When: Wednesday, August 22 to Labor Day, September 3, 2018. 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.
For a state fair that began in 1841 -- with a pen full of pigs and cattle -- things sure have changed!
The New York State Fair is the oldest state fair in the USA, which began in 1841.
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 2018 New York State Fair kicks off on Wednesday, August 22 and continues until Labor Day on Monday, September 3, 2018.
2018 New York State Fair concert lineup
This year, the Chevy Court concert lineup includes Niall Horan, Blondie, and country superstars Big & Rich.
Blondie, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 22
+LIVE+, at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 25
Counting Crows, at 8 p.m. Saturday, August 25
Hunter Hayes, at 8 p.m. Sunday, August 26
Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits, at 2 p.m. Monday, August 27
Smokey Robinson, at 8 p.m. Monday, August 27
Lil Yachty, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 29
Big & Rich at 8 p.m. Friday, August 31
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, at 8 p.m. Sunday, September 2
Maren Morris, at 1 p.m. Monday, September 3
Niall Horan, at 6 p.m. Monday, September 3
Major music acts at the New York State Fair are usually slated for each night of the fair. Concerts are free with admission.
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 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.
The 2018 New York State Fair concert
includes major headliner Niall Horan.
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.
DID YOU KNOW? New York State Fair fun facts
Hey, cute calves you got there.
• The first ever Dairy Cow Birthing center at the New York State Fair in 2013 attracted crowds of thousands to watch live births of calves three times a day during the Fair's 12 day run.
• The fair's concert attendance record was broken by Bruno Mars in 2011 when he attracted an estimated audience of 35,000 to the Chevy Court stage.
• The New York State Fair hit the 1 million mark for the first time in 2001 with 1,011,248 attendees.
• In 1841, the nation’s first state fair attracted about 10,000 people who heard speeches from local politicians, viewed animal exhibits, and thrilled to a plowing contest.
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.