Count down to fun at the Big E fair in Springfield MA

September 16 – October 2, 2016

bige-gallery-ag-03The Big E takes place September in West Springfield, Mass. The 17-day event is the largest fair in the Northeast and fifth largest fair in North America. Join our mailing list and connect with us through Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with all the happenings at Eastern States Exposition.

Dates & Hours

Hours of Operation
Gates open at 8 a.m.
Most exhibits and buildings open 10am to 10pm

Avenue of States & Storrowton Village:
10am to 9pm

Most exhibits and buildings (exceptions: Avenue of States & Storrowton Village) are open 10am – 10pm
Avenue of States & Storrowton Village: 10am – 9pm
Midway: Sunday – Friday, 11am – 10pm; 
Saturday, 10am – 11pm
Craft Common: 10am – 10pm

Please note that agricultural activities begin early in the morning and are open to the public … in the Mallary Complex

Many food concessions are also open serving breakfast!

For the safety and security of all our guests, the following are not permitted through the gates at The Big E: Weapons (with or without permit); Ammunition; Knives, Alcohol/Drugs; Skateboards; Rollerblades; Luggage or other large bags.
All bags, purses and other items are subject to search. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Pet Policy
Fairgoers are not allowed to bring their pets through the gates during The Big E.

Exception: guide dogs.

Click here for a listing of services provided during The Big E.

Religious Services

Catholic Masses:
Bishop’s Mass – Sunday, Sept. 16 at 10am – Storrowton Village Green
8am all 3 Sundays in the Storrowton Village Meetinghouse
10am Sept. 23 & 30 in the Circus Tent
Protestant Service:
9am Sunday, Sept. 23 – Alden Baptist Church in the Storrowton Village Meetinghouse

Important note on prices


Cars: $10 Self-contained units only – $20
Cash Only

Parking Prices in Gate 9 Lot:  $10 –Cash only is accepted in our auto parking gates. There are no ATMs near Gate 9.
Additional private lots are located throughout the neighborhood and are not affiliated with The Big E. Parking fees are set by the property owner and vary depending on the day and distance from the Fair.

Handicapped Parking  (see prices above) – Our paved handicapped parking area is located inside the Gate 9 parking area at Gate 9A. The number of accessible spaces we offer far exceeds the code requirement, accommodating 172 vehicles. We also isolate a two-acre plot in the immediate vicinity of the gate where we can park up to 1,000 cars of handicapped patrons. Since we attempt to accommodate every handicapped vehicle, that area is vast and not totally paved.
This area also includes a covered drop-off area that may be used to drop-off/pick up handicapped, elderly or otherwise impaired passengers to wait while their car is parked.

Camper Parking – $20 (cash only)
A limited number of spaces are available for self-contained camper units on a first-come, first-served basis. An additional charge of $10 will apply for each extended awning or car occupying any adjacent space.