When: Wednesday, August 23 to Labor Day, September 4, 2017. Daily 10 am - 9 pm
Directions to Fairgrounds:
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 or Cortland Area Take Interstate 81 North into Syracuse, then follow Rt. 690 West.
The oldest state fair in the USA, the New York State Fair began in 1841 with a pen full of pigs and cattle!
Today, the fair is an entertainment extravaganza, and typically runs for twelve days, starting sometime late in August and ending on Labor Day.
This year, the 2017 New York State Fair kicks off on Wednesday, August 23 and continues until Labor Day on Monday, September 4, 2017.
2017 New York State Fair concert lineup
Major music acts at the New York State Fair are usually slated for each night of the fair. Concerts are free with admission.
The 2017 concert lineup includes:
Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 2:00pm - Robert Randolph and The Family Band
Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 8:00pm - 3 Doors Down
Friday, August 25, 2017, 2:00pm - The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Friday, August 25, 2017, 7:00pm - The Beach Boys
Monday, August 28, 2017, 2:00pm - Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone
Monday, August 28, 2017, 8:00pm - Kansas
Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 2:00pm - The Marshall Tucker Band
Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 2:00pm - Taylor Dayne
Thursday, August 31, 2017, 8:00pm - LeAnn Rimes
Sunday, September 3, 2017, 2:00pm - Spin Doctors
All about the New York State Fair
The very first New York State Fair took place in 1841, making it the oldest state fair in the entire United States.
The 2017 New York State Fair concert
includes LeAnn Rimes, 3 Doors Down,
Taylor Dayne and The Spin Doctors..
The fair was hosted by the city of Syracuse, but like many state fairs in the 19th century, it moved around from city to city to let people in different corners of the state participate, as it was difficult and expensive to transport livestock over large distances.
In 1890 the New York State Fair finally settled on permanent fair grounds in Syracuse where it has remained to this day.
Today, the New York State Fair draws in more than a million visitors annually, which also makes one of the largest state fairs in the USA,.
Blue ribbon competitions remain popular, as do horse shows, showmanship competitions, and agricultural exhibits.
Also appealing to more modern tastes, competitions have expanded to wine, art, and talent show competitions.
Amusement park rides also remain very popular for kids of all ages, as does a traditional staple of any self-respecting state fair ... butter sculpting!
Good food is another key ingredients for family-friendly fun, which is also in ample supply at the New York State Fair. Fair goers can take their pick from a huge variety of local dishes and more traditional state "fair fare".
The New York State Fair is a truly fantastic end of summer event for everyone, annually topped off with a spectacular fireworks display on Labor Day as another New York State Fair comes to a close.
More about the New York State Fair around the Web:
The Great New York State Fair - Check out the official site for more information on admission and concert ticket prices, favorite food concessions, agricultural and livestock show schedules, directions, map, photos.