Don’t miss out on the Washington State Fair this September!
Looking for something fun to do this September? If you’ve never been to the Washington State Fair, you’re in for a real treat. This annual fair is arguably Washington state’s biggest event, with over a million people visiting to take part in the 20 days of food, live entertainment, rides, exhibits, and festivities. The fair has been around since 1900 and is one of the biggest fairs in the world.
This year, the Washington State Fair takes place in Puyallup, WA (less than an hour’s drive from Seattle!) from Friday, September 1 to Sunday, September 24. There is a lot to do and see at the fair so we put together this handy guide for you.
Read on for all the important info you’ll need for attending the fair!
First, keep in mind that the fair is not open every day this September. The dates that the Washington State Fair are closed are: Wednesday, September 6 and every Tuesday.
On days that the fair is open the hours vary slightly, from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. There are also specific hours for rides and alcohol service. You can see the exact daily hours by visiting the fair website.
To gain admission to the fair, you can buy your tickets online or at the fair gates. Kids age 5 and younger always have free admission to the Washington State Fair.
If you’re on a budget, you can take advantage of the fair’s free admission days. On Friday, September 8 there is free gate admission for all ages from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm (with a suggested donation of a new school supply). Plus, every Monday at the fair is Military Appreciation Day, with free admission if you valid military ID.
Once you’re at the fair, you may find yourself overwhelmed with options. We suggest checking out the fair’s events schedule to see what events you’re interested in, from live music to fireworks. The majority of the fair’s events are free and family-friendly.
Separate tickets are required for the fair’s live concert series. You’ll be able to see a lineup that includes Third Eye Blind, Styx, and more.
Finally, be sure not to leave without sampling the fair food! You’ll find everything from classic fair staples like cotton candy to vegan and gluten-free options. The daring can even enjoy some “extreme carnival eats,” such as a donut burger. Yep, that’s a beef hamburger with two donuts as buns. Bring your appetite (and maybe some Tums as well)!
Washington State Fair 2023
Where: 110 9th Avenue SW Puyallup, WA 98371
When: September 1 through September 24 (closed Tuesdays). See daily hours here.