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Bay Area County Fair Guide

August 1, 2013 11:10 AM

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A family adventure to the County Fair is one of our favorite summer pastimes. Corn dogs and carnival rides, fireworks and farm animals; there is something fun for every ranch-hand on your farm at any one of these Bay Area’s County Fairs.

sonoma county fair Bay Area County Fair Guide
Sonoma County Fair
July 25–August 11 (Closed Mondays)
1350 Bennet Valley Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

The Sonoma County Fair is a potpourri of events with something for everyone. Featured events at the Sonoma County Fair range from live music on several stages to horse racing to a full carnival with rides, games and prizes. There’s a rodeo, livestock contest, a special kids area and of course the huge Hall of Flowers (the largest in the United States), which has a different theme every year. The Sonoma County Fair is also a showcase of local arts and crafts. In a nutshell, the Sonoma County Fair is good clean fun on a grand scale.

Adults 13 and up: $10, youth 7 to 1:2 $5, kids 6 and under: free. Youth 7 to 12: free on Fridays, Adults 60+ free on Thursdays.

Santa Clara County Fair
August 1-4
Santa Clara County Fairgounds
344 Tully Rd.
San Jose, CA 95111

The annual Santa Clara County Fair is coming. Head to the Fairgrounds to check out livestock, a carnival, shopping, entertainment including sea lions, a hypnotist, Demolition Derby and MUCH MORE! Don’t forget our favorite reason to head to the fair: the fair food!

Solano County Fair
July 31-August 4
900 Fairgrounds Dr.
Vallejo, CA 94589

Get ready for nightly fireworks and free concerts. The Solano County Fair is a show-stopper! With livestock auctions, the Solano Community Showcase Talent Show, Blue Ribbon Competitions and a family-friendly, traditional county fair-vibe, Solano County Fair is an easy choice for a summer adventure.

Adults: $10, youth 6 to 12: $6, kids 5 and under: free, Seniors 60+: $6. Parking $10

Contra Costa County Fair
May 30-June 2
1201 W. 10th St.
Antioch, CA 94509

The Contra Costa County Fair offers something for every member of the family. A junior livestock auction, a cookout contest, entertainment, carnival games, roller derby (yep, roller derby!) and more. You won’t want to miss Saturday night’s performance from Aerorocks, the World’s #1 Aerosmith tribute band, and Sunday’s Hispanic Musical Celebration.

Adults: $8, youth 6 to 12: $5, Seniors 62 and over: $5, kids 5 and under: free. Parking $10.

San Mateo County Fair
June 8-16
San Mateo County Fairgrounds
1346 Saratoga Ave
San Mateo, CA 94403

Come out for great entertainment, live music, livestock education, famous fair food & drink and all the Fair flair you’ve come to expect from the San Mateo County Fair! See the pig races, a variety of entertainment, a horse show, a kids train, and all of your county fair favorites.

Adults: $10, youth 6 to 12: $8, Seniors 62 and over: $8, kids 5 and under: free. Parking $10.

Alameda County Fair
June 19–July 7 (closed Mondays)
Alameda County Fairgrounds
Pleasanton, CA 94566

Event highlights include: 15 days of live horse races, carnival rides, fireworks on Friday June 21, June 28 & July 5, kids pedal tractor pulls, pig races, petting zoo, puppet shows, and family entertainment. Save time with e-tickets you can print right from home.

Adults 13 to 61: $10, Seniors 62 and over: $8, youth 6 to 12: $6, kids 6 and under: free. Parking $10. Fee for unlimited ride wristbands or individual tickets.

Sonoma-Marin Fair
June 19-23
4th District Agricultural Association
175 Fairgrounds Drive
Petaluma, CA. 94952

One of the North Bay’s favorite summer events, check out the Diaper Derby, pig races, hugely popular Ugliest Dog Contest, Destruction Derby, Hypnotist Chris Mabrey, and free carnival rides. And rockin’ artists like Loverboy and Kellie Pickler are performing on the main stage. The carnival is free with admission.

Adults 13 and over: $15, kids 4-12: $10, kids 3 and under are free.

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Marin County Fair
July 3-7
410 Avenue of the Flags
San Rafael, CA 94903

Along with traditional Fair favorites (thrilling carnival rides, delicious food, loveable farm animals and spectacular fireworks), the Marin County Fair is known as “The Greenest Fair on Earth.” The environmentally conscious Marin County combines the red, white and blue of America’s history with the green of American’s future in sustainability by integrating environmental stewardship at the Fair. One price includes all concerts (Weird Al Yankovic, Eddie Money, and more), fireworks nightly, and attractions and rides. Nightly fireworks at 9:30pm.

Adults: $16, Seniors and kids 12 and under: $14

Napa County Fair
July 3-7
1435 North Oak Street
Calistoga, CA 94515

Fireworks, karaoke, pony rides, a 4th of July parade and an olive oil competition (this IS Napa after all) are all part of this wine country favorite fair. You won’t want to miss the BBQ competition and a myriad of kid-friendly activities, not to mention an awesome display of antique tractors.

Adults: $10, youth 7 to 12: $5, kids under 6: free. Parking $5.

California State Fair
July 12–28
1600 Exposition Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95815

County Fair too small potatoes for you? Then head east and visit the California State Fair. The seventeen-day fair is a robust celebration of the State of California, its industries, agriculture and diversity of its people. Every summer the State Fair is all about BIG FUN, providing entertainment and education to inspire the young and young at heart! Performers include En Vogue, LeAnn Rimes, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and so much more. Online purchasing is your best bet for a deal.

Adults: $10, youth 5 to 12: $8, kids 4 and under: free. Parking $8.

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