WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Every year The Big E honors specific places around western Massachusetts on certain days for their “salute” days.
It’s Salute to West Springfield Day at The Big E fairgrounds to celebrate those living closest to the fair Monday. The fair will feature performances from West Springfield High School bands.
Typically these days bring a little more traffic to the area with the students coming to the fair. But so far traffic has been light during opening weekend. This is the first of a series of local days honoring western Massachusetts cities and towns.
In addition, Monday’s musical performances will include musician-comedian Tom Franek, Rainere Martin in the Donna Summer Experience, and Little Texas at the Court of Honor Stage throughout the day. At the E-Stage, it’s The Infinite Grove and Tom The Suit Forst.
It was a huge weekend in the fair’s return, opening day saw just under 82,000 visitors, with 103,000 more turning up Saturday, which is actually more people than the first two days of the Big E in 2019 and record attendance was set that year.
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.
When is my state/town day at The Big E?
- Monday, September 20 – Salute to West Springfield
- Tuesday, September 21 – Rhode Island Day/Salute to Holyoke
- 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
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:
- Sept. 25: Flo Rida with Ying Yang Twins
- Sept. 26: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo (doors open at 6pm)
- Oct. 1: Goo Goo Dolls
- Oct. 2: A Day to Remember with Asking Alexandria & Point North (7pm showtime)
- Oct. 3: Styx
Court of Honor Stage, all concerts are free with fair admission:
- Sept. 17-26: Tom Franek, 11am, 1 & 6pm
- Sept. 20-21: Raniere Martin in the Donna Summer Experience, 3pm
- Sept. 20-21: The Yardbirds, 8pm
- 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)
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.
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.