Where:Empire Expo Center, Syracuse When: Wednesday, August 23 to Labor Day, September 2, 2024.
The first New York State Fair began with a pen full of pigs and cattle. But how things have changed!
Today, the New York State Fair is the oldest state fair in the USA, an end-of-summer extravaganza that typically runs for twelve days, starting sometime late in August and ending on Labor Day.
This year, the 2024 New York State Fair kicks off on Wednesday, August 21 and continues until Labor Day on Monday, September 2, 2024
Doors open at 9AM each day.
Recently, the venue for the famous concert series featuring major headliners has changed its name to Suburban Park (formerly Chevy Park) to set it apart from the fair's summer Chevy Court concert series.
2024 New York State Fair concert lineup
Major music acts at the New York State Fair are usually slated for each night of the fair on the Suburban Park and Chevy Court stages where big name musical performances are free with admission.
Daily concerts take place at Chevy Court (located near Gate 1) at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., while Suburban Park (located beyond the Midway) will feature an 8:00 p.m. concert every night.
The first concerts of the New York State Fair’s 2024 lineup have already been revealed with 90s pop group TLC taking the Suburban Park stage on Friday, August 23rd beginning at 8PM, followed by kid-friendly group Kidz Bop on Saturday, August 24th at the Chevy Court stage beginning at 1PM. Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone will perform at Chevy Court on Monday, August 26th at 1 p.m.
Meanwhile, keep it here for more updates on the 2024 concert lineup that will be announced over the summer.
The 2023 New York State Fair concert lineup incliuded
Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard
and rocker Bret Michaels.
All about the New York State Fair
Way back in the 19th century the New York State 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.
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".
It truly is a fantastic, memory-making 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.
Old-fashioned pig races, state-of-the art thrill rides, and non-stop food at the New York State Fair.
DID YOU KNOW? New York State Fair fun facts
Cute calves you got there!
• In 1841, it was the nation’s first state fair that attracted about 10,000 people who thrilled to a plowing contest, viewed animal exhibits, and listened to speeches from local politicians.
• The first Dairy Cow Birthing center at the New York State Fair in 2013 attracted thousands who watched live births of calves three times a day during the Fair's 12-day run.
• In 2011, the fair's concert attendance record was broken by singer Bruno Mars 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.
More about the New York State Fair around the Web:
The Great New York State Fair 2024 - 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.