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Allentown Fair 2021: What you need to know about the concerts, events, and fun for the 169th year

For Jessica Ciecwisz, the past year and half of life in a global pandemic has been about a return to family time.

“Everyone hunkered down and got back to cooking, baking, old-movie watching, LEGO-making,” said Ciecwisz, marketing and entertainment manager for the Allentown Fair. “We went back to the family time and went back to the fun classic stuff that the fair is.”

“Reboot to Our Roots” is the theme of the 2021 Allentown Fair, the legendary end-of-summer event that will run Sept. 1 to Sept. 6 with old-fashioned fun, concerts and more.

Here’s what you need to know about the fair.

What’s different this year?

The 2021 Allentown Fair will run six days instead of seven and there are three Grandstand shows this year: Toby Keith, Carrie Underwood, and AJR. More on them later.

Also, no free samples from culinary contests or live stage cooking demonstrations or events this year.

Outside of that, it’s a largely typical year for the fair, which is pretty remarkable. A typical Allentown Fair can take up to a year to plan.

The 2021 Allentown Fair kicks off on Sept. 1 and brings back the Midway and more.

Ciecwisz said they had multiple plans, including one that would have pushed the fair back further into the year.

“With event planning, you have to be flexible, period,” Ciecwisz said.

The fair didn’t get the go-ahead until about Memorial Day, leaving organizers just over three months to put the final 2021 event together.

“We have such a small staff there,” said Terri Schwenk, marketing specialist for the fair. “They did a monumental task.”

When: 4 - 10 p.m. Sept. 1; noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 2 through Sept. 5; noon to 9 p.m. Sept. 6

Where: The Fair is between 17th and 21st streets and Liberty and Chew streets in Allentown. Tip: Use 1703 Liberty St. Allentown if you’re plugging an address into a GPS. That will take you near Tunnel Gate 7 for onsite parking.

Parking is available on site through Tunnel Gate 7 off of Liberty Street. Cost is $10 per vehicle during the Allentown Fair. Prepaid premium parking is available in advance for $30. Off-site parking is available in lots surrounding the Fairgrounds. These lots are run by individual businesses and are not associated with the fair.

Regular admission: $8; kids 12 and under, free; seniors (65 and over with ID), free all day on Sept. 6. All entertainment is included with fair admission except rides and games on the Powers Great American Midway, Grandstand concerts/shows, and the J&J Demolition Derby.

Special admission promotions: On Wednesday, Sept. 1, admission is $4 or get in with “2 Bucks and a Can” by bringing in a food donation to the Fair for Second Harvest Food Bank and pay $2.

Weekdays under the Wire: Everyone gets in free from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Sept. 2 and 3.

Senior Citizens Day: Anyone 65 years old and older gets in free all day Sept. 6 (with ID).

Red, White & Thank You: All active military and veterans (with ID) get in free all day Sept. 6.

Show, ride and admission tickets are available online anytime at Discount all day ride tickets are available through Aug. 31; discount fair admission tickets are available through Sept. 1.

A fair tradition, the 2021 Allentown Fair Queen will be crowned. The Fair Queen Contest and Queen Coronation will be held in RCN Farmerama Theater at 7:30 p.m. opening day Sept.1.

Country star Carrie Underwood will perform with Dan Smalley Sept. 3 at the Allentown Fair.

Two grandstand shows postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic are rescheduled for this year’s fair.

Toby Keith with Matt Stell and Laine Hardy: 7:30 p.m., Sept. 2

Carrie Underwood with Dan Smalley: 7 p.m., Sept. 3.

AJR: Added over the summer was the indie pop band with lovelytheband and Daisy the Great who will perform 7 p.m., Sept. 5.

Old-fashioned family fun is once again in store for everyone at the 2021 Allentown Fair Midway. Powers Great American Midways is back for its 13th year running the midway and has three new attractions:

* Itsy Bitsy Gondola Wheel: 100-feet tall

* Sky Hawk – There’s only one other ride like this one in the country, where you lie flat like Superman.

