily from 10am – 8pm.
Agriculture and Livestock Exhibits: Each year New York State fair attendees can view competitions and tour barns featuring 10,000 of the state’s best cows, horses, goats, pigs, llamas, sheep, poultry and rabbits. Visitors can also peruse other agriculture-related competitions in the 4-H and FFA buildings.
Antique Tractor Show: View a collection of antique farm tractors, most of which were produced before 1960 and have been retired from the field.
Arch Dragons: New to the fair, these animatronic dragons have impressive wing spans of 9 feet, sounds and life like-features. They have daily appearances in the area around the Talent Showcase area near the Youth Building at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm daily.
Art and Craft Exhibitions: View exhibits centered around arts and crafts, featuring fine arts, photography, quilting, woodworking and much more.
Wegmans Art and Home Center: Visit this center and take in culinary demonstrations, photography exhibits, arts and crafts, entertainment and much more.
Birds of Prey (Sponsored by Jet Blue): View over 15 birds from the Hawk Creek Wildlife Center. The display is open daily from 10am – 6pm, and there are three flying shows at 11am, 1:30pm and 4:30pm.
Butter Sculpture: The 50th anniversary of this State Fair tradition, the butter sculpture is a must-see! Visit the Dairy Products Building and see how we could turn hundreds of pounds of butter turned into art.
Coronas Circus: Located in the Family Fun Zone near the Youth Building, state fair attendees can take in the Coronas Circus, a 4th generation of circus performers! Show times and other circus events include:
· Circus - show times at 1:00pm, 3:00pm and 5:00pm
· Hollywood Racing Pigs - show times at 12:00pm, 4:00pm and 6:15pm
· Giraffic Menagerie Petting Zoo - open 10:00am–10:00pm daily
Experience Stage: Take in thirteen days of entertainment from a diverse lineup of talent and entertainment on the experience stage!
Hall of Health: Visit the Science and Industry Building Hall of Health to visit a wide variety of health service organizations and professionals.
Historic Train Exhibit: The Train-Railroad Exhibit is one of the most popular historic attractions at the New York State Fair! View a classic 1916 model restored wooden New York Central caboose and a restored vintage 1920s era passenger car.
Horticulture Building: Visit the Horticulture Building to take in the sights, and of course, beautiful smells, of colorful plants and flower arrangements. The building also features the Taste NY Market where you can learn about local New York produce and even sample and purchase some!
i-Flip Aerial Show: The ultimate aerial and acrobatic thrill show features aerial bungee, tramp-wall, sphere, power track and more!
Kiddieland Midway: The perfect part of the fair for your young ones, the Kiddieland Midway is set apart from the main midway and features age-appropriate rides, games and more.
Labor Day Fireworks Display: Say farewell to summer and Labor Day with our spectacular fireworks display. It begins following the final 6pm Chevy Court concert performance, and is not to be missed!
There’s even more to experience at the New York State Fair!
With plenty of on-site amenities, you can find everything you need for a fun day at the State Fair! Available amenities include: drop-off and pick-up areas, scooter, wheelchair, stroller and wagon rentals, fair trams, first aid, accessible restrooms and seating, special needs seating, food and drink concessions, a baby care cottage, EV charging stations, ATM and much more!
The New York State Fair is located at:
581 State Fair Blvd.
Syracuse, New York 13209
Nas Friday, August 20, 2021 at 8:00pm
98 Degrees Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 2:00pm
RATT Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 7:00pm
Brothers Osborne Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 8:00pm
Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra Monday, August 23, 2021 at 2:00pm
Bishop Briggs Monday, August 23, 2021 at 7:00pm
Foreigner Monday, August 23, 2021 at 8:00pm
The Spinners Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 2:00pm
DSL* Dire Straits Legacy Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 7:00pm
The Empire RV Park lies within the New York State Fairgrounds, home of the nation’s first and oldest state fair. The Empire RV Park will be available to those renting a space for a 23-night stay - this includes the five nights before, and then the entire 18 nights of the Fair. The 2021 New York State Fair runs from Friday, August 20 ending on Labor Day, Monday, September 6.
The Empire RV Park reservation includes a single parking site for one RV for up to a 23-night stay (includes water, electric, sewer and locations for garbage disposal), one vehicle parking permit, and two 18-day admission wristband passes to the Fair (see details about Fairtime hours below). Rental price is $830 plus a $9 reservation fee per site. Upon arrival, one additional Yellow Parking Lot permit may be purchased at a cost of $231. Any vehicle parked without the proper credentials in the Empire RV Park will be removed.
Campsites are supplied with water, electric (120 volt/30amp or 240 volt/50amp), sewer, and locations for garbage disposal. Bathroom and shower facilities are located at the west and east ends of the park. Campers must bring/supply their own water hose, sewer pipe, and electrical cord to reach sewer drop and water/electric hook-ups. For health reasons, all RV’s must have their own holding tanks. Hose stations are provided exclusively for filling holding tanks and other temporary service needs.
Even if you don’t own an RV of your own, you can enjoy camping at the State Fair! Thanks to RV rental from RVshare, you can rent an RV in your hometown and travel to the fair in the ultimate in comfort and ease, or rent an RV right in Syracuse.
The Maplewood Suites Extended Stay
Conveniently located off the New York State Thruway (I-90) & I-81, the Maplewood Suites Extended Stay has the proximity to the New York State Fairgrounds that makes a perfect fit for vendors and visiting guests. The Maplewood Suites Extended Stay sits only miles from all major attractions in the Syracuse, New York area.
With an array of accommodations throughout our suites, you will enjoy amenities such as complimentary wifi access, on-site bar/lounge, a hot deluxe continental breakfast, featuring a parfait bar filled with fresh fruits and toppings, 24 hour lobby access including hot coffee, hot chocolate and tea, complimentary shuttle service (based on availability) from 5:00am-11:00pm daily, safety stove tops, state-of-the-art 24 hour fitness center, indoor heated pool and so much more!
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The New York State Fairgrounds are located immediately adjacent to Route 690 just West of Syracuse. To get there, follow the directions below:
From the West - Buffalo / Rochester Area: Take the New York State Thruway (Rt. 90 East) to Exit 39, then follow Rt. 690 East.
From the East - Albany / Utica Area: Take the New York State Thruway (Rt. 90 West) to Exit 34A, follow Rt. 481 South, then follow Rt. 690 West.
From the North - Watertown Area: Take Interstate 81 South into Syracuse to Exit 22. Follow Bear Street (Rt. 298) to Rt. 690 West.
From the South - Binghamton / Cortland Area: Take Interstate 81 North into Syracuse, then follow Rt. 690 West.
From the New York City / Downstate Area: Take the best route to Binghamton, N.Y. then take Interstate 81 North into Syracuse, then follow Rt. 690 West.
For other ways to get to the fair, including Park-N-Ride and Amtrak train services, click here.
Parking is available at the state fairgrounds for $5 per vehicle.
Admission tickets for the 2021 State Fair, August 20 through September 6 will cost $3 when purchased online.
Children 12 and under are admitted free every day of the 2021 State Fair
*Unused tickets from the 2019 Advance Sale Program (non-promotional) will be accepted at the 2021 Fair*
A visit to the New York State Fair is always fun, but make sure it’s also comfortable, easy and stress-free, too! When you travel to the fair in an RV rental from RVshare, you’ll be sure to be comfortable – convenient private bathroom, anyone? – and have a blast! Whether you visit the New York State Fair in an RV rental from us or use other accommodations, we’d love to see pictures of your trip. Send us photos at [email protected], and tag us on social media to share details and tips about your visit. Your adventures could be featured on our blog or social media!
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