If you’re in Seattle from September 1-24, consider taking a day trip to the Washington State Fair, just 30 minutes East of the city in Puyallup. Regular concerts, rodeos, and rides guarantee that you’ll find a little bit of something for everybody in your group. If the 9/1 Nickelback concert doesn’t entice you to visit, perhaps a fried PB&J sandwich will. Here’s what to do at the Washington State Fair.

What to do at the Washington State Fair

Catch a Concert

This year, the Washington State Fair introduces their “I Love the 90s Tour,” featuring some of that decade’s most illustrious rap, hip-hop and R&B artists, like Vanilla Ice, Salt-N-Pepa, Color Me Badd and Tone Loc.  If you’re looking for something a little bit more family friendly, catch the Earth, Wind & Fire performance on 9/22, or Lady Antebellum on 9/2. Tickets typically run from $40-$100 and include State Fair admission

Dance in the Dirt

The Washington State Fair boasts the Northwest’s largest rodeo, where top athletes and stock come to test their might in hopes of advancing to the National Finals Rodeo. After the main events on Friday and Saturday, spectators flood the ring for the fair’s “Dancin’ in the Dirt” parties.  Live country musicians perform, while fair-goers dance, party, and bump elbows with their favorite rodeo contestants.


Deep fried salsa fritters, hand-dipped Krusty-Pups, and decadent chili cheese fries await you at the Washington State fairgrounds. It might be one of the only times during the year where if you’re not eating unique fried foods, you’re not doing yourself any favors. Come hungry.

Visit the Piglet Palace

A Winnie the Pooh fan’s dream, The Piglet Palace invites fair-goers to visit with piglets born just days before the festivities begin. Sweet, porky, and a lovely shade of millennial pink, these little piglets could likely be the highlight of your state fair festivities.

Photo courtesy of @WAStateFair.