* Classic football game with anew spin A new spin on the classic football game

Tickets and info: All-day ride wristband, $20 online and $25 at the door. Rides open at 5 p.m. Wednesday; 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday; and 1 p.m. Saturday through Monday. Info on individual rides costs, tickets and more: and visit the Midway page.

Of course, you’re likely to get hungry and thirsty as you’re walking around the fair. The fair has a long lineup of vendors ready to help you out, including new ones:

* Holy Macaroni (mac and cheese)

* Bubble Wow Waffles (waffles and ice cream)

* Cal’s Concessions (homemade deep-fried foods)

* Delicious Dogs and More (hot dogs and sides)

* Fired Up Concession (Fire fries, roasted corn, donuts, chorizo, puree drinks)

* Off The Hook Seafood Fish Products (seafood dishes, shish kabobs, funnel cakes)

* Sister’s Full of Flava (fried chicken, fried fish, egg roll, sweet potato pie)

* Stop & Eat (chicken sliders)

* Sumac Catering (grilled chicken skewers)

* Taco Town Catering (tacos)

Robinson's Pig Paddling Porkers race return to the 2021 Allentown Fair.

From pigs to a petting zoo, there’s plenty of fun to see and do for families.

We picked a few must-sees:

* The Flying Wallendas: nThe famous family will have you o the edge of your seat with their death-defying high wire circus-themed show.

* Hog Diggity Dog: What do you get when you pair up a 700-pound hog, 13 rescue dogs and two camels? Fun of course. (And you may become part of the show)

* ZuZu Acrobats: A high energy show best known from the popular TV show “America’s Got Talent” featuring pyramid building, contortion, a tower of chairs, hand balancing and much more.

* Robinson’s Pig Paddling Porkers: Everyone’s favorite pigs will be back racing around the turf track and swimming to the finish line.

* Puppy Pals Comedic Stunt Dog Show: From shelters to showbiz, watch the pups from Puppy Pals perform stunts you won’t believe. (They too appeared on “America’s Got Talent.”)

Throughout the course of its history, the heart of the Allentown Fair has been agriculture. The Lehigh County Agricultural Society is the nonprofit owner and operator of The Allentown Fairgrounds.

So you’ll find not only rides and concerts but a chance for families to truly deep-dive into agricultural life.

Among the farm fun you can have:

* Agri-Land: Stroll through the barns to see the pride of area farms

* Lil’ Farm Hands: Try your hand at some old-fashioned farm chores including milking “Aggie Hall,” the fair’s first talking cow.

* Judging Tent: You can watch the daily judging of animals, participate in the Barnyard Olympics and take part in other farm fun activities all through the week.

Inside the Agri-Plex is a celebration of all the talents people in our area have — from things sewn to things grown. You can walk around and see who won ribbons for their creative pursuits (and maybe get some inspiration for yourself).

Shoofly Pie is among the culinary contests at this year's Allentown Fair.

Inside the Agri-Plex, you can watch the Lehigh Valley’s best amateur bakers and cooks compete for top prizes in a variety of categories:

Sept. 1: 2 p.m. - PA Preferred TM Junior Baking cookies, Brownies and Bars Contest sponsored by Newburg Deli & Catering; 7 p.m. - The Buttered Crumb Great American Shoo-Fly Pie Contest pdf button

Sept. 2: 2 p.m. - SWEET girlz BAKERY Holiday Cookie Contest; 7 p.m. - Mad J’s BBQ The Great Chili Bowl Contest

Sept. 3: 2 p.m. - King Arthur Flour Great Layer Cake Contest; 7 p.m. - Clover Hill Vineyards and Winery’s Supreme Cheesecake Contest

Sept. 4: 2 p.m. - Pampered Chef Fruit Crisp-Cobblers Contest; 7 p.m. - Bechdolts Orchard Fresh Peach Dessert Contest

Sept. 5: 2 p.m. - A&A Plumbing Best “NO BAKE” Dessert Contest; 7 p.m. - Vynecrest Winery’s Homemade Chocolate Cake Contest

Sept. 6: 2 p.m. - Grim’s Orchard & Family Farms Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest

For anyone who loves to watch cooking demos and culinary competitions, this year’s fair is for you. The Farm To Table Cooking Series will host some of the Valley’s top chefs who will teach and compete on stage inside the Agri-Plex.

