Oregon State Fair: Here Comes the Fun 2016


Maybe you’re a regular at the Oregon State Fair. Maybe it’s been a while. And maybe—oh, please say it isn’t so—you’ve never been. Whatever your status, this much is true: There’s no such thing as too much summer fun.

The Oregon State Fair, established in 1861, first began in Oregon City, Oregon during the time of the U.S. Civil War. Since 1862, the Fair has called the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem home, hosting thousands of visitors from near and far with premier concerts, art, culture, rides, agricultural exhibits and livestock.

Salem Magazine: Oregon State Fair: Melissa EtheridgeAnd there’s no better place to get your fair share than here. Because with roots going back to 1861, this is one of the nation’s classic state fairs. Best of all, there’s fun at every turn.

Mark your calendar for our 11-day run, from August 26th through Labor Day, September 5th. Also, check this website often for news on concerts, attractions and special promotions.

Salem Magazine: Oregon State Fair: ForeignerDiscover the essence of summer music fun at the L.B. Day Amphitheatre during the 2016 Oregon State Fair. We’ve got an impressive line-up of big names you know, who’ll play those songs that really get a crowd going.

Approximately 6,000 seats are available for free with paid fair admission for each show—on a first come, first served basis. An up close and personal concert experience is available when you purchase VIP tickets for $35.

VIP tickets entitle you to:

  • Premium reserved seating
  • Preferred access to concessions
  • A chance to win meet-and-greet access to the band
  • Admission to the fair

Oregon State Fair: Summer Concert Schedule

FOREIGNER Friday, August 26, 2016 at 7:00 PM

TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 7:00 PM

LUIS CORONEL Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 4:00 PM

HUNTER HAYES Monday, August 29, 2016 at 7:00 PM

MELISSA ETHERIDGE Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 7:00 PM

JEREMY CAMP & MERCY ME Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 6:30 PM

PAT BENATAR & NEIL GIRALDO Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 7:00 PM

MONTGOMERY GENTRY Friday, September 2, 2016 at 7:00 PM

THEORY OF A DEADMAN Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 7:00 PM

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVISITED Monday, September 5, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Oregon State Fair: Ongoing Features

  • Live Entertainment
  • Carnival
  • Fair Lift
  • Machine Mania
  • Extreme Creature Feature
  • Dog Town
  • Oregon State Grange
  • T.R.E.A.M.
  • Beverages

Special Days & Programs

 Kids Summer Achievement

  • Pairings!
  • Authors Day
  • Dia de La Familia

Oregon State Fair: General Admission

Adults: (12 to 64) $8 (Pre-sale $6) Kids: (6 to 11) $6 (Pre-sale $5) Seniors: (65 and up) $1 (Pre-sale $1)

Oregon State Fair: Park Hours

  • Friday, Aug. 26: 10:00AM to 11:00PM
  • Saturday, Aug. 27: 10:00AM to 11:00PM
  • Sunday, Aug. 28: 10:00AM to 10:00 PM
  • Monday, Aug. 29 to Thursday, Sept. 1: 10:00AM to 10:00PM
  • Friday, Sept. 2: 10:00AM to 11:00PM
  • Saturday, Sept. 3: 10:00AM to 11:00PM
  • Sunday, Sept. 4: 10:00AM to 11:00PM
  • Labor Day, Sept. 5: 10:00AM to 10:00PM

Year-Round Office Hours

  • Monday – Friday 9:00AM to 4:00PM
  • Closed Lunch 12:00PM to 12:30PM

Oregon State Fair: Location

Oregon State Fairgrounds 2330 17th St NE, Salem, OR 97301 Google Map → View


General Parking: $5 (Cash only)

Oregon State Fair: Exclusive Discounts

OPENING DAY $1.50 ADMISSION All ages get admission to the Fair on Opening Day, August 26, 2016 for just $1.50. All day long.

KID’S ACHIEVEMENT FREE TICKETS Eligibility for the Kid’s Achievement Program is limited structured non-profit youth-based programs. Details

SENIOR CITIZENS $1.00 ADMISSION Everyone age 65 and up can get into the Fair for just $1 all eleven days.

COMCAST BLAST PASS $37.50 Advance purchase carnival ride wristbands are available at participating Oregon Walgreens locations through Thursday, August 25th, courtesy of Comcast. For $37.50 you get unlimited carnival rides, three games, and one food item. Details

ADVANCE ADMISSION AT SAFEWAY/ALBERTSONS $5 Visit participating Oregon Safeway and Albertsons' stores to purchase advance fair admission tickets for just $5. Available August 1 through August 25th, 2016.

For more information about all the amazing festivities coming to the 2016 Oregon State Fair visit: www.SalemMagazine.com/oregonstatefair2016