Alaska State Fair

Alaska’s largest event takes place in Palmer every August and early September, as the Alaska State Fair is a showcase of giant vegetables, concerts, contests, rides and food. The event concludes on Labor Day every year, and begins the Thursday 12 days prior. Each day is packed with events of all kinds. The last Friday of the Alaska State Fair is one not to miss, as the giant cabbage weigh off is held that evening. These world-famous cabbages can reach up to 135 pounds! The event has a “gladiator” type setting, as contestants entire their giant cabbages in a ring, with hundreds of bystanders on the bleachers overlooking the scene. It’s a quintessential Alaska event! Amusement park rides, Alaska Native crafts, foods of all kinds and exhibits – including the popular livestock pavilion – truly has something for everyone. You can purchase tickets online ahead of time to avoid lines at the Alaska State Fair as well. Visit for a current concert lineup, as well as to find more information on ways to save during the fair.