This year, the always-popular Iron Chef Battle has been expanded this year to three days, with the final battle taking place at 3:15 p.m. Sept. 5.

The J & J Demolition Derby is a Labor Day tradition where fenders fly on the Allentown Fairground’s historic racetrack as drivers, crash and smash into each other in qualifying heats until the last vehicle running becomes The Beast of the East Champion.

Always going out with a bang, the Allentown Fair will once again wrap up with the J&J Demolition Derby.

The J & J Demolition Derby is a Labor Day tradition where fenders fly on the Allentown Fairground’s historic racetrack as drivers, crash and smash into each other in qualifying heats until the last vehicle running becomes The Beast of the East Champion.

Three fender crunching heats, featuring full-size cars, 80′s or newer and compact cars will return to the Fair along with a new exhibition that includes the battery-operated riding toys, Power Wheels. The Kids Power Wheels exhibition allows children ages 4-10 to show off their driving skills on the historic racetrack.

Tickets: $15 and $10 for ages 12 and under and include admission into the fair. Available at the Fair Box Office on the Allentown Fairgrounds and online at


Mark your calendars as the Great Allentown Fair returns on Sept 1st for a week of family fun! This long running fair features a midway packed full of rides and games for all ages, a huge selection of fantastic food and treats, free midway entertainment, agricultural and home arts exhibits, craft and retail vendors, and concerts at the fair’s grandstand such as Toby Keith on Sept 2nd, Carrie Underwood on Sept 3rd, and AJR on Sept 5th!

Admission to fair is $8 per person (free for children 12 and under.) The fair also has a few admission specials including:

  • September 1stPreview Night: Admission is $4, or $2 if you bring a food item donation to the fair for the Second Harvest Food Bank.
  • Sept 2nd & 3rdWeekdays Under the Wire: Admission is Free on Thursday and Friday between 12 noon and 2pm.
  • Pre-sale: Admission tickets are on sale for $4 each through Sept 1st, see the fair’s website for details.

Pay one Price ride wristbands are $25 per wristband/per day and are good for unlimited rides from open to close on the day of purchase. Discounted advance sale ride wristbands are $20 each and can be purchased at the fair’s website.


Wednesday4pm – 10pmThursday – Sunday12 noon – 10pmLabor Day, Sept 6th12 noon – 9pm


  • $8 per person
  • Free for children 12 and under
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Great Allentown Fair

The Great Allentown Fair is an annual fair and agricultural show that is held at the Allentown Fairgrounds in Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. It is operated by the Lehigh County Agricultural Society.[1] It is one of the oldest fairs in the United States, and one of the largest in the state of Pennsylvania.

The fair was first held in 1852 to showcase agricultural advancements and to entertain patrons. It has since evolved to appeal to a broader audience, adding more entertainment and dining options.[1] Although it stays true to its agricultural roots by offering petting zoos, livestock judging contests, and a farmer's market, the modern-day fair focuses more on entertainment; it boasts a carnival, talent shows, and concerts.[2][3]


Early history of the Allentown Fair[edit]

The Lehigh County Agricultural Society held the first fair from October 6 to October 8, 1852, on Livingston's Lawn, a 5-acre (20,000 m2) plot located east of Fourth Street, between Walnut and Union Streets, in Allentown.[4][5] The initial fair was so successful that in 1853 the Society undertook the purchase of a larger plot of land, north of Liberty Street and between Fifth and Sixth Streets, on which ticket offices and a two-story exhibition hall were built.[6] This location was the site of the second fair, held September 28, 29 and 30 of the same year.[6] One of the most popular attractions of these early fairs was Stephen Lentz's Flying Coach, a brass band that performed atop a hay wagon.[5][7]

In 1862, there was no fair due to the Civil War. During this time, the fairgrounds were used as a staging site for the 176th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers.[7] The fair resumed in 1863. In 1876, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a large reenactment of the Battle of Bunker Hill was held, which included many of Lehigh County's Civil War regiments and veterans as participants.[8] The "centennial" fair was a tremendous success.[8]

