The Great New York State Fair Lowers Admission Prices for Expanded 2020 Fair


Online Flash Sale Thursday Offers Admission for $2

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The Great New York State Fair will be more affordable than ever in 2020 as admission tickets will cost $3 when purchased online and $5 at the gate, the lowest price since 1990 and a significant drop from the pricing of $6 before the Fair and $10 during the run of the Fair that has been in place since 2005. The Fair will maintain its variety of free and low-cost admission days for certain groups and children age 12 and under will continue to be admitted free of charge. Through expanded marketing efforts, making the Fair more affordable as well as increasing the amount and quality of free or low-cost entertainment, combined with the Governor’s investment of more than $120 million in revitalizing the Fairgrounds, attendance at the nation’s first and oldest state fair has grown by more than 46% in four years.

“Admission prices at major fairs across the country continue to rise, which strains the ability of many families on ever-tighter budgets to enjoy a day together. We believe all New Yorkers should be able to come to their state’s fair to enjoy the many free and low-cost activities we provide while spending the money they do have to make the most of their day,” said Troy Waffner, Fair Director.

To celebrate the lower prices, the Fair will hold a one-day sale of admission tickets for $2 each on Thursday, February 27. The sale will be online only, at the Fair’s official ticket seller, Etix.com. Purchasers may buy up to 8 tickets per person. With fees, each $2 ticket will cost $2.16. Up to 10,000 tickets will be available; the sale will end at 11:59 p.m. or when all tickets are sold.

Regular sales of $3 admission tickets will begin April 1. All sales will be only via Etix’ online channel or by phone to Etix customer support at 1-800-514-3849. Tickets ordered by phone incur a $4.25 delivery charge. The retail sales program has been discontinued. Tickets may be purchased online or by phone through the end of the Fair. Only those buying tickets from a ticket sales booth at an entrance gate will pay $5. Online buyers may show either printed-at-home tickets or show the tickets on their phones at Fair entrance gates.

Special and Promotional Days

Before buying tickets, buyers should be aware of the Fair’s special and promotional days, which offer discounts for certain groups:

  • Children age 12 and under are admitted free every day;
  • Biker Appreciation Day: Anyone arriving at the Fair on a motorcycle may park for free in any Fair lot and be admitted for $1 when showing a valid New York State motorcycle license on Saturday, August 29;
  • Senior Days: Adults age 60 and over are admitted free on consecutive Mondays and Tuesdays on August 24-25 and August 31-September 1;
  • Fire and Rescue Day: Members of fire departments and emergency services organizations with a valid current ID are admitted free of charge on Monday, August 24;
  • Women’s Day: All women are admitted for $1 on Wednesday, August 26;
  • Law Enforcement Day: All members of police agencies with valid current ID are admitted free of charge on Monday, August 31;
  • Native American Day: Members of all Indian tribes are admitted free of charge on Friday, September 4, with admission taking place at Gate 5;
  • Student Day: People age 18 and under are admitted free of charge on Friday, September 4;
  • Dollar Day on Labor Day: Admission for all is $1 on the Fair’s final day, Monday, September 7.

Advance sale (non-promotional) tickets from the 2020 Fair will be honored for admission this year. This does not include free or promotional tickets. Any ticket to a 2020 concert at the St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview may be shown at the gate for one free admission.

The complete list of current special and promotional days can be found on the Fair’s website.