WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It is Connecticut Day at The Big E on Wednesday, which is usually one of the busiest weekdays.

“It was my day to go out, I’m off work and my step dad invited me so I thought I’d come and check it out,” said Joshua Avery of Colchester, Connecticut.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont is scheduled to attend at 1:30 to tour the Connecticut Building and greet visitors at the state’s tourism booth.

Temperatures will be in the 60s and 70s Wednesday, with afternoon highs reaching the mid to upper 70s. It’ll be humid and cloudy with spotty showers throughout the day. There will be a bit of a breeze this afternoon.

Wednesday night, spotty sprinkles and cloudy with lows in the 60s.

Connecticut Building

Guests can stay dry in more than 40 buildings, including the Connecticut Building along the Avenue of States. It is required for visitors to wear a mask inside the state buildings, all craft buildings and the Mallary Complex.

The Connecticut Building was established on September 20, 1938 and is modeled after the Old Statehouse in Hartford. It features local products and services from agricultural businesses, non-profits, and other organizations that show the history of Connecticut. In 2019, more than 1 million people visited the Connecticut Building.

“Connecticut responds to The Big E in a very powerful way, about 40 percent of our attendance comes from the state of Connecticut. So, people love The Big E in Connecticut and they show up on their day in spades,” said Eastern States Exposition President Gene Cassidy.

He added that a lot of the agriculture from Connecticut is featured at the fair and examples of commerce at the state building.

Inside the Connecticut Building you will find the tourism office, Connecticut State Police, and vendors selling food, wine, beer, soaps, clothing, pet supplies, and more. For a full list of vendors visit thebige.com.

Thursday is another big day at the fair. Governor Charlie Baker and the Lt. Governor Karyn Polito join vendors at the Massachusetts State Building and to celebrate Massachusetts day.

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When is my state/town day at The Big E?

Each day at the Big E honors something specific. For example, Friday is Military Appreciation Day at the Big E. Veterans, active duty military and their dependents all get in free. Here are all the special and state days this year:

  • Wednesday, September 22 – Connecticut Day
  • Thursday, September 23 – Massachusetts Day
  • Friday, September 24 – New Hampshire Day
  • Saturday, September 25 – Vermont Day
  • Sunday, September 26 – Grange Day
  • Monday, September 27 – Salute to Springfield
  • Tuesday, September 28 – Salute to Chicopee, sponsored by Westfield Bank
  • Wednesday, September 29 – Salute to Agawam
  • Thursday, September 30 – Salute to Westfield, sponsored by Westfield Bank
  • Friday, October 1 – Harvest New England Day
  • Saturday, October 2 – October Fun Day
  • Sunday, October 3 – Salute to Special Olympics

Daily schedules can be found on The Big E’s website.LIST: New foods at The Big E announced 

Live Music at The Big E

There will be 80-plus live bands throughout the 17 day fair, starting with Machine Gun Kelly to kick things off with a sold out concert at the Big E Arena at 7:30 p.m. Here is the full list of live music this year:

The Big E Arena, all shows take place at 7:30 p.m. and Doors open at 5:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted:

Court of Honor Stage, all concerts are free with fair admission:

  • Sept. 17-26: Tom Franek, 11am, 1 & 6pm
  • Sept. 22-23: Exile, 3pm
  • Sept. 22: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, 8pm
  • Sept. 23: 10,000 Maniacs, 8pm
  • Sept. 24-26: The Bar-Kays, 3pm
  • Sept. 25: Plain White T’s, 8pm
  • Sept. 26: Don McLean, 8pm
  • Sept. 27-28: The Outlaws, 8pm
  • Sept. 27-Oct. 3: The Everly Set, 11am, 1 & 6pm
  • Sept. 29-30: Big Brother and the Holding Company, 3pm
  • Sept. 29: Lisa Lisa, 8pm
  • Sept. 30: Ripe, 8pm
  • Oct. 1: Kashmir: The Live Led Zeppelin Show, 8pm
  • Oct. 1-3: Tribute to The King performed by Taylor Rodriguez, 3pm
  • Oct. 2: Hoobastank, 8pm
  • Oct. 3: Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of RUN DMC, 8pm

The E Stage:

Showtimes are: Monday – Thursday from 4:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday from 3, 6 & 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 3 & 6 p.m.

  • Eavesdrop, Sept. 22
  • Choco Band, Sept. 24
  • Amber Eyes, Oct. 1
  • Otan Vargas with special guest Ted Lewis (10/2)

The Big E parking restrictions and live traffic conditions 

Parking and shuttles available at The Big E

During the next 17 days, The Big E will attract visitors from all over the Northeast and it gets busy in the area.

The Big E has parking at Gate 9, that’s at the intersection of Memorial Avenue and Circuit Avenue. Just a heads up, parking there is cash only. Give yourself some extra time if you’re driving to the fair. Thousands of cars come to West Springfield during the fair.

The fair is encouraging people to use the King Gray shuttles to get to the Big E. On Saturdays and Sundays, a free shuttle is offered from Union Station in Springfield. It departs from Gate 24 at Union Station.

There is also a shuttle from Enfield Square Mall that also operates on weekends. It costs $5 to ride the shuttle. Buses there leave every 30 minutes beginning at 9:00 a.m. the morning from the former Macy’s department store.

If you do plan to shuttle over, you will need to wear a mask on that shuttle.The Big E 2021 


Tickets can be purchased at the gates, or can be purchased online at thebige.com – In addition to single-day tickets, the Big E is also offering a 17-day value pass, which is valid for entry throughout the fair. Tickets for concerts at the Big E Arena are not included in the price of admission, and must be purchased separately.

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The gates at the Big E open at 8 A.M. every day. Buildings, exhibits, and the Craft Common open up at 10 A.M. The Midway is open Sunday through Thursday 11 A.M. to 10 P.M., and on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 A.M. to 11 P.M.

West Springfield Mask mandate

Remember to bring a mask with you to The Big E this year. You’ll need it to get inside buildings on the fairgrounds. The West Springfield Board of Health voted Wednesday to mandate wearing a mask when inside public and private buildings where people are allowed inside.

For The Big E fairgrounds, it is required to wear a mask inside the state buildings, all craft buildings and the Mallary Complex. You do not need to wear a mask when inside a tent or barn. According to Eastern States Exposition President Gene Cassidy, indoors counts as any building with four solid walls.

The fair runs through October 3rd.