New fairgrounds and new name[edit]

Throughout the 1870s and 1880s, the popularity of the Allentown Fair continued to grow. However, increased attendance led to dissatisfaction regarding the fairground's size, facilities, short race track and small grandstand.[9] In 1889, the Lehigh County Agricultural Society purchased a plot of land on Seventeenth Street, between Chew and Liberty Streets, to serve as the new fairgrounds.[9] One of the primary features of the new location was a new half-mile race track, with grandstands capable of seating 2,500.[9] In celebration of the opening of the new fairgrounds, the fair was renamed the "Great Allentown Fair."[9]

The Great Allentown Fair in the 20th Century[edit]

The Horse Exhibit Hall on the Allentown Fairgrounds in the early 1900s.

From its earliest days, horse racing was a popular event at the Allentown Fair. In 1902, the fair's half-mile track was regarded as "one of the finest in the country."[10] In 1905, racehorse Dan Patch set a record of 2:01 on the half-mile track.[11] In 1908, the present-day grandstand was built at the Allentown Fairgrounds, increasing the track's seating capacity from 2,500 to 10,000.

Between the years 1907 and 1914, airship races became a featured attraction at the fair.[12] In 1909, two airships - one bearing the American flag, the other that of Germany, took off from the fairgrounds, raced down Hamilton Street, circled the Soldiers & Sailors Monument, and returned. The airship bearing the American flag won the race.[12] The following year, pilot Glenn Curtiss took off in his plane, using 19th Street as his runway, and flew over the Allentown Fair, in what was the first known heavier-than-air flight in the Lehigh Valley.[11]

The first auto race was held at the fair in 1915.[13]Sprint car races were sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (until 1955), the United States Automobile Club (1956–1966) and the International Motor Contest Association (1967 and 1968).[13] Sprint car legends Tommy Hinnershitz and Ira Vail both captured numerous wins on the half-mile dirt track, and Indianapolis 500 winners Mario Andretti, A. J. Foyt and Parnelli Jones all raced at the Allentown Fair before going on to greater fame.[13] In 1960, Johnny Thomson was killed during a race at the fair when his car crashed through the inside track fence.[13] Although the last sanctioned auto race was held in 1968,[13]demolition derbies continued to be popular event.

There was no fair held in 1917 and 1918 due to World War I. During this period, the fairground was transformed into Camp Crane, a training facility for the United States Army Ambulance Service (USAAS). During this time, more than 20,000 soldiers lived in tents and barracks on the fairgrounds.[14] The caretaker's house, which stood at 1701 Chew Street until demolished in 1960 to make room for a bank, was used as the officer's club.[15]

The fair wasn't held between 1942 & 1945. In 1951, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, his wife, and his son Arthur attended "Father and Son" day at the Allentown Fair,[16] a visit described by local historian Frank Whelan as "probably among the most significant moments in the fair's history."[17]

Beginning in the 1960s, musical concerts and performances held during Fair week starting drawing major acts and large crowds. Roy Rogers and Lawrence Welk appeared during the 1960s, as did Johnny Carson and a touring version of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.[18]Andy Williams introduced the Osmond Brothers in 1964.[18] In 1964, Kate Smith made her first "community fair" performance at the Allentown Fair.[18]Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass headlined in 1966, and the back cover of their album S.R.O. even featured a photograph taken during their performance.[18] On August 8, 1974, Liza Minnelli delayed her concert while Richard Nixon's resignation speech About this soundlisten (help·info) was broadcast live over the public address system.[18] Her performance later that night broke box office records at the Allentown Fair.[18] Sell-out performances have included the Doobie Brothers (1980), Pat Benatar (1981), Rod Stewart (1984) and Bryan Adams (1985).[19] In 1998, the Backstreet Boys set the record for the fastest sell-out of tickets.[11]

The new millennium[edit]

2020 saw the COVID-19 pandemic cause its first cancellation in 75 years.


