SPRINGFIELD, MA — The Big E is back! With a stellar line-up of entertainment, exhibits, fair foods, rides, shopping and more.

ENTERTAINMENT

Music lovers, get ready to put on your dancing shoes as The Big E presents more than 80 live bands on three stages:

The Big E Arena

All shows take place at 7:30 p.m. and Doors open at 5:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted).

September 17: Machine Gun Kelly with jxdn and Kennyhoopla (Sold Out)

September 18: Billy Idol

September 19: Zach Williams with Corey Asbury of Bethel Music

September 25: Flo Rida with Ying Yang Twins

September 26: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

October 1: Goo Goo Dolls

October 2: A Day to Remember with Asking Alexandria & Point North (7:00 p.m. showtime)

October 3: Styx

Tickets are available at TheBigE.com and The Big E Box Office and include Fair admission when purchased prior to the show date.

Court of Honor Stage

All concerts are free with Fair admission.

September 17-26: Tom Franek, 11am, 1 & 6pm

September 17-19: Modern English, 3pm

September 17: Jesse McCartney, 8pm

September 18: Kameron Marlowe, 8pm

September 19: Foghat, 8pm

September 20-21: Raniere Martin in the Donna Summer Experience, 3pm

September 20-21: The Yardbirds, 8pm

September 22-23: Exile, 3pm

September 22: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, 8pm

September 23: 10,000 Maniacs, 8pm

September 24-26: The Bar-Kays, 3:00 p.m.

September 25: Plain White T’s, 8:00 p.m.

September 26: Don McLean, 8:00 p.m.

September 27-28: The Outlaws, 8:00 p.m.

September 27-Oct. 3: The Everly Set, 11:00 a.m., 1:00 and 6:00 p.m.

September 29-30: Big Brother and the Holding Company, 3:00 p.m.

September 29: Lisa Lisa, 8:00 p.m.

September 30: Ripe, 8:00 p.m.

October 1: Kashmir: The Live Led Zeppelin Show, 8:00 p.m.

October 1-3: Tribute to The King performed by Taylor Rodriguez, 3:00 p.m.

October 2: Hoobastank, 8:00 p.m.

October 3: Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of RUN DMC, 8:00 p.m.

The E Stage

Catch regional and national emerging artists daily. See Houston Bernard, September 19; Eavesdrop, September 22; Choco Band, September 24; Amber Eyes, October 1; Otan Vargas with special guest Ted Lewis (October 2); and many more. Showtimes are: Mon. - Thurs., 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 3:00, 6:00 and 9:00 p.m.; and Sun., 3:00 and 6:00 p.m.

For a complete schedule, visit TheBigE.com as more shows are announced.

Get ready for a full day or more to see all the attractions at The Big E. Don’t miss The Big Parade, Mon. – Thurs., at 6:30 p.m. and Fri. – Sun., at 5:00 p.m.; Commerford’s Petting Zoo; spectacular and kiddie rides onthe North American Midway; comedy fortune teller, Zultar, sponsored by Uncommon USA; and much more.

2021 FAIR FEATURES

Eastern States Exposition History Museum

Hampden County Building • Daily, 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

NEW! The Thrill of it All: History of Auto Thrill Shows at The Big E, The Story of Storrowton Music Tent and ESE remembers the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

Budweiser Clydesdales

Housed at the Avenue ShowPlace and in The Big Parade, fairgoers will have an up-close and personal view of these famous Clydesdales, watch them prepare for the parade and experience the majesty of the breed.

Sahara, presented by Camel Kingdom

Inside Gate 7

See this rare breed of blue-eyed, spotted dromedary camels -- an educational glimpse into the world of this spectacular species.

Circus Spectacular, sponsored by MGM Springfield

Under The Big Top • Daily, 1:00, 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Ringmaster Ian Garden leads an international cast of performers under the big top. Watch and be entertained and amazed by some of the finest circus acts performing today. Premium reserved circus tickets are $10, at TheBigE.com and The Big E Box Office.

Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, sponsored by Leaf Filter Gutter Protection

At the Mallary Rotunda • Daily – 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 2:30, 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.

