The Great New York State Fair returns at the end of August. The 13-day celebration is happening from August 23rd through September 4, 2023, at the NYS Fairgrounds

Join in on the nation's longest-running state fair for another year of thrills, fun, food, and live entertainment. Be sure to check out the Greater Syracuse Area Visitor Guide on our website, and request your copy today!

We’ve created this cheat sheet to help you make the most of your time once you get to the fair so you can maximize your fun.


Chevy Court Concerts

What do artists like Salt-N-Pepa, Quiet Riot, The Fray and Foghat have in common? They’re all headed to the Main Stage at Chevy Court during the duration of the Great New York State Fair. That’s not all, there’s plenty of music and other top musicians lined up for the 13-day event.

The Suburban Park Stage, formally known as the Experience Stage is also expected to bring some major voices and bands to the stage including Lainey Wilson, Slick Rick, George Thorogood and the Destroyers and so much more. 

To celebrate 50 years of Hip Hop the NYS Fair,  will be showcasing talented artists like the iconic all-female rap group Salt-N-Pepa, Ludacris, Slick Rick, Yung Gravy and JID. If you didn’t know, all concerts are free to fairgoers with your Fair admission - what could be better? Check out the schedule today.


Fair Food, Fair Drinks, and More

The Great New York State Fair is welcoming back and for the first time, many foods and drink vendors this year. With over 100 food and drink options, you and your group will not go hungry. Refreshing lemonade, bold BBQ, flavorful French fries, decadent desserts, and more, your options are virtually endless! Not just a variety of food either, Syracuse is welcoming businesses from all over the United States to show off their tasty creations. Pennsylvania, Florida, and the State of Washington will be in attendance, to name a few.


Sculptures and Unique Artwork

If you’ve never visited the NYS Fair before that’s okay. Those who have, however, understand that you’re not doing the NYS Fair correctly unless you visit the amazing sculptures created there. We’re not talking ice or clay, we’re talking giant, intricate, and beautiful pieces of art created using materials like butter and sand (totally separate exhibits, in different buildings). Make sure to check out both unique works of art that change themes every year. The sand sculptures will be found in the Center of Progress Building and the Butter Display will be located in the Dairy Products Building.


Horses, Llamas, and Cows Oh My

The Fair is your perfect opportunity to view over 10,000 animals, many of them competing for best in show. View cows, llamas, goats, horses, rabbits, poultry, and other members of the animal kingdom. There’s even a rodeo so put on your cowboy hat and cheer on your favorites.


Butterfly Exhibit

Enter the Sky River Butterfly Exhibit for a chance to see butterflies from all over the world. Hold out a feeding stick included with the exhibit entry to get up close and personal with these winged beauties.


Greatest Carnival on the Planet

Head to the midway for over 50 rides and a variety of fair games. Bumper Cars, the Cyclone, and the Grand Carousel are just a few fun rides to check out. Test your skills with fair games and win a giant stuffed animal you’ve been eyeing. Want to have the best view of the Fair by taking a ride on the giant Ferris wheel. There are midway activities for all ages, so make sure to stock up on tickets and have some fun.


Variety of Vendors 

Not just fun, entertainment, and food, at the Fair you’ll find a plethora of shopping from a variety of different vendors. Shop everything from leather goods and customized items, new crafts for your home, and clothing for you and your pets, you might even walk away with a brand-new hot tub. Take a stroll through the Marketplace Pavilion Tent or venture into the Center of Progress Building. There’s so much to see whether you’re looking to buy or browse.


Got Milk?

This year, the Cornell Cooperative Extension is running and operating the Milk Bar. As always fairgoers will be able to enjoy an ice-cold cup of white or chocolate milk for only .25 cents and during the last 3 days of the fair white milk will be swapped out for strawberry milk. You can also head to the milking parlor to see how milk gets from the cow to your glass.


Cultural Villages

Make your way through designated villages dedicated to celebrating Iroquois, Pan-African and Latino cultures. Watch live performances, sample unique dishes, and learn something new every time you visit one of these villages.


Be a Spectator

Looking to get your sports fix? Head to the Sports Activity Center to cheer on exhibition games or tournaments. Sporting events include wrestling, gymnastics, wheelchair basketball, pickle ball, and more.


Plan Your Trip Today!

The Great New York State Fair will be here before you know it, so don’t waste any more time and plan your stay in Syracuse today. The NYS Fair offers a wide range of special days to make every fairgoer and their family feel included, seen and heard. Join the fair on Women's Day, Pride Day, Stop out Stigma, Armed Forces Day and so many more to make your NYS Fair experience special to you. 

With so much to see and do at the Fair, what will you check off your list first?


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