The biggest party in the state starts on Friday, Aug. 30, for another year of celebrating our state, fun, food and concerts.
Many favorite foods, rides, vendors and entertainment will return, and of course, you’ll find new food, products, exhibits and a star-studded lineup in the Grandstand for the Columbia Bank Concert Series.
HIGHLIGHTS AND SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS
Lost World of Dragons: This new exhibit will immerse you in the stories and mythology of dragons. Discover the lore and history of nearly every region and culture, from Norway to ancient China. Enjoy interactive displays and Instagram-worthy photo opportunities. Explore the history and science behind how the dragon myth has grown through the ages and across different cultures. Location: Centennial Tent. Days/times: daily, during Fair hours. Cost: general admission (ages 3 and over) $8. Kids ages 2 and under are free.
The Farm at SillyVille: The Farm at SillyVille is Washington’s food and farming story: a free, exciting, hands-on exhibit at the Washington State Fair that connects kids and families to our state’s agriculture industry, the farmers that produce the food we eat and the connection to healthy eating choices.
From feeding chickens to harvesting vegetables, The Farm at SillyVille is a “farmer for a day” experience in a highly stylized environment that teaches young children farming concepts by igniting their imaginations in this 1.5-acre farm.
Families enter this enchanting farmland and move through a sequence of interactive experiences based on the National Agriculture Literacy Outcomes. At each station, children participate in hands-on activities that allow them to be a part of the farming process, collecting imitation nutritious food items from each station to return to the market at the end of the experience. Through this inventive and educational exhibit, they will gain an understanding of where their food comes from, who grows their food, and how to make healthy food choices. Days/times: daily, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Outpost 47 (all ages stage and 21+ bar): The fun all ages stage and bar area debuted last year, and is back with great entertainment, food and family-friendly seating. Beer, wine & spirits are available, plus an incredible line up of FREE concerts/entertainment, nightly! Outpost 47 is the place to dine, relax, and enjoy great music.
The lineup is sure to entertain fans of all genres and ages! Some of the amazing shows include: Hotel California, BJORN AGAIN, Journey Unauthorized, Ryan Cabrera, Howie Day, Brandon Lay, The Spazmatics, Queen Nation and more.
All seating is first-come, first seated. For the artist lineup, visit http://www.thefair.com/fun/attractions/outpost-47.
Tropical Odyssey – A Maze Adventure: Immerse yourself in the story of sustainable butterfly farming in this new and free exhibit. Discover sustainable and unsustainable rainforest practices, rescue caterpillars from predators, help feed them, play Pupa Pick-N-Pack, and zipslide through the rainforest canopy. Uncover successful rainforest enterprises that adhere to sustainability’s triple bottom line, balancing people, planet and profit. Location: Merchant’s Building.
New tasty treats: Shishkaberry’s strawberries on a stick (Showplace Way across from Branks’ BBQ); Tacoma Weiner Company’s Gourmet hot dogs (location: Outpost47°); Kama’ainia Grill – the fife based company brings the islander fare to The Fair, offering everything from traditional Kalua pork, to ahi poke bowls and lumpia. Location: Near Orange Gate area.
COLUMBIA BANK CONCERT SERIES
This year’s line-up offers something for just about every musical taste: Billy Idol, Keith Urban with Russell Dickerson, The Beach Boys, Boys II Men, Ciara, Foreigner with Night Ranger and much more.
There is something for everyone, with more than 500 free shows and activities – from strolling entertainment, comedy, music, jugglers, special exhibits and much more. For the lowdown, visit www.thefair.com/fun/free-music-entertainment.
SPECIAL DATES & EVENTS
- KOMO’s Opening Day at the Fair on Aug. 30, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with free admission for those who donate non-perishable food for the food drive.
- BECU Free Kids’ Weekend: Aug. 30-Sept. 2 with free gate admission throughout the entire opening weekend for ages 18 and under.
- World’s Biggest Bounce House (paid attraction), Aug. 30-Sept. 8, noon-8:45 p.m. Enjoy 10,000 square feet of crazy inflatable interactive fun, complete with a live DJ. Must be 3-years-old and 3-feet tall to bounce. Also must wear socks.
- Fireworks Spectacular, Aug. 30, Sept. 6, 13, 20. Celebrate Fridays, with a spectacular fireworks show, 10 p.m.
- Military Mondays, every Monday (Sept. 2, 9, 16). Gate admission is free to all active, reserve and retired military and National Guard and their dependents, plus disabled veterans, when each shows valid military I.D. at any Fair gate.
There is a lot more to discover about this year’s fair. Find it all at www.TheFair.com.