Where: Puyallup Fair & Events Center, Puyallup, WA
When: Friday, September 1 to Sunday, September 24, 2017.
Hours: Sun - Thu: 10 am - 10 pm,
Fri & Sat: 10 am - 11 pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Getting There: Located minutes from Tacoma on I-5 Exit 135 to Pioneer Way E. -> 72nd Street E. then turn right to 5th St. SW and follow signs to the Fair.
Located only minutes from Tacoma and 35 miles from Seattle, the Washington State Fair (formerly known as the Puyallup Fair) is the state's biggest annual event - attracting some 1 million visitors every year to fun, food, and entertainment at the 160-acre Puyallup Fair and Events Center.
First organized by a handful of families in the early 20th century, the big event became known as the Puyallup Fair in 2007 before changing its name to the simpler Washington State Fair in 2013.
Today, the Washington State Fair in Puyallup remains one of the state's most popular early fall attractions combining headline entertainment and state-of-the-art amusement rides with old fashioned bronco busting, folk art, farm animal exhibits, and lots and lots of food!
This year, watch for the Washington State Fair to kick off the Friday of Labor Day weekend on September 1, and ends on the last Sunday of the month on September 24, 2017. As usual, the fair will be closed on all Tuesdays throughout its three-week run.
2017 Washington State Fair concert lineup
Another spectacular concert lineup is planned in 2017 that in the recent past has included such names as including country superstars Carrie Underwood, Willie Nelson, Martina McBride, and Tim McGraw.
The 2017 Washington State Fair concert lineup was announced in April with reserved concert seating at the Events Center. Usually, ticket prices range from $30 - $75 with complete details available at TheFair.com.
The 2017 Washington State Fair concert
lineup includes Nickelback, Lady Antebellum,
Melissa Etheridge and Jason Aldean.
Friday, September 1 - Nickelback With Special Guest Daughtry
Saturday, September 2 - Lady Antebellum With Special Guests Kelsea Ballerini And Brett Young
Sunday, September 3 - Steven Tyler With The Loving Mary Band
Monday, September 4 - End Of Summer Bash
Friday, September 8 - Granger Smith Featuring Earl Dibbles Jr. Dancin' In The Dirt Party
Saturday, September 9 - Easton Corbin Dancin' In The Dirt Party
Monday, September 11 - M.E. Live - Melissa Etheridge
Wednesday, September 13 - Masters Of Illusion
Thursday, September 14 - The Beach Boys
Friday, September 15 - I Love The 90's Tour
Saturday, September 16 - Hank Williams, Jr. With Special Guest The Cadillac Three
Monday, September 18 - Casting Crowns With Special Guest Matthew West
Wednesday, September 20 - Thomas Rhett With Special Guest Michael Ray
Thursday, September 21 - Kndd Presents Modest Mouse With Special Guest Built To Spill
Friday, September 22 - An Evening With Earth, Wind & Fire
Saturday, September 23 - Marlon Wayans
Sunday, September 24 - Jason Aldean With Special Guest Kane Brown
What else to see and do at the Washington State Fair
For a unique blend of entertainment, also check out a very popular hypnotist act guaranteed to amaze and delight kids of all ages. For more local wizardry, don't leave the fairgrounds before taking in the Hobby Hall — featuring wood carvings, egg art, ceramics, stained glass, hand crafted dolls, doll houses, and all manner of operating whirligigs and doodads.
While Puyallup features the familiar cotton candy, lemonade and deep fried everything, it's also often recommended that visitors find their way to the Young Life Pie Booth for a warm smile and a fresh slice of "the best pie on earth." For roller coaster fans, also don't miss a climb aboard the antique wooden roller coaster built in 1935, offering old-fashioned clickity-clack turns, spins, and thrills.
As one recent fair-goer put it, "I wish the Fair was open all year round!"
More information about the Washington State Fair around the Web:
TheFair.com - The official site of the Washington State Fair with a complete guide to dates and schedules, concert lineup, ticket prices and information, major attractions, photos, maps and directions.
Washington State Fair- Wikipedia guide to the annual fair including a brief history, attendance records, photos and related resources.