The Great Allentown Fair offers many attractions:[3]

  • Grandstand - A large outdoor stage where the fair's big-name musicians perform
  • Farmerama Theater - An amphitheater where talent contests are held and assorted daytime entertainment takes place
  • Music Tent - A tent where bands perform when an area as large as the Grandstand is not needed
  • Main Entrance Plaza - An area where special shows, such as juggling acts, are held
  • Powers Great American Midways - The fair's carnival
  • Agriplex/Agriland - The fair's agricultural-themed areas

Grandstand performers[edit]

1956:Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians[20]
1957: Lou Walter's Latin Quarter Revue[20]
1958: Variety show featuring Red Buttons, Ted Mack and Jonathan Winters[20]
1959:Roy Rogers[20]
1960:Grand Ole Opry Jamboree[20]
1963:Tennessee Ernie Ford, Jimmy Durante and Red Skelton[20]
1964:Andy Williams,[20]The Osmond Brothers[20] and Kate Smith[18]
1966:Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Perry Como[20]
1967:The Supremes, Johnny Carson[20]
1968:Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, the Cowsills[20]
1970: Johnny Cash[20]
1971: Johnny Cash[20]
1972:Neil Sedaka, The Osmond Brothers[20]
1973:The Osmond Brothers, The Jackson 5, Diana Ross & the Supremes and The Temptations[20]
1974:Olivia Newton-John[20] and Liza Minnelli[18]
1975: Johnny Cash, The Osmond Brothers[20]
1976: K.C. and the Sunshine Band
1977:Kansas, Cheap Trick, Foghat, Blackmores Rainbow w/Ronnie James Dio, Sonny and Cher[20]
1978:Chicago, The Osmond Brothers[20]
1979:Steve Martin[20]
1980:Bill Cosby,[21]The Doobie Brothers[19]
1981:Pat Benatar, Iron Maiden[20]
1983:ZZ Top[20]
1984:WWE, Rod Stewart,[22]Berlin,[22]Thompson Twins,[22]Alabama, and Willie Nelson, The Osmond Brothers
1985: Alabama, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Foreigner, Kenny Rogers, The Oak Ridge Boys and The Pointer Sisters[23]
1986:The Beach Boys, Dokken, Loverboy, Kenny Loggins, Wayne Newton, Kenny Rogers and Hank Williams Jr.[24]
1987: Alabama, Bryan Adams, The Beach Boys, Chicago, Loretta Lynn with Conway Twitty, Restless Heart and Run D.M.C.[25]
1988: Alabama, Def Leppard, The Judds, Lynyrd Skynyrd, K.T. Oslin, Robert Palmer[26]
1989: Alabama, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Metallica, The Cult, Loretta Lynn with Conway Twitty, Wayne Newton, Sandi Patti and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers[27]
1990: Alabama, Michael Bolton, Bobby Brown (scheduled to perform, then canceled), Chicago, Kenny G and Barbara Mandrell[28]
1991:Damn Yankees, Bad Company, Sheena Easton, Joe Piscopo, George Thorogood and the Destroyers[29]
1992: James Taylor, Randy Travis, The Beach Boys
1993: Metallica, Metal Church, Barry Manilow
1994:Metallica, Suicidal Tendencies, Danzig, Barry Manilow, The Beach Boys, Alan Jackson, World Wrestling Entertainment wrestling (then known as WWF), Reba McEntire, Vince Gill
1995: Alabama, Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, Jeff Beck, Santana, Montel Jordan, Boyz II Men, Tony Bennett, Brooks and Dunn
1996: Travis Tritt, Goo Goo Dolls, Gin Blossoms, Michael Bolton, Brooks and Dunn, Wynonna, Crosby, Stills, and Nash
1997: Jon Secada, The Steve Miller Band, Boston, ZZ Top, Bryan White, Vince Gill
1998: Alan Jackson, The Backstreet Boys, Frank Sinatra Jr[11]
1999:Britney Spears, 98 Degrees, Tim McGraw, Def Leppard
2000:Martina McBride (Replaced LeAnn Rimes), Destiny's Child, Goo Goo Dolls, Tonic, Def Leppard, BBmak
2001:Blink 182, New Found Glory, Styx, Reo Speedwagon, Vertical Horizon, SR-71, Peter Frampton
