The Oregon State Fair is a highly anticipated event, and Oregon natives get so excited about all the special events it’s completely contagious. From Oregon State Fair concerts to special food exhibits, kid-focused activities, and plenty of other attractions, the state fair is one of the most exciting times of year in Oregon. From August through to September, the 185-acre Oregon State Fairgrounds, due north of Salem, are saturated with people of all ages and backgrounds there for a taste of everything the fair has to offer.
Since back in 1861, when the fair was first inaugurated, people from all over Oregon and outside of the state head to Salem to participate in the huge party. The modern-day fair boasts more than "9,000 things to do, see, and taste” which is incredible to imagine. Only forty years ago, the fair was still a fledgling event held on grounds totaling only four acres near Gladstone City, Oregon. From the 25-cent admission fee in 1901 to the first grandstand erected in 1925, and the first time beer was sold at the fair in 1971, the metamorphosis of the Oregon State Fair has been ongoing.
Oregon State Fair concerts comprise one of the biggest attractions of all the events available. The total entertainment roster includes live music shows, animal shows, magic theme shows, wine tastings on five stages of completely free entertainment. If seeing concerts is one of the things to do at the Oregon Fair you absolutely cannot miss, be sure to snag tickets as soon as possible because they go like wildfire. Oregon State Fair concerts are often bigger than top music concerts in Portland, and more popular than the incredibly well-received Portland Brewfest. Concerts present huge, world-renowned acts, popular local bands and solo artists, and even up-and-coming acts.
A colossal array of entertainment offers countless things to do at the Oregon State Fair. It really is no wonder the fair lasts an entire month! Though some visitors take tours and day trips out to the fair, it’s best to head out and enjoy a variety of events over several days—at least—to truly understand the scope of the event. The carnival is a major hit with families. Rides, games, special events, pony trail riding, monster truck shows, and mechanical bulls are all parts of the Oregon State Fair carnival.
Exploring the displays and exhibits are more top things to do at the Oregon State Fair. Many of Oregon’s top wineries and breweries set up special stands throughout the month. Garden displays, fine art and photography exhibitions (with many artists from nearby areas such as Lake Oswego), an artisan village perfect for souvenir shopping, and a Science and Technology display are just a sampling of all the great sights at the Oregon State Fair.
Whether it’s tickets to one of the Oregon State Fair concerts you’re hankering for, the experience of sampling all the tantalizing food available, or a taste of fishing at the outdoor aquarium, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Outdoor bowling, garden bocce ball, and a BMX riding area are a few of the appealing outdoor activities. Indoors, visitors can get away from the hot sun, grab a cold pint or glass of wine, and kick back with thousands of other fair-lovers to relax and soak in Oregon’s premier cultural event.