East Rutherford, NJ, May 1, 2024 – State Fair Meadowlands is back with a lineup of new and favorite all-ages entertainment. This year’s program is packed with electrifying stunts and acrobatic acts, thrilling amusement rides, magicians, world class musicians, racing pigs and delicious fair food. Tickets for the State Fair Meadowlands, the summer’s largest, long-lasting New Jersey event of the summer, go on sale today. The Fair takes place from June 20 – July 7. 

All-Ages Entertainment 

This year’s free entertainment is an all-ages affair. Circus Lena is a vintage circus making its New York Metro area debut. Taking place within an Italian-style big tent, the circus features acrobats and aerialists, performing death-defying acts, while comedians and jugglers charm the crowds. Looking for additional thrills? Head over to see Cycle Circus’s FMX freestyle show with cycling aerial stunts and pyrotechnics that will leave fairgoers awestruck. Step back in time with Jurassic Kingdom. Part performance, part reptile education, the show stars life-like dinosaur puppets that interact with the audience. Meanwhile, illusionist Jay Mattioli returns with his world-renowned electrifying magic stage show and fairgoers will get to resume their spots on the track to cheer along Rosaire’s Racing Pigs, a perennial fair-favorite activity. 

Music lovers won’t want to miss the high-energy Michael Jackson Tribute Show (June 21-23). The live-band show has all the immortalized Jackson tunes performed with MTV-reminiscent dance routines and light show. 

  • Circus Lena 
  • Cycle Circus 
  • Michael Jackson Tribute Show
  • Rosaire’s Racing Pigs
  • Illusionist Jay Mattioli
  • Jurassic Kingdom 

“We cannot wait to open the doors to the 2024 fair,” said Mike Dorso, Vice President of the State Fair Meadowlands. “Our exciting new acts, combined with the favorites people adore, are lining up to make this the most entertainment-packed fair yet. We’ve also added several new food offerings and vendors that people are going to love.”  

Spanning 17 days, the State Fair Meadowlands will be open weeknights with extended hours on weekends and July 4th.  Note: The Fair is closed Tuesday, June 25 due to a sporting event at MetLife Stadium. 

Parking is free every day for all fairgoers.  Taking Uber to the Fair?  Follow signs to the designated drop off and pick-up location.  

Additional highlights of this year’s State Fair Meadowlands:

  • Spectacular Fireworks Displays on both July 3rd and July 4th.  The fireworks can be seen from anywhere on the fairgrounds.
  • Magic of Lance Gifford will dazzle crowds with his magic acts.
  • Commerford Petting Zoo never fails to impress children and adults, alike. Stroll through the zoo and interact with ponies, llamas, donkeys and much more. Be sure to check out the pony rides, too, for an additional fee.

Corn Dogs, Gyros, Cheesesteaks and More

The State Fair Meadowlands, whose food was featured on the Cooking Channel’s “Carnival Eats” in 2023, is known for its mouth-watering fair staples such as cheesesteaks, Greek gyros and classic corn dogs. More exotic options range from alligator meat in a variety of dishes including mac and cheese to bacon-wrapped delicacies. Try a plateful of hand-crafted Greek specialties. Don’t forget to sample all the fried foods from fried Oreos to fried candy bars. The smoothie stand features a rainbow of different blended fruit and veggie drinks. Returning this year is King’s Lemonade, which offers more than 30 refreshing lemonade flavors from classic to Blue Raspberry and Blueberry Pineapple flavors.

The State Fair Meadowlands will have hundreds of rides. With the largest Kiddie Land in all of New Jersey, there are plenty of options for children and adults, alike.  Also, don’t forget to try your skill at the countless games the Fair has to offer, like basketball free throws and water gun races.  This year’s fair is sponsored by Renewal by Andersen and Sundance Vacations. For more information, visit www.njfair.com and follow us on all social media platforms.


State Fair Group has been providing family entertainment for almost a century. As a family-owned business, we’re committed to maintaining traditional values and integrity. Our flagship event, State Fair Meadowlands, is New Jersey’s largest single-family event, offering quality rides, free entertainment, games, and diverse food options for everyone. Our mission is to provide families with an affordable and exciting day of activities. Visit http://www.njfair.com/ for more information. 

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