2002: Journey, Alabama, Alica Keys, Jimmy Eat World, The Juliana Theory, Meat Loaf, Dennis DeYoung, Coheed And Cambria (scheduled to play; however, due to band issues My Chemical Romance played in their place)
2003:Alan Jackson, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Brooks & Dunn, Def Leppard, Sugar Ray, Michelle Branch, Don't Look Down, Thursday, New Found Glory
2004:Mötley Crüe, Yes, Dream Theater
2005:Nickelback, Breaking Benjamin, Alan Jackson
2006:The Black Eyed Peas, My Chemical Romance(scheduled to play but cancelled) Sonic Youth, Ween, Taking Back Sunday, Circa Survive, Hot Like A Robot
2007:Hootie and the Blowfish, Counting Crows, Carrie Underwood, Hilary Duff, American Idols LIVE! Tour 2007, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Hinder, Papa Roach
2008:Brooks & Dunn, Daughtry, Jonas Brothers, Toby Keith, Metro Station, Secondhand Serenade, Simple Plan, The Doodlebops and ZZ Top[30]
2009:Earth, Wind & Fire, Chicago, Jeff Dunham, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Jimmy Wayne, Kelly Clarkson, and Tim McGraw
2010:Keith Urban, Jeff Dunham, Rush, Justin Bieber, Weezer, The Gaslight Anthem, Lady Antebellum
2011:Bruno Mars, Marc Anthony, Big Time Rush, Sugarland, Journey, Night Ranger, Foreigner, Hot Chelle Rae, 3 Doors Down, Carnival of Madness Tour 2011
2012:Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Victoria Justice, The Band Perry, Blake Shelton, J. Geils Band, The Fixx
2013:Jeff Dunham, John Mayer, Austin Mahone/Bridgit Mendler, Toby Keith, Luke Bryan
2014:Mötley Crüe, Pitbull, Alice Cooper, Tim McGraw and Jana Kramer, Lady Antebellum and Joe Nichols, Hunter Hayes
2015:Carrie Underwood, Def Leppard, Styx, Tesla, Deadmau5, Little Big Town, Jim Gaffigan
2016:Meghan Trainor, Hailee Steinfeld, Jake Owen, Brandon Lay, Kiss, The Dead Daisies, Jeff Dunham, Chris Stapleton, Brothers Osborne
2017:John Mellencamp, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Pentatonix, MEGA 99.5 ‘Summer’s Last BASH’, Lauren Alaina, Carlene Carter, Lindsay Ell, Dan + Shay
2018:Sugarland, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Gym Class Heroes, 311, The Offspring, Gabriel Iglesias, Niall Horan
2019:Hall & Oates, Miranda Lambert, Brooks & Dunn, Impractical Jokers, Live and Bush, Why Don't We
2020: NONE
2021:5 Seconds of Summer, Toby Keith, Carrie Underwood

See also[edit]


  • Lehigh County Agricultural Society (1902), History of the Lehigh County Agricultural Society, Allentown, Pennsylvania: Berkemeyer, Keck & Co


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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.

White and black spotted steer laying in hay at the Great Allentown Fair


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.

Competition Dahlias at the Great Allentown Fair

Music Lineup

The 2021 Great Allentown Fair will feature musical headliners—live and in-person—at the Fairgrounds. Grandstand headlines include

  • Thursday, September 2: Country music superstar Toby Keith with special guests Matt Stell and Laine Hardy
  • Friday, September 3: Carrie Underwood with special guest Dan Smalley
  • Sunday, September 5: AJR

Tickets are on sale now through All tickets previously purchased will be honored at the 2021 concerts.

Buy Tickets

J&J Demolition Derby

The J&J Demolition Derby, a Labor Day tradition at the fair, is Monday, September 6. Tickets are $15 and $10 for ages 12 and under and include admission into the fair. Purchase Demo Derby Tickets.


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.

Fried food vendors at the Great Allentown Fair


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.



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