Where: Puyallup Fair & Events Center, Puyallup, WA.
When: Friday, September 2 to Sunday, September 25, 2022.
Hours: Sun - Thu: 10 am - 10 pm,
Fri & Sat: 10 am - 11 pm.
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.
Every year, it attracts some 1 million visitors 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 a concert lineup with state-of-the-art amusement rides. That also includes old fashioned bronco busting, folk art and farm animal exhibits .... and lots and lots of food!
This year, the Washington State Fair kicks off on Labor Day weekend and ends on Sunday, September 25, 2022. As usual, the fair will be closed each Tuesday throughout its three-week run.
2022 Washington State Fair concert lineup
Another spectacular concert lineup is planned in 2022 that in the recent past has included such names as Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Willie Nelson, Martina McBride, and Tim McGraw.
Usually, ticket prices range from $30 - $75 and includes general admission to the Fair. This stellar lineup this year includes Blake Shelton, Josh Turner, Nelly, Dierks Bentley and many more:
Headliners at the 2022 Washington State Fair
include Blake Shelton, Nelly, and Dierks Bentley
SEP 2 • 7:30 PM Ann Wilson of Heart
SEP 3 • 7:30 PM Blake Shelton
SEP 4 • 7:30 PM Nelly
SEP 5 • 6:00 PM The Beach Boys
SEP 8 • 9:15 PM Josh Turner Dancin' In The Dirt Party
SEP 9 • 9:00 PM Matt Stell Dancin' In The Dirt Party
SEP 10 • 9:15 PM The Cadillac Three Dancin' In The Dirt Party
SEP 12 • 7:30 PM Russell Dickerson Dancin' In The Dirt Party
SEP 14 • 6:30 PM Kidz Bop
SEP 15 • 7:30 PM Dierks Bentley
SEP 16 • 7:30 PM Sam Hunt
SEP 17 • 7:30 PM An Evening with Lindsey Stirling
SEP 19 • 7:30 PM Lecrae
SEP 21 • 7:30 PM Maxwell
SEP 22 • 7:30 PM Shaggy and TLC
SEP 23 • 7:30 PM The Doobie Brothers
SEP 24 • 7:30 PM Whose Live Anyway with Drew Carey
SEP 25 • 7:30 PM Lynyrd Skynyrd:
What else to see and do at the 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."
Giving fair-goers a chance to get silly, eat hearty, and be entertained "generation after generation."
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!"
DID YOU KNOW? Washington State Fair fun facts
Worth a million: A rIde on the antique carousel.
• Opened on a vacant lot (near the present location of Pioneer Park), the "Valley Fair" first opened from October 4-6, 1900. Admission was $1 per family for all three days.
• The Fair had its first carousel in 1923 featuring a Wurlitzer band organ. Today, the restored antique carousel is now valued at $1.3 million and located in its own building in front of the Exposition Hall.
• In 1991, the Puyallup Fair was the first major fair in the United States to feature the latest craze, bungee jumping.
• Fisher Fair Scones (dripping with honey butter and jam) celebrated their 100th Anniversary by serving their 100 millionth scone during the 2011 Puyallup Fair.
• By 2016 the Washington State Fair became so popular than it extended its schedule from two weeks to its present three-week run.
More information about the Washington State Fair around the Web:
TheFair.com - This is 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- Check out the Wikipedia guide to the annual fair including a brief history, attendance records, photos and related resources.