2020 Washington State Fair Canceled

Watch a message from The Fair’s CEO Kent Hojem:

The Washington State Fair has featured the best of our state for the past 120 years. We have met the challenges of fires and floods, withstood changes in culture and the challenges of time and, except for the four years of World War II, operated uninterrupted that entire span.

Now, after thoughtful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Fair. At its core, any fair, ours included, is a people-gathering event, the more people the better. That hypothesis runs contrary to the challenges of containing this pandemic. Consequently, though it was a difficult decision, it was really the only decision possible based on what we currently know. It was a decision made in what we feel are the best interests of the health and safety of all of our guests, our employees, our exhibitors; basically all of our constituents.

We realize this action will have severe impacts, both emotionally and financially, on all of our partners. We know that not having a fair this year creates a hardship for many, but people are the most important component in the incredibly complex equation of what makes up our fair. Health and safety are our greatest concerns. There are other concerns. Our people, our fair people, have expectations of what the Washington State Fair will be; that wonderful blend of exciting new things and rich traditions. The potential limitations brought on by the necessity of social distancing, would create a situation that could not reflect the future memories that we would want the 2020 Fair to produce.

There are so many things that we will miss by not hosting our Fair this year: the livestock, the carnival, the fair food, the Farm at SillyVille, the rodeo, the concerts, all the exhibits, the commercial vendors, and too many other things to mention. But most of all, we will miss you, our Fair friends. So though we have hit the pause button on preparations for this year’s Washington State Fair, we will take this time to ensure that we can produce a great fair in 2021.

Since 1900, the Washington State Fair has been “Washington’s home to gather and celebrate.” We want to make certain that we remain that home for generations to come. This is our mission statement and we intend to welcome you all home as soon as we can.

Frequently Asked Questions

June 5, 2020:

As Pierce County enters Phase Two of the state’s economic reopening plan, the Washington State Fair continues preparations to welcome back guests. The Fair is considered to be in phase four of the “Safe Start Plan,” and is currently scheduled for September 4-27, 2020.

Please note, our front desk will not reopen in Phase Two. Questions can be emailed to info@thefair.com.

We are carefully looking at what adjustments can be made to safely reopen our events center for interim events and the Washington State Fair, as we move through the phased plan. We will provide details on our safety measures and any other changes, as we progress in the planning process.

As previously stated, we will make necessary enhanced adjustments in order to minimize the health impacts of COVID-19. By visiting the Washington State Fair, guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.


May 20, 2020:

The Washington State Fair Currently Scheduled as Planned

The Washington State Fair is currently scheduled for September 4-27, 2020. As the phased re-opening of the state’s economy progresses, our staff continues to plan the state’s biggest party. We are diligently working on modifications to safely reopen our events center.

Specific details of safety and precautionary measures and any other new changes, will be provided as we move forward in the planning process. Many factors will go into our decisions on how The Fair will proceed, including ongoing conversations with health care and government partners.

We will make necessary enhanced adjustments in order to minimize the health impacts of COVID-19. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there is a risk of exposure to the virus when in a public setting. By visiting the Washington State Fair, guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Stay safe, we miss you and we will provide regular updates. 

Office Closure

At this time, the Washington State Fair administration offices are closed until allowed to re-open by Washington state's "Stay Healthy, Stay Home" order.

Scheduled Events At Our Facilities

All events at the Washington State Fair Events Center are canceled until large events are able to safely resume. Please check our Events Calendar for the most current events schedule. We will share updated information as it becomes available or changes are made.

Most non-fairtime events at the Washington State Fair Events Center are organized by third parties. We are working with our event promoters to reschedule events where possible. Please contact individual show promoters for ticket refund information and additional details.

View Events Calendar


May 6, 2020:

As we move forward in the governor’s order for phased re-opening of Washington’s economy, the Washington State Fair staff continues to plan the state’s biggest party, and look at ways to safely reopen our events center for all of you. The Washington State Fair is considered to be in phase four of the governor’s “Safe Start Plan” and is currently scheduled for September 4-27, 2020.

During this phased approach, we will make necessary modifications in order to minimize the health effects of COVID-19. We realize the significant impact the closure of our events center has been on our business partners and our community.

We are working diligently to create a fun and safe environment for our guests. We look forward to once again, providing a year-round place where we can gather and create memories.

Stay safe, we miss you and we will provide regular updates.


Refund Policy

Applies to Steve Miller Band ticket purchasers. Questions regarding requests for other 2020 Washington State Fair refunds can be emailed to stacyv@thefair.com. Please note, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are carefully looking at our concert and rodeo refund policy. This is an evolving situation and we thank you for your patience.  For all other events at our facility, please contact the show producer directly. Contact information is listed in each event on our calendar.

Credit/Debit Card Purchasers

If you purchased by credit or debit card, either online or at the Box Office, refunds will be processed automatically and refunded to the original card used for payment. There is no need to contact The Fair. Please allow 7-10 business days for processing. If your card has been canceled since you purchased, please contact the Box Office at boxoffice@thefair.com.

Cash Purchasers

If you purchased with cash, please email the Box Office at boxoffice@thefair.com for further instructions on how to obtain a refund.

Please note: This refund policy only applies to tickets purchased directly from The Fair. Any tickets purchased from Groupon or other third party resellers cannot be refunded by The Fair. Groupon purchasers will automatically receive a refund.

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