Aside from the rides, fair food, games, and animals, the Puyallup Fair events are one of the best reasons to head to the fair. Each year, headliners grace the stage at the Grandstand—a large, outdoor arena with both covered seating (in the elevated grandstand seats) and open-air seating at ground level. Often, the ticket prices for the headlining shows are cheaper than similar performances at other local venues such as KeyArena or the Paramount, and as a bonus, concert-goers get free fair admission.
Along with Grandstand performances, the fair is also known for a great number of free shows at smaller stages around the fairgrounds.
Washington State Fair Concerts
Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland & Brandy Clark
When: September 8, 7:30 p.m.
How much: $30-$75
Chicago & REO Speedwagon
When: September 9, 7:30 p.m.
How much: $40-$80, pre-show dinner party $55
Cody Simpson/MKTO/Coco Jones
When: September 10, 5:30 p.m.
How much: $20-$45
Fall Out Boy & New Politics
When: September 12, 7:30 p.m.
How much: $45-$55
An Evening with Keith Urban
When: September 13, 7:30 p.m.
How much: $40-$100, pre-show dinner party $55
When: September 14, 1 p.m.
How much: $20-$25
Florida Georgia Line
When: September 15, 7:30 p.m.
How much: $40-$90, pre-show dinner party $30
Michael W. Smith & Amy Grant
When: September 17, 7:30 p.m.
How much: $3-$50
When: September 18, 7:30 p.m.
How much: $40-$75, pre-show dinner party $55
Music of Led Zeppelin & Pink Floyd
When: September 19, 7:30 p.m.
How much: $20-$45
Clay Walker - Dancin' in the Dirt Party
When: September 5, 9:00 p.m.
How much: $40
Rodeo Puyallup Finals
When: September 7, 1 p.m.
How much: $20-$35
Tips for attending Puyallup Fair Concerts and Events
- Don’t skip checking out the free events. Coca-Cola Stage often gets the best free performances, including the hypnosis shows.
- If you’re attending an evening performance, bring a jacket. Sitting still for a while, you will likely get chilly.
- The more expensive concert seating is in an uncovered area on ground level. If the weather looks cloudy or rain is possible, bring a rain jacket or poncho. You won’t regret it.
- Don’t discount the grandstand seating for concerts. It’s farther away, but it’s covered and elevated.
- If you do sit in the grandstand, you may want to bring a cushion to sit on.
Free Events at the Fair
Many events at the fair are completely free. If you want to do the Puyallup on a budget, look into the many discounts available, but also make sure to check in at the stages located around the fairgrounds for what’s on that day.
Located right in the center of the fairgrounds, Coca-Cola Stage is one of the best spots for free entertainment. Many of the repeat-offender acts that have come to be fair favorites over the years went on at this stage, including hypnotist Travis Fox and the Gentlemen Jugglers, both of which have retired.
Puyallup Fair 2012 will headline hypnotist Tina Marie and the Doo-Wah Riders (another longtime fair favorite) as well as other acts.
Another stage known for free entertainment is the Showplace Stage, located near the Blue Gate. This stage is known for family-friendly music and shows. The 2012 lineup includes the Catch A Rising Star Talent Show and the Konzelman Family, a family of eight who all play instruments, sing, and dance, and focus on bluegrass and Celtic music.
Fountain Plaza Stage
Located just inside the Gold Gate, the Fountain Plaza Stage is small, but always brings great shows. It’s a great spot to stop by and check, whether you stay for a whole show or just watch for a few minutes. One of the best acts located here, year after year, is Roberto the Magnificent. Fans of the Gentleman Jugglers, a juggling duo who often appeared on the Coca-Cola Stage in years past, will recognize Roberto as one half of the act, now gone solo and just as funny.