Grab a front row seat at the “Pork Chop International Speedway” and see these nimble squealers in a dash for the grand prize, an Oreo cookie! And don’t forget to have your “pigture” taken with Swifty!

Collector Car Live returns to The Big E September 26 at noon on The Court of Honor Stage, sponsored by MattressFirm. Velocity Channel favorites, Mike Brewer of Wheeler Dealers, Wayne Carini of Chasing Classic Cars, and Barett Jackson’s Steve Magnante will emcee. This automotive event features a first class line-up of vehicles from Brass Era cars to million dollar exotics, plus commentary and interviews by show hosts and car experts.

FAIR FOOD

At The Big E, it’s all about food! Try our signature desserts -- The Big E Cream Puff and Big Éclair and watch for a new surprise flavor for 2021! Experience The Big E Craz-E Burger! Craving something specific? Not only are there hundreds of options to choose from across the grounds, but new dishes are available each year for you to try.

AGRICULTURE

Known as the largest agricultural event on the eastern seaboard, The Big E offers an exceptional educational showcase and an up-close view of life on the farm.

Mallary Complex

Experience life on the farm with competitions for cows, sheep, goats, llamas and more throughout the Fair.

The Butter Sculpture, sponsored by C & S Wholesale Grocers

Witness the food artistry team of Jim Victor and Marie Pelton’s masterpiece made from 600 pounds of Agri-Mark/Cabot Creamery Cooperative butter!

EASTERN STATES FARMERS MARKET AND WINE BARN

Home to some of New England’s finest wines, cheeses, ciders and more! Agricultural demonstrations, such as spinning and weaving, or cooking in the Demonstration Kitchen. Want a refreshing drink? Grab a wine slushie and cheese plate, or a wine sundae in The Wine Café and relax in the courtyard. Don’t forget to check out The Fiber Festival of New England, November 6 and 7!

4-H Milk Booth & Apple Booth

Indulge in an old-fashioned chocolate, vanilla or strawberry “Jetshake!” Stop by the 4-H Milk Booth located under the Mallary Rotunda. Or, if you feel like having a light, healthy snack, the 4-H Apple Booth in Farm-A-Rama will hit the spot.

Farm-A-Rama 

Watch chicks hatch, see a sow and litter, Henrietta the cow, sheep, goats, FFA landscape exhibits, honey bees, the Hallamore Clydesdales, and much more.

Eastern States Exposition Horse Show

Witness the elegance of horses trotting, cantering and galloping toward first place in the Eastern States Exposition Horse Show, a United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Heritage Competition, sponsored by Budweiser. Coliseum shows include the: Hunter Show and Zone 1 HOTY Finals, September 15-19; $15,000 Hunter Classic, September 17; and Saddlebreds, Hackneys, Morgans, Friesians, and Open Opportunity Classes, September 23-26; The Big E Draft Horse Show, September 30-October 3, featuring the $50,000 Six-Horse Hitch Showdown, the Haflinger and Hitch Pony Hitch Championship Series Finals and the North American Classic Cart Series Finals, October 3.

NEW ENGLAND CENTER

Step inside the New England Center, home of Creative Arts, 4-H Clubs, Food Contests and more. See what fun, family entertainment is happening on the New England Center Community Stage or watch creativity in the making at the Demonstration Corral.

Creative Arts

If you have a passion for the arts, visit the New England Center to see the display of entries and winners from the Exposition’s annual Creative Arts contests – photography, quilting, sewing, knitting, pottery, beading, decorative paintings on fabric, hand weaving and other needlework entries and winners. This year’s New England Center contest lineup includes: the Make it with Clay Contest, September 21; Jigsaw Puzzle Challenge, October 2; and the Woodturning & Scroll Saw Contest, September 29. Culinary amateurs display their talents in a variety of food contests.

STORROWTON VILLAGE

An oasis of peace and tranquility, this reconstructed, 19th century New England Village surrounds a picturesque village green. During the Fair, it will be humming with activity, such as demonstrations of broom making, tinsmithing and more. There will also be glass blowing demonstrations by Mobile Glass Studios, children’s games on the green and tours of historic buildings.

