Rides, fried food, agriculture + a full concert line-up. All’s fair at the Bay State’s annual fair — The 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).
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.