Rap Legend Nas Returns to The Great New York State Fair


Opening Day of the Chevrolet Music Festival at the 2021 Great New York State Fair will feature the return of one of the biggest shows in Fair history. Rap legend Nas will come to the Fair’s Chevy Park stage for an 8 p.m. show Friday, August 20, six years after drawing more than 30,000 fans and creating the 8th largest concert audience in Fair history. All concerts are free with $3 Fair admission.

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“Nas was a last-second replacement in 2015 and turned in one of the iconic performances in Fair history. We’re thrilled to be able to bring back an artist of his stature. It’s the perfect way to kick off the 2021 Fair,” said Troy Waffner, Fair Director.

Nas joins a lineup of more than 50 national touring shows presented in the Chevrolet Music Festival, the largest free music festival at any state fair in America. Shows announced to date include:

  • RATT, Saturday, August 21 with time to be announced
  • Brothers Osborne, Sunday, August 22, 8 p.m.
  • REO Speedwagon, Wednesday, August 25 at 8 p.m.
  • Sister Sledge, Friday, August 27 at 2 p.m.
  • Melissa Etheridge, Friday, August 27 at 8 p.m.
  • Vixen and Great White, Saturday, August 28 with time to be announced.
  • Dropkick Murphys, Sunday, August 29 at 8 p.m.
  • The Oak Ridge Boys, Tuesday, August 31 at 2 p.m.
  • Halestorm, Tuesday, August 31 at 8 p.m.
  • Sheena Easton, Wednesday, September 1 at 2 p.m.
  • Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, Thursday, September 2 with time to be announced

Based on current state guidance, concerts are likely to take place on the Chevy Park stage in the New York Experience festival grounds. Attendance will be limited. Concertgoers will need a ticket to enter the concert area in addition to the $3 admission ticket to the Fair. Concert area tickets will be free of charge and available until the attendance limit is reached. Food and beverages will be available inside the concert area. Families and groups will be assigned to a designated area from which they can enjoy the concert. Masks will be required any time a person is outside their designated area.

Chevrolet sponsors concerts at the Great New York State Fair.

The Reimagined 2021 Great New York State Fair brings back the elements fairgoers love best – food, music, rides and games, and agriculture – in an outdoor format designed to be as safe as possible. Based on current state guidance, the Fair’s buildings will not be open except for some bathrooms. To comply with limits on attendance, $3 admission tickets will only be sold online and only to the safe capacity limits of the grounds. Tickets will be good only for the date of the Fair for which it is purchased.

Safety guidance can change and prospective fairgoers are advised to follow the Fair’s social media sites, sign up for the Fair’s email newsletter, or closely follow the Fair’s website to get the latest developments.

The New York State Fairgrounds is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. Find the Great New York State Fair on its website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and enjoy photos from the Fair on Flickr. Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair to statefairideas@agriculture.ny.gov.