Durham Fair's Main Stage Entertainment

Main Stage events are FREE with a paid fair ticket.

Friday  Saturday  Sunday

Brothers Osborne

Brothers Osborne

Friday, Sep 22, 2017, 7:00 PM

Stay a Little Longer on Friday Night: Brothers Osborne will be performing at the Durham Fair! These baritone brothers are bringing all their award winning hits – so mark your calendars because it Ain’t My Fault if you miss it!


Opening Act: Jackson Hill

Friday, Sep 22, 2017, 5:30 PM


Stay Tuned

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo

Saturday, Sep 23, 2017, 7:00 PM

We’re All Fired Up to tell you the news! We Belong at the Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo concert on Saturday, Sept 23 at this years Durham Fair! This legendary couple is truly Invincible, with their quintuple platinum fan favorite, Hit Me With Your Best Shot. Join us for a fantastic ’80s flashback you won’t soon forget.


Opening Act: Kelsey Waters

Saturday, Sep 23, 2017, 5:30 PM

Up-and-coming singer/songwriter, Kelsey Waters, creates a cool country vibe during her captivating performance. Her blend of youthful honesty combined with the influence of strong female artists make the perfect mix for Saturday’s opening act.


USO Show Troupe

USO Show Troupe

Sunday, Sep 24, 2017, 1:00 PM

The Durham Fair is proud to present our first USO Show for our Military Appreciation Day on Sunday, Sep 24, 2017. This talented troupe is sure to please a variety of musical tastes ranging from today’s top 40 to Broadway, Big Band, and even some patriotic performance pieces to honor the occasion.

Opening Act: Still I Rise

Sunday, Sep 24, 2017, 11:00 AM

Military Appreciation Day

To celebrate the land of the free and honor the brave who fought to keep it that way, the Durham Fair is offering FREE ADMISSION on Sunday, Sep 24, 2017 for:

  • Active duty/military personnel
  • United States Veterans

Military Appreciation Day is sponsored by the VA Connecticut Health Care System. A military ID or VA ID is required for free admission. Other acceptable forms of ID for Veterans are a copy of a DD214 or proof of membership to any Veterans organization.

VA Connecticut Health Care Systems

Main Stage Entertainers Through the Years at the Durham Fair

  • 1970 Roy Acuff with Patsy Sledd
  • 1971 Tex Ritter 1973 Skeeter Davis, Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper
  • 1974 Carter Family, The Stonemans
  • 1975 Ferlin Husky, Charlie Walker / Slim Coxx
  • 1976 Bill Anderson and Mary Lou Turner, Little Jimmy Dickens
  • 1977 Sonny James, Kitty Wells, Johnny Wright, Bobby Wright
  • 1978 Tom T. Hall, George Hamilton IV
  • 1979 Stella Parton, Jim and Jesse, Justin Tubb
  • 1980 The Kendalls, Wilburn Brothers, Charlie Walker
  • 1981 Bill Monroe, Jimmy C. Newman, Ray Pillow
  • 1982 Porter Wagoner, The Stonemans, Jan Howard
  • 1983 Boxcar Willie, Johnny Russell, Mac Wiseman
  • 1984 Ronnie McDowell, Jeannie C. Riley, Wilma Lee Cooper
  • 1985 Bill Anderson, The Whites, Ferlin Husky
  • 1986 Grandpa Jones, Bill Anderson, Connie Smith
  • 1987 John Conlee, Moe Bandy, Little Jimmy Dickens
  • 1988 Bill Monroe, Lynn Anderson, Porter Wagoner
  • 1989 Dirk Benedict, Dottie West, Bowzer, Jimmy C. Newman, Tom Wopat
  • 1990 Mel McDaniel, Baillie and the Boys, Williams and Ree
  • 1991 Earl Thomas Conley, Marty Stuart, Dan Seals
  • 1992 Riders in the Sky, Michael Johnson, Bellamy Brothers, John Conlee
  • 1993 Patty Loveless, Bailley and the Boys, BJ Thomas
  • 1994 Hal Ketchum, Jerry Reed, Ronna Reeves
  • 1995 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John Hartford, Holly Dunn, Jan and Dean
  • 1996 Steve Wariner, Marshall Tucker Band, Mike Snider
  • 1997 Ricky Van Shelton, Bowzer, Ricky Scaggs, Bill Engvall
  • 1998 Loretta Lynn, 38 Special, Toby Keith
  • 1999 Sammy Kershaw, Billy Ray Cyrus, Three Dog Night
  • 2000 Kenny Chesney, Pam Tillis, Drifters-Platters-Marvelettes
  • 2001 Diamond Rio, Roy Clark, Bo Diddley
  • 2002 Diamond Rio, Lonestar, Marshall Tucker Band
  • 2003 Joan Jett, Charlie Daniels Band, Sara Evans
  • 2004 Sawyer Brown, Trace Adkins, Eddie Money
  • 2005 Randy Travis, Neal Mccoy, Gin Blossoms
  • 2006 George Jones, She'Daisy, Phil Vassar
  • 2007 Oak Ridge Boys, 38 Special, Joe Nichols
  • 2008 Blake Shelton, The Guess Who, Phil Vassar
  • 2009 Blake Shelton, The Guess Who,
  • 2010 Aaron Tippin, REO Speedwagon
  • 2011 KC & Sunshine Band, Blues Traveler, Steel Magnolia
  • 2012 Kenny Rogers, Kellie Pickler
  • 2013 Justin Moore, Josh Turner
  • 2014 Tower of Power, Montgomery Gentry, JoDee Messina
  • 2015 Martina McBride, Craig Morgan, Confederate Railroad
  • 2016 Old Dominion, Foreigner, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
  • 2017 Brothers Osborne, Pat Benatar, USO