The Bremerton Blackberry Festival is Sept. 3-5; last weekend for Evergreen State Fair; Washington State Fair begins.
Find blackberry pastries, smoothies and wine, and cute, little blackberry mascots adorning posters, clothing and toys at the Bremerton Blackberry Festival on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Sept. 3, 4 and 5.
Blackberry pie, cobbler, jam and other taste treats will be available, along with two varieties of blackberry wine to sample for 25 cents a taste. Blackberry beer is among the choices at the beer garden overlooking the marina and the festival main stage.
Saturday features the Berry Fun Run and a Fly-In and Car Show with antique, classic and contemporary aircraft, classic cars, and World War II vehicles and equipment. Shuttle service provides access between the festival and the Fly-In at Bremerton’s airport.
Bremerton Blackberry Festival
Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3-5
Berry Fun Run: 5K, 1-mile runs, 8:45-9:50 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3; $17, kids dashes free
Location: Bremerton Waterfront Boardwalk, Second Street and Washington Avenue, Bremerton
Fly-In and Car Show: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, Bremerton National Airport
Evergreen State Fair
Time: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2-5
Admission: $8-$12, ages 5 and younger and 90 and older free; free admission with donation of 3 cans of food per person, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday; free admission for military and first responders with ID Friday; admission $6-$10 Monday
Rodeo: 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, $5/person in addition to fair admission
Evergreen Speedway: Figure 8 Mania, 6 p.m. Saturday, $16-$22; Demo Derby and Fireworks, 6 p.m. Sunday, $17-$27
Location: Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. S.E., Monroe
More info: 360-805-6700 or evergreenfair.org
Washington State Fair
Time: Opening Friday, Sept. 2, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays through Sept. 25, closed Tuesdays
Cost: $9-$12.50; free admission with nonperishable food-bank donation, 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Sept. 2; admission free for ages 18 and younger Friday through Monday, Sept. 2-5; admission free for active, retired, reserve military and their dependents with ID Monday, Sept. 5; free admission with donation of school supplies, 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 9
Location: Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup
More info: 253-841-5045 or thefair.com
The Blackberry Festival is on the waterfront adjacent to the ferry terminal, handy for walk-on passengers from Seattle’s Colman Dock terminal. Downtown Bremerton parking is available on streets, in pay lots and at the Olympic College S-4 parking lot, with a $2 shuttle to and from the festival. The Bremerton/Port Orchard foot ferry runs throughout the festival for $2 each way.
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STATE FAIRS: Also this weekend, two of Washington’s biggest events are in full swing. It’s the final days of the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe through Monday and the opening weekend of the Washington State Fair in Puyallup, Friday through Sept. 25.
Evergreen Fair highlights include rodeo performances Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday is Armed Forces Day, with a performance by the Army band, an Armed Forces Ceremony and free admission for military and first responders. Sunday features the Demo Derby and fireworks show at the Evergreen Speedway, along with a full day of fair events. Monday is the last day of the fair, with reduced admission fees. Most of the animals are on-site only through early afternoon on the fair’s final day.
Washington State Fair celebrates its first-ever Labor Day weekend with free admission for ages 18 and younger Friday through Monday and Opening Day Food Drive, with free admission for all with a nonperishable food bank donation from 10 a.m. to noon Friday. Monday is the End of Summer Bash with $2 rides until 2 p.m., Big Washington Sasquatch mascot bobblehead for the first 1,000 paid guests, and Military Appreciation Day which offers free admission for active, retired and reserved military and their dependents.
The Western Rodeo Parade and Cattle Drive, which goes through downtown Puyallup to the fairgrounds and has been on the fair’s opening day in previous years, is at 10 a.m. Sept. 9. It kicks off Rodeo weekend Sept. 9-11.
Washington State Fair concerts, carnival rides, 4-H animals and displays, vendors, Timber Gulch pioneer town, Beer Haven, Discover the Dinosaurs exhibit and more continues through Sept. 25. Along with the extended dates, the other major change this year is that the fair is closed Tuesdays to give staff and vendors time to rest and restock.