Patrick Hagerty/Washington State Fair
Hooray for family events! We are excited that the Washington State Spring Fair is back in full form for 2022, with more dates to visit!
This year, the Spring Fair will take place over two weekends: Thursday–Saturday, April 14–16 and Thursday–Sunday, April 21–24. (The Fair is closed on Easter Sunday, April 17.)
Last spring, The Fair utilized a “drive through and step out” format, but in 2022, fair exhibits, rides and entertainment are back to the format families will remember from the Before Times. Woot! Tickets are on sale now.
Highlights for the 2022 Washington State Spring Fair:
1. New stuff!
Lumberjack Show: Whether you’re a city slicker or a country cousin, if you’ve never seen a lumberjack show, you must go. The Fair’s new lumberjack show takes place over the first weekend, April 14–16, with three shows each day (3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.) in the Grandstand. This show is included with gate admission.
Jungle Critters: PNW kids get a chance to examine some incredible creatures from more tropical climes in this special exhibit. Find it in the Expo Hall. This exhibit is open all days and included with gate admission.
Interactive Selfie Station: We can’t go to The Fair without documenting it for social media, right? Get your cool selfies at the the new selfie station near the Blue Gate. Included with gate admission.
2. Fair favorites
Swifty Swine Racing Pigs: These little piggies deliver big-time entertainment every year. Watching the races is included with gate admission.
DockDogs competition: Athletic pooches sail through the air to catch a baton before splashing into their landing tank. It’s awesome! This show is included with gate admission.
Animal exhibits: It wouldn’t be The Fair without animals to admire, including pygmy goats, bunnies, miniature horses, llamas and more. Viewing the animals is included with gate admission.
Fiesta Mexicana: Enjoy music and entertainment with roots in Mexican culture on the Showplace Stage on Sunday, April 24, included with gate admission.
Motorsport Mayhem: Popular Motorsport Mayhem shows take place April 22–24 and require ticket purchase in addition to gate admission. Snag your tix for Slamfest Demolition Derby and other shows. Tickets start at $26.
Monster truck rides: Catch a ride on a tricked-out monster truck for $10, in addition to gate admission, available all dates.
3. Deals and discounts
Opening Day Food Drive: During the first two hours of The Fair, 2–4 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, all ages enter the gates for free with a suggested nonperishable food donation for the Puyallup Food Bank. Kids and youths ages 18 and younger enter free all day.
Kids Free Thursdays: Both Thursdays of the Spring Fair, April 14 and April 21, all kids and youths ages 18 and younger enter free. (Kids ages 5 and younger are free every day.)
Military Appreciation Day: All active, retired and reserve military, along with their dependents, enter The Fair for free (with valid military ID) on Friday, April 15.
If you go ...
When: Thursday–Saturday, April 14–16, and Thursday–Sunday, April 21–24, 2022. (The Fair is closed for Easter on Sunday, April 17.)
After The Fair starts, you’ll pay $12–$15 for ages 13 and older, depending on the day of the week and whether you buy online or at the gate. Admission for kids for ages 6–12 will cost $10–$12; and kids 5 and younger are free.
Rides and fair food: We didn’t even dig into these family favorites! Budget for these extras if you want them as part of your experience. The Ride & Admission Bundle and bulk ride and game tickets both offer savings over buying ride tickets individually on-site, if you plan to ride multiple rides.
Parking: Parking is free Thursday; you’ll pay $12 on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
Tip: Tickets are already on sale for big-name concerts coming to the Washington State Fair in September. Check out the lineup!