Carolyn Kruse

Carolyn Kruse

Carolyn Kruse

It’s almost time for America’s oldest country fair, The Topsfield Fair! This year will mark the 205th running of the popular annual event held on the fairgrounds in Topsfield, Massachusetts. Hundreds of thousands of fun-seekers will make their way through the gate to enjoy oodles of activities from competitions to demonstrations. Starting September 29 it’s all about the fun, fried dough and ferris wheels. So grab your tickets and make your plans now. It all starts this Friday. The Topsfield Fair is back with food, rides, giant pumpkins, live music and more!

This year’s Topsfield Fair is highlighted with a concert by country music star Clay Walker. The “If I Could Make A Living” star takes the stage October 6th. Other concerts include Starship, with special guest Foghat, The Drifters, and The Coasters and The Platters together for one night in Topsfield.  All shows are free, with your Fair admission ticket.

If you crave action, you’ll want to see the demolition derby, the racing pigs and check out all the amusement rides. The Topsfield Fair is also famous for their giant pumpkin weigh-in, horse shows, and baking competitions. You do not want to miss out on all the fabulous foods at the Fair. There is such a great variety, and you can’t help but smell the fried dough the minute you walk through the gates. If you want to see the famous Budweiser Clydesdales deliver cases of beer to the beer garden,  you will have several chances.

Get all the Topsfield Fair details here and check out the highlights below, including when to catch the Clydesdales!

  • Dates And Ticket Information

    DATES: September 29 – October 9

    ADDRESS: 207 Boston Street Topsfield, MA 01983

    TICKETS: Ticket prices for the 2022 Topsfield Fair are $15 for advance tickets purchased through 9/28.  The fee per ticket is $2.25.  They can also be purchased at the Fair Ticket Booth for $15 without fees.

    Starting on the 29th the cost is $20 per day. Tickets are good any day during the Fair’s 11-day run.

    A 3 day pass, good any three days, is available for $42.00 plus fees.

    Children under eight are free with an adult admission ticket. Discounted ride tickets are also available when purchased in advance HERE

    Click below to get your tickets!

  • Live Music

    The Topsfield Fair always offers a little something for everyone with live music performances. This year is no exception. Move to the sounds of golden oldies, classic rock and country for three nights at the fair. And the shows are free with your admission ticket.

    You will also find live music throughout the fair at various locations from the picnic area to the Trianon Stage. Get the full list of daily events HERE.

    * Wednesday 10/4 at 7pm: Cornell Gunter’s Coaster, The Drifters and The Platters

    * Thursday 10/5 at 7pm: Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, with special guest Foghat

    * Friday 10/6 at 7pm: Country music star, Clay Walker 

  • Rides And Games at the Midway

    Fiesta Shows presents the amusements in the Fair Midway each day, ranging from kiddie rides for the very young to thrill seeking teenagers and everything in between. Put you skills to the test and win prizes at the fair’s amusement games.

    Topsfield Fair

  • The Giant Pumpkin Weigh In

    This popular competition includes giant pumpkins from all over New England. It began in 1984 and is still going strong today in the vegetable barn on the Fairgrounds. Last year, a new record was set when Jamie Graham of Tyngsboro, MA brought a pumpkin that would break the 2012 record. His locally grown pumpkin weighed 2,480 pounds! 

    Topsfield Fair

  • Arena Shows

    The arena will be jammed packed with entertainment for the whole family .Enjoy horse pulling, oxen pulling, sheep dog trials, touch-a-truck, a stock farm tractor pull, a draft horse show, Championship Double Figure 8 Racing using compact, and a demolition derby. Get the days and times HERE. 


    Topsfield Fair

  • Food and Beer Garden

    Feast on fabulous food at the Topsfield Fair. Baked potatoes loaded with your favorites, a Gobbler Sandwich sure to satisfy big appetites. How about apple crisp made with fresh ingredients, yummy circle cut French fries, like you haven’t seen anywhere else! Be sure and taste them with a little vinegar.

    Got a sweet tooth? Sink your senses into a deep fried Oreo cookie, or how about fried Twinkies? Maybe you prefer your Snickers bar deep fried!

    Beer Garden? You betcha. Take your food into the beer garden at Topsfield Fair. All are welcome and there is no entrance fee.

    Food - Topsfield Fair - 2023

    What types of food can you find at the Topsfield Fair? Check out some of the amazing choices below!


  • Visual and Culinary Arts

    At Coolidge Hall you can explore canning and fine arts showcases, local artisans jewelry and crafts, baking contests and demonstrations, apple pie eating contests, wine making and much more.

    Visual & Culinary Arts - Topsfield Fair - 2023

    The Coolidge Hall Kitchen is constantly in use, whether for judging the baking contests or demonstrations. The most popular competition is the Topsfield Fair Apple Pie Contest, which can sometimes feature over 30 different pies! The smell of freshly baked bread also wafts out of the ovens and fills the entire hall with a homespun aroma.

  • The Budweiser Clydesdales

    According to a recent press release the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales will be delivering beer to the Topsfield Fair beer garden. You will have several opportunities to see these gentle beauties. The horses were first made famous in Super Bowl commercials. Now, they’ll parade through the Topsfield Fairgrounds. See them starting at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 5, then again on Friday, October 6, as well as at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 7. An 8 horse hitch will be harnessed to the world renowned Budweiser red beer wagon and will make a procession around the fairgrounds.

    Budweiser Clydesdales at Fair

    (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

  • Much More!

    There are far too many events, demonstrations, competitions and things to see and do to mention here. Take a look, explore now and plan out your fun at the Fair.

    Get questions answered HERE.

    For programs, directions, hours and accommodations, just click the photo below.

    Plan Your Day At The Topsfield Fair | Tickets & Daily Schedule

    Find everything you need to know about events, happenings, and accommodations at the Topsfield Fair. Check out our Daily Schedule, choose a day for your family and friends to visit, and purchase tickets here. We can't wait to see you!


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