Roll out your blue-ribbon-winning giant pumpkin! Today marks the beginning of the Evergreen State Fair, but it’s not the only deep-fried food opportunity on the horizon.
Evergreen State Fair in Monroe
Today through Sept 5
Highlights: Classic rides like the Zipper and Tilt-a-Whirl, a bubblegum blowing contest, and drag and drift races at the speedway.
Concerts: Country upstarts the Band Perry (Aug 30), the two dudes of the old Peter, Paul & Mary trio (Aug 29), and ’70s rock survivors Cheap Trick (Aug 31).
Kitsap County Fair & Stampede in Bremerton
Today through Aug 28
Highlights: The stampede! Xtreme Bulls riding (Aug 28) and other rodeo events.
Concerts: Up-and-comer Lee Brice (tonight).
Kittitas County Fair in Ellensburg
Highlights: A Yakama Indian Nation tepee, the interactive Frontier Village, and a mechanical bull.
Concerts: Seattle group Cody Beebe & The Crooks (Sept 1) and reality show contestant Charley Jenkins (Sept 3 and 4).
Highlights: Livestock barns (pygmy goats!), a kickoff parade (Sept 9), and all the fair food you can eat: funnel cakes, scones, and a booth called Totally Fried.
Concerts: Tweenybopper Selena Gomez (Sept 12), twang princess Miranda Lambert (Sept 17), and everyone’s obsession in 1994, Counting Crows (Sept 23)
Central Washington State Fair in Yakima
Sept 23–Oct 2
Highlights: A ride called the Super Shot Drop Tower and Hypnotist Mark Yuzuik messing with your mind twice a day at a stage near the food court.
Concerts: Cowboy crooner Trace Adkins (Sept 24), rock band Hinder (Sept 27), and Motown Phillies Boyz II Men (Sept 29).