Entertainment in the Village

Stop by the Storrowton Village Gazebo as Jimmy Mazz hosts a line-up of fun entertainers: Hilby, the Skinny German Juggle Boy, September 17-22; Cirque Zuma Zuma, September 23-27; and Yo Yo Guy,  September 28-October 3. Showtimes are 1:00, 3:30 and 6:00 p.m.  

AVENUE OF STATES

The only place in the nation where you can visit all six New England States without leaving the fairgrounds. Each state puts its best foot forward offering unique products, crafts, foods, vacation information and more. Check out Harvest New England Day, October 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. when the lawns of the buildings contain a plethora of native products and specialty vendors.

SHOPPING

Treat yourself to something special, buy a few gifts and crafts for family and friends or start (and finish) your holiday shopping – at The Big E. The buildings and byways overflow with unique shops and vendors to satisfy all your shopping needs. Stop by an Official Big E Merchandise store for your Fairwear! T-shirts, sweats, hats and more! Stores are located inside Gate 5, Visitors’ Center East and on Commonwealth Avenue.

Crafts

Find a bounty of beautifully created crafts in Craft Common (on Storrowton Village’s back green), along Hampden Avenue, and in the Carriage House. Discover one-of-a-kind jewelry, artwork, decorative items and more.

Outdoor Exhibits

Searching for the perfect addition to your backyard? Find a new gazebo, garage, shed, hot tub, or tractor as you make your way around the fairgrounds.

Better Living Center

Our 123,000 Square foot shopping center has something for everyone. In the BLC, find everything from fine jewelry to the latest hair accessories, kitchen gadgets or unique items for your pet.

The Shops at Storrowton

The Storrowton Village Gift Shop, in the Phillips House, offers colorful scarves and accents, jewelry, socks, creative signs, novelty dishtowels, and more. After touring Potter Mansion, stop by the Christmas Shop. Close by on the lower level of the Grange Building the Yankee Candle Shop offers an array of scented candles, candleholders, dinnerware, and accessories to help lighten your holiday shopping.

International Plaza in the Young Building

Looking for unique products? Maybe some home décor or keepsakes? We have some great products from around the world featuring places such as India, Ecuador, Greece, China, Thailand and more.

Buy Advance Discount Tickets & Save!

Advance discount tickets and Midway Magic vouchers are available online at TheBigE.com and at The Big E Box Office through September 15 or at Big Y® World Class Market® August 19 through September 15. Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children ages 6-12. Advance Midway Magic vouchers are $25, valid any one day Mon. – Fri. or exchange for 26 ride coupons Sat. and Sun.

Opening Day is Friday, September 17 and to celebrate the occasion, The Big E offers many ways to save:

  • Be A Kid For A Day – everyone pays the children’s admission of just $10
  • Military Appreciation Day, sponsored by VA New England Healthcare System
    • Active duty and retired military personnel – Free with ID
    • Dependents of active duty military personnel – Free with ID
    • Veterans (no dependents) – Free with DD-214, a U.S Department of Veterans Affairs photo ID, or proof of Membership to any veterans’ organization 

Regular Gate Admission

Adults $15/Children ages 6-12 $10; Children five and under are free. Midway Magic Passes, $30. Go to the front of the line with the Midway Express Access, $15. Gate tickets and Midway Magic passes are sold online at TheBigE.com and Big Y® World Class Market® September 16-October 3.

Value Passes

17-Day Value Passes are $40 for adults and $20 for children ages 6-12 and are available online now and at Big Y® World Class Market®.

Gate Discounts

Six-After-Five – Admission is only $6 after 5:00 p.m. Mon. – Thurs.

Senior Days – Age 60 and over just $12 Mon. – Thurs.

Big E Hours

Gates open at 8am. Buildings, exhibits and crafts – 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Storrowton Village, the Yankee Candle Shop and Avenue of States are open until 9:00 p.m. The Village Craft Area is open until 10:00 p.m. The North American Midway is open Sun. – Thurs., 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Eastern States Exposition follows current health guidelines of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Town of West Springfield.

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