The Great Allentown Fair
September 1–6, 2021
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Now in its 169th year, the Great Allentown Fair (held on the Allentown Fairgrounds) offers a fun and educational experience around Labor Day Weekend every year. Dedicated to supporting the achievements of farmers, gardeners, and homemakers, the Pennsylvania State Fair invites guests to learn about agriculture while spending an exciting time riding rides, playing games, and musical performances. It serves up tantalizing international cuisine, live concerts, thrill shows, and the latest in gizmos and gadgets.
The annual operation of The Fair for more than a century-and-a-half is testament to the viability and durability of the nonprofit Lehigh County Agricultural Society's mission conceived in 1852. The 21st Century version of the Fair is steeped in the tradition of its rich agricultural roots while highly emphasizing education for the non-agrarian public. Its diverse entertainment offerings attract attendees of all ages and tastes. The abundant activities that occur on The Allentown Fairgrounds year-round support the mission and perpetuation of the Fair while providing the Lehigh Valley one of its premier destinations.
Trade shows in Agri~Plex, the area’s largest expo center, two restaurants, a dinner theatre and the famous Fairgrounds Farmers Market combine to make the 46-acre fairgrounds located in the city's beautiful west-end a hub for enjoyment, commerce, and tourism.
The 2021 Great Allentown Fair will feature musical headliners—live and in-person—at the Fairgrounds. Grandstand headlines include country music superstar Toby Keith with special guests Matt Stell and Laine Hardy Thursday, September 2 and Carrie Underwood with special guest Dan Smalley concert is Friday, September 3.
Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster.com. All tickets previously purchased will be honored at the 2021 concerts.
J&J Demolition Derby
The J&J Demolition Derby, a Labor Day tradition at the fair, is Monday, September 6.
Tickets will go on sale on May 28 at 10 a.m. on Ticketmaster.com. Tickets are $15 and $10 for ages 12 and under and include admission into the fair.
The hours of the Great Allentown Fair are:
- September 1, 2021: 4 p.m.–11 p.m.
- September 2–5, 2021: Noon–11 p.m.
- September 6, 2021: Noon–10 p.m.
Regular admission to the Great Allentown Fair is $8 for ages 13 and up. Kids 12 & under are free. Admission for senior citizens (65 and older with ID) is $4 after 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday September 2.
Getting in and around
Parking is available on site through Tunnel Gate 7 off of Liberty Street for $10 per vehicle during The Fair. Prepaid premium parking is available in advance for $30. Browse the map of the fairgrounds to plan your route.