Your guide to the Big E in Springfield, MA

Step right up for all the details on the Bay State’s annual fair.

A basket filled with fired fair food at the Big E

Feast your eyes on a turducken sandwich.

Photo via @brokefatties

Rides, fried food, agriculture + a full concert line-up. All’s fair at the Bay State’s annual fairThe Big E. The event is back today and through the next 17 days the fair will put the E in entertainment with something for everyone. Here’s what you need to know before you go.

What’s in a name? The fair is hosted by Eastern States Exposition (hence “The Big E”). The non-profit is made up of civic, business, and agricultural leaders from each of the six New England states.

Dates: Fri., Sept. 16-Sun., Oct. 2

How to get there? The Springfield fair is a ~one hour and 45-minute drive from Boston. Pro tip: parking is cash only ($10 per car).

What to see? Everyday has a packed schedule with dairy, 4-H, and canning competitions, crafting + cooking demonstrations, agricultural shows, and other local celebrations for arts and culture.

Gravity defying rides and games of chance can be found in Midway (look for the big wheel). Tickets start at $1.50 and fast passes can be purchased to skip the line.

See a concert at The Big Arena, watch one of the daily parades featuring local high school marching bands, specialty floats, and antique cars beginning at 6 p.m. + take in the acts under the big top at one of the Circus Spectacular performances.

What to eat? Aside from your typical fried fair food, there are a few new eats to find this year. Give the flame grilled vegan options, sweet apple fries, bubble tea, noodle bowls + new brunch options a try. Here’s who’s cooking this year.

Ready to go? Tickets start at $15 for adults + $10 for children. If you are planning to go for a concert like Dropkick Murphys, Nelly, or Sublime with Rome, fair admission is included in your concert ticket.