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It’s back and it’s bigger and better than ever before: The Washington State Fair is taking place from September 1 to 24. From steer wrestling to the end of summer bash, here are five reasons why you really shouldn’t miss it…


1. Lady Antebellum, Saturday September 2

With more than 18 million album sales worldwide, this seven-time Grammy award-winning group has earned six platinum singles, nine chart-topping hits, a Billboard Music Award, a People’s Choice Award and a Teen Choice Award, while also taking home ACM and CMA ‘Vocal Group of the Year’ trophies three years in a row. Tickets to the show cost between $80 and $100.


2. The ‘Oh Say Can You Sing’ Contest

The Washington State Fair is giving you the chance to perform the National Anthem live on stage in front of thousands of fans at one of the fair’s concerts or rodeo events. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to perform on the same stage that hundreds of stars that have graced on the fair’s iconic Grandstand. Enter the contest at


3. Modest Mouse, Thursday September 21

Indie-rock Modest Mouse is one of the few bands able to tread the narrow path between massive popularity while managing to remain loyal to their original pre-fame following. Tickets are included in the price of gate admission.


4. Rodeo

Welcome the best cowboys and cowgirls in the country as they compete in the 84th annual Washington State Fair Rodeo. Put on your boots, chaps and cowboy hat and get ready for a wild show! See bull-riding, bareback riding, tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding and barrel racing.


5. The End of Summer Bash, Labor Day, Monday September 4

The fair’s free End of Summer Bash provides the opportunity to sample some of Washington’s favorite wine and craft brews while rocking out to some of the most famous music from the state. There will tribute bands celebrating the music of Jimi Hendrix, Heart and the 1980s.


Conveniently located in Puyallup, the Best Western Premier Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre is the getaway hotel if you’re planning to catch the action at this year’s Washington State Fair.

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When it comes to putting on a show, the folks in Puyallup know a thing or two.

With the Washington State Fair Grounds and Tacoma Dome right on its doorstep, there’s always a fantastic line-up of events and shows to enjoy – whatever your passion may be.

Just take a look at January and February, for instance. There is a truly eclectic selection of world class events for everyone from the dog-lover to the Country music fan and the aviation buff.

From January 14 to 16 all manner of cuteness will be in the spotlight at the Western Washington Dog Cluster Show at the Washington State Fair Events Centre.

Hosted by the Puyallup Valley Dog Fancier Club, one of Washington State’s oldest and largest American Kennel Club dog clubs, this is one of the largest all-breed dog shows in the state.

There’ll be all manner of gorgeous furry friends on show, with events ranging from obedience trials to best of breed competitions.

Next up you’ll want to check out Country music superstar Blake Shelton’s show at the Tacoma Dome on February 25.

The tour follows hot on the heels of his 10th studio album, If I’m Honest, which was not only the biggest selling album in the week of its release, but also the best-selling country album released this year.

Opening the tour is Nashville recording artist RaeLynn, whose current single Love Triangle is the powerful first track from her forthcoming debut album WildHorse. She was recently selected as a CMT ‘Next Women of Country’ honoree.

While Blake and RaeLynn are busy keeping Country music fans happy, aviation buffs will be making a beeline for the Northwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show at the Washington State Fair Events Center on February 25 and 26.

The Washington Aviation Association has been hosting this event for over three decades, and today’s event has grown to include over 75 hours of safety seminars and 122,000-square-feet of aviation displays - and an annual attendance of over 10,000! It’s a must for any self-respecting aviation buff.

Conveniently located in Puyallup, the Best Western Premier Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre is the getaway hotel if you’re planning to catch a show – be your great love be dogs, Country music or aviation!

It’s shaping up to be a Christmassy month in Tacoma, with plenty of festive events taking place around the city. We have Victorian Christmas celebrations in full flow, a market where you can find the perfect gift, and an annual tree lighting ceremony - in short, everything you need to get into the Christmas groove. Book your room at the
BEST WESTERN PREMIER Plaza Hotel & Conference Center and you’ll be in the perfect position to attend these trio of events. You’ll also enjoy amenities that include a complimentary breakfast, a heated indoor pool, and free Wi-Fi. 

A Victorian Country Christmas

Unless you’re very old or have access to a time machine, you won’t have experienced a Christmas like that on offer at the 29th Annual Victorian Country Christmas Festival. This event, which is suitable for the whole family, has a bit of everything: Christmas carols performed by professional performers, a winter wine garden, Christmas lights, displays, Santa, and much more. Runs from November 30 - December 4 at Washington State Fair Events Center. 

NW Quilt and Craft

 Love crafts? Then head down to the Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival, which will be taking place at Puyallup Fairgrounds, just a 2 mile trip from our hotel., from November 17 - 19. While there you’ll a whole host of craft related products, exhibitions, and workshops - just in time for putting together a special present for a loved one. 

71st Annual Holiday Tree Lighting

The Broadway Center tree lighting is one of the highlights of the Christmas season. Besides the big tree lighting, you’ll also be able to listen to - or participate in - carol singing and meet Santa. The event takes place at 9th & Broadway on November 26 at 5pm. Just before the tree lighting, at 2:30pm, there’ll be a Sing aLong to the Sound of Music at Pantages Theatre. Sing your heart out!

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Kicking off on Labor Day weekend and going strong until the last Sunday of the month, the Washington State Fair is back in Puyallup and everyone is super excited! This fair is the state’s main fall event, and this year the dates have been extended for an extra week for added fun.

See a great line up of live music on the mainstage, take in the rodeo, cool off in the beer garden and explore this year’s attractions, including: AG Ventureland, Animals of the World, a Big Washington Meet and Greet, a Discovery the Dinosaurs exhibit, the End Sports Bar, a fair farm (what fair is complete without a farm?), spectacular fireworks every Friday night, a Hobby Hall, Piglet Palace, an international photo salon, the Rainier Rush rollercoaster, a Superhero Headquarters, a kid’s tractor track … we could go on but this is getting ridiculous!

Let’s just get down to the nitty gritty so you can start planning your day at the fair:

Fair hours:

Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Fridays: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sundays: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

(Closed Tuesdays)

Kids under five are free, and parking is just $10 to $15 a day.

Of course, you’ll need a great place to stay while you’re in town, so be sure to book your room at the Best Western Premier Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre right here in Puyallup. Our hotel is a quick six-minute drive from the fairgrounds, and we offer a host of awesome amenities to make your stay comfortable and easy. Enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast, an indoor pool, free high speed Wi-Fi – and we’re even pet-friendly so bring your pooch along! We’ll see you soon!

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This August 19 at 3:00pm, hop in the car and
head over to the Puyallup Public Library to take an entertaining and educational trip back in time with Knight Life: Sports and Fitness in the Middle Ages.

We’re all pretty familiar with the battle and bloodshed that played such a huge role in the life of the knights of the medieval ages. But they, just like us, had to stay fit, and it’s this undiscussed facet of knight life that this engaging event will shed light on.

Over the course of the hour long event, attendees will learn about the hefty weapons used by these knights, how they stayed strong enough to use them, as well as their combat training regimens, their exercise routines, and the sports they played for fun and fitness. Needless to say, this is an event that any young historian will love, and one that will give all participants a nice break from the technology that dominates life in the 21st Century.  

Presented by the Knights of Veritas, and sponsored by the Friends of the Puyallup Public Library, this unique event is part of the Library’s 2016 Kids and Teen Summer Reading Programs. No advanced registration is required. For more information, contact

To enjoy this event with your young ones, simply book a stay at our cozy Puyallup hotel today. As one of our guests, you’ll enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep, a great location, and a long list of convenient amenities—including a pool and new onsite fitness center so that you can stay in shape just like the knights of the medieval ages. Needless to say, we’re sure we can make your visit to Puyallup a special one.

We look forward to welcoming you to town!


Held at Dacca Park in nearby Fife, Music In The Park is a brand new 11-week outdoor music series that features a wide variety of talented local bands and musicians. The series is completely free and occurs every Friday from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM until August 26. Come on by to the park early to peruse through the Fife Farmers Market from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM and then, set up your lawn chair, wrap yourself up in blankets, and enjoy the music into the evening. Here’s a run down of the schedule of performers. 

   July 1 –133rd Army Band – Full Metal Racket

  • July 8 – The Fabulous Murphtones

  • July 15 – Chris Anderson

  • July 22 – Recess Monkey

  • July 29 – Wally and the Beaves

  • August 5 – CJQ

  • August 12 – The Coats

  • August 19 – Danny Vernon

  • August 26 – Caspar Babypants

    If you’re visiting Pullayup this summer, be sure to book your stay with us here at BEST WESTERN PREMIER Plaza Hotel. We’re conveniently located, with luxurious rooms and suites that are pet-friendly. Each of our accommodations are equipped with full service features like complimentary toiletries, in-room air conditioning and heating, microwave, refrigerator, in-room safe, private bathroom, extra bedding and towels, and 37’’ to 42’’ TVs with a DVD player and expanded cable channels. Take advantage of our fantastic amenities including daily complimentary hot breakfast, a heated indoor pool, outdoor patio, fitness center, and on-site bar and bistro. Don’t forget to check out our current packages for our best rates. We look forward to welcoming you!

  • There’s plenty to see right now at the Tacoma Art Museum, so if you’re visiting us this May, be sure to book your stay here at BEST WESTERN PREMIER Plaza Hotel to make the most of it all. We’re conveniently located, with a wide variety of accommodation options including pet-friendly rooms and fabulous amenities such as our indoor pool and hot tub, fitness center, and outdoor sundeck.

    NW Art Now 

    Featuring 24 artists from the Pacific Northwest including Ben Gannon, Asia Tale, Lou Watson, and Amanda Manitach, this exhibition showcases how these creatives address issues relating to identity, social justice, and the environment. The artists showcased were chosen from almost 300 submissions and work in a wide range of mediums from painting and sculpture to performance and digital projects. NW Art Now runs from May 14 until September 4. 

    Edvard Munch and the Sea 

    Running until July 17, this exhibition showcased one of the most frequent themes in artist Edvard Munch’s work — the sea, coastal settings, and the fjords of Norway. Edvard Munch and the Sea explores this reoccurrence, as well as the psychological and emotional states that are reflected in his works of art.

    Stone Wave

    Sitting right in the middle of Tacoma Art Museum, Richard Rhodes’ untitled “stone wave” is comprised of 650 stones and held in a 1,650-square foot enclosure. The stones are 500 year-old pavers hailing from a village that’s soon expected to be overtaken by the Three Gorges Dam reservoir in China. 

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    The stage is hot in the month of May in nearby Tacoma, with a wide variety of exciting theatre performances. Make the most of it all during your visit to Western Washington and book your stay with us here at BEST WESTERN PREMIER Plaza Hotel. We’re conveniently located, so you won’t have far to venture to get to any of the theatres, and have a selection of rooms and studies that are each beautifully appointed, with granite countertops, 42” LCD TVs, DVD players, and comfortable premium bedding. Don’t forget to take advantage of our amenities, including our onsite bar and bistro, heated indoor pool, and fitness center! 

    A Doll’s House 

    Running from April 28 till May 14 at the Dukesbay Theater is Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. Performed by the New Muses Theatre Company, this polarizing tale made its first premier in 1879. Nora is a housewife, living a perfect life with her husband and three children. When a past debt resurfaces on Christmas Eve, however, the dark secrets beneath the family’s happy existence begin to come to light. Tickets are available online.

    Noises Off!

    The Lakewood Playhouse’s debut presentation of Noises Off! as the theatre’s 50th anniversary celebration continues. Running until May 8, the production has been called one of the funniest farces ever written, with a crazy cast of characters that portray struggling actors rehearsing for a flop of a play. With women in their underwear, men with pants around their ankles, and plenty of sardines (yes, sardines), this comedy will have audiences crying with laughter. Tickets are available online.

    The Scarlet Pimpernel 

    Back by popular demand, The Scarlet Pimpernel returns to the Tacoma Musical Playhouse until May 1. This action adventure based on the 20th century novel about the French Revolution is a powerful display of love and heroism. With book and lyrics by Nan Knighton and music from Frank Wildhorn, it’s an exciting way to learn about French and British history. Tickets are available online.

    Meeker Mansion Hotel

    Opening for this year’s season on March 2, Meeker Mansion is one of Pullayup’s most significant and historical places. The late-19th century home, adorned with hand-painted ceilings and stained glass windows, was
    quite a departure from the log cabin where Ezra Meeker and his wife, Eliza, lived and raised their children. Meeker was an American pioneer who traveled through the Oregon Trail by ox-drawn wagon, migrating from Iowa to the Pacific Coast. He was the first mayor of Pullayup.

    Construction on the Meeker Mansion was completed in 1890 for the wedding of their youngest daughter, Olive. The residence endured somewhat of a transient history — the financial crisis of 1983 affected the family and the house was put up for sale in 1903. When Meeker left town for an expedition in 1906, the mansion took in boarders. It was leased as a hospital in 1912, housed widows and orphans in 1915, and used as a critical-care nursing home in 1948. 

    The Ezra Meeker Historical Society was founded in 1970 to save and restore the Meeker Mansion. It’s now open for guided and educational tours, as well as various community events including the Psychic Fair on March 12 where 27 psychics will be on hand to predict the future. Because of its storied past, there’s rumors that the residence is haunted — which makes visiting it that much more exciting!

    If you’re travelling to Pullayup, a trip to the Meeker Mansion is an interesting way to both spend the day and learn about the local history. Book your stay with us here at BEST WESTERN PREMIER Plaza Hotel for luxuriously comfortable accommodations (that are also pet-friendly) and full-service on-site amenities including a complimentary hot breakfast, bar and bistro, and indoor pool and spa. 


     Looking for something different to do this New Year’s Eve? Make your way over to nearby Tacoma for First Night, a unique, family-friendly, and exciting celebration unlike any other. 

    First Night, which has been taking place annually for 20 years, was the first of its kind west of the Mississippi. In 2000, the event won the prestigious Prism Award from First Night International out of 300 cities that partake in this special occasion. Between 10,000 and 20,000 visitors attend the community-builder annually, to enjoy the talents of local Tacoma-Pierce County, King County, and Thurston County.

    Partygoers may purchase a $10 button that provides access to 10 stages, performances by over 50 artists, and all-day activities. It all begins with the famous First Night parade, which includes marching bands, spectacular costumes, and giant puppets. After the parade finishes, music, fire, and light illuminates the stages as musicians like the Seattle Rock Orchestra, Nyoka, The Cloves, and Kye Alfred Hillig perform into the night. Outdoor events are free to all festival-goers and admission to other Tacoma attractions are included with indoor venue admission. Guests will be granted free access to the Tacoma Art Museum, the Tacoma Children’s Museum, and the Museum of Glass, where they’ll get to create their own castanet noisemakers and take in a performance of Fire Dancing; and there will be free skate rentals available at the Franciscan Polar Plaza. 

    Purchase your First Night buttons here and don’t forget to book your stay with us here at BEST WESTERN PREMIER Plaza Hotel for your New Year’s celebration accommodations. A blissful sleep in one of our comfortable and luxurious rooms and suites (some of which have Jacuzzi options) is the perfect